Brides often book one of these post-wedding sessions as a surprise to their grooms.
"They do it to get the pictures that they really want, and not feel like they need to put on the idea of what a bridal portrait should look like," Fowler says. "I have been to a lot of weddings where maybe the bride doesn't care, but the mother is freaking out about the dirt."
Even though they usually don't participate in the shoots, husbands are fans of "Trash the Dress" photos.
"What guy wouldn't want some really sexy, wonderful, artistic photos of their wives?" says Reed, who has photographed brides among prickly fields in Cranberry and in a playground in Aspinwall.
Don Michael Oesterle, 32, of Crafton, had been bugging his wife, Simone Hudson, for photos like that since they got married Aug. 7, 2005. For their second anniversary, he joined his wife in front of Reed's camera for some dress trashing, or, rather, dress dousing.
Hudson, 30, donned the beaded orange sundress that she wore at her wedding. Before the shoot, she wasn't sure whether she'd be up for climbing into the dancing fountain at Bessemer Court.
"I think you'll get a citation if you go in," she says.
The couple got drenched when rain came pouring down at the end of their shoot.
Station Square was the scene of what Hudson calls their first "official" date. After dinner at Buca di Beppo, they went for a walk across the Smithfield Street Bridge.
"That was the first time he held my hand," she says. "He pretended to be shy!"
Hudson, who owns a wedding-planning company called 5senses, wears her wedding dress on special occasions like her birthday or their anniversary. But she says she wasn't worried about the dress during the shoot.
"Hopefully whatever it is will wash off. If not, I'm sure there's a dressmaker in town who would fix it," she says. "I want to give my dress a good wear before it becomes moth-eaten or something."
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