Category archives: Trash The Dress

I arrived back home on Monday evening from shooting Ashley and Josh’s wedding at Dreams Punta Cana Resort in the D.R. last Friday – so good to be on Canadian soil again……

Ashley and Josh’s wedding was actually the last one for my 2010 season so now I can unstress myself, relax and get caught up on all my editing!

Hurricane Paula thankfully had no affect on our weather.

Here is a sneak peek from Ashley and Josh’s trash-the-dress session:

  1. Rings said:
    What a beautiful photo. Such an amazing way to say good bye to your dress. Love it.
    October 26, 2010  2:23 pm

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Samandy and Manny’s wedding was the 7th wedding I’ve photographed in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. It was also the 5th wedding I’ve photographed at the Majestic Colonial/Elegance Resort. One of my goals when shooting in the Dominican Republic is to ensure I try new things so everyone’s wedding images don’t end up looking all the same.  As a photographer, it’s a good thing to challenge yourself during each and every shoot.  As you will soon see, there was a very different component during S & M’s TTD session : )

We agreed to meet the morning after their wedding at 6am.  The clock in Samandy and Manny’s room was set wrong so when they thought is was 6am, it was actually still 5am!  They waited outside in the dark for over an hour – ooops!  (Kind of funny, but it really wasn’t).  It was still too dark at 6am so we didn’t actually start shooting until 6:30am.  I am the furthest thing from a morning person so sunrise sessions are a challenge for me right there.  To top it all off, I only got about 3 hours sleep because I spent the night downloading all my memory cards onto my laptop and backing up the images for extra safety before going to sleep.  Contrary to popular belief, destination weddings are not a vacation for wedding photographers.

Here are just a few of the images from Samandy and Manny’s Sunrise Trash-the-Dress Session – enjoy!

I guess it’s not obvious that it’s brutally early in the morning here since Samandy and Manny are giggling like school kids : )

I think there’s a really good chance they might end up having really cute kids! : )

Loooove this one – the H20 almost looks delicious here.

One of those images that looks fab in colour and black & white – I still can’t decide.

They were such great sports – going in and out of the water.

And willing to do pretty much anything for the shoot!  I love working with couples that are eager beavers.

The biggest advantage of doing these sessions at sunrise is that there is barely anyone around to distract you.


I was so glad this palm tree was still here – it is just super cool.

I always like to do my rendition of “Blue Lagoon” (a family friendly version of course). Samandy and Manny weren’t even close to being born when that movie was out though!

Ok, now that you are over the complete shock they actually ripped and tore the dress, try not to judge. Personally, I think there are worse things than ripping a wedding dress – like married couples that don’t wear their wedding bands – actually, don’t get me started on that! : (  If I was a wedding cop (if such occupation existed), I would gladly hand out demerit points to married couples that don’t wear their weddings bands “because it’s just a piece of jewelry”. Sigh. Major pet peeve.

Tearing the dress actually wasn’t for our photo shoot. Since Samandy’s dress was soaking wet, it was SUPER heavy and hard to move around in so removing a few layers just made things easier. I thought while I was standing there, I might as well document it.

We wrapped up the session on this fun bed of coconuts.

By the time we finished, it was almost 9:30am. Samandy and Manny were total troopers and very fun to work with!  I really love working with couples like S & M that are willing to push the envelope with me.  Congratulations to both of them for committing their lives to each other with the blessing of marriage.  They flew home the next day and then were off to a fabulous honeymoon in Paris!

Although my visit was short, it was sweet and I was super honoured that Samandy and Manny invited me to tell the story of their destination wedding experience in the Dominican Republic.  I was truly thrilled to be a part of their wedding day!  I hope you have enjoyed viewing their images.

My next 2 destination weddings are scheduled for later this year, so there is more tropical fun to come!

  1. You never cease to amaze me with your pictures, indeed you make every wedding different and so personal
    May 25, 2010  12:22 pm

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I just spent the weekend (Thursday to Sunday) in the Dominican Republic shooting Samandy and Manny’s wedding at the Majestic Elegance Resort.

I booked my trip with AirCanada Vacations and was pleasantly surprised that I was upgraded to Executive Class at no extra charge!  Flying First Class is a much more enjoyable experience especially if you have long legs because the extra leg room is like heaven ; )  The flight attendants also really treat you like you are an extra special person – they always addressed me as “Ms. Wight”.  They sure don’t address you by name in Economy Class!  I really hope I can fly First Class sometime again.

