Denver Bridal Portraits: Downtown and Union Station

Revisiting a Trash the Dress Photo Shoot 8 years later!

Rebellious bride climbs walls in her wedding dress in downtown Denver

Rebellious bride climbs walls in her wedding dress in downtown Denver

Lately I have been working on my portfolio, trying to find more images that fit my “Rebellious” and “Free-Spirited” style when I remembered this Trash the Dress photo shoot I did back in 2008.  It was one of my favorite photo shoots yet I never blogged it before, so why not now?!

This bride had bought this wedding dress for a great deal online but when she tried it on in person she realized it really wasn’t what she wanted for her wedding day.  But she didn’t want the dress to just go to waste, sitting completely unused in her closet.  Even though she didn’t wear it for her wedding she still liked the dress and figured it would be fun to do a “trash the dress” style photo shoot in it.  Trash the Dress photo shoots are nowadays often just referred to as “day after” or “Post-wedding” photo shoots.  They consist of doing a fun unique photo shoot in your wedding dress after your wedding is over, so you don’t have to worry about keeping it clean, or all in one piece.  Of course you don’t have to actually trash it, but some rebellious brides look forward to doing just that.

Molly had so much fun wearing this dress around downtown Denver.  She definitely portrays the rebellious and care-free bride that I love to work with too.  Either running around barefoot or sporting her comfy black combat boots, she certainly wasn’t afraid to get her dress dirty, climb lamp posts, or jump on strangers motorcycles.  And we also had a friend with a wedding dress join in some of the pictures so we could capture some unique shots with two brides.

I also love the architectural history captured in these pictures.  The Union Station looks completely different now then it did back then.  Unfortunately I could never get away with these shots around the Union Station today.  Now that the Union Station has been remodeled and is a high traffic area full of travelers and tourists, there is always a herd of people around the entry way, including security guards that I’m sure would yell at us immediately, and likely fined if they saw a bride climbing up the light posts.  Back in 2008 the Union Station was a ghost town, barely even used for train travel with hardly anyone in sight.  Also back then the train tracks we took pictures on were not being used.  Today the tracks have been revitalized and are fully being used so of course doing the track pictures would not only be impossible now but extremely dangerous.

trash the dress post-wedding photo shoot around downtown denver

trash the dress post-wedding photo shoot around downtown denver

 

fun bridal portraits in downtown Denver

fun bridal portraits in downtown Denver

urban bridal portraits in downtown Denver

urban bridal portraits in downtown Denver

running barefoot in front of the Union Station

climbing light posts and running barefoot in front of the once quite Union Station

fun care-free bridal portraits in downtown Denver

fun care-free bridal portraits in downtown Denver

bride wears combat boots with a wedding dress

combat boots go great with a wedding dress

bride with combat boots and a unique Mardi Gras mask

fun unique details with a Mardi Gras mask and combat boots

care-free bride in downtown Denver

care-free bride in downtown Denver *I do not condone using railroad tracks for pictures, these were not active tracks, see disclaimer below

***DISCLAIMER:   I was very hesitant to post the pictures of the brides on the train tracks.  These were un-used tracks at the time, so I knew we weren’t in any danger sitting on them.  However, we were still illegally trespassing (shhh, don’t tell the city), and I do not recommend or condone ever using live train tracks for pictures, and don’t want anyone coming across these pictures to get the wrong idea.   There have been numerous horrible incidents of people getting killed on railroad tracks, either due to naive photographers not aware of the danger, or even by people doing selfies not aware how fast the trains in the background are coming up behind them.   Despite this I do love how these shots show the original structure of the Union Station behind them and figured I could use the images to help spread the word of the danger of playing on live railroad tracks.

trash the dress bridal portraits by Union Station in downtown Denver

trash the dress bridal portraits by Union Station in downtown Denver *I do not condone using railroad tracks for pictures, these were not active tracks, see disclaimer above

Rebellious brides on train tracks in downtown Denver

Rebellious brides on train tracks in downtown Denver *I do not condone using railroad tracks for pictures, these were not active tracks, see disclaimer above

care-free bride by the old Union Station in downtown Denver 2008

care-free bride by Union Station in downtown Denver

trash the dress post-wedding photo shoot around downtown denver

trash the dress post-wedding photo shoot around downtown denver

 

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Morgan - fun!!! I love the angles you got to capture that beautiful dress and train!April 29, 2016 – 10:40 am

Melissa Johnson - Beautiful!! I love the shots of her on the lamppost. Such a fun session!April 29, 2016 – 10:26 am

Nicole Nichols Photography - Thanks Redden, I appreciate your comments, and yes certainly makes our job more fun to have daring locations and subjects!April 29, 2016 – 10:07 am

Redden Wood - I love how candid your style is! I myself try to do fun, daring locations (like climbing that lightpole!) because that’s what makes being a photographer so fun. Beautiful photos, beautiful model, beautiful shoot!! 🙂 Also that dress.. the train is breathtaking! You captured it wonderfully!April 28, 2016 – 9:14 pm

Haley - Love the swinging from the lamppost photos! Reminds me of singing in the rain!April 28, 2016 – 8:53 pm

Suzanne Jakes - These are awesome! I would love to be the person walking by while these were being taken. Beautiful work!April 28, 2016 – 8:26 pm

Sharon - Awww this looks super fun!!!!April 28, 2016 – 8:03 pm

Jess Kornacki - Well, that looks like a ridiculously fun day! So cool to see these locations change so much since 2008. Great photos!April 28, 2016 – 3:55 pm

Ashley - Dang, now THAT is a dress! That train is amazing!April 28, 2016 – 3:08 pm

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