Trash the dress: Where did this tradition come from?
A picture is worth a thousand words, Napoleon Bonaparte
An Indian couple, floating so gracefully underwater creating some beautiful pictures and trashing their expensive wedding outfit… is that normal? Is it an Indian tradition?
The answer is NO! This is not an Indian tradition. When I was planning my wedding, I came across a gorgeous couples “trash the dress” photo shoot and was mesmerized. Some shots were in the mud where the couple looked like they were having the time of their life and not just posing for the camera and other shots were under water. I was so fascinated by those pictures that I told my fiance at the time how much I wanted wedding photo’s like that. I “googled” more trash the dress photos to get an idea of what kind of shots people do. I just assumed this was a western tradition and most, if not all, couples follow this tradition. Apparently, I was wrong.
Trash the dress actually is not a tradition or a religious part of most weddings but merely a “fashion or glamour statement” Trash the dress, also known as “fearless bridal” or “rock the frock” is a style of wedding photography that potentially started in 2001 by a Las Vegas wedding photographer, John Michael Cooper. With this being said, the idea of destroying a dress was actually used by the American Film Industry in 1998 when Meg Cummings in the show, Sunset Beach, ran into the ocean in her wedding dress after her wedding was interrupted.
So, is it worth ruining an expensive wedding outfit, possibly never being able to restore it to its original state for some glamour shots that is not even a wedding tradition? Well, really the choice is yours. In my opinion… some of my favourite weddings shots were from our “trash the dress shoot”. We both didn’t worry about how we looked, our make-up, or posing for the perfect picture. All we did was swim under water with little fish and have the time of our lives. Even though my dress will never be the same, the once in a lifetime experience was totally worth it!
If you’re deciding whether to do a trash the dress photo shoot, maybe some of our shots might help you decide!