Phill and Emily Trash the Dress {Saint Louis Wedding Photographer}

I was thrilled when Emily asked me if I would be willing to come up and shoot a trash the dress session for her!
We were roomies in college, and I missed her wedding last year because I was in another wedding on the same day.
For another roommate. 🙂
This session comes a little over a year after their wedding.
And Emily fit into her dress perfectly.
Way to go, Em! (I know I wouldn’t have!!)

You might be wondering what a trash the dress session is all about…
Well, some time after the wedding is over,
the bride gets to don her beautiful gown again
and take it to places that it wouldn’t have gotten to go on her wedding day.
Maybe there wasn’t enough time for pictures.
Maybe the places weren’t able to be used the day of the wedding because the dress needed to be in tact.
Some sessions can be a little more extreme than others,
causing permanent damage to the dress.
Emily and Phill’s session included field shots, pictures with Emily’s motorcycle,
hiking out to some bluffs that overlook LaCrosse, and ending at a park near the river
where they could jump in a {freezing cold!} fountain.
So Emily’s dress will be able to be washed right up and looking as beautiful as ever.
But the best part is that the session will provide some beautiful art for albums, wall decoration, gift prints,
and most of all some amazing memories.

It was fun to see Emily again and get to meet her hubby Phill and her kitty Shadow.
I took the 10 hour drive
(ok, my husband did all the driving…)
on my 30th birthday.
And you know what?
Emily was so sweet that there was a cake waiting for me at her house! 🙂
That made my day, Emily!!

My husband was a trooper toting me around all afternoon
and keeping an eye on the girls while I was shooting the session.
Thankfully the weather was cooperative
and so was Gracen…mostly… 🙂

It was so hard to leave these pictures alone for more than a week
while we took a vacation to Door County with my husband’s family!
I think you’ll see why in a little bit…

Emily and Phill, thanks for being great models,
for inviting us up to your house,
and for trusting me with your memories.

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  • Becky MatsonSeptember 10, 2011 - 4:15 pm

    These are fun pictures! Lani, you didn’t tell me these pics were of our roommate Emily! Emily, you look fabulous and happy. Congrats to you and your hubby! Happy 1 yr anniversary! And happy 30th bday, Lani! Love you both!ReplyCancel

    • Lisa PolheberSeptember 10, 2011 - 8:30 pm

      LOVE these pictures! Lani you did a great job. Thanks for taking care of my beautiful sister and new brother-in-law.ReplyCancel

  • JenSeptember 10, 2011 - 7:49 pm

    LOVE the pictures with the soccer cleats!ReplyCancel

  • EmilySeptember 10, 2011 - 9:55 pm

    Lani, I can’t stop looking at them! You did a wonderful job. I can’t wait to see the rest of the pics!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Brown (Mom)September 10, 2011 - 10:05 pm

    I also loved the pictures! Lani, Emily told me you were a great photographer and I agree! Really enjoyed the night shot in front of the fountain. Em, I’m glad you didn’t TRASH the dress too much!ReplyCancel

  • Julie PolheberSeptember 11, 2011 - 2:44 pm

    How fun! I love it, these pictures are just great! Thanks for sharingReplyCancel

  • Carrie Lytle (sister)September 11, 2011 - 5:43 pm

    Love the pictures! Great ideas!ReplyCancel

  • shanaSeptember 11, 2011 - 6:15 pm

    the moments you captured are beautiful. i cannot wait to trash my dress!!! these aren’t my photos and i have looked at them multilple times already!ReplyCancel

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