Five days before her November wedding, Shelby Swink's fiancé did the unthinkable: he told her he was no longer in love with her and called off the ceremony.
"I was in complete shock and had no idea what to think or do. I was numb," Swink shares. "The next couple days were a blur of calling guests, canceling services, and figuring out our living arrangements."
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As the wedding day drew nearer, the jilted bride didn't know what to think or feel. When a few of her bridesmaids suggested trashing the wedding dress, she decided to go for it.
"I was not going to let my ex-fiancé's mistake of letting me go take away my happiness," Swink says.
(Photo Credit: Elizabeth Hoard Photography)
Photographer Elizabeth Hoard epically captured the moment Swink, her bridesmaids and her parents trashed their wedding clothes with colorful paint.
"I can't even describe how liberating and cathartic the trash the dress experience was for me," Swink explains. "The moment the paint hit my dress I was free. I let go of all the hurt and disappointment and became myself again."
Now, Swink's artwork (aka her gown) is being displayed at Memphis, TN, bridal salon, The Barefoot Bride, where a portion of the shop's sales will go to Be Free Revolution, a non-profit helping to empower African men and women with trades for sustainability.
"We all face adversity in our lives, but what really defines us is how we decide to overcome that adversity," Swink adds of the experience.
Head over to Hoard's photography website for more great photos!
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