Some brides will do anything to find the perfect wedding dress, while others will do anything to destroy it. Newlywed Natasha Samuel put her life on the line for the sake of a dramatic, fiery "Trash the Dress" ceremony — a ritual in which newly married women pose for photos while destroying their bridal gowns.
Samuel managed to smile with a calm, beautiful face for the camera, and within seconds she squelched the flames by running into the ocean and her new husband ran to put out the rest of the fire with a fire extinguisher. Samuel remained unharmed, but the back of her dress was singed to ash.
Believe it or not, Samuel is not the first bride to create a "Trash the Dress" photo with fire. Other scenarios depicted in past photos include paint bombs, food fights, jumping off a cliff into the ocean, riding a roller coaster, and water skiing. Las Vegas wedding photographer John Michael Cooper is credited with starting the trend in 2001, when he felt bored with traditional photos and convinced his clients to pose in their pristine wedding gowns in unusual or grimy locations. "In fashion photography, they often put really pretty people in very ugly places," Cooper told The New York Times in 2007. "I'm applying that technique to weddings."
Those seeking ideas should head over to Pinterest. The unofficial showcase for creative bridal ideas, it features many "Trash the Dress" inspiration boards. Not everyone will want to trash their dress, but if black wedding gowns and mullet bridal dresses aren't your thing, consider this one more way to make a serious statement on your big day.
Watch Natasha's extreme photoshoot here.