Holi Festival Trash the Dress

So, remember the beautiful Aubrey from a couple of days ago?  Well, I did promise you that we did something pretty spectacular for the rest of her bridal shoot.

To tell you the truth, I have never really been the hugest fan of trash the dress photo shoots.  My thought process was always “Why spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a dress just to completely destroy it afterwards?!”  And even now, I sometimes visibly cringe when I see someone ruin a perfectly gorgeous dress by, say, rolling around in the mud.  But with the increasing popularity of the trash the dress option, I found myself getting rather excited about the idea of photographing a bride at the Holi Festival (a Hindu festival of colors) and covering her dress in bright and beautiful hues!

And it just so happens that the biggest celebration of the Holi Festival is at the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork, Utah.

Originally, I ran the idea by Aubrey (who is my boyfriend’s daughter, remember) when we took her out to lunch not long ago for her birthday.  Her plan at the time was to get married in the fall, but I expressed the idea of doing a photo shoot with her while I was in the area as a pre-wedding bridal session.  My thought was to buy a cheap used dress or clearance-sale gown to use for the shoot, so it wouldn’t matter that the Holi Festival itself would render her dress irredeemable.  Well, she liked the idea so much that she actually moved her wedding date to coincide with the Holi Festival, and decided she was going to use her real wedding dress for the whole thing!

(For those of you who, like me, get concerned about expensive gowns being subjected to such trashing, never fear.  The gown was inexpensive and easily re-made should she ever wish to have it pure white again.)

We attended the festival, and people there were so excited to see this bride daring a photo shoot amidst clouds of brightly colored chalk!  We had to shield her at first while we decided what to do with her, but we used the crowd’s eagerness to its fullest advantage, finding random strangers willing to hurl handfuls of the stuff at her on command!  It wasn’t long before she was completely covered in yellows, reds, blues, purples, oranges, greens, and pinks.  Guests followed her around asking for photos.  She was definitely a celebrity for the day!

Yours truly got pretty covered as well!  Fortunately, thanks to some creative use of Seran Wrap and plastic bags, the camera survived with no troubles. 😉

Here’s the progression of what the dress began to look like:

Here’s to the newlyweds!  May their lives be truly colorful!


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