The dress: Bonny Bridal
Dresses tried on before finding The One: 8
The story: "When I put on the dress I ultimately chose, my mother-in-law was gushing, and my sarcastic bridesmaid was cursing a lot, in a good way. It helped that the sample size was pretty darn close to my size, and that the price was so, so right. My favorite part of the dress, though, was how the skirt and train rippled down — so feminine."
Something old, something new...: "For my something old, I had my great-grandmother's ring, and my gorgeous pearl necklace and earrings — a gift from my wife — were something new. I got extra lucky with my something borrowed — at a friend's wedding the year before, I'd caught the bouquet, which had a blue ribbon around it. I kept that ribbon and one of the pins and used them for my own bouquet, and then I gave the pin back to the other bride. I also painted my nails blue, just because."
Where the dress is now: "My mother-in-law was nice enough to have the dress professionally cleaned for me, so now it's safe in a storage box in my closet."