09.22.2011 Marielle

Nicole & Luke. Not Trashing the Dress Session.

Let’s be honest. There are a lot of crazy photography ideas out there. This might be the sentimental side of me speaking, but one idea that I think is a little crazy is when people completely trash their beautiful wedding dress. I’ve seen photos of brides burning their dress, laying in mud in their gown & plenty of other cuh-razzzzy things. One thing is for sure-if I burned my wedding dress, my mama would march right to my house & sucka punch me in the face. Well, she’d probably call me on the phone & ask me, “What were you thinking?” but you get the idea. I realize that everyone has different ideas of what they want to do with their wedding dress & I respect whatever people want to do but let me tell you-I kept my wedding dress so that one day my daughter can try it on, run around the house in it & laugh at me because my wedding dress was soooooooo 2003 (just like my sisters & I have done with my mom’s wedding dress).

One idea that I love that I don’t think is crazy is getting back in your wedding dress after your wedding dress (days, weeks or months after the wedding) and doing some beautiful photographs in a different setting than where your wedding was. In a field, by the mountains, downtown…anywhere that reflects your style. I think it’s a great way to get some more beautiful photographs in your amazing wedding gown before you box it up for your posterity to see!

I met up with Nicole & Luke for some relaxed, fun bridals at sunset…the best part of the shoot was that we figured out a location to shoot & then saw this gorgeous home with the most perfectly landscaped lawn-Luke rang the doorbell & the family was nice enough to give us full reign of their yard! The other best part was that Nicole stepped in the Truckee River for a few shots! Luke spends a lot of time fishing there so he was sooooooo excited to do a few shots in the river! All in all, it was a lovely day spent with two wonderful people! I LOVE these photographs (and this couple!) so, SO much!

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Marielle Hi! My name is Marielle Hayes and I am a photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area. I love to travel, bargain hunt and spend time with my husband, our daughter and our Boston Terrier. Enjoy my blog and leave me some comments to let me know what you think!

Comments (5)

  1. Sometimes I feel redundent with my comments because I tell you i’m a HUGE fan and love every image you produce, but it’s just the truth… These are to DIE for and I esp love the first and last one. So classy!

  2. Keri

    I totally love this idea! It stresses me out with the thought of doing something insanely crazy to my dress! I would love to do something like this in mine!

  3. Rip

    I am in absolute agreement with Sherry. The only thing I can add ~ Thank You Marielle ~ YOU are Wonderful ~

  4. These pictures are amazing. I adore the picture in the river and that last one is awesome! You are a fantastic photographer.

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