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Bride Is 11th Woman In Her Family To Wear 120-Year-Old Wedding Dress
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Bride Is 11th Woman In Her Family To Wear 120-Year-Old Wedding Dress

An old English rhyme says that the bride must wear “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue” to her wedding, and by the looks of it, Abigail Kingston got the “old” part down perfectly! At her wedding, this Pennsylvania native was the 11th bride ever to wear a 120-year-old wedding dress that had been passed down as a family heirloom from generation to generation.

The first bride to wear the beautiful dress was Mary Lowry Warren, who was married in it in 1895. The last bride to wear the heirloom dress was her mother, Leslie Kingston, who was married in 1991.

The vintage wedding dress was not without its troubles; when Abigail received it, the wedding gown had yellowed and was full of tears and holes due to its old age. After 200 hours of painstaking expert restoration, she was still only able to wear this vintage dress to the cocktail hour, as it was too fragile.

More info: lehighvalleylive.com

Image credits: Kelly McEwan

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creativecreativity
Community Member
6 years ago

These are the kind of things one wishes to pass down generation after generation, what a lucky bride!

JohanneMarieRogn
Community Member
6 years ago

Breathtaking.. To get married in a museum piece is brilliant and the craftsmanship is beyond words, beautiful!!!!!!

LauraBoyd
Community Member
6 years ago

This dress is gorgeous!

HeatherRiniker
Community Member
6 years ago

This is an awesome story. A modern day bride who is still interested in tradition, history, family and not needing the latest fashion

AngelaHutchins
Community Member
6 years ago

I still have my mother's wedding gown but I could not wear it when I got married either time. She was so skinny.

MikeFuller
Community Member
6 years ago

Beautiful bride, beautiful dress, beautiful story! Congratulations to the newest bride.

MalloryCraig
Community Member
6 years ago

Beautiful in 1895, and beautiful in 2015.

Fran
Community Member
6 years ago

Or just wear it for the photographer!

Cheryl Hornsby-Thompson
Community Member
4 years ago

Absolutely gorgeous what an honor that would be.

bubamara
Community Member
5 years ago

Bravo, that's real family spirit and heritage!

LPS Cool Bird
Community Member
6 years ago

This is amazing! It;s pretty cool that the dress is still in such good condition.

MadamButterfly
Community Member
6 years ago

Beautiful.

RonaldFerreira
Community Member
6 years ago

beautiful satin gown over 100 years someone got married in this

MatthewCook
Community Member
6 years ago

Wow very beautiful dress and still in perfect condition.

GlynisRoss-Munro
Community Member
6 years ago

My niece just wore a 200 year old family veil at her wedding. But the family only invite the bride to wear it if they approve of her. Her poor mother in law was not invited to wear it. So mean!

mcami
Community Member
6 years ago

Well, who wouldn't want to wear that dress.

XiaoXiao
Community Member
6 years ago

nice dress and beautiful girl

JulieHill
Community Member
6 years ago

You can tell true beauty when something still looks stunning through so many generations. What a beautiful family tradition.

MakenzieSheriff
Community Member
6 years ago

Not only is it beautiful to reuse a dress, but the fact that it still looks just as stunning as it's first use.

StacyGervais-Bissett
Community Member
6 years ago

She is stunning! What a gorgeous dress!!

susanna
Community Member
6 years ago

Beautiful

KayJohannes
Community Member
6 years ago

I think it's wonderful that this bride honored the tradition and was lucky enough to be able to wear it to the cocktail hour. But it seems she got the best of both worlds - I'd be curious to see what she wore as her primary dress. I have the dress my mother and grandmother wore, but chose not to wear it as it looked terrible on me. I dislike it when a young woman decides to forego the heirloom dress and is derided for her choice to "be herself". This is an excellent solution to that dilemma.

Rhon
Community Member
6 years ago

Beautiful!

JenTyler
Community Member
6 years ago

What a privilege! A gorgeous bride and a stunningly beautiful dress.

JosianeDazin
Community Member
6 years ago

What a fabulous dress !

TinaMLoonsfoot
Community Member
6 years ago

So beautiful,

MichaelMcQuown
Community Member
6 years ago

Beautiful dress, great detail shots.

Karen-MeredithWolf
Community Member
6 years ago

So lovely! Knowing I would only use the petticoat for my wedding dress once, I wrote our names and date inside and passed it along to a friend for her wedding. I wonder where it is now?

