So you’re married, you find your wedding dress carefully hung up on the back of your bedroom door and think to yourself “What am I going to do with this dress?”
So what do you do? Store it anyway? Donate it? Ever thought of TRASHING IT IN BORA BORA?
Trashing the dress (TTD) also know as “Day After”, Rock the frock” or “Fearless bridal” is a super-new trend becoming more and more popular as brides are becoming increasingly more daring and adventurous. Involves getting all gussied up with your hubby in your wedding ensembles and head to the Bora Bora’s turquoise lagoon, jump from your thatched roof overwater bungalow or roll in the white sand at the beach.
Reasons to do it :
Newly weds that are eloping on the island : why don’t you use the rush of adrenaline of the moment and finish by jumping in the water? No one will be able to say that your wedding album was boring!
Honeymooners who got married back home (specially if you got married at the Civil Hall and it was not-so-thrilling) and want to give a second life to their gowns in a breathtaking location. It can be super fun and wild (jumping in the water) but also sexy and romantic (all wet on the beach, salty kisses and messy hair)
Couples renewing their vows or celebrating their anniversary. Does your heart skip a beat when you imaging putting your wedding dress back again one last time? Then you should do it!
(You only regret the chances you didn’t take).
But you still don’t have the heart to trash your precious and expensive wedding dress….
You love the idea but can’t bring yourself to ruin that dress you paid a whole lot for?
No worries , check out local thrift stores to snag a cheap lookalike to use for your shoot.
When to do it?
I recommend to do the shooting in the morning to take advantage of the stunning color of the water and specially if you also want to do over/under water pictures
Trashing the wedding dress in the afternoon is for the sunset lovers however the light won’t be enough to take mermaid underwater pictures.
Check my post “Best time for a photo shooting in Bora Bora” to help you to choose between morning or afternoon session with some examples
How to pack your dress?
Remember that you are going to trash the wedding dress so it doesn’t have to be perfect, use a vacuum bag and suck all the air out of the bag so it doesn’t take all the space in your luggage and unpack immediately after arrival to hang it up to let the travel wrinkles shake loose.
Is the wedding dress ruined forever?
Not necessarily. Should you decide to give this trend a try, you (and your photographer) will discuss beforehand just how badly you’ll trash your gown. The concept is to relax (finally!), let your creativity flow, and enjoy wearing your dress one last time in a fresh, liberating way.
Some take a subtle approach for their photo session with a walk through the beach , while others go a step further by going completely in the water or even heading to a muddy water -lily pond.
If you want to trash your dress without ruining it too, be sure to look first at the care label in your wedding gown and ask your designer if ocean water is harmful, before you make the decision to go. If the fiber content is 100% polyester, go ahead, a cleaner who specializes in wedding gown cleaning should have ways to make your wedding gown look almost as good as new.
However, if the care label in your wedding gown says 100% silk—or some percentage of silk, think twice before diving into the water.
TIP- After the session, soak your wedding gown in fresh water inside the hot tub to take off the salt and just hang it up to air dry. Back home, bring it to a dry cleaner so your wedding dress can have a happy ever-after, too.
Is it worth to do my hair or makeup before the session?
You’ll cherish and may want to blow up many of these images, so why don’t you pamper yourself and get your hair and make up professionally done?
Although some of your photos will be taken as you’re being a mermaid under water, there are plenty that will be taken half in the water, lying on the beach, in a hammock, against palm trees and beyond. A little rouge on the lips or lengthy eyelashes are small things that when enhanced subtly can really pop in your photos.
I do not personally think that an intricate hair design is necessary, but bed head may not be the way to go either. A little beach wave can go a long way in these photos.
Also don’t forget the local touch, flower crowns and leis can add to your pictures the Polynesian twist that everybody loves.
OMG, is it safe?
Yes, very safe with some precautions.
A wet bride’s wedding dress can become very heavy in the water and it could drag you down. So I recommend caution, use the services of a professional photographer familiar with the surroundings, alert security and always have a floating device close to you just in case.
Only jump from the bungalow if you know how to swim and you check with the resort that the water is deep enough to jump and the current is not strong that day.
Who came with this crazy idea first?
Las Vegas wedding photographer John Michael Cooper is credited with staging the first TTD shoot. After becoming bored with more traditional wedding photo sessions, Cooper began asking brides to pose after their wedding day in unusual (and less pristine) settings. The sentiment among many photographers who offer TTD shoots is the same: Given the unique photos that result, it’s a win-win opportunity for brides and photographers alike.
Sold, Let’s do it! How do we do it?
First some shoots in the sand.
The moment where you first hit the water.
Then half in the water, half out.
Completely wet and messy.
Or just 1,2,3 jump!
For the most adventurous : under the water
Please, let me know beforehand if you are planning to take some underwater pictures as extra equipment and some planification are required.
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