The dress: Vera Wang
Dresses tried on before finding The One: 3-4
The story: "I never thought I would end up in a strapless dress, but it felt right in the moment. I was one of those brides who had immediate regret after buying the dress. As soon as I put down the payment and walked out of the Neiman Marcus bridal salon knowing that there would be upwards of six months until I saw it again, I was filled with a sense of dread that I would hate it when I had my fittings. I'll be honest: I did cry at my first fitting. I grew to be at peace with it, but had moments of thinking I was crazy for picking a dress with horizontal stripes. Now I feel attached to it and fond of it, but it's not my favorite thing about our wedding. Loving the dress wasn't the most important thing to me. You can love your wedding and not be 100 percent in love with your dress."
Something old, something new...: "Something old was a locket my mother gave me that my father gave her on their wedding day. Something new were sequined Christian Louboutins. One of my bridesmaids lent me a chain to hang the locket on, and my blue was Hanky Pankies."
Where the dress is now: "Real talk: I left it at the dry cleaner for over a year. Now, it's in a preservation box underneath our guest bed. There's a window so I can look at it."