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Mandy Harris

The dress: J.Crew

Dresses tried on before finding The One: 5-6

The story: "I tried on a few dresses at bridal salons, but they all felt stuffy, heavy, overdone, and . . . not me. I'd been admiring J.Crew's wedding collection online. I loved the simple elegance of their dresses. As soon as this dress came in the mail and I put it on, I knew it was the one. It fit perfectly even without any alterations, felt light and airy, and really fit the vibe of our somewhat less formal, outdoor wedding. Fun fact: the dress went on sale three times between the time I bought it and the time I got married, so I kept returning it and re-buying it at the sale price. I ended up paying $75 total for the dress."

Something old, something new...: "My something old and something borrowed was a pearl necklace that belonged to my maternal grandmother, and my something new was a pair of pearl and diamond earrings. I don't think I had a something blue! Am I cursed?"

Where the dress is now: "I had it cleaned and packed up, and there it sits, in its box in my closet. I'd love to find a new use for it someday, or pass it down to one of my nieces or a future child!"

Source: Kristyn Stroble Photography