Most wedding dresses are treated with the most delicate of touches, lovingly wrapped up and carefully stored.
But these expensive designer wedding dresses had quite the different experience - they were plunged into the icy ocean and weights tied to them.
The underwater images are the result of award-winning photographer Sharon Rainis, who sacrificed £30,000 worth of designer wedding dresses to the sea to create these amazing shots of an underwater fashion show in the Red Sea.
The 30-year-old, from Herzeliya, Israel, convinced three models to spend three whole days submerged in freezing cold water wearing just the delicate, floaty gowns to take these stunning photos 20 metres below the surface.
Weighted down and tied to the sea floor with fishing wire, the models endured hours of exhausting dives to create the wet wedding shoot.
Each photo had to be timed perfectly to coincide with the few seconds the models were able to hold their breath before another diver with a scuba tank swooped in to give them a lungful of air.
A team of 15 had to battle changing currents, overhead kitesurfers and tourist scuba divers visiting the Satil shipwreck in order to capture their trio of matrimonial mermaids at their best.
Not only did Sharon have to cajole the models to plunge into the icy water, she had to persuade renowned Israeli wedding dress designer Erez Ovadia with the wet wedding idea.
Unfortunately it would mean sacrificing ten of his beautiful designs, each worth up to £3,000.
Sharon said: 'Out of all the designers, I chose Erez because his dresses are so light, natural, free and sensational, which is perfectly in line with how I feel about water.
'Due to the high value of his wedding dresses, Erez was understandably hesitant at the beginning.
Treasure at the bottom of the sea: These beautiful shots needed a crew working round the clock to capture the beautiful images
The shoot was carried out over three days in July with a huge crew of 15 models, photographers, videographers, safety divers, logistics managers, lighting assistants and air providers working between 5.30am and midnight every day to capture the perfect shot.
Sharon said: 'Obviously, the fact we were shooting in the depths of the sea rather than in a shallow water pool introduced us with some unique challenges, which made the end result so much more worthwhile.
'For instance, when shooting in a depth of 20 meters, there is no way a model can descend over and over again by free diving and still have enough air to allow for a few photographs to be taken before she ascends again.'
The three models featured in the shoot needed to be experienced scuba divers and were tied with fishing lines attached to weights to keep them in place.
A dedicated 'air provider' diver was assigned to each model to give them enough air from a scuba tank so they could hold their breath for a few seconds as each photo was taken.
A number of other divers were also needed to supervise the models and make sure they did not fall or become entangled while the shoot was taking place.
Small fishing weights were attached to the dresses to keep them buoyant and create the best effect and special underwater housings were used to keep the camera equipment dry.
Water world: The models and dresses were weighted down as they plunged 20m below the sea
Sharon said: 'The model goes through a lot during a project like this. First, she's wearing nothing but a wedding dress so her body temperature rapidly decreases, making it difficult for her to keep a natural look and to hold her breath during the shots.
'Secondly, she isn't wearing a mask and so her communication with the divers around her is very limited.
'In fact, the only diver she can really communicate with is her air provider, who is the only one close enough for her to see.
'The model has to hold her breath for quite long periods, which becomes more difficult the more time she spends underwater and the lower her body temperature gets.
'And, as if that's not enough, she's also tied with weights to the bottom of the sea, which doesn't add much to her sense of confidence. Great trust and magnificent water skills are required in order for a model to remain calm in such a setting.'
Underwater shoots pose a significant danger to the models and the divers so each stage had to be meticulously planned with people on standby with emergency tanks of air at all times.
The divers could only communicate via hand signals so these had to be agreed in advance and all of the crew had to be ready to abort the shoot at a moment's notice in case one of the models got into difficulty.
But despite all this, Sharon said the team did encounter some awkward situations.
She said: 'At one point, I asked the model to stretch her legs a little and suddenly the air provider, who could have sworn I have just asked him to swim away, brutally pulled the regulator out of the model's mouth and swam away from her.
'When carrying out a photo shoot underwater, we are very dependent on sea conditions, which we cannot control or even predict. Sometimes the sea is calm, allowing us to carry out the setting precisely as planned.
'In other cases, surprises await us once we reach the bottom of the sea.'
Sharon, 30, told how her fascination with taking pictures of people underwater began with her first waterproof camera.
She said: 'Unlike most photographers, who starting holding a camera from the moment they are capable of holding a spoon, my romance with the lens was triggered by my passion for the underwater world.
'Once I found out that I could take a camera with me underwater, I stopped diving without it.
'In the beginning, I mainly focused on documenting underwater living creatures, but at some point I began to feel that something was missing. I decided to focus on what really inspired me the most - the unique relationship between the human being and the sea.
'Everything seems much more dramatic underwater; the way the model's hair flows with the current, the wavy fabrics, the stunning blue background of the ocean, the soft sun rays, the three dimensional feeling produced by delicate shadows, the perfect sun ball on the surface and the most dramatic composition of a body simply floating in open water.'
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