Karen and Bruce's Trash the Dress Bridal Shoot

When I told Karen and Bruce that I was dying to do a wedding shoot in a township, they thought it was a brilliant idea. Since they arrived in Cape Town a few days before their wedding, they decided to swap an engagement session for a 'Trash the Dress' Shoot, which is a fairly recent trend where you have a shoot in your wedding gear after your actual wedding.

I don't really like this phrase - it conjures up visions of a bride rolling in the mud with a 'sexy look' or savagely shredding silk or jumping through a ring of flames (too much caffiene or not enough sleep?). I think it sounds tacky - perhaps it should be called something much cooler such as a 'Post-Wedding-Couple-Shoot'.....not. I did think of a few alternatives but nothing really stuck... Relive the robe, Dress Deja vu or F*** the Frock? I know a lot of photographers read this blog... perhaps some of you guys have a better idea? We can start our own South African trend :-)

In any case, I regress. So I don't like the term but I do love the idea. Basically you do a shoot in your dress where we have time to be creative and get cool shots at a different location, but without the pressure of a wedding day and without you worrying about your dress getting dirty. I know my wedding dress is still sitting in my best friend's cupboard in Joburg waiting to be dry cleaned, 5 years later. It probably doesn't fit anymore and if I have a daughter one day I'm pretty sure she won't wear it to her wedding. So you may as well get the most use out of it now!

Back to Karen and Bruce's session though. Karen completely got the ball rolling and hired a guide and guard to accompany us to Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay as I wasn't too keen to head with my gear unaccompanied to a township. We had a great morning cruising around the streets and shebeens much to the locals amusement and got some awesome images!I also snuck in a few other images on the way which you can view on my portrait site.

Karen and Bruce's Trash the Dress Bridal Shoot
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Comments

  • Karen and Bruce

    Brilliant! We had so much fun, in hindsight felt bad that we thought we needed a guard- the people were more concerned that my dress would be getting dirty! You were right about the location- I think that with our stunning Lanzerac shots and these ones, we have memories of both ends of the spectrum: the luxury and beauty as well as the unfortunate reality for many. Stunning composition, as always!

  • Karen and Bruce

    Absolutely stunning Jules! In hindsight, I felt bad about thinking we needed a guard - the people were amazing and were more concerned about my dress getting dirty! Your 'eye' for the location and the people is simply brilliant. We have been so lucky - we have wonderful memories of the extremes of our country: the luxury and splendour of Lanzerac, as well as the unfortunate reality for many South Africans in our townships. Thank you!

  • steve

    hey, these r really cool pics

  • John Roos & Jaques Vrey

    Karen and Bruce's wedding photos are the most exceptional that we have EVER seen! Jules' eye for detail and the perspective for that 'magical shot' is unbelievable. Well done, and thankyou for the photos.

  • Jurgen Alan

    they are just great , and for many reasons very very nice
    really well done
    kind regards
    jurgen

  • Maureen Wainwright

    Dear Karen & Bruce,
    Congratulations on your marriage, and what a
    wonderful idea to share the magic of it all with
    the people of Hout Bay who dont often see the beauty of a bride & groom in the township.thanks,Maureen

  • Taz Bear

    AWESOME... number 6 is my favourite but it was difficult to choose!!

  • james hunt

    FUN-tastic.

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