Sarah married a long time ago. As most couples she probably didn’t have a lot of money to spend on her wedding, but she knew the most important things and budgeted for a perfection location and her incredible dress. She told me she just didn’t understand how important photography was back then. Now she looks back at her wedding and doesn’t have the most incredible pictures, but she does have incredible memories.
She has amazingly the same shape and figure that she did all those years ago when she first got married. Sadly I cannot say the same thing. So for her 10th wedding anniversary, she wanted to put on her wedding dress and get something that she missed on her actual wedding day. Beautiful, amazing pictures of herself in her wedding dress.
Wedding Dress, Flowers, and a Field
So on this random day in 2018 she looked amazing, just like she always does, but this time she was wearing her wedding dress. Brooke from Stellaluna Events* was kind enough to share some flowers from an event she had. We bundled them together quickly and suddenly we had a beautiful woman, in a beautiful wedding dress, with beautiful flowers.
We decided to find a field that would capture just how ethereal and flowing and intricate her dress was. It didn’t take long, but we definitely had fun. And we made this an amazing experience to remember. To make this shoot unique, Sarah is posing a bit untraditionally, but she looks and feels beautiful.
After the session we needed to stop and get lunch but not just anywhere. I made her go into Trader Joe’s with me to pick up some goodies. There is some major confidence that happens when you wear a wedding dress and walk through Trader Joe’s. I don’t think anyone else noticed it was an actual wedding dress, but we had fun with this concept.
The Zipper Catastrophe
Next right after the session we had a senior session booked. Sarah went to change out of her wedding dress and into her working clothes. However, the zipper was not just stuck, it had completely derailed. I don’t understand how this zipper failed to function, but it did. We tried everything to get her out of this dress. Putting coconut oil on the zipper, zipping it up and then down again, even using a tool to get the zipper to move, but absolutely nothing worked. Sadly I had to cut Sarah out of her dress. I tried to cut as close to the zipper as possible, but I don’t know how effective that actually was.
I am so sad that I had to ruin her dress, but on the upside, she got some amazing pictures right before it happened. And now we have a funny memory about cutting her out of her wedding dress, all for the pictures.
*My friend Brooke recently re-designed her website and it’s absolutely darling. You should go check on it here.