I bet most former brides have a dress that looks like this…
All preserved in a box and awaiting for your daughter or granddaughter to say she wants to wear it for her own wedding. Mine, on the other hand, is in a ball in the back of my closet…somewhere. I never preserved it. It was a wear-one-time kinda thing for me. First of all, I didn’t anticipate a daughter. And now that I have one, I can’t wait to go shopping with her and pick out HER perfect wedding dress (well, I can wait – she’s only five).
I mean, really…what are the chances that your girl will want to get married in your dress? I say slim. For instance, in the eighties the trend was lace and big, puffy sleeves. Women getting married now would not be caught dead in that! Someday down the road the highly adored sleeveless and ruffly dress of today will be “soooo 2012″.
So, being it February, and being rather bored, my sister Erin and I decided we would do a “wear it again” session. Whether it’s called wear it again or trash the dress, it’s all the same… Put your dress on and take pictures that you never would have dared take on your wedding day. It could be the day after your wedding, a few months later, your five year anniversary, ten year, when you’ve reached your weightloss goal of your wedding day weight, Valentine’s Day, because you hated your wedding day photos and want some awesome shots :-), or in my sister’s case, just because…
It was kind of a last minute, “today is nice, let’s do this!” decision. And so on her way down to the Cape, she stopped to get her eyebrows waxed. She told the woman at the salon what she was up to and they insisted on doing her makeup for her. BONUS!
Taking the dress out of the box felt a little weird – like we were doing something wrong. But a little like Christmas too. After all, it had been over 15 years since she last wore the dress. And would it fit? Or would I desperately be clamping the back of it shut? With just a slight bit of sucking in, it fit! Woohoo!
A glass of wine to relax a little…
Honestly, most of the session was spent with both of us laughing like this!But here are some of my favorites when we weren’t cracking up.Love this series.
This is one of my favorites.
After some shots in my backyard, we took it to the beach. It was CRAZY windy and poor sister was so cold – but a trooper!
Editing these pictures was really strange. Although people for years have asked us if we’re twins, I never realized how much we look alike. It was like looking in a mirror. She turns to one side and she looks exactly like me, turns to the other and she looks like our sister, Kerri. Totally weird! That could be me on the right.Erin was even a trooper when the wellies filled with water!After we had fun with the dress, it was time for some more serious shots for her website.
In honor of Valentine’s Day and my first wear the dress session ever, I am going to give away a FREE WEAR THE DRESS SESSION! All you have to do to enter to win, is like my Facebook Page by clicking here, and post a comment below here on my blog. Say anything you want… that you love the pictures of my beautiful sister, tell me why you deserve a free wear the dress session, or just say hi! A winner will be selected at random on Wednesday, February 22nd. The session will be free including a disc of my favorites from your session. Happy Valentine’s Day and good luck!
PS – this session was shot on both digital and film. D700 and Contax 645 – various film stocks.