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Curtain Call | A beautiful way to Trash the Dress

I must start this post by giving a friend and fellow photographer credit for coming up with this fantastic idea, Leda of LVL Photography approached me a few months ago to see if I would be interested in taking part in a Curtain Call shoot she was
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planning with Stella Event Design. Basically a Curtain Call is photo shoot for a bride or bride & groom that takes place after the wedding day. It’s similar to what is popularly referred to as a “trash the dress” shoot, but rather than focusing on trashing the wedding dress we focus on taking incredible pictures of the bride in her wedding gown for the last time.
Bridal portrait, trash the wedding dress, wedding portraiture after the wedding day.Beach wedding portrait of the bride and groom.
The beautiful thing about bridal portraits after the wedding is that there’s no pressure, no time constraints, and no stress from the wedding day! The shoot is all about having fun, looking beautiful, and capturing the pictures you could only dream of doing on your wedding day! We get a lot of questions about who a shoot like this is really for and the answer honestly is that everyone is welcome…
Portrait of a bride, trash the dress, wedding portraiture after the wedding day
It doesn’t matter who shot your wedding or how long ago you got married! If you enjoy photography, love beautiful pictures, and want to have fun feeling like a model in your wedding dress one last time this is the perfect opportunity for you!
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Wedding portrait, trash the dress, bride and groom portrait after the wedding.
Of course there are more practical reasons for wanting a Curtain Call shoot, for instance you simply didn’t have time to do a photo walk on your wedding day, it rained and you couldn’t go outside for pictures, or you want to do something crazy and really get creative with the pictures… we aren’t out to trash the dress but we won’t stop you from trying if that’s what you want!! =)

Many thanks to David at The Veranda at the Whitcomb in Saint Joesph Mi for allowing us to stage the event there, Salon 1341 in Stevensville Mi for doing the brides hair, and Kim at All Star Productions for doing video of the shoot!

If you’d love to put your dress on one last time and have a blast being photographed by some amazing photographers we’ve got a marathon Curtain Call event planned for August 30th, contact Stella Event Design for details, pricing, and availability!
Bride and groom, portrait on railroad tracks, trash the dress, post wedding portraiture.

I would also like to thank the incredible bride and groom who joined us just 1 week after their wedding. Dan and Lisa where an amazing couple to work with and a lot of fun to take pictures of. Thanks for all your patience, energy, and willingness to go anywhere and do anything, I hope you love the pictures as much as we do!

If you want to see more amazing pictures from the curtain call event check out Stella Event Designs Blog post with behind the scenes pictures from the Curtain call, or you can see some of LVLs amazing pictures on her blog here!!

For even more examples of Trash the Dress photos in Southwest Michigan click here!!

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  • May 5, 2009 - 10:35 pm

    Jessica@Stella Event Design - Such a fun thing to do, I’m so glad we all got a chance to be involved in this, and I can’t wait for Lisa+Dan to see all of their pictures—I think they’ll love them!

  • May 6, 2009 - 2:27 pm

    Leda | LVL Photography - Digital sweetness at its best! And what an amazing day w/a fabulous couple, and ROCKSTAR vendor line-up! Thanks Ben! Now I must get busy!

    PLUG: Salon 1341 is new to Stevensville, but Erica Henninger is not. Erica has been rockin out hair for 14yrs previously at the Mane Street Salon downtown Stevensville. Check her and her new salon out ladies and gentlemen!

  • May 7, 2009 - 1:53 am

    Lisa - Ben, Leda, and Justin are amazing Photographers and extremely amazing people to work with. I am so glad that I had the chance to meet all of them. I could’nt have done this without Kim from Allstar Productions and Jessica from Stella Event Design, such amazing women as well to work with that got me to do this. I also thank Erica Henninger she is excellent with hair and done an awesome job with mine. I can’t thank you all enough for making me feel beautiful!! I am very pleased with your work and the photos are amazing!! Thanks

  • May 7, 2009 - 3:28 am

    Kim Owen - What a fun day I had videotaping this photo session. All you photographers are so talented, I know Dan and Lisa are going to have fantastic photos! Thanks for letting me be a part of it. It almost seemed like not working…

  • May 12, 2009 - 2:03 am

    Dan Tavolacci - Ben, Thank you for your hard work on Saturday for the curtain call event. You took some amazing pictures of Lisa & I. The pictures are fantastic and we had a lot of fun working with you, Justin, & Leda. You three rock when it comes to photography. The pictures are amazing and I have been telling people all about you, Justin & Leda and how good you were to work with. Also how fun it is working with all of you. We would not have known about this if Kim Owen didn’t tell us about it. Glad she did!! Jessica from Stell Event Design did an excellent job putting this all together. The day was a huge success for everyone!!!!!! Nice work all & thanks for the fun day. I can’t wait to see all of the pictures when they are ready!!!!

  • October 22, 2010 - 6:44 am

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