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“Your dress already gets so dirty from the ground and the train dragging behind you, and the dirty dance floor, taking a little dip is not going to damage the dress anymore than it already is.  I suggest squeezing every ounce of joy out of your expensive dress that you can, and underwater pictures are totally worth it!!”- Lindsaytrash the dress greece destination wedding photographer nicole caldwell 04trash the dress greece destination wedding photographer nicole caldwell 05trash the dress greece destination wedding photographer nicole caldwell 06trash the dress greece destination wedding photographer nicole caldwell 07

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Kyle and I had loved the idea of jumping in the water after the wedding.  There was a little hesitation on how the Mothers would feel about the so called “trash the dress”, but after a little persuasion, we were back on board!  Not only did our pictures come out completely amazing and breathtaking, but it was an experience we really enjoyed with each other as a freshly married couple.  You spend so much time being poise and wearing your smile throughout the night, that after some dancing and partying with everyone, it was a great way to really let loose and have some FUN with just each other!
 

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If anyone doubts the thoughts of having such an experience and ruining their dress… you have to think of two things;
 
1.  After spending all that money on a dress, are you really ever going to be able to wear it again?  Will it just sit in a box at the top of your closet for many years to come, or will you get some amazing pictures to add to your already incredible wedding album?
 
2.  Even if you plan to wear it again, or keeping the dress in the slim hopes that your future daughters or granddaughters would not find it out dated and want to wear it, you can simply take the dress straight to the cleaners and they can clean the dress for you almost to brand new!
 
Here’s the proof:
 
After the wedding studio formal shoot on 8×10 film:
 
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An intimate wedding as the sun rose over Washington DC, the bride and groom spoke their vows, just the two of them, no officiant, because in DC you can self unite ; marry yourselves.  It was just the couple, and me, plus some early morning joggers. So honored and lucky to witness and photograph this intimate wedding of two awesome people.

 

As the bride got ready, the groom watered the plants.

The bride came out to let the groom know it was time to get ready, as her hair and makeup were near complete.

The couple chose to get ready together, in their home. I wish more couple got ready together- you feel the excitement of the day, less stress, and it ‘s just fun.

 

Driving to the ceremony

 

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Celebrating ensued where the couple first met, a bar, named Lyon Hall.  The place had just opened, so we were able to be seated exactly at the same spot where the bride said to the groom as he walked by- “Hey,You’re Cute.”   A bottle of champagne and some fun vintage inspired / paparrazzi flash photography was the perfect way to celebrate.

We can’t thank you enough for coming to shoot our wedding. You helped make our day so special and you provided us with photographic memories that will last a lifetime. We had so much fun around Dc with you!”

Fun snipets from the day- fancy myself a filmmaker.

Destination Wedding | Santa Barbara Historical Museum | Outdoor Elegance  by Nicole Caldwell

 

Shannon and Edo, on The streets of Florence. The owners of Enotecca Pitti Gola wine bar in florence were married in a traditional Italian Ceremony in the city, followed by a Fabulous american style wedding a private castle estate Monsanto, in Tuscany wine country.

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Tuscany Wedding

 

A whimsical, Vintage Summer Wedding at the Historic Stone House of Temecula Creek Inn.  Rustic and whimsical Colors: Spearmint & Gold,with touches of Coral in the flowersA destination wedding for Lauren and Jerod who met while working for Hollister,  and planned a wedding from Hong Kong!

From the Bride and Groom:” Temecula Creek Inn, It was actually the first place we found online as we searched from overseas. Found a photo of that Stone House space and loved it! It was in close proximity to family that could help us plan from Hong Kong as well.”

They had a do it yourself “Kissing Booth” encouraging family and friends to take pics and post on social media.

Photography by Nicole Caldwell

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Taylor and Spencer at Clift Hotel Wedding ,San Francisco

Maui Wedding | Olowalu Plantation House | Trash the Dress Black Rock Beach  Nicole Caldwell Photography  Weddings On Maui

 

Erica and Jared Traveled to Crane Resort in Barbados for their “I Dos”

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