It’s safe to say that no couple gets married with the intention of eventually getting a divorce. So that’s why for many people, divorces can be painful, traumatic, and messy. Here, one woman decided to take matters into her own hands—by having a photoshoot in honor of her divorce. The photoshoot involved her burning her wedding dress in an attempt to start her new lease on life in a blaze of glory.
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Growing apart. According to the Daily Mail UK, McKee and her ex-husband had been together for ten years and married for four before they decided to end things. McKee blames growing apart as the reason for their divorce, despite the fact that they also share a six-year-old daughter.
Relationship. “My relationship wasn’t a good one, so it was a relief to finally be free. We’d been together since I was 16, and married for four years. We grew apart,” said McKee, as reported by the Daily Mail UK.
Divorce. Although the McKee and her ex-husband are divorcing, they are still amicable with each other, and McKee is now dating someone else. However, she wanted to celebrate her new lease on life and the final chapter of her previous relationship by having a photoshoot.
Research. “I did a bit of research but all the ideas were my own and it was exactly the way I wanted to do it. It was like my rebellion against the marriage, my way of saying I’m free. We went out to this little area with mud and water and I had a bottle of wine and a gas canister in a basket,” said McKee, as reported by the Daily Mail UK.
Destroyed. Once they got set up, McKee went into the muddy water and began to dirty the dress, which cost about $1,500, before cutting it up with a pair of scissors. The finale came when she took the canister of gas and poured it all over her dress, before setting it on fire.
Liberating. “I cracked open the wine, took it off and then set it on fire. I watched it burn while I drank the wine. It was very liberating, exciting and empowering. It actually ended up being quite sexy because I stripped down to my underwear,” said McKee, as reported by the Daily Mal UK.
Volunteered. Shockingly, when McKee’s ex-husband heard about what she was doing, he volunteered to be in it. He suggested that McKee could playfully pretend to punch him in the face in the photos, but she told him she preferred to do the shoot alone.
Happy. “My friends thought it was awesome and I had loads of people getting in touch saying they wish they’d done the same thing. I was really happy with it all and I loved the way it turned out,” said McKee, as reported by the Daily Mail UK.
Framed. Overall, the photoshoot took about two hours, and now McKee says she plans on framing the prints and placing them all over her home. While most new boyfriends wouldn’t be ok with this, McKee says her new partner is perfectly fine with the photos.
New relationships. ”I don’t have any on display at the minute but I’m planning on it. I’m now happily in a new relationship and he really likes the pictures,” McKee told the Daily Mail UK.
Others. Another woman named Khristella Joseph wound up taking a similar route as McKee after her wedding was called off and she was stuck with her wedding dress. When no one decided to buy the dress, she decided to burn it instead.
Bad memory. “I’m getting ready to burn this bad a—s memory. There goes the end of the bad memory of a wedding dress somebody pays for and says that your relationship is just a ‘joke and they never loved or cared about you in the first place,’” wrote Joseph via her Facebook.
Video. Joseph recorded the entire thing and posted it on Facebook. “Well, there you have it. It’s gone up in flames. Ashes to ashes dust to dust,” she said.
You. What do you think of this trend that sees women burning their wedding dresses? Would you ever do something like this? Why or why not? Let us know what you think!