Anniversary Trash the Dress Session from Melissa Waller Photography

Trash the dress sessions are become more and more popular these days.  But this shoot we're sharing with you was not your typical trash the dress session.  You see, Jennifer was married in 2010 and preserved her wedding dress like most brides do...until she received an awesome 3 year anniversary gift from her friends - a trash the dress anniversary session!  We love the urban backdrop in these beautiful photos by Melissa Waller Photography.  Take a look.

Wedding date: March 5, 2010
Wedding location:
Nassau, Bahamas
Wedding dress: Pronovias



How did you meet?  We met through mutual friends when we were in high school and then lost touch.  But one day sophomore year in college (spring break I believe), I called him when I was bored to hang out….and that was the beginning of a beautiful friendship and love. How did he propose? He lied and said we were going to the movies in downtown Baltimore, so of course I was fussing….and as we were walking, (in the rain mind you) he got down on one knee and proposed. Stunned!

Description of wedding: An amazing day that was stress free, intimate, fun, dreamy, full of family and laughter. We had a beach wedding that was picture perfect. A beautiful ocean, a pristine sand shore with my love our family and friends tying the knot in the midst of one of nature’s most alluring settings, a romantic seaside ceremony.

Wedding style: (Explain your wedding style and details on how you chose your dress.) Simple and classic. My dress was ordered from Barcelona, Spain and I actually didn’t choose it, the bridal consultant suggested it would be perfect for me especially because we had a destination wedding. When she showed it to me I fell in love! It’s an elegant, natural, sweetheart, strapless dress with light organza ruffles from the mid-section and all the way down the train. The dress is form fitted and the fit and the ruffles reminded me of the seaside and the waves of the ocean. Perfect fit for our wedding. Our wedding style….Classic and relaxed. I had no idea what the men were wearing until I walked down the aisle and I let my bridesmaids select their dress which they did a great job. The whole process was pretty carefree. There was minimal stress with the wedding planning. We are a laid back couple who didn’t want to go to any extremes, but wanted the process and outcome to be amazing. We definitely set the bar and achieved that.

Advice for future brides: Do a destination wedding. Enjoy the wedding process. Don’t stress. Don’t feel obligated to do anything, and do what you want! So many people tried to talk us out of having a destination wedding. Giving their input on how they think things should be. My response, are you paying for it? This is the ONE time in your life where no one else matters but you two. Enjoy this process together. Yes you will probably get on his nerves asking for his input, and you may hate each other the weeks leading up to the wedding, but I think that’s when you know for sure you are made for each other. The struggle to come together and display your love in front of your friends and family is real! You will make it through!

Details on the anniversary shoot:

Well, for our Trash the Dress session, this was an anniversary gift from some awesome friends of ours. Three years after the wedding, what’s a girl to do with her wedding dress…..PUT IT BACK ON! Get glamorous like it was your wedding day allll over again and then get grungy and shoot your dress somewhere you wouldn’t anticipate shooting. Melissa is an AMAZING photographer and we couldn’t wait to work with her. For our Trash the Dress session, I knew I would be laying in an alley, so I decided to do something simple with my hair. My makeup was done by my sister in law LaShella “Jet” Miller. She is an amazing makeup artist that has done Fashion Week in NY and so many events in the DMV (Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia area). My wedding dress was designed by Pronovias from Barcelona, Spain. The design was called Hebra.

  1. Ashley @ Details Nashville

    I have never heard of ‘trash the dress sessions’! This is such a fun idea! I really like the venue they chose for the session – an alleyway with graffiti all over it….genius! Thanks for sharing!

    • Nerissa Golden

      Vanessa Hall does some great Trash the Dress sessions…

  2. SavvyBrydeGuru

    The location looks like Graffiti Alley. If so, it’s my favorite location to go and get creative! Great choice.

    • Melissa Waller

      yes, it was graffiti alley in Baltimore Maryland. It was the couples choice and an excellent one at that! One of my favorite shoots ever.

  3. Plum Pretty Sugar

    Thanks for sharing the inspiration.

  4. VSez

    I love everything about this photo shoot!

  5. Melissa Waller

    Thank you so much – I am just in love with this couple and they truly were a pleasure to work with! I can’t wait to get them behind my lens again. :)

    • Jenn

      You were awesome as well Melissa! I can’t wait to work with you again. Congrats on thr feature! ?

      • Jenn


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