Skip to comments.Newlywed Drowns In Wedding Dress During Photo Shoot
Posted on 08/27/2012 3:47:45 PM PDT by BenLurkin
RAWDON, Que. A newlywed was getting one final photo shoot in her wedding dress.
It would be her last.
Rescue teams recovered the body of newlywed realtor Maria Pantazopoulos, 30, Friday after the bride was swept away and drowned in the current near Dorwin Falls in Rawdon, according to CTV News.
Pantazopoulos was dipping her toes into the water to pose but the dress became heavy when wet and the current pulled her to the bottom of the deep, eight-meter section of the lake.
The photographer put down his equipment and tried to save her. He grabbed her with his hands, Sgt. Ronald McInnis, provincial police spokesman, told the Montreal Gazette. (One witness) tried to help, but they couldnt save her.
The photo shoot was part of an increasingly-popular rite of passage known as trash the dress, in which artistic photos are taken of the wedding gown being destroyed. The ritual was meant as a joyous celebration of having found her partner for life.
Photographer Louis Pagakis said that Pantazopoulos was small of stature, weighing around 100 pounds, and although she could swim, she was quickly overwhelmed.
I jumped in, I was screaming and yelling, we tried our best, Pagakis told CTV News.
The incident occurred at around 2 p.m. and rescue teams recovered her body shortly before 6 p.m.
The two witnesses were treated at hospital for shock.
Another photographer named Mario Michaud told CTV Montreal that he narrowly avoided a similar mishap in a photo-shoot at the same spot in May. In that case, however, the woman was saved.
One experienced diver from the region told CTV Montreal that the current is deceptively strong, as those who venture into the waters quickly find out.
Those who have drowned in recent years near Rawdon have included a 14-year-old boy who died in June 2005, while several others drowned in the area in the mid-1990s.
Rawdon is a town of around 10,000 residents, about 50 miles north of Montreal.
Makes no sense.
The poor groom. The poor parents. Prayers all around.
Is this because it’s a Monday and no Pubbies convention news?
How much money is wasted on weddings each year? Insane. $30,000 for the “average”’wedding? That and college spending put a ton of pressure on young couples.
Praying for both families.
The point these brides are making - in this culture of serialized polygamy - is that they only need a wedding gown once, since they intend to be married to one man for life.
I get that but I’m betting there are safer ways to destroy the dress than dip into into the river while the girl is still in it. Why not set fire to it while the bride is still in it? Makes as much sense.
I thought the tradition was to pass the gown down to your daughter?
I never heard that women traditionally saved the wedding gowns for future weddings, and what about getting older and middle aged spread?
This new weird thing, doesn’t make much sense.
Sounds more like a ritual for a divorce.
Why didn’t both of them go in the water together?
How come the groom does not trash his tuxedo?
If he had been a gentleman he would have gone in the water first and warned about the current.
Why is it that women do these crazy things?
Ironically, she got her wish.
Because it's rented.
turning your solemn day into a day of populist stunts
guess even the successdul ones will feel sorry, latter on, that they invested desire for memories into the mundane manufactured kind
I’m with you, sounds like an odd and wasteful tradition which in some cases could prove dangerous if not downright deadly as it did in this case. Poor woman. I googled “new tradition trash the wedding dress” and wow seems in these days of abundance no one wants to wear someone else’s “old” wedding dress, even if it belonged to a family member. I’m betting it was some silly photographers “artistic” idea, after all they didn’t spend the cash on the dress.
Yeah but there are also traditions of trying it on every year, or your daughter using/modifying it and gettin g married in it, etc. After all the money you fork out for one I’d say hell no you aren’t destroying it.
The article claims "the ritual was meant as a joyous celebration of having found her partner for life."
Utter bunk. This is the cover story - and a very nasty one it is, because the bride is told that if she doesn't do it, she thinks she might need it later on, and therefore she doesn't really love her husband.
Insidious, isn't it? And when I see something that insidious, I immediately think: liberal.
And just look - ONLY liberal brides do this. Try to get a conservative bride to trash her wedding dress, and you'll be looking down the barrel of a shotgun.
But why? Well, groupthink. Liberals obey their groups, so the group wants this. And why?
Because brides are extremely dangerous to liberalism.
At no other time does a woman so deeply love a man, respect a man, and stand up in society, on her own, as loving and respecting her man.
Pretend you're a collectivist feminist - this situation is intolerable! But what can you do? You've got the girls form a very young age, all through school. You've got the women as they enter college or the work world or once they join OES or obey it long enough to get divorced. You've got the older women who have fully indulged in celebrating lives of rabid hatred. Fine.
But a newlywed? Do you realize that you can lose a newly married woman FOREVER?! She loves her husband - a man! She respects her husband - a man! THIS MUST STOP - IMMEDIATELY!
So, you're a feminist, and you're evil, and you'se a sadist, so you go for the guts. Right in the middle of the joy of the marriage - right before she can even box up her wedding gown, THE GROUP demands she not only destroys, but literally rapes and photographs the rape, of her own wedding - in the form of that ultimate symbol, her wedding dress.
And if she doesn't, she's told she doesn't intend to stay married, and doesn't really love her new husband.
Hows THAT for cognitive dissonance so perverse, it could only be called satanic (or Hilaryanic, take your pick).
And then, when the stupid collectivist idiot trashes her dress, you have her back. The seed is planted at her very wedding that the reason for that dress - her love and respect for her husband, a man - is worthy only of trashing. Of extreme disrespect boardering on rape. And ultimately on complete rejection, and in looking through the pictures for years to come, exulting in that rape, and that rejection of her marriage, and her love and respect for her husband.
