Shelby Swink was supposed to marry her college sweetheart on Nov. 1. When he left her just five days before the wedding, the game plan -- and life as Swink knew it -- quickly changed.
Swink, 23, spent the next few days in shock, rushing to call guests and cancel services. But moping around was the last thing she wanted to do when Nov. 1 rolled around. When wedding photographer Elizabeth Hoard mentioned doing a "trash the dress" photo shoot with friends and family that day, Swink was game.
"I knew that a pity party was the farthest thing from what I wanted or needed," the Tennessee resident said.