By Hannah Phillips
A bride trashed her wedding dress by jumping into crashing waves to pose for a photoshoot with her new hubby.
Angela Brown, 44, and husband, Mark, 46, decided to wreck the stunning £999 ivory lace strapless dress in the sea in their hometown of Blackpool, Lancs, on a Monday evening.
Mark had booked the wedding as a surprise and only announced to Angela that she was getting married 12 weeks before the big day, leaving her with just three months to find the perfect frock.
But the newlyweds, who married in June this year, were determined to wear their wedding outfits more than once so after their honeymoon put on their full wedding attire for a second time to go for a dip with kids, Daisy, four, and Charlie, two.
Letting agent Angela said: “My dress was perfect, I knew it was for me as soon as I put it on and I’d tried on loads.
“I only had 12 weeks to decide, but I went for something completely different to what I thought I would. It was slim and sophisticated.
“After the wedding our photographer suggested the sea photoshoot, so we thought ‘why the hell not?’ – it meant I got to wear my dress twice.
“At first we thought ‘are you serious?’ but we loved every minute.
“It was even more fun than getting married.”
Angela had been married before, and her previous wedding dress has been hanging in her parents’ wardrobe for 13 years.
The thought of her second beautiful frock left lonely at the back of the cupboard for decades was what inspired her to say yes to the unusual ‘trash the dress’ photoshoot.
The mum-of-two said: “I thought why not do something really fun and exciting and I get to wear my dress again.
“We all got dressed up, even the kids, and just went down to the beach one evening.
“It was just perfect. On my way into the sea, when I could see the dress getting wet and I thought ‘what am I doing?’
“Then my husband made me go further out, all the way up to our waists.
“But when our photographer, Adam, asked us to lay on the sand, Mark and I looked at each other and laughed.
“Mark even fully submerged himself in the lovely Blackpool sea – luckily it wasn’t even that cold.
“People were walking their dogs past and a few even said the kids were upstaging us.”
Angela’s parents, Marion, 71, and John, 73, had bought Angela’s £999 dress as a wedding present so she asked their permission before she paraded it in the waves.
She admitted when her parents saw the pictures they found the quirky photoshoot very different to the big day itself – a registry office service on Blackpool Promenade followed by bacon and sausage butties at the local cricket club.
She said: “Even though I’m 44, I still asked them if they’d mind and they just said it’s better than going in their wardrobe.
“I don’t know what I’ll do with it now, I’ll probably get it dry cleaned and put it back in my mum and dad’s cupboard.”