Post # 1
So my photographer emails me yesterday and says he thinks it would be fun for me and my fiance to walk to the end of the DIRT road to the Estate we are getting married in, and take pictures out at the road with the cars that drive by….excuse me WHAT? You want me to walk in my wedding dress down a dirt road to get some pictures. I told him I will walk on GRASS and PAVEMENT but dirt is out of the question….He is a really good guy, nice as can be but I think he lost his damn mind on this one…..
Post # 3
I don’t think he meant anything by it. He probably doesn’t think like girls do. Don’t get me wrong that was a crazy suggestion but he was thinking outside the box for some neat pictures!
Post # 4
@Ms. Gertie: What’s so bad about that?
I mean if you are in a white dress it’ll get dirty at some point, especially on the hem.
We had one photographer say that if we wanted he’d bring his underwater camera housing so we could jump into the harbor at the end of the night and take underwater pictures… now THAT one was a bit crazy!
Post # 5
@JRL2012: Oh I agree. He is a really sweet guy and we are having a small wedding so he can have fun with the pictures but you are right, he didnt think of the dress on the dirt, LOL.
Post # 6
I walked in dirt, grass, mud, and snow on my wedding day in my dress and you’d be surprised how resillient those things are when it comes to repelling mother nature. If it’s after the ceremony then what does it matter if he think it will be a GREAT picture?
Trust me, 20 years down the line you’re not going to be thinking , “he got my dress dirty!”. You’ll be thinking “I’m so glad I got my dress a little dirty for that awesome picture!”
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2012 - Glades Pike Winery, Somerset, PA
You could carry your train until you get into position for each picture, then have someone fan it out behind you, as if it was down the whole time you were walking. That way it only “sits” on top of the dirt momentarily, instead of dragging through it. Kind of a hassle but it would save the dress AND allow you to get those photos 🙂
Post # 8
@KateByDesign: Exactly! Our ceremony location was really muddy due to lots of rain the day before. But the location was so beautiful there was no way I was giving up pictures there to save the hem of my dress.
Sure there’s mud on the bottom of my dress in some of the photos, but I’d much rather a little mud and have the photos, then have tried to save my dress from getting dirty and not had the photos.
The other thing you have to think about is no matter what you do your dress WILL get dirty, the sooner you are ok with that, the better you will be able to let go and enjoy yourself rather than constantly worry about the dress getting dirty.
Post # 9
Oh you should definitely do it!! Just pick your dress up and carry it down the road. If you’re really worried, have the photographer bring a sheet or something to place under your train.
Post # 10
I agree with PPs. I wouldn’t totally count those pictures out! He’s looking at it from an artistic standpoint not a girl in a wedding dress standpoint. You can work around it to minimize how dirty your dress gets but I would definitely go for it. The pictures are what you’ll have around for a long, long time!
Post # 11
Just give it a try. You could pick up your dress as you walk and when he’s about to get a good shot then you could put your dress down. Grass can stain your dress too, I walked on grass and got stains, but mostly the stains will be on the underside of the dress and wont be visible
Post # 12
I’d do it! That dress is going to get dirty on grass or pavement…dirt road probably wont’ make much of a difference. It will be so dirty on the bottom by the end of the wedding, you’ll wonder why you were worried about it.
Post # 13
@Ms. Gertie: If it’s not a picture you want, then you should let your photographer know that. I’m sure he/she can come up with some other fab photo ideas for your venue. 🙂
For the record I walked down a dirt path in my dress because I wanted some photos down by the pond at our venue, my sister and friend held the train and the photographer snapped photos of all of us walking down the path. Sure, the bottom of the dress got dirty, but I like those photos. You are certainly not obligated to follow everything the photographer asks you to do.
Post # 14
I don’t know–I plan on donating my dress after the wedding so I probably wouldn’t want to risk anything that could cause stains, though I love out of the box wedding photos.
Post # 15
@mswizard: This exactly. And my photographer says he brings drop cloths to put under you to protect the dress. I doubt his plan is to throw caution to the wind and ruin your dress.
Post # 16
The thing I think is weird is that he wants to take pictures of you “with the cars that drive by”. I get it if there was some cool old car parked down there that he had in mind or something, but why would you want pictures with a ’97 Toyota Camry or a ’09 Dodge Caravan that just happened to be going by on the way to the grocery store?