Counterculture: The Thousand Dollar Dress Project

Wedding Dresses

Courtesy of Sonya Naumann

How much are you willing to spend on a dress? Budgets aside, wedding dresses have meaning far beyond the price tag. See what artist and photographer Sonya Naumann is doing about it.

For her own wedding, Sonya wore a thousand-dollar wedding dress, a lovely dress, that her mother bought her. But one day, she says, "it occurred to me that the thousand dollar dress was merely going to hang in an expensive bag for the rest of its life. This seemed ludicrous and ineffectually temporal." Thus began the Thousand Dollar Dress Project. Sonya's goal? To "photograph 1,000 individuals wearing my $1,000 wedding dress within the context of their own or chosen environment."

Okay, so it's all arty and counter-culturish. But it's also great fun. Look at all the pics—see the "bride" leaning into the fridge? The girl just sittin' on her unmade bed? Brides are everywhere, and I love this project for showcasing women in a dream dress, in the place where their own dreams happen. Brava to Sonya for catching that bouquet.

Want to be photographed wearing The Thousand Dollar Dress? Just input your details into Sonya's contact form on the site. —from our Local Scout Atlanta blogger Melissa Diskin

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