Airplanes in Aruba, Part 3

Probably the best thing we did on our honeymoon was a big secret until now.

I didn’t share our plans with the hive beforehand, but I decided that while we were on our honeymoon, I wanted to do a trash the dress shoot!

(Well, maybe it wasn’t a true “trash the dress” as my dress is far from trashed. Insert “rock the frock” here, if you prefer.)

At the recommendation of the wedding coordinator at our resort, I emailed a few photographers prior to our trip and ultimately decided on Victor Winklaar from Winklaar Photography to photograph our session. He was the perfect choice, offered the best customer service prior to and after the shoot, and I think his photographs speak for themselves. If you are planning a wedding or honeymoon (or just a vacation!) to Aruba and are looking for someone to capture those memories, please consider Winklaar Photography! I cannot say enough good things about this company!

OK, enough yapping—let’s get to the photos!

All photography courtesy of Winklaar Photography unless otherwise noted
















Hive, I’m kinda-sort-a-really-super obsessed with these photos. I never thought I would be the kind of girl to trash her dress, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought, “Why not?”

After the shoot I stripped off my dress (I was wearing a bathing suit underneath) and we rinsed her in fresh water before hanging her on the balcony to dry.


Personal photo

I will admit there was quite a bit of sand that collected in the seam of the main skirt of the dress, but a pocket knife and a few snipped stitches remedied that situation. I honestly think my dress was cleaner after her saltwater bath than before—wedding receptions are dirty, yo!

Once we got her home, she was shipped off to the dry cleaner to be properly laundered, no worse for the wear—and definitely not “trashed.”

While trash the dress sessions are not for everyone (or every dress!), I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and am thrilled with how the photographs turned out.

Are you considering a trash the dress session? (I highly recommend it!)


Mrs. Airplane

Plymouth, Michigan
Wedding Date:
September 2013
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    MrsPadlock2B 488 posts, Helper bee @ 2:59 pm

    Amazing this is exactly what I want to do, they turned out so beautifully

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    Margo, Guest @ 2:59 pm

    I have to admit, as MOB, I was horrified when you first told me about your plans, but the pictures made a believer out of me. They are beautiful!

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    msmeow 1988 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:16 pm

    Beautiful pictures! The colours are out of this world and you two look beautiful too, so happy and relaxed :)

    I’m glad your dress wasn’t ruined! I have to admit I’not not a big fan of TTD shoots in general but yours is lovely, it’s only a little water :)

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    mscamera 300 posts, Helper bee @ 3:24 pm

    sa-woooooooon! I love these so much Mrs. A!!! :)

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    bmb5260 68 posts, Worker bee @ 5:32 pm

    These pictures are amazing! It gives you the beautiful backdrop in your wedding outfits without the DW. Love these!

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    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:07 pm

    I love these photos!! Especially the one of the two of you in the water.

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    Miss_Mimosa 190 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:56 pm

    I have always loved when people trashed their dresses afterward. I get it, it cost a lot of money, but come on what are you going to do with it? I think this is perfect that you were able to get fun pictures, but it isn’t completely ruined!

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:31 pm

    I’m so glad it all worked out for you. The pictures are to die for!!!

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    bridesmomma 476 posts, Helper bee @ 11:26 pm


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    fussymunchkin 158 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:26 am

    I love it. And your dress! What are you wearing?!

    I would totally trash my dress for great pictures if I was going to be in a place that I could. No beach wedding for this girl!

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 10:29 am

    This looks like so much fun! And I’m glad the dress wasn’t too much in bad shape afterwards. You should enlarge and frame some of these pictures on your walls at home :)

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    Mrs. Filly 827 posts, Busy bee @ 11:10 am

    Gahhhh, your pictures are TO DIE FOR! And your dress survived, so everyone wins. What an awesome idea.

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    Karin, Guest @ 10:41 pm

    That dress! THAT is what I’ve been looking for. Please, please, please… WHAT and WHO is it by? Beautiful. Love the pictures, every last one.

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    lolot 8415 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 8:53 am

    Wow, these turned out amazingly! I’m thinking about doing a color run in my wedding dress, cause I don’t think I can get my husband to sit still for another wedding shoot :)

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    daniellekira 573 posts, Busy bee @ 11:36 am

    I love love love your photos. So relaxed and amazing.

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    rucksack 518 posts, Busy bee @ 12:13 pm

    I love your TTD session! It totally makes me wish I had jumped in the ocean after our vows!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 12:51 pm

    These are so beautiful, what a fun idea!

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    Mrs. Palm Tree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:52 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE, hope you made a gallery wall just from these photos! Ahhhh swoonies.

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    ToxicTinkerbell 21 posts, Newbee @ 1:38 pm

    I love this! Your photos are brilliant!

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    cruiseship 23 posts, Newbee @ 11:51 am

    Ahh, Mrs. A! I was planning on bringing my dress to Jamaica, but decided at the last minute not to–I’m kicking myself now. This is definitely on our to-do list for our next tropical getaway!

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