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Trash the Dress

I am dying to get my hands on my first trash the dress session! I have one scheduled this fall. However I would love to do one this summer while it’s warm enough to get in some water. Any willing brides out there? I will wave the session fee to the first email I get! Funny excerpt from the website “Go ahead, you know you want to. Trash it. Get it dirty. Get it wet. Roll around in the mud. Drench it in the ocean. Totally trash it. Why? … Why not? You’ve made a commitment to your husband. He’s your one and only true love, right? Then you’ll never need the dress again. And no, your daughter won’t wear it in 20-30 years. So you have two choices: 1) Suffocate it in plastic and throw it in a closet 2) Show your husband how committed you are by trashing the dress, and get some great fun pictures while you do it!”
Check out the article below published in the NY Times.
Photograph by John Michael Cooper

Published: June 10, 2007 NY Times
FORGET throwing your wedding dress into a plastic bag and storing it in the attic. Enter the Trash the Dress photo session, in which the bride, post-wedding, jumps back into her gown and puts it through its paces — swimming in it, wearing it on horseback, even burning it — all while her photographer clicks away.
Brides have long had an admittedly complicated relationship with their wedding gowns, which they struggle to find, spend a small fortune on, and sweat over making fit properly — all for a fabric confection that is typically worn once.
Christa DiPaulo Becker, 31, said that sitting in 2005 for her post-wedding Trash the Dress shoot with John Michael Cooper, the Las Vegas wedding photographer credited with starting the trend, seemed appropriate because she was feeling pretty “anti wedding” after the whole affair. Besides, she had no plans to wear it ever again despite the $2,500 cost of the gown. So submerging it in a mossy spring in Nevada (above) was no loss, she said.
Her only reservation? “The water was hypothermia cold.”
The photo trend in fact began with a yawn. Mr. Cooper, 41, said he was bored with the same old wedding photos, and so he persuaded several of his clients to pose after their weddings in grungy offbeat settings. “In fashion photography, they often put really pretty people in very ugly places,” he said. “I’m applying that technique to weddings.”
Interest in these photos has even led to the creation of a Web site,, which Mark Eric, a 35-year-old photographer from Alexandria, La., said he started to display his own Trash the Dress images.
So, what of the tradition of saving the dress, possibly to pass on? Ms. Becker said: “I felt a little nostalgic for a second, but then I thought it was so cool to have that photo. I’d rather have that than to look at a dress in a box that is perfectly preserved.”

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Phillippo Photo has been created to give people the creative and expressive portraits I, as an amateur, have so often been asked to provide. I just recently got married so I know the stresses of a bride-to-be to find that perfect photographer to capture the day’s memories. And, although I do not have children of my own, I know the importance of capturing the stages of their lives to remember for a lifetime. Remember moms, in photos babies stay babies forever!:)If one of my photos makes you smile then I consider my job complete! I leave you with a photo from ourwedding in October. The photographer is Stephen Brown.

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