Gorgeous ‘Trash the Dress’ Wedding Photos Captured on a Stunning Glacier in Alaska


It takes work to stand out among today’s wedding photographers. After all, you’ve got shots like these from Iceland to compete with, so how do you create photos that will widen eyes and loosen jaws?

Well, if you’re photographer Josh Martinez from Chugach Peaks Photography, you helicopter the couple onto a glacier in Alaska and let nature do the talking while you take some pictures and ruin a wedding dress.

It’s like this glacier was trying to be even more beautiful, and it thought to itself, “I’ve got a fever, and the only prescription, is MORE BLUENESS.” Thankfully, much like Christopher Walken and his fever for cowbell, the glacier got what it wanted, and Martinez captured the viral image below:


We spoke to Martinez about the picture, and he was kind enough to share a few details about the shoot and how these images came together:

This was a helicopter fly-out shoot at the Knik Glacier, 60 miles east of Anchorage, Alaska. The ice field is over 25 miles long and 5 miles wide, one of the largest in Southcentral Alaska.

The Bride & Groom gave me full creative freedom and in this case, that meant wading knee-deep into an icy glacial pool for Alaska’s ultimate trash-the-dress session! To access this incredible location, we explored the surface of the glacier by helicopter and located several pools of Windex-blue water that fit my vision perfectly. Our pilot landed on the glacier, and after fitting some safety gear we headed out to explore this epic world of ice, silt and water.

Of course, they didn’t limit themselves to the “Windex blue” pools of water; meadows with mountainous backdrops were also fair game:




But the real eye-catchers in the series are still the strikingly-colorful, trash-the-dress images you just can’t help but gawk at:


“The photo opportunities were endless, and I cannot wait to head back to the glacier for another shoot,” Martinez told us over email. “Alaska presents an incredible environment for adventure portraiture.”

And adventure portraiture is what he’s all about. A self-described “pilot, traveling photographer and adventure junkie,” this isn’t the first time Martinez has had one of his wedding photographs featured on PetaPixel. You might remember his Double Rainbow shot from this time last year.

“Photographing people in wild places is what I love,” he tells us, and it seems to be paying off with photo shoots like this one.

To see more from Martinez or follow along as he continues to create viral wedding photography magic, head over to his website or give him a follow on Facebook.

Image credits: Photographs by Josh Martinez/Chugach Peaks Photography and used with permission.

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  • Glenn Rubicon

    Great composition and backdrop…but that saturation is just plain overkill.

  • Zack Griswold

    The saturation is burning my eyes. Cool photos otherwise though

  • arachnophilia

    just a reminder that wedding dress + water = bad idea.

    trash the dress, okay.
    drown the bride, not okay.

  • fast eddie

    saturation and vignette are too much.

  • Cinekpol

    Great photos, horribly processed.

  • oldtaku

    At least the couple looks happy in this one (unlike the previous Iceland wedding shoot, though the backgrounds were gorgeous there).

  • OtterMatt

    These do look nice. Dunno if it really qualifies as a “trashing” though. These actually look more like ridiculously overdone bridal portraits.

  • Jim Johnson

    What filter do you use to get rid of the goosebumps and blue tint to the skin?

  • ninpou_kobanashi

    I hope she wore a wet/drysuit under that dress! (^_^)

  • Doc Pixel

    I agree the sat. and processing is over the top for us “pros”…. and I hate to say it, but it went viral just because of those qualities. Just like the “instagram-look” that I’m so tired of being requested to duplicate…. grrr!

  • e88

    poor couple picked the wrong photographer… soo much incorrect post it looks fake

  • Edgar Allan Bro

    There is no such thing as ‘incorrect post’. Just because *you* don’t like it doesn’t make it wrong.

  • Edgar Allan Bro

    Duh, a Wratten 81D ;)

  • Edgar Allan Bro

    If you look at the website for the photographers, all their photos are processed like that. It’s retina searing stuff.

  • AliNoorani

    I’m glad the photog’s trash-the-dress ‘vision’ didn’t end in a trash-the-bride session.
    It seems to me they didn’t use the amazing spot to the fullest.
    They have lots of insane locations and good photos on their website

  • Noodle

    No! Freaking divine.

  • Simon Heimbuchner

    It almost looks a little tilt-shift, but I’d suppose it’s just the lens choice and angle – but I really love this set!

  • James

    Took the words out of my mouth.