And the feminists smile.
You see that Soccer Mom, with that stroller, in that SUV?
You have NO IDEA how f****d up she really is.
They overly focus on the totems, and if anything is missed on the checklist, it's not perfect. And it has to be perfect.
I have never heard of this “trash the dress” thing. I thought it was saved for a daughter to wear someday or sold for some extra cash.
Hold on now. As a man who’s been married for over 20 years I’m asking, just how big a celebration is too big for what quite possibly is life’s most pivotal event? Everything I cherish in life has come about as the result of that union. I’d say that it would be difficult to overdo it.
Wedding Trends: Trash the Dress
I had to show this to my wife. I didn't know about this tradition, but my wife is 6' tall, and our youngest and fully grown daughter is 4'11" tall. Definitely got a giggle.
Some sources claim that the trend was originally started in 2001 by Las Vegas wedding photographer John Michael Cooper.
However, the idea of destroying a wedding dress has been used in Hollywood symbolically since at least October 1998 when Meg Cummings of the show Sunset Beach ran into the ocean in her wedding dress after her wedding was badly interrupted. Since then the style has spread around the world and most notably in the UK, with photographers like Steve Gerrard and Mark Theisinger, amongst others, shoot their unique ideas of Trash the Dress.
Brides are increasingly expecting more from their weddings photos, and trash the dress is an example of these expectations. Brides and grooms want to feature in the art on the walls of their homes.
A model often wears a ball gown, prom dress or wedding dress, and may effectively ruin the dress in the process by getting it wet, dirty or in extreme circumstances tearing or destroying the garment.
It may be done as an additional shoot after the wedding, almost as a declaration that the wedding is done and the dress will not be used again. It is seen as an alternative to storing the dress away.
In a Mass Trash The Dress event September 9, 2009 more than 150 women wore their wedding dresses once more and were pictured on a beach in Scheveningen, Netherlands.
Huffington Post Divorce blogger, Joelle Caputa, began seeking women to interview for her book “Trash the Dress: Stories of Celebrating Divorce in your 20s” in June 2011. In November 2011, she trashed her wedding dress during a photoshoot on The Style Network show, Glam Fairy.
The 30-year-old woman had recently bought a house in Laval, started working as a real estate agent with Via Capitale, got married June 9, and went on a honeymoon in the Caribbean.
She was really, really happy, said family friend Leeza
Pousoulidis said her friend wanted a way to immortalize her dress, and was excited to take pictures with it in Rawdon on Friday afternoon, as part of a growing trend called trash the dress, in which brides pose for pictures in their wedding dresses, often in unconventional settings like in bodies of water.
Shes a really fun girl, and she just didnt want her wedding dress sitting in a box in the closet, Pousoulidis said. She said I want to have fun with my wedding dress. I want to have great pictures and memories of me in my wedding dress.
Because grooms are smarter than brides. They don't spend a couple grand on an item of clothing they are going to wear once.
They rent their tux.
Why don’t you ask the groom in this situation what kind of “celebration” is too big or too stupid to include?
Does the thought not cross your mind that the bride “overdid” it?
Interesting. I did attend a wedding about 10 years ago where the bride’s dress converted to a mini at the reception. I thought it was incredibly cool. Mrs. Melas, was not as impressed.
My comments was in regards to the price of weddings, not this woman’s drowning. Keep up.
“trash the dress” seems as stupid as “shove the wedding cake in your new spouses face”.
At least the guests don’t have to watch “trash the dress” like they have to watch “smash the cake on the face”.
Is “Trash the dress” available as a screen name on FR?
This has been going on for a few years. It is a stupid thing. I think it screams “look at us, we have so much money we can trash a dress that we paid thousands for just last week.”
(Google Images on 'trash the dress')
These Millenials are so incredibly, amorally f'd up. I have speculated that this Second Great Depression was a suckerpunch meant to wake them up out of their game-driven wired-yet-catatonic state.
Money isn’t mentioned in your post.
Even if it had been, the money you are so eager to throw around has to be thrown at something. The bigger and more overdone the better, right?
The young woman in this story decided to throw money at a photographer in order to show how very fashionably she could do just that—throw money away.
The gesture killed her. That’s what this thread is about.
Read up or shut up.
Yep! It had better be all about them or else it is over!
Well if you look at the bottom of my post #23, you'll see a little hyperlink that jumps you up to post #6, by Tigerclaws which I was replaying to, and it read:
"How much money is wasted on weddings each year? Insane. $30,000 for the averagewedding? That and college spending put a ton of pressure on young couples."
When Jim developed this software, he made it incredibly easy to follow conversations in context. It's a feature that you should acquaint yourself with. It will prevent you from making embarrassing posts in the future.
By my second post I had lost interest in a conversation with you.
I was simply pointing out how smugly stupid you are.
No thanks necessary, party boy. You can send cash though, if you’re still pushing the expensive, moronic gestures.
I’ll donate it to those even more helpless than you.
Ah, so you'd keep it. Gotcha. No reply necessary.
Okay, drop me a line and I’ll give you my address!
You’re a bigshot, right? Big spender? You won’t miss a grand or so at all? In the name of friendship and peace? Nah, that’s pocket change for you!
Listen, bigshot, right now I have to go. Little quiet time with my wife. You can understand. We were married almost 30 years ago, a small ceremony, before our family, our friends, our God. Holy Matrimony, they call it. Priceless, my friend. Inexpensive, but priceless.
But you can...I don’t know...well, you could go write yours a check, couldn’t you?
Ok, I'm just going to ignore the jabs. Any man who's been married for 30 years is doing something right. Congratulations.
Ok, now that got a genuine WTF.
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