Whoa holy awesome light Batman! When this trash the dress shoot by Nadine Photography landed on my desk last week, I had to do a double take because the killer light coupled with the orange paint? – recipe for photo shoot heaven y’all!
Bride Emily bought the dress at a clothing swap. It’s already had a stain on the chest and slightly raggedy edges so she wasn’t too worried about trashing it.
“Emily was very fearless,” Nadine told me. “She was the one that suggested climbing up a tree. Thankfully, Andy was assisting me and helped her up a tree despite the layers and layers of tulle.”
“When it came time to play with the paint, we started out with her painting some white flowers pink, and slowly dripping it over the dress. Creation, destruction, art. Here are the results…”
Susan wanted to get back into her wedding dress for a memorable photo shoot for her anniversary. When she married Jesse 10 years ago they had some trouble with their photographer (who, ahem, ended up in jail) so although they received some 4 x 6 prints, they didn’t manage to get an album or any photo enlargements made. They were also pretty unhappy with the portraits of Susan from the images they did get, and none of them showed off her beautiful dress in all it’s glory.
So, Susan contacted photographer Colleen of Color Me Rad and asked if they could do a trash the dress shoot – with paint and her two kids involved!
“This session was more than just trashing the dress” Colleen told me. “It was about giving Susan the bridal portraits she never had.”
I am seriously so in love with Laura & Colin. What an utterly gorgeous pair, with an utterly gorgeous e-sesh (although these shots were actually taken the day after their wedding) at Salvation Mountain. I’ve blogged about this amazing place before. The ‘mountain’ in the Californian desert is a 50 foot mountain, made totally of local adobe clay and paint. The 79 year old creator of this national treasure, Leonard, lives on site alone in his truck (!) and his piece of art has been a work in progress for over 20 years!
“Salvation Mountain is located in the lower desert of Southern California in Imperial County just east of the Salton Sea and about a hour and a half from Palm Springs,” the mountain’s website explains. “Salvation Mountain is Leonard’s tribute to God and his gift to the world with its simple yet powerful message: “God Is Love.” Leonard’s passion has lovingly created this brilliant “outsider art ” masterpiece resplendent with not only biblical and religious scripture such as the Lord’s Prayer, John 3:16, and the Sinner’s Prayer, but also including flowers, trees, waterfalls, suns, bluebirds, and many other fascinating and colorful objects. Salvation Mountain must be seen to be fully appreciated as those who have made the journey will attest. Its 50 foot height and 150 foot breadth is made totally of local adobe clay and donated paint and is truly unique in the United States and probably the world. From its Sea of Galilee at the bottom, to the big red heart in the middle, to the cross at the very top, the reoccurring theme of “Love” is everywhere at Salvation Mountain”
What an amazing place to shoot huh?!
My friend Jen over at Green Wedding Shoes has blogged Laura & Colin’s wedding today too! Be sure to head over their and check it out. It’s a beaut.
You might recognise the utterly gorgeous singer and actress Kestrin Pantera from her ‘Three Dresses & The Wedding of the Century’ (part 2 here) wedding which exploded all over blog land a in May. Well how lucky am I? It turns out she’s a Rock n Roll Bride fan and so sent me this totally awesome and slightly crazy photo shoot that she did recently.
“Andreanna (the photographer) and I had both always wanted to shoot at the Salton Sea, which is out in the middle of the southern California desert” she told me. “Once she suggested it, I remembered a national treasure right next door: Salvation Mountain, a 50 foot high and 150 foot wide mountain, made totally of local adobe clay and donated paint.”
“The artist/creator of the mountain (who lives on-site, alone, in his truck), is a 79 year old man named Leonard, who has worked on it for the last 20+ years and continues to today. He invited us to take as many pictures as we liked and to stay as long as we wanted, giving us a tour mid-shoot, and bottles of water. We conceived of a Wizard-of-Oz-esque scene (with all of Leonard’s vibrant colors and existing yellow brick road), and since my dog, Batgirl was with us, she played the part of Toto. The dresses were designed by the talented Giuliana Mayo who made the pink dress specifically for my MTV Canada debut in June 2010. Giuliana is kind and brilliant, and has worked with Johnny Depp, Prince, Stephen Tyler, Britney Spears, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, among many other legends. It was an honor to wear her gorgeous designs.”
The term ‘Trash the Dress’ is thrown about a lot in this industry so it’s nice to see a shoot where I can comfortably call it a ‘real’ Trash the Dress shoot – boy is this David’s Bridal number destroyed!
The shoot took place at Dry Lake Bed in Las Vegas, Nevada and the theme was Superman and Lois Lane having a great time (!) Eric, the groom is a huge Superman superfan and their wedding theme was actually, Superman Chic (which you can see for yourself here.) “Honestly, we just wanted them have a great time and I think that definitely shows” photographer Mike explained. “We believe they are a Rock n Roll couple because Nichole destroyed her dress and at the end of the day, she decided to shadowbox it and hang it in their house as their own personal work of art. Her dress will never be locked away in a box, it will always be on display for all to see and that is pretty rockin’.”
Connie’s trashed her dress for a different reason to most – recently divorced, she wanted a fresh start and could think of no better way than doing this. Quite apart from the reasons behind it, I wanted to share these because I am loving the overly dirty, grimy look!
The photographer certainly knows best with this one, so over to Wes for all the details behind this tattooed, painted, vintage fashioned shoot:
Melissa & Grant’s Trash the Dress session was totally rocking from the bride’s amazing tattoos to their desire to have lots of fun with paint and silly string! The bride wore a vintage gown (not sure of the designer) and it up with a pink crinoline underskirt and a pair of sweet hot pink heels. To be fair, this was not the dress she wore for her wedding…she had purchased two and decided to wear one on her wedding day and one for the TTD. All in all they were a simply awesome couple who were down for anything. BTW, we used nontoxic paint so as not to damage the natural surroundings and picked up every last piece of silly string.
My life as a blogger is a pretty damn busy one. I’m not just saying this for effect, but I get sent so much amazing stuff to post everyday that I almost can’t keep up!
The next post of this early Wednesday morning ( have no clue why I’m up so early, I even drank a whole bottle of wine last night) belongs to one of my brand spanking new sponsors, Stacy Able. As soon as I saw this set I knew she not only had to send it to me for posting but she had to make it the image for her new sponsor link. The multi-coloured tresses, the splattered paint, the cute dog…oh yeah baby my sponsors are the bestest.
Credit: Stacy Able
These stunning engagements were shot by the oh to fabulous Axioo Photography – a set of extraordinary photographers from Jakarta, Indonesia. I am loving all these images because theytell a story. We start off with Farah in a shop window, looking like a mannequin who then comes to life and dances like a ballerina with her fiance…and the painting the wall ones? Well they’re just awesome!
Credit: Axioo Photography
I love crazy-out-there Trash the Dress…I just don’t know if I’d have the balls to do it myself with my actual wedding dress – maybe with a cheap one I got especially for the occasion!? The paint leads to a fantastic effect though – gotta love all that colour.
Credit: Varland Photography
Wow…the photographs by the fabulous Kelty of Steep Street Photography for Hannah & Alex’s stag/hen/bachelor/ette parties are so ridiculously rock n roll (you may have seen this couple’s engagement shoot elsewhere – I heart it). Acrylic paint + simple white dress + dancing = a hell lotta rock and a hell lotta roll. Jeez is their wedding going to be the coolest or what?!
Thanks Kelty – these are beyond amazingly cool.
Credit: Steep Street