Dirty Bloody Wedding Dress
Lauren Brimhall Photography
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Dirty Bloody Wedding Dress

This image of a dirty, bloody wedding dress is a company favorite. While it may not be representative of the perfect, romantic, pretty images that many bride’s seek out for their wedding, it tells a totally one-of-a-kind story from this couple’s wedding. This particular bride danced like no one was watching for her entire reception, and (at some point) had to remove her shoes to continue on. Her dress was soiled earlier in the afternoon as she opted to take bride-and-groom photos on the sandy beaches that are a prominent feature of her Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding venue. Lead photographer, Lauren Brimhall, noticed at the reception her blackened dress bottom and candidly took this image of her feet as she was excitedly jumping up and down. Only afterward taking said image did she notice the blood on the top of her foot where the bride had been stepped on by another dancer and that the blood had been transferred to the edge of the dress. The filthy edges of the dress in combination with the blood seamlessly contrast her still perfectly manicured toenails. The varying aspects of this simplistic but impactful image successfully manage to tell the story of this dancing-queen bride’s reception evening without so much as having to see her face. The wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) contest judges formally recognized this image by awarding it 12 th Place in the Details Category for Q3, 2016.