The rent-a-cop patrolling the Bennett School for Girls in Millbrook, New York quickly made a shoot we had been looking forward to an immediate fail of epic proportions. Apparently this guy was waiting for the day to bust some “jokers” trying to trespass at the abandoned school for some insanely awesome pictures. Normally a bride in her dress is enough to bend the rules, but this guy was all business. When Amy booked us for her wedding, she had seen Candice’s Trash the Dress session that we had done in Millbrook, NY at the Bennett School, and she knew that a shoot like this was something that she had to do! So, fast forward through two engagement sessions in two states, Amy & Brian’s rad wedding at The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station, and we arrive at Amy’s Trash the Dress to be told no by this guy patrolling the property! Total buzz kill to say the least, but it gave Eric the opportunity to ask some friends and do some research on a location to shoot the Trash the Dress Amy had been looking forward to. Everything does happen for a reason, because the Collinsville Axe Factory in Canton, CT turned out to be off the wall and Eric always loves to scope out a new location for the first time. Fun facts? “The Collins Company Axe Factory is situated along the Farmington River, and was a world renowned manufacturer of tools, such as axes, machetes, picks and knives. They were used to construct the Trans-Siberian Railroad as well as in the California Gold Rush. The company closed in 1966, but the buildings of the factory are still used by local businesses.”
If Eric could shoot these sessions more often he would be the happiest guy ever, I think people are hesitant because they do not want to “trash their dress”, and I just want to say, for the record, we don’t want you to either. We see these images as a way to get some pictures in your dress that are a complete departure from the look that you wore on your wedding. You can funk it up a little, take a little risk with your look that wasn’t ideal on your wedding day and then you step into an unexpected location.
Did you know that your wedding dress is really our boss on your wedding day? May sound crazy, but a lot of choices we make throughout the wedding day pertaining to photography are largely dictated by your dress. We have an unspoken responsibility to not take you somewhere that you will get dirty, not pose you in a spot that smashes all the tulle and wrinkles all that satin, and we are very cautious but rarely ever ask you to sit, lay, or walk far in that white dress. Even if you are cool with it, your mom probably isn’t…and we like to keep her smiling all day.
So, this shoot isn’t about ruining that dress your wore once and may cost as much as a 1995 VW, it is about wearing that dress as a model, not as a bride. It is about not rushing to your cocktail hour, stressing about place cards, or anticipating the next big moment of your big day – IT IS JUST ALL about the pictures….No wonder why we love it!
Amy’s hawt Hair & Makeup: Stacey Palancia of Blush Couture and a big thanks to Janet Taub for shooting and assisting with me. We really missed working with Amy once the wedding was over, but lucky for us, she is preggers and we are hoping it doesn’t affect her job as president of our fan club, bring on the maternity and newborn shoots! Love you guys, congratulations and enjoy these.