Bride drowns during photo shoot when wedding dress pulls her into the river


Warning to all wedding photographers, a newly married Montreal-area women drowned this past Friday during a ‘trash the dress’ photo shoot in the Ouareau River. The 30-year-old woman stepped into water that was neither deep nor fast-flowing. However, her wedding dress soaked up the river water, making it extremely heavy. She then slipped on the rocks and was carried away by the river, a volunteer scuba diver later locating her body at the bottom of a stagnant pool of water about 100 feet away where the shoot was taking place. The photographer and a passerby even tried to help her, but weren’t able to lift her out of the water, simply because her dress was so heavy. Read The Montreal Gazette via PetaPixel


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  1. This is definitely scary. It reminded me of two stories, one with the family about 20 feet away from the edge of the cliff when a large amount of water swept them away and another one when a couple wanted to take a photo near the edge of the mountain, tripped and fell. This is so sad. My heart goes to her family and husband.

  2. I am really sad to know it.. This really scared me. I think this post should be spread to every photographer and would be brides to take proper care while having their wedding shoot near lake or beaches..

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