Photos by Douglas Ludwig
Trash the Dress (AKA “Rock the Frock” or “Drown the Gown”) photo sessions are not a fade… they’re a terrific excuse to take out your wedding dress one more time, have some fun and create some stunning images. It’s a bridal session without all the expectations of a wedding day. No ceremony, no reception… just you, your husband (maybe?), a photographer and your dress. A time to fully express yourself and feel beautiful in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
If you want to consider all the places that you could stage your Trash the Dress session, Tofino is probably one of your top choices. The rugged coastline, waves, and rainforest are breathtakingly beautiful and the contrast of a gorgeous wedding dress against the elements is sure to make for some memorable images. And no worries if it rains on your Trash the Dress day! The more rain, wind and stormy seas, the better!
To trash or not to trash, that’s up to you. The most important thing is that you have fun doing it! You don’t have to completely submerge in the ocean or roll around in the sand, but on a day that is not your wedding day, you might feel a little more adventurous to try something new. And if you feel like wearing your dress while surfing, paddle boarding, going on a hot springs tour, a 4×4 backroads lake mission or a whale watch trip, than that’s great too. Find a photographer that you connect with and discuss some of your ideas. Anything goes!
It’s refreshing to be carefree and adventurous during a session, but it’s also important to be safe. The west coast is wild. During storm season it is especially important to be cautious when photographing near the ocean. Images on the rocks with waves breaking all around you are incredible, but be sure to work with a photographer that knows the tides, understands the currents and wants to make the experience not just fun, but also safe and comfortable.
Marnie Recker and Douglas Ludwig are two local Tofino photographers that specialize in artistic wedding photography and Trash the Dress sessions. Contact them to inquire about pricing and availability this summer and fall season.
Photos by Marnie Recker