There are many new and exciting trends in wedding photography. One of my very favorites is the Trash the Dress / Day After photos. Here is a little explanation I took off of the Trash the Dress 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!"
I am completely enthralled with this new trend! I had the privilege of doing a shoot for a friend of mine, and I cannot wait to do it myself with my dress one day. The reality is... most of the time, the dresses can actually be salvaged with just a good dry cleaning!
If you aren't quite ready to "trash" the beloved dress, may I recommend a WONDERFUL idea developed initially by my mother and perfected by ME!!! Basically it's this: Each year, put your dress back on and do a photoshoot. You can involve your husband... or if he's not into it, do it by yourself! Do your hair and make-up differently each year... wear different jewelry and find a new location. Think how cool it will be on your 10 year anniversary to look back on 10 sets of pictures in your beloved dress. And as a bonus.. it'll keep you motivated to stay in shape throughout the year :)