The dress: Maggie Sottero
Dresses tried on before finding The One: 7-8
The story: "I'd never been the person who dreamt of her wedding day, and I was nervous by all my friends' assurances that when I tried on 'the dress,' I'd know it. But there you had it, when I put on this embellished lace and tulle trumpet gown, I was sold. It helped that it made my mom and aunt cry, even if not me."
Something old, something new...: "My something old was my wedding band — it's a simple gold ring that my mom picked up at a flea market in the '70s! My something new was the dress, my something blue was a gorgeous sapphire necklace my husband gave to me on our wedding day to match the sapphires in my engagement ring. My something borrowed was technically my mom's garter, but I kept it, so I'll admit that my actual 'borrow' was a pretty box clutch that I'd bought but barely used . . . and returned the next week! Shhh!"
Where the dress is now: "In a garment bag in my parents' basement. I haven't even cleaned it yet, and with all the running around I did outside taking pictures, and the amount of times it was snagged on the dance floor, it definitely could have used some TLC. But for the deal I got on it, it felt wrong spending more to have it preserved just to sit in a box, very likely never to be worn again. Although I think it's beautiful, I'm not going to assume a future daughter or granddaughter is going to want to dust this off!"