The turbulence on my flight to Punta Cana was extremely unpleasant.  We had constant turbulence for 1 hour straight (seriously – constant bumps and jiggles non-stop), it stopped for about 10 minutes and then went for another hour.  Originally we were told it was only going to last for 20 minutes, but it went on for 2 hours.  I was totally nauseated and thought I was going to throw-up.  I almost couldn’t even LOOK at the yummy breakfast they served me and unfortunately I barely touched it.  Next time I go to Shopper’s Drug Mart I need to see if they make pills for air motion sickness because I don’t want to go through that again on my next trips to the Caribbean.  Thankfully, my flight back to Toronto on Sunday was a much smoother ride.

I also need to find out why whenever I go down south I come back with incredibly puffy ankles.  My ankles were like balloons on my flight back and actually still are right now (as well as my feet).  My legs are somewhat swollen as well.  I am also suffering from alot of sand flea bites (at least that’s what I’m passing it off as) so my legs and arms are incredibly itchy.  Hopefully this all goes away soon.

I am really looking forward to sharing a slew of images with you from Samandy and Manny’s wedding, but for now, here is a small sneak peek from their sunrise trash-the-dress session we did (starting at 6:30am!!!).

  1. Ashley said:
    Gorgeous!! Love how the bride and groom were tearing the dress apart! How fun!
    March 17, 2010  4:20 pm
  2. Emily Smith said:
    These are STUNNING!
    Gorgeous work -- LOVE LOVE LOVE that last shot!
    April 6, 2010  9:40 am
  3. Stacey Wight said:
    Thanks so much everyone. I am looking forward to posting more soon.
    April 12, 2010  3:39 pm
  4. Natascha said:
    Amazing pictures, great colors and very good ideas. My favorite images are the once in the water - stunning. Thanks for sharing.
    April 14, 2010  9:49 am

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No destination wedding is complete without a Trash-the-Dress Session!  Don’t be fooled by name “trash-the-dress” though – you aren’t really trashing your dress (unless you really want to).  Essentially with beach TTD’s, you are simply frolicking in the sand and ocean in your wedding attire resulting with a collection of wedding images that are truly unique, edgy and like no other.

I tend to go for the more “cinematic” feel being inspired by music videos and such.  Kind of like the “Harlequin Romance” novel look (although I have never read any of those books – honest).

We did K & W’s session the day after their wedding just before sunset.  I always start the session on dry land for a warm-up and to “break-the-ice” so to speak – essentially so we can get into the groove.

I hope you enjoy the imagery I created for Katie and Wes’ TTD session!

I so love this photo. Kate turned to the side to fluff up her dress and voila.  Her hair blowing in the wind is an added bonus, really adding to the mood of the image.

Here’s the part where things get wet, sandy and a little dirty – in a good way of course.

Love those waves.

I think I took enough photos of Wes here so Katie could make herself a 12-month calendar. Hehehe.

This is one of my favourite images from their entire wedding.

These little huts on the beach are fun to work with.

Thanks for tuning in to Kate and Wes’ entire destination wedding. I will be posting their slideshow with music soon!

  1. Beth Baugher said:
    this shoot is to die for, man alive, SEXY ARTY COOL. lucky to have such an amazing couple location...and TALENT. great work !!
    February 24, 2010  1:32 am

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I am back from shooting Katie and Wes’ wedding in the Dominican Republic last week. Here is a sneak peek from their Trash-the-Dress session. I will look forward to posting more later along with images from their wedding day!

  1. Jen Vandenberghe said:
    These are GORGEOUS!!! You two make an awesome couple!! The wedding was beautiful and I can't wait to see the rest of the pictures!
    December 15, 2009  2:13 pm
  2. Ashley said:
    BEAUTIFUL! What a gorgeous shoot, and a stunning bride and groom! I can't wait until it's my turn!
    December 21, 2009  6:15 pm
  3. Stacey Wight said:
    Hi Ashley - the countdown is on for your destination wedding!
    December 21, 2009  6:52 pm
  4. Kate said:
    Love the "sneak peek" photos of our trash the dress session. I'm so excited & anxious to see the rest once you're finished. Thanks so much for joining us in punta cana for our wedding! We truly couldn't have had a better photographer!!!
    December 22, 2009  12:21 am
  5. Love the fourth and fifth frames as well as the last two. Beautiful shots!
    December 27, 2009  12:32 am

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