Earlier this year, Janine was planning a wedding and looking for the perfect dress just like any other bride-to-be. However, she unfortunately never got the chance to walk down that aisle.
52 days before her nuptials, Janine’s fiancé Johnny died unexpectedly. Her custom wedding dress became a reminder of what she had lost, but she couldn’t bring herself to part with it.
“I finally decided that I wanted to keep my wedding dress and not sell it because of what it means to me,” she told Del Sol Photography, which featured her story on their site. “I wanted to be free and I wanted to do something different.”
Janine then teamed up with Del Sol photographer Matt Adcock to do an underwater “trash the dress” shoot.
“I did something never thought I would do in my whole life. I took my wedding dress that was built from scratch and I jumped into the river,” Janine said. “I did it because I wanted to free myself from losing my fiancé … this dress was for him. I did this because John would want me to something like this. He was so outgoing and he wanted me to have the best life.”
Watch the video below to hear Janine’s story: