The dress: Carolina Herrera
Dresses tried on before finding The One: "I tried on maybe four dresses total and got this one and one to change into for my reception."
The story: "I got it at a sample sale! I wanted a beautiful dress but I wanted to be reasonable with my overall budget. I never wanted to wear a traditional wedding gown but once you put one on that is this beautiful, you realize the power of the princess moment. I loved the simplicity of the dress and the small details. The only embellishment was rows of tiny topstitching along the bust and on the peplum."
Something old, something new...: "My something old was a Judith Leiber clutch that my aunt had given to me years before — my bouquet was made of green tea roses and it matched perfectly. My something borrowed were spectacular diamond bracelets from my eternally stylish and generous grandmother. And my something blue was an antique handkerchief from my family that I pinned to the underlayer of my dress."
Where the dress is now: "It is archived at my parents' house in Houston. I hope someone wants to borrow it one day or I find a good use for it. Seems sad to waste it!"
Source: Julie Soefer Photography