Burning clothes as a mortuary ritual or as a symbol of new beginnings was an ancient ritual in several pagan societies. Now, divorcee Katlynn Mckee from Illinois has given it a modern twist by disposing of her old wedding dress in a blaze of glory.
The 25-year-old divorced from her childhood sweetheart last summer after ten years together. To celebrate moving on after four difficult years of marriage, Katlynn hired a photographer to take snapshots of her, while she stripped to her underwear, waded in a muddy creek, chopped her $1,500 wedding dress to pieces then coating it in gasoline and torching it, before downing a bottle of expensive wine – voila!
The mother of a six-year-old daughter called Faith explained how the photoshoot set her free.
“My relationship wasn’t a good one, so it was a relief to finally be free. We’d been together since I was 16 and married for four years. We grew apart.”
She added, “I did a bit of research but all the ideas were my own and it was exactly the way I wanted to do it. It was like my rebellion against the marriage, my way of saying I’m free. We went out to this little area with mud and water and I had a bottle of wine and a gas canister in a basket. I got into the water in my dress so it was really dirty, then started ripping it up. I cracked open the wine, took it off and then set it on fire.”
Katlynn’s ex-husband liked the idea and was gentlemanly enough to even offer to be in the photoshoot, where his ex-wife could ceremoniously punch him; she, however, wanted to go through the experience on her own.
“My friends thought it was awesome and I had loads of people getting in touch saying they wish they’d done the same thing. I was really happy with it all and I loved the way it turned out. I don’t have any on display at the minute but I’m planning on it. I’m now happily in a new relationship and he really likes the pictures,” the 25-year-old concluded.