Trashing the Dress in Atlantic City

The hot trend in photography right now is something called “Trash the Dress.” Basically it’s a bridal session after the wedding, where the photographer and client can create crazy-beautiful images without having to worry about keeping the dress perfectly clean and unwrinkled. “Trashing the Dress” is a catchy name, but it’s usually a misnomer since it’s rare for the dress to actually be ruined. The dress may get a little dirty – or wet – or sandy – depending on where the session takes place, but even that isn’t necessary.

I attended a seminar for photographers in Atlantic City last week and a couple of the participants decided it was the perfect opportunity to put together this type of session. Twelve brides, over fifty photographers, and two TV stations showed up. It was a BIG deal – and a lot of fun!

Sandy in the Ocean, Atlantic City, New Jersey

We were divided into groups and “assigned” a bride – I got lucky! Sandy was beautiful, had a great dress, and was perfectly willing to get wet and muddy. The weather in Atlantic City had been muggy all day, and the fog was really low – it was beautiful and very different than what I’m used to in Southern California. Overall it was a great experience! And knowing the story appeared not only on the local New Jersey and Philadelphia TV news, but also on German TV made it especially fun!

And click here to see a series of images of Sandy playing in the surf – it’s huge, but in my opinion, worth it!

The local Atlantic City paper’s take on the event…

5 Replies to “Trashing the Dress in Atlantic City”

  1. Very cool, Cheryl. It looks like both you and the brides had a lot of fun. Although, I’m not sure I’d have enough nerve to trash a 60 year old antique dress like one of the brides did …

  2. Wow Cheryl! First, the pictures are STUNNING. Second, this woman is STUNNING! Truly beautiful. I love the picture of her running on the board walk and of her walking in the water, holding her dress up. Looks like it was alot of fun… My wedding dress is sitting in a box at home – maybe I should consider doing something like that?

  3. Cheryl, these are fantastic, and it looks like so much fun! I'd never heard of Trash the Dress, but it's a cool idea. Very nice!

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