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Tara Block

The dress: Priscilla of Boston

Dresses tried on before finding The One: 30-40

The story: "I tried on a wide variety of dresses because I really wasn't sure what style I wanted or what would look good on me. I even asked my husband-to-be if he had any preferences and he just said 'not mermaid.' I had always imagined I'd get a non-wedding dress, but after looking at dresses up and down California I ended up finding 'the one' at the bridal shop Priscilla of Boston (now closed). I didn't cry, but I did almost pass out at a fitting when I got pricked by a pin! Funnily enough, it was essentially a mermaid style, but my husband loved it anyway. What really made it special is that it's linen — a pretty fabric in theory, but probably not the best when it pours rain on your wedding day. Oops."

Something old, something new...: "My something old was my vintage engagement ring, and my something new were my Kate Spade heart pumps and Jennifer Behr rhinestone headband. We had a very nontraditional wedding, so I didn't have a something blue or borrowed."

Where the dress is now: "In a preservation box in our closet. I haven't taken it out since it was cleaned, so I hope they were able to get the hot pink that bled onto the bottom of it from my shoes out!"

Source: Michèle M. Waite