Bride Drowns While Having Wedding Pictures Taken
Maria Pantazopoulos has drowned after being pulled under the water by a strong current while she was having photographs taken in her wedding dress near waterfalls in Quebec.
New bride Maria Pantazopoulos, 30, was married on June 9 and was having photos taken in her dress with the picturesque Dorwin Falls as a backdrop in Rawdon, north of Montreal.
While she was being photographed with her feet in the water the dress became saturated with water, leaving her unable to stay above water, police said.
The photographer and a bystander tried to rescue Pantazopoulos but were unable to because of the weight of the dress, Sergeant McInnis said.
"She had her wedding dress on and she said, 'take some pictures of me while I swim a little bit in the lake', she went in and her dress got heavy, I tried everything I could to save her," said photographer Louis Pagakis, Canadian broadcaster CTV reported.
Pantazapoulos had planned a "trash the dress" event with her photographer. A 'trash the dress' photo shoot is a new trend in which brides destroy their prized dresses. They will get shots of themselves wearing the dresses in places that seem out of place, in Pantazapoulas' case, underwater. The trend kicked off in 2005 after a photo shoot with John Michael Cooper, a Las Vegas wedding photographer. He took pictures of a bride who was feeling "anti-wedding" after the ordeal.
"I jumped in, I was screaming and yelling, we tried our best," Pagakis added.
Pantazopoulos slipped under the water and her body was later recovered in a basin about 30 metres away by a diver, he said.
"I can't anymore, it's too heavy," were the last words of Pantazopoulos before she let go of the photographer and drowned in the river.
Unfortunately, Pantazopoulos could not be reached, and she was carried away by the current. Her body was recovered nearly four hours later. Two witnesses to the ordeal were treated for shock.