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Texas Woman Poses In Wedding Gown All Over The Damn Place After Divorce

The photos are wild and wonderful.

Who said you only wear your wedding dress once?

When her marriage of 19 years ended, Clara Herrera decided to dig up her old wedding gown and put it to good use, traveling around Texas and taking some striking black-and-white photos in it.

Herrera at the gym in her wedding gown.
Herrera at the gym in her wedding gown.

"The wedding dress just represented sadness [after divorce]," the Austin, Texas-based science and writing teacher told HuffPost. "It was either get rid of it or change the way I felt about it in a positive way."

So beginning last summer, Herrera, 46, donned the dress dozen of times, posing at places both commonplace (the gym) and meaningful to her (hay fields similar to the one she used to play in as a child).

Herrera on a bale of hay.
Herrera on a bale of hay.

"This wedding dress project is the bridge that is carrying me from the past to the future," Herrera explained.

Herrera, footloose and fancy-free on a bridge.
Herrera, footloose and fancy-free on a bridge.

"I didn’t want to get rid of the dress because when I married, my father had died and both of my brothers walked me down the aisle," she said. "My oldest brother paid for it. I wanted my daughters to want to wear it."

Herrera strikes a pose on a train track.
Herrera strikes a pose on a train track.

Most of the photos were taken by Herrera's 17-year-old daughter, and all three of her kid make appearances in the photo series.

"They're used to my quirkiness. Never did they say, don’t do [the project]," she told HuffPost. "They're the reason I do not regret my marriage. They're the reason I do not regret my decision to divorce."

Herrera and her son.
Herrera and her son.

At one point, Herrera even got her divorce attorney involved.

"I told him, 'I bet you’ve never had a client ask this before. If you [agree to it], you will never forget me and you'll have a good story to tell," Herrera recalled. "He said, 'true' and agreed with a sigh."

Attorney at law Sam Colletti poses with Herrera and the famous dress.
Attorney at law Sam Colletti poses with Herrera and the famous dress.

Herrera dubbed the project Acid Neutral, after the description on the gown's storage box.

In the last photo, she poses in a field of sunflowers in a red dress, with the wedding gown cast aside at her feet.

The last photo in the series is a symbolic color shot.
The last photo in the series is a symbolic color shot.

"It's very spiritual to me. I literally felt light, in both senses of the word," Herrera said. "It represents leaving the past behind and moving ahead gloriously."

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