I’ve been wanting to have a trash the dress photoshoot ever since I saw a picture online of kids painting their mom’s wedding dress… and I finally did it!


Most trash the dress photos I’ve seen are on the beach in the water. Maybe because I’ve lived on the coast for years, I’m not intrigued by the beach thing. The pictures are beautiful, but here in South Florida, they are overdone.

So, when I finally pulled the trigger on a trash the dress session, I called one of my favorite photographers at In a Glimpse and we started planning.

I could not be happier with the way the trash the dress shoot went and the trash the dress photos.


Why Trash the Wedding Dress?

1. I wanted a unique family picture.

Trashing the dress makes for pretty cool family pictures. I’m not a big fan of being in a studio where the entire family looks at a camera and smiles. I like something a little different and more candid. Not only does a photoshoot like this do it, but when you add paint, it makes it much more fun and unique.


Julianna and Landon had a great time. They started painting on an easel first, so we were able to get clean pictures of the kids before we started.

Then, when their dad showed them how to throw paint on my wedding dress, they really had fun.


This is the “before” picture.


This is the “before” picture.

The smiles you see in the pictures are real smiles. They are having fun… very different from the expressions you’ll get in a studio, looking at a camera, and reacting when the photographer says, “Say cheese.”

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2. I got to wear my wedding dress again.

Ladies, what do you do with your wedding dress today? Let me guess. It’s in a box in your basement (like my mom’s) or it’s covered and hanging in your closet. For what?


I wanted to do something with mine. (And I’m not done yet!) This allowed me to not only wear my dress for a good reason again, but my kids got to see me in it.

Not too long ago, Julianna asked why she wasn’t at my wedding. (Yea, try explaining that to a four-year-old.) So, I guess she got a little taste of it at our photoshoot near the Everglades.

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3. I love photography.

Ever since high school, I’ve been taking pictures like crazy. Thank goodness I don’t have to get the film developed like I did then, but I’m still snapping away.

If it’s not pictures, it’s video. (You’ve seen Baking with Bunny right?)


This is the “after” picture.


This is the “after” picture.

So, when there is any chance for me to take pictures, or have pictures taken, I jump on it.

Luckily, I was able to find Megan Huard with In A Glimpse on Facebook who not only has an eye for photography but a modern eye, so she can make some pretty cool stuff happen.

I liked these pictures from our trash the dress shoot so much, I featured one on our Christmas card.


If you were asking yourself, “What is trash the dress?” Now you know. And don’t worry. That was washable and it all washed off. So, what should I do with my wedding dress now?

And don’t worry. The paint was washable and it all came off. So, what should I do with my wedding dress now?

So, what should I do with my wedding dress now?


  1. Wendy says:

    My name is Wendy from the project Save The Dress
    I saw yor post and wanted to react.

    I’m looking for dresses used in trash the dress shoots.
    I try to restore these to help girls in need, who can’t afford one for their big day
    I was hopeing that you would be interested to help my project with your trashed dress

    I hope to hear from you.

    Thank you


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