The image that captured it, and the story that made it the most memorable moment for 10 real brides.

"Our relationship was old-fashioned. Simon lived in Paris and I lived in New York, so we got to know each other through writing and talking on the phone before we went on an actual date. And his visa approval came right down to the wire—he didn't move here till just two weeks before we got married! I know it sounds clichéd, but our wedding day truly felt like the start of a new life together. After the ceremony we were able to spend a few moments alone taking pictures, and I've literally never been so happy. The day was ours."

—Kristie Downing, married March 29, 2010, in Boston