The dress: Oscar de la Renta
Dresses tried on before finding The One: 4-5
The story: "Our wedding was a destination wedding on a beach, so I knew that I wanted something really special, but also light, airy, and not too formal or stuffy. I got my dress at a trunk show at a small boutique called Hitched. The shop was one of the first things that I wrote about in my first job as an editor, and I had become friendly with the owners, so the whole experience was extra-special. I brought three or four girlfriends with me to look at dresses, and knew this was the one right away."
Something old, something new...: "My engagement ring was my husband's great-grandmother's, so I considered that my something old, my dress and shoes were new, I borrowed a bracelet of my mom's, and had my monogram embroidered into the bodice of my dress in blue!"
Where the dress is now: "The dress itself is in my parents' attic in one of those preservation boxes. I had the jeweled sash stitched onto a black velvet ribbon so that I could get more use out of it — which I admittedly haven't done, but I still love looking at it! — and one of my best friends borrowed my veil for her wedding."
Source: Julie Fischer McCarter/Shoot Photo Inc.