The trend was originally started in 2001 by Las Vegas wedding photographer John Michael Cooper. However, the idea of destroying a wedding dress has been used in Hollywood symbolically since at least October 1998 when Meg Cummings of the show Sunset Beach ran into the ocean in her wedding dress after her wedding was badly interrupted. Since then the style has spread around the world and most notably in the UK, with photographers like Steve Gerrard and Mark Theisinger,amongst others, shoot their unique ideas of Trash the Dress.
A model often wears a ball gown, prom dress or wedding dress, and may effectively ruin the dress in the process by getting it wet, dirty or in extreme circumstances tearing or destroying the garment.
It may be done as an additional shoot after the wedding, almost as a declaration that the wedding is done and the dress will not be used again.
This image was one of many shot at a session I captured on Wed. May 11, 2011 with my couple on a beachfront on the North Shore of Long Island, NY near the Hamptons. What I like especially about this image is the wonderful loop lighting pattern on the Bride using natural light. Even when trashing-the-dress one can still capture elegant images with terrific lighting! There are several more of these images from this particular shoot in an album on my Facebook page. Click on my Facebook badge and 'friend me' in order to view them.
Canon 7D, with a Canon 70-200 f2.8L II USM IS racked out to 70mm at 1/8000 sec at ISO 160 using natural light. Enjoy!.