Is this the place to ventilate anti-TTD feelings?
Of all TTD threads here, you came to offer your anti-TTD comments on this thread, where they spent $3 dollars on the dress. Let me tell you one thing. I have had many TTD sessions now, and in none of them the dress was ruined. The girls just sent the dress to the laundry and was just as good as when the reception was over. A little dirt, mud and water won't destroy the dress. But you know what the brides do with their dresses after cleaning? they put it away in a plastic bags and save it as a memory of the most important day of their lives (so far).
It makes no sense to me to try to dictate these people what to do with their dresses. They worked hard to pay for the dress, so it's their decision to do whatever they want with it. We're not talking about an extremely important item here, it's not, let's say.. medicine they are throwing away. It's just a dress, a dress that is only meaningful to the woman who used it.
Besides, your opinion, a very respectable one, has been posted before many times (not by you perhaps, but by some others who share the same idea) but I don't think any of us who do these sessions are going to stop doing them after reading these comments.
Let's talk about the photos, shall we?
As someone said before, I don't like the backgrounds in all but no. 4, and even that one, is not really great, it's just not bad either. I think many of them would benefit from a shallower depth of field.
About the dress, I would have gotten rid of the semi-transparent top part and the sleeves, it would look much more modern IMO.
And of course, her facial expressions. She is very pretty, but you need to direct her to have either more relaxed facial expression or tell her a joke to make her laugh, like in the last picture in the swing.. my favorite because of her fun expression.
It's great to have her available to practice, I bet it was a fun excercise!