Bride who called off her big day trashes £2,700 dress

‘Til dress do us part! Bride-to-be who called off her big day after discovering her fiancé cheated marks her ‘un-engagement’ by trashing a wedding gown with black paint

  • Meredith Mata, 27, got engaged to her longterm boyfriend in September 2020
  • Called time on her relationship of four years claiming her fiancé was unfaithful
  • Orchestrated photoshoot at a wedding venue where she destroyed her dress 

A bride-to-be who called off her big day because she suspected her fiancé was cheating on her used her wedding photographer to capture the moment she destroyed her dress. 

Meredith Mata, 27, from Washington, broke up with her boyfriend of four years in June 2020 after her ‘gut-wrenching’ suspicion he was being unfaithful, which she says later turned out to be true. 

After calling off the wedding Meredith decided that instead of losing her deposit, she would arrange a glamourous photoshoot at a wedding venue, where she sprayed water guns full of paint at her dress. 

The dental hygienist said she wanted to find ‘strength and beauty’ in a ‘heartbreaking situation’ – and has even ended up in contact with the woman her ex-boyfriend cheated on her with. 

A bride-to-be who called off her big day after discovering her fiancé cheated on her used her wedding photographer to organise a celebratory photoshoot, where she toasted to her newfound single life 

Meredith Mata, 27, from Washington, destroyed her wedding dress with water guns filled with dark paint and captured the moment on camera 

‘Something like this gives women a chance to get dolled up, and do something fun instead of sulking in the misery’, she said.  

‘I had seen divorce parties and trash the dress shoots and always thought it was really cool, but I never thought I’d be in that situation.’

All of Meredith’s loved ones supported her decision to do the unconventional photoshoot, which took place at a venue she had considered for her ceremony.

‘Everyone was very supportive and once they understood the concept they thought it was pretty cool,’ she said. 

After calling off the wedding, Meredith decided that instead of losing her deposit, she would arrange a glamourous photoshoot at a wedding venue 

 During the shoot, Meredith took off her white gown and was seen dragging it across the floor after changing into a short black minidress 


Meredith celebrated her ‘un-engagement by splattering paint on her wedding dress by hanging it up in the trees and shooting at it with a water gun. The gown is pictured L-R before being destroyed 

Meredith stopped at trashing her $3,000 dress, instead deciding to trash the gown she had originally wanted but was pressured not to buy because it was ‘too revealing’. 

‘When I picked my dress, my ex told me not to choose something revealing. It’s a beautiful dress but it wasn’t something I had necessarily envisioned. 

‘So for the shoot I chose a gorgeous dress I would have preferred over my real dress. It only cost $278.’

Asked why after breaking up, she would want to have photos taken in a wedding dress, Meredith said: ‘A lot of women dream of their wedding day, and to have that completely crushed is really hard.

‘I spent months seeking answers. Trying to separate myself from the life I created with this person. Life doesn’t always go as planned.


Meredith incorporated props into her photoshoot, including a board which reads ‘I got 99 problems but a husband ain’t one’ and a cake celebrating what would have been her wedding day 

Meredith posed with a cake that read ‘I don’t’ with the date of what would have been her wedding day iced on top  

‘I didn’t feel a whole lot of sadness putting on a wedding dress. I was just excited and a little nervous to be doing it, but I absolutely felt empowered

‘After this shoot I truly felt beautiful, like a badass. It was a power move. To me, it says “Hey, I’m not afraid to walk this world alone. I am not broken and you will regret this”.’

Meredith celebrated her ‘un-engagement’ with friends, saying it was ‘important to me to have my girls involved’. 

After a series of stunning shots which show Meredith toasting her new ‘unengaged’ life, she wore a sheer black number to paintball the dress with splatters of dark paint.  

She said: ‘There are many ways a dress can be trashed. I’ve seen women go mudding or in the ocean or set it on fire.

‘This is what makes a shoot like this so unique because you can go in so many directions with it.’

Meredith stopped at trashing her £2,700 ($3,000) dress, instead deciding to trash the gown she had originally wanted (pictured) but was pressured not to buy because it was ‘too revealing’ 


All of Meredith’s loved ones supported her decision to do the unconventional photoshoot (pictured) in which she posed like a bride while celebrating her single life 

Meredith is pictured standing outside her wedding venue, clutching a white boquet in a short black dress while her wedding down lies on the floor 

Meredith got engaged in September 2020 and says they had bought a house together before her heart-wrenching discovery. 

She said: ‘Things had taken a turn in the relationship and it was over in June. I had a gut-wrenching feeling and later found out he had cheated on me so I know it was for the best.’

Meredith managed to get the deposit back from the venue and luckily not much else had been paid for in full when she cancelled. She still has her original dress but will sell it in time.  

Now happily single, she said: ‘I’m the kind of person who faces my fears head on, and I allow myself to feel everything, but never let it keep me down.

‘At the end of the day, life goes on and is what you make it. This is just another chapter in my story.’ 

During the photoshoot, Meredith drank champagne and posed with a sign reading ‘some day but not today’ 


Meredith posed in her wedding gown before toasting her single life in the unconventional wedding photoshoot last month  

Meredith, pictured clutching onto her old wedding dress, wants to encourage other women who have cancelled a wedding, got divorced or been through a break-up to consider doing the same

Meredith is unsure if her ex or his family are aware of her unorthodox celebration as they are no longer in contact.

However, in a strange twist, Meredith is now in contact with the woman her ex fiancé cheated with.

She said: ‘We talk every day. We went out and got drunk and shared stories. It’s too early to tell, but I may have gained a friend through this terrible situation.’ 

Meredith wants to encourage other women who have cancelled a wedding, got divorced or been through a break-up to consider doing the same.

She said: ‘To all women out there, listen to your intuition. If something doesn’t feel right, seek the truth. Don’t be afraid to reach out to each other. Men really do not understand the power of women, especially when we band together.

‘Also don’t be afraid to be alone, to spend time with yourself, and truly learn what you want out of a partner. Love yourself first.

‘Maybe one day I’ll meet my person and like I said on my would have been wedding day – maybe someday, but not today. ‘

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