trash the dress


I'm guessing the reason Loopy and I did this photo shoot is just because I found this crazy and slightly tattered wedding gown at Value Village last year for nine dollars:


When I say slightly tattered, I mean really, very tattered. It was kind of yucky. It looked like the bottom backside of the skirt had been through a shredder. No matter. When I picked it up, I knew that I had two obstacles:

One, the detailing on the bodice was out of date. Something would have to be done.

Two, convincing Loopy to put on the yucky, used, backless, tattered dress. Something would have to be done.


Sure, it looks fine in these before photos. Perfectly harmless. If you wanted smell-o-vision for the fried bread post, you'd want to turn it off for the used wedding gown post. First order of business: encase dress in sealed garment bag with a dozen fabric softener sheets, leave for eight months. Remove from garment bag and cut off the funny detail bits, starting with the loops at the waist:


The next part of the plan involved the addition of a swanky coloured sash. It's all the rage in bridal wear. I went digging through the clearance bin at the fabric store and came up with this:


We still weren't "feeling it." The bands of pearls around the waist weren't doing anything to help. They had to go. Pronto.


The simple removal of those bits brought the dress infinitely more up to date. Now it not only smelled better, it looked better. We set out for the beach, to trash it completely:


I am loving the blue sash. It is the perfect blue with the cream dress. Yes, I gathered her a bouquet of baby's breath. Yes, it was a little strange to see my 14-year-old daughter in a wedding gown.


Even without hemming or a single stitch, this sash is lovely in a deconstructed sort of way. It was completely fashioned with zip ties.


Loopy gamely wore my ring. I told her to pretend it was from You-Know-Who-Jonas.


After a few test shots, I threw her hair up. I mean, I really threw it. I had some pins in my pocket and I'd brought along the headband and the blue flower elastic. When I put it all together, I thought it was very Carrie Bradshaw. I had a fake blue bird in the camera bag for her head, but Loopy would have none of it. She drew the line in the sand. Literally. With a stick.


Did I mention how much I love, love, lurrved the blue fabric rag and zip-tie bow? Five dollars.


I sort of kicked the sand onto the skirt of that tattered dress. Loopy was not amused. I told her to "suck it up, cupcake" and kept shooting. Imagine... brides these days are purposely wearing their gowns for trash the dress photo shoots when their weddings are done.



My absolute, hands-down, favourite shot.


I thought since I only had the pink tulle on hand I would turn those shots to black and white... but I really liked the look of the pink with the blue and the cream and the black. Then I thought... pink:


Now... we still have the dress, and it is even more worse for the wear than when I found it. It would be a shame to throw it away. We simply didn't trash it enough

Local readers, keep your eyes open at Value Village for a sandy, backless wedding gown with a blue sash.

45 comments:

KAGS Herself said...

I'll get it for Daisy, everytime I go in there I hope to find a leftover wedding dress like that for her - she'd love it!

Suzy said...

Love the Dress!!! And love the pics....so-oo-o-o gorgeous of Loopy!!! Where is the beach???? Looks so breath taking. Great photo ideas!
Keeping it Sweet,
Suzy

Love those bakery ideas, by the way!

jkddz said...

inspiring!!! need to find something more 9year old like cuz I know Dj would be game... I'm thinking Avril like with her pink guitar... and the beach would be perfect... was it the one in Sutherland? or a cool graffiti place in town would do.. or the bright aqua wooden door I have seen in some shots from photographers in Saskatoon!

Awesome job!

Saucy said...

We took the shots right near our house, at Gabriel Dumont Park. There is a nice sandbar there.

I'm keeping my eyes open for a nice riverbank location that is different. We've used that space up. Time for a change.

Pepper said...

Saucy,

Those are beautiful shots buddy!!

LoriLyn said...

Beautiful! I love seeing pictures from all your fun photo shoots :)

the treat girl said...

Cindylou and I still haven't gotten out there yet to do our shoot....I know she will loooove this when I show her!!!! Thanks ever so much for the inspiration!! Plus I have to get crackin' on the whole photoshop thing!!!!

The French Bear said...

Very very nice, great photos!! It must have seemed strange to see Loopy in a wedding dress, but the photos are fabulous!!!!
They all look so good!!!
Cheers,
Margaret B

Junie Moon said...

What a beautiful project, every component is wonderful, especially Loopy as your gorgeous model.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Loopy's a smart cookie. No bird. She drew the line well:)

Babsarella said...

What a fun shoot!!! Love all your great ideas and you photography skilz are really rockin!

KAGS Herself said...

What I should have said when I got pole position in the comments last night was how serene & beautiful Loopy looked. You did an amazing job with the dress & the photography.
How did Loopy enjoy walking from the parking lot to your secret spot in her dress?

stephanie (bad mom) said...

You are so phenomenal, what with the cupcakes and the redecorating and the dress and oh - the beautiful children.

