Golden Gardens Trash the Dress: Tecla + Craig

Aug 13, 2008 | Trash the Dress

Last Wednesday evening, I met with Tecla and Craig for the final installment of their fabulous photographic story – their trash the dress (TTD) session.  I suggested Golden Gardens for contrast with their engagement photos and wedding shots, and boy am I glad I did.  It was such a beautiful evening, and *just* warm enough for a little swimming …

We started off in the sand dunes.  Here’s a particularly moody look from Tecla – what a rock star!

I made Tecla crawl into the undergrowth for a few minutes – I think she thought I was a little nuts at this point …

We headed into the little patch of trees near the bathhouse for some more couples shots.

These guys are pros at making out on cue!

A little fisheye fun with the magical fluffy sky:

As the sun began to dip, we headed out onto the beach.  I asked Tecla to spin and spin and spin …  at one point she mentioned that she was getting a bit dizzy … to which I think I replied, “I don’t care!!”

After lots of spinning it was finally time to head into the water – Tecla is such a trooper!!  She went all the way in, and even had a swim for me – I was mightily impressed!

I love soggy brides!

We definitely did some trashing:

Our last stop of the evening was the gorgeous red brick bathhouse.  I just love the arches there.

Thank you so, so much Tecla and Craig for being amazing sports and totally rocking your trash the dress session!

© 2008 Kate McElwee Photography


  1. Yay! I love them!!! We had so much fun! I wish we could take pictures with you every month! Thank you so much Kate, you have made this part of our lives even more memorable! You rock!! See you soon for b-pics :o)

  2. Yay, thanks Tecla! You guys are just crazy fun to photograph – thank you for indulging all my mad ideas so happily 🙂 Looking forward to b-pics with you!

  3. Another fantastic set, Kate. Tecla looks just like a mermaid in the “soggy bride” shot – I love it!

  4. Wow, these are fantastic! I love the one of you two in the grove of trees. It’s all magical-like. 🙂

  5. YAY!!!! love the ttd!

    Great job girly(:

  6. Great job Kate, You always look Great Tecla.. loved the pictures!
    Tho, maybe the next day should be TTG ( Trash the Groom) 🙂

  7. I love the varity of shots…. not all the “standard” wedding shots…. fabulous, just like the two of you!


  8. these pics are great… i love the making out on cue part… you guys look so cute… i’m totally stoked for b-pics, i know they’ll be great!!! 🙂

  9. hey great job love the pics
    can’t wait for the b-pics


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