Bride drowns during riverside photo shoot


A river is shown at Dorwin park in Rawdon, Que., Friday, August 24, 2012. A recently married bride, who wanted to be photographed one more time in her wedding dress, was killed in an accident during the photo shoot. The woman from Montreal-area Laval, Que., dipped her toes into a river near Rawdon, Que., Friday. (Graham Hughes/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

RAWDON, Que. – A recently married bride wanted to be photographed one more time in her wedding dress.

The photo shoot on Friday wound up killing her.

A Montreal-area woman, married just under three months ago, dipped her toes into a river northeast of the city near the town of Rawdon.

The water wasn’t particularly deep or turbulent. But it began to seep into the dress, making it heavy.

Eventually, the 30-year-old woman slipped from the rocks and was carried away by the Ouareau River.

“The photographer put down his equipment and tried to save her. He grabbed her with his hands,” said provincial police spokesman, Sgt. Ronald McInnis. “(One witness) tried to help, but they couldn’t save her.

“The dress was too heavy.”

Two police officers arrived on the scene, took off their uniforms and jumped into the water to find her, McInnis said.

He said the woman had been carried toward a more stagnant pool of water and disappeared there.

Eventually an avid scuba diver, who had heard the news about the accident, arrived with his gear.

He quickly found the woman’s body.

“She had sunk to the bottom,” McInnis said.

The Laval, Que., woman had been married June 9.

Police initially reported that the woman was on the verge of being married, and that the accident had occurred nearby at the better-known and notoriously hazardous Dorwin Falls.

In fact, police explained later, the scene of the tragedy was not especially dangerous.

“There’s not a very strong current there, and not much water,” McInnis said.

“Her dress became full of water. It became too heavy.”

As for why the woman was being photographed in the river, in her bridal dress, months after the wedding, McInnis referred to a common practice known as “trash the dress” photo shoots.

“But I don’t know,” he said. “The investigation will tell us.”

Trash the dress is a form of wedding photography that involves taking photos of people in elegant clothing with an environment in which it is out of place.

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Bride drowns during riverside photo shoot

  1. Pretty sad

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  2. This is the story of Ophelia

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  3. This isn’t the real story.
    Yeah, it was the photogs idea for her to get in the water with a wedding dress. What a dumb fuck!. He was completely irresponsible and should have known better. Listen to what he starts to say in the interview and how quickly he stops then says it was her idea! http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?binId=1.810401
    Some one should investigate him. How is it a guy his size couldn’t pull her out of the water? At what point did he stop trying to help and why? If there’s someone in imminent danger of dying you don’t just stop helping!

  4. At least she got what she wanted before she died, to be married…

  5. Women have died like this for centuries. Stupid long gowns.

    They soaked up water and dragged the woman under, or they caught fire from fireplace sparks and nobody could get the gown off fast enough before the woman burned to death.

  6. A tragedy to be certain, my condolences.

    Having spent a few summers as a wedding photographer and a photographer’s aide, “Trash the Dress” photo shoots are typically more involved than simply posing in abnormal scenarios. There’s a cathartic element to actually ruining or damaging the attire after the wedding formalities are complete, a sort of finalizing act to the whole thing.

    I don’t mean to nitpick but defining “trash the dress” as wedding photography taken in “out of place” environments certainly falls short as a definition. In the interest of creativity and originality, a large proportion of shoots these days are done in locations one would normally never visit in their most formal attire. Who hasn’t seen a shoot taken in farmers’ fields, on the beach or otherwise in or around bodies of water?

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