I can't decide if it would be more delightful or depressing to be your best friend... ;D (Okay I've decided: delightful)

Seriously, stunning.

Jenn @ youknow... that blog? said...

Oh come on - no "in the water" shots?! You were at the beach!!

Wait... there's a sandy beach in SK??

Loopy is a trooper, and you're a totally fun mom.

P.S. I'm having email problems - if you sent me a question or something "about that thing" I didn't get it. Resend please!

sassy studio said...

I love the last one! great fun-you two are so lucky to have each other! All your cupcake talk makes my mouth water.

Anonymous said...

simply fantastic!! I get almost giddy reading your blog somedays.

~Rhonda from Minnesota

Megan said...

I loved this post! The dress, the pictures, everything! And what a good sport your 14 year old was! Mine would have been rolling her eyes at me. :)

Tamara Jansen said...

What GORGEOUS photos. You should be a professional photographer in your next life :)

Jacki said...

Beautiful! We've been thinking about a trash the dress shoot but I can't find a cheap enough but beautiful dress to trash. I want to keep my wedding dress though. I hope I can find a dress such as this!

The Watty's said...

Fabulous, amazing, and very cool.

Jenn said...

Your photo shoots always inspire me. I hope one day my daughter will let me have that kind of fun with her. Right now we are in the "I hate to have my picture taken" stage... GRRR!

Annette @ Designs By A Rose said...

I LURVVVVVE the photos! My 10 y.o. daughter would love for me to put her in a wedding dress and take some photos like that. She loves having her picture taken. Good thing since she wants to be a model! Ha! I love the blue sash as well. Works perfectly with the dress!

{lauryl} said...

those pix are gorgeous. i'm a teensy bit jealous of you, having a model living in your house. my little sisters should be really grateful that they live so far away from me, because you'd better bet i'd be forcing them to pose for me in photoshoots on a very regular basis if only they were nearby... ;-)

ChaChaneen said...

Wow seriously wow! I like the fav shot too. I especially lurve the memories your making together..... Mother and Daughter time is sweet.

SandraD said...

Great photos - the light is perfect for that type of photo. The sash and the "finished" dress are very Vera Wang-ish. You are amazing!

Melissa said...

These are some awesome!! Loopy is blessed to have you as a mother!!

I love the pink bow!!

Gail :) said...

Loopy is stunning! Such a good sport too ;)

Jerri-Lea said...

I'm never so lucky to find any such treasure for so cheap at that place!! I have found a few cute things for the girls on Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30 at Salvation army for 50% off. I'm hoping to get a few things altered/sewn in the next week or so.

Amy said...

I'm afraid the only time I am going to get my lovely daughter in a wedding dress of any sort its going to be the actual day. Maybe not even then. lol Loopy looks gorgeous-as usual.

Christie said...

Such a fun post and photoshoot!!!
I Luuuurve it!

Rhonda Roo said...

Lovely photo shoot, but oh goodness, Ms. Loopy makes a gorgeous bride but oh today she looks so young in that dress!!

Thank heavens you gave it back to the secondhand-though i bet they are surprised when clothes come back looking and smelling better than before ....

Jennifer Juniper said...

WHY (holding my hands up to the sky and screaming) WHY no daughter for Juniper???

I love this enough to hunt down a random girl, tie her down, wrestle on a wedding dress, McGuyver a sash from fabric and zip ties, drag her to the beach, and snap away!

YSLGuy said...

Love the photos. Some brides are buying two dresses now. One for the wedding and to keep,and one to trash in photos where they please.

A friend tooks photos with his wife, and she was laying on railroad tracks, IN THE WATER at the beach, etc in her dress. The photos were gorgeous of course.

Kristi said...

Those photos are simply stunning...Loopy is gorgeous and that dress (after your alterations) is so chic...I love it!

I adore bows on just about everything...candles, picture frames, finials, canisters...so of course, I think the entire look is fabulous!

alittlebitofscrap said...

Love these photo shoots! and I like the one you like the best too. The colors are fantastic! It looks like so much fun and Loopy is the best sport :)

Just say Julie said...

I love the trash the dress idea. One of my friends is a photog and he actually started doing underwater bride photo shoots. Soooooo much fun!
These look so pretty, so classic with just a tinge of whimsy!

MJ said...

I would never have thought of picking up a used wedding dress but you certainly showed a new use for it! What a great idea!

3rdEyeMuse said...

what a wonderful shoot ... the light in your fav is absolutely perfect.

Kate said...

How on earth do you DO that???

Miss Quoted said...

you come up with the best ideas! And she is so so gorgeous.

Sheila-rita said...

I just love what you did to the dress. The photos were wonderful. Loopy is so photogenic.

bluemuf said...

Gorgeous shots of Loopy!!! Love what you did with the dress.

Hugs karen

Save the Date for Cupcakes said...

Beautiful~ and what a good sport she was;o)

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