A “Trash the Dress” trend is taking hold with brides in the Northwest.
“It’s definitely getting more popular,” says wedding photographer Scott McNamara, “I now offer it with all my packages.”
He’s taken couples to cliffs, rivers, beaches and fountains all over the country.
“I encourage all of my couples when I meet with them to do it. It’s a great break after all the stress of planning a wedding.”
Portland area Bride Sallie Lim and her husband went to the Oregon Coast soaking her dress in sand and sea water.
“At first I thought it sounded strange but then I realized I’m never going to wear this dress again. So why not get some awesome photos?”
Lim was able to save her $600 dress with dry cleaning.
“I’ve had other brides just throw the dress in the trash can in the parking lot,” said McNamara.
The most expensive he’s seen trashed was a $12,000 vintage gown the bride took into the surf in Hawaii.
So what about the waste of a wedding dress which could be donated and worn again? McNamara says about 50 percent of his brides salvage their dresses for the others it’s a sacrifice for art.
“They get to do something crazy and counter culture and end up with amazing photos,” explained McNamara.
The trend has gotten recent attention because a bride in Canada drowned during a trash the dress shoot.
“You have to keep safety foremost in mind,” emphasized the photographer.
“Scott never asked me to do anything I was scared to do or was uncomfortable with. What better way to end it with this dress?,” Sallie concluded.