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The dress: Wren

Dresses tried on before finding The One: 20

The story: "I didn't want a strapless dress, and I didn't want a mermaid gown, so I figured something a bit looser would be better. I was torn between this one and a Jenny Packham gown, but I thought that the heavy embroidery on Packham gowns would overpower the outdoor location. I also liked that the place where I went, Stone Fox Bride, only makes 10 of each gown, so I knew I wasn't going to see a ton of wedding photos of my same dress on different women on Pinterest."

Something old, something new...: "I didn't follow this tradition."

Where the dress is now: "I got it cleaned and put it in a box! But now I'm thinking about dying it and wearing it as a regular gown. I just need an excuse for a formal gown!"

Source: Yuna Leonard Photography