Erin & Ben - Trash the Dress

Destination Wedding Photography - Costa Rica

The Mermaid Bride Takes the Plunge
– One More Time & Literally

The day after Erin & Ben said “I do” at their colorful Costa Rican destination wedding, they said “I do” once more — to trashing the dress.

Fearlessly accepting my invitation to a second shoot, these two found it romantically fun to risk the longevity of the bride’s once-in-a-lifetime wedding gown and the groom’s beachy linen attire.

What began as a toe tap into the ocean turned into spooning in the sand. Our couple became downright giddy in the caress of warm Central American waves. When Erin & Ben dove in head first, even I was surprised.

Erin said, if she has a daughter who gets married one day, she’ll just have to take her shopping. That’s part of the fun of getting married anyway.

And what were the dry cleaner’s words upon pickup? “I did the best I could.”

Interestingly, even after being packed away wet and sitting in Costa Rica’s humidiy for another week, the gown survived! The groom’s linen took the brunt of the rocky sand, and even that wasn’t too bad a turnout. Neither Erin or Ben mind.

As a photographer, I couldn’t be happier to deliver such a unique set of images. And one of my most cherished couples can share these photographs far more often than the clothing hanging in their closet. The couple is thrilled to have an amazing story to go with their gorgeous wedding portraits and a fun print to use for their thank you cards. And Erin and Ben’s hypothetical daughter? She may be able to wear her mother’s wedding dress after all.


The Details

Venue/Catering/Flowers:  Iguana Lodge, Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
Makeup & Hair:                 Arranged through the Lodge
Dress:                               Anthropologie

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