Maria Pantazopoulos, a bride who drowned in her wedding dress during a photo shoot, may serve as a warning to other brides attempting similar stunts.

The Laval, Que. bride waded into the Ouareau River near Rawdon on Friday wearing her wedding dress, which became soaking wet. She reportedly slipped into the river, weighed down by the heavy dress.

The bride's photographer, Louis Pagakis, jumped into the water in an attempt to save her.

"Somebody else came … We tried our best to save her but we couldn’t save her,” he told CTV.

Pantazopoulos' friend Leeza Pousoulidis said the bride wanted to take part in a new wedding trend called "trash the dress," in which women ruin their wedding dresses in a professional photo shoot.

“She said ‘I want to have fun with my wedding dress. I want to have great pictures and memories of me in my wedding dress,’” Pousoulidis told the Montreal Gazette.

Quebec photographer Mario Michaud warned brides about the dangers around such photo shoots, having seen a client fall into another body of water on the job, CTV reported.

Other "trash the dress" sessions may include ripping, staining or burning the dress in unsafe scenarios.

Police spokesperson Sgt. Ronald McInnis said earlier the spot where Pantazopoulos perished wasn't particularly dangerous.

"There's not a very strong current there, and not much water," he said. "Her dress became full of water. It became too heavy."

A scuba diver found her body about 100 ft from where she fell.

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