Allie and Dave are one of our favorite clients. They love edgy photography and will jump at any chance to do something unique and fun. So when I discovered a cool location and told Allie about it, she was ready to go for her trash the dress session.
We call our trash the dress portraits a “reprise session” just because most brides get nervous about actually destroying their dress. However, Allie wanted to trash this dress like there was no tomorrow! I brought paint and scissors and we had fun!
One of Allie’s favorite fairy tales is Alice and Wonderland and the location I picked was a bit bizarre, so it was pretty logical to have this story influence our shoot. A surprise to me was that Allie’s husband was coming along for the shoot as well, so we even got to have a Mad Hatter. We were also joined by my dear friend Wendy, who was a huge help staging the sets and bouncing ideas off of. And a huge thanks goes to Sarah, owner of A Milestone Paper Company, who created the gorgeous labels for us!
We started off our “Allie in Wonderland” journey with Allie finding the rabbit hole and then a mysterious drink and snack. She paints the white roses red, and the rosettes on her dress also become red. We had a fabulous Mad Hatter Tea Party and hookah break. Then Allie decided it was all getting too weird and headed home, where she emerged from a tree. What happened after this was Allie cutting her glorious dress into bits and pieces, which was awesome to watch and photograph. She now has a darling tutu. I must also add that she has the perfect Disney princess hands =)
Dave and Allie, thank you so much for having me be a part of this fantastic shoot. Anytime you want to have a creative outlet, give me a call =) Here are my favorites, there are a million more to come!