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Published August 07, 2013, 10:17 PM

Many brides are trashing their dresses after the big day

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- After the wedding, many brides are taking that pristine, white gown, and trashing it. "Trash the Dress" is a growing trend in which brides ruin their gowns for the camera.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- After the wedding, many brides are taking that pristine, white gown, and trashing it. "Trash the Dress" is a growing trend in which brides ruin their gowns for the camera.

From jumping in a lake to extremes like lighting the dress on fire, more brides are saying goodbye to the gown. We went out with one woman as she did her best to tear and stain her dress while making some memories.

It isn't every day you see a bride laying in a muddy creek, but just months away from their first anniversary, Staci Severson and her husband Tyler took to the farm where Staci grew up to trash her wedding dress.

Staci knew even before she bought the dress that she wasn't going to keep it in a box.

Staci Severson - Trashing her Dress: "It's basically a bride's way of saying 'I will no longer need another wedding dress, this is my only wedding.'"

And it's a growing trend. More brides are trashing their gowns with water, mud, even paint. Photographer Ben Nash has done several trash the dress shoots in the past couple years.

Ben Nash - Photographer: "It's kind of a unique thing for people, a lot of people don't like to trash their wedding dress. But there are a few courageous ones that say, 'Hey, I'm never going to wear this again so I'll trash it and get some sweet pictures out of it.'"

One bride's trash the dress video caused a stir on social media recently as she lit her dress on fire - while wearing it. Staci says she is not going for that kind of shock value, but the value of capturing the things that are dear to her.

Staci Severson: "The horses, the farm, the country, the streams, the pastures. I can pretty much say that they're in my blood."

Social media sites like Facebook and Pinterest have propelled the popularity of these types of photo sessions, but some brides still say they'd rather keep their gown in one piece.

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