Maria Mercedes Lara
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!"