Astatine
Community Member
6 years ago

So....in 120 years only 11 women got married? But it is still beautiful

KathrynTague
Community Member
6 years ago

that's one every 10.9 years. and your point?

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tomato0210
Community Member
6 years ago

But go out of fashion

Sonia.Alexandra
Community Member
6 years ago

This dress looks stunning. Unlike the majority of dresses from today's time(s)...

LiminHuang
Community Member
6 years ago

nooooo......

QueHuongBuiNguyen
Community Member
6 years ago

am i the only one think it's super ugly? :v

HilzSov
Community Member
6 years ago

No it is ugly... But the story behind it makes it gorgeous

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AnaLuciaRodriguez
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6 years ago

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it looks like a used cleaning rag

JacquiPhillips
Community Member
6 years ago

Such a nasty comment Ana Lucia Rodriguez, you seem such a fun person to be around. Yes that was sarcasm... Beautiful dress and pictures, Lovely memory's for your family Xx

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MayaHristova
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6 years ago

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and where's the jerk she's gonna marry...i'm sure he's super excited about her dress..women can be so selfish..:D

BitchPudding
Community Member
6 years ago

Gurrl? Honey, are you ok?

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creativecreativity
Community Member
6 years ago

These are the kind of things one wishes to pass down generation after generation, what a lucky bride!

JohanneMarieRogn
Community Member
6 years ago

Breathtaking.. To get married in a museum piece is brilliant and the craftsmanship is beyond words, beautiful!!!!!!

LauraBoyd
Community Member
6 years ago

This dress is gorgeous!

HeatherRiniker
Community Member
6 years ago

This is an awesome story. A modern day bride who is still interested in tradition, history, family and not needing the latest fashion

AngelaHutchins
Community Member
6 years ago

I still have my mother's wedding gown but I could not wear it when I got married either time. She was so skinny.

MikeFuller
Community Member
6 years ago

Beautiful bride, beautiful dress, beautiful story! Congratulations to the newest bride.

MalloryCraig
Community Member
6 years ago

Beautiful in 1895, and beautiful in 2015.

Fran
Community Member
6 years ago

Or just wear it for the photographer!

Cheryl Hornsby-Thompson
Community Member
4 years ago

Absolutely gorgeous what an honor that would be.

bubamara
Community Member
5 years ago

Bravo, that's real family spirit and heritage!

LPS Cool Bird
Community Member
6 years ago

This is amazing! It;s pretty cool that the dress is still in such good condition.

MadamButterfly
Community Member
6 years ago

Beautiful.

RonaldFerreira
Community Member
6 years ago

beautiful satin gown over 100 years someone got married in this

MatthewCook
Community Member
6 years ago

Wow very beautiful dress and still in perfect condition.

GlynisRoss-Munro
Community Member
6 years ago

My niece just wore a 200 year old family veil at her wedding. But the family only invite the bride to wear it if they approve of her. Her poor mother in law was not invited to wear it. So mean!

mcami
Community Member
6 years ago

Well, who wouldn't want to wear that dress.

XiaoXiao
Community Member
6 years ago

nice dress and beautiful girl

JulieHill
Community Member
6 years ago

You can tell true beauty when something still looks stunning through so many generations. What a beautiful family tradition.

MakenzieSheriff
Community Member
6 years ago

Not only is it beautiful to reuse a dress, but the fact that it still looks just as stunning as it's first use.

StacyGervais-Bissett
Community Member
6 years ago

She is stunning! What a gorgeous dress!!

susanna
Community Member
6 years ago

Beautiful

KayJohannes
Community Member
6 years ago

I think it's wonderful that this bride honored the tradition and was lucky enough to be able to wear it to the cocktail hour. But it seems she got the best of both worlds - I'd be curious to see what she wore as her primary dress. I have the dress my mother and grandmother wore, but chose not to wear it as it looked terrible on me. I dislike it when a young woman decides to forego the heirloom dress and is derided for her choice to "be herself". This is an excellent solution to that dilemma.

Rhon
Community Member
6 years ago

Beautiful!

JenTyler
Community Member
6 years ago

What a privilege! A gorgeous bride and a stunningly beautiful dress.

JosianeDazin
Community Member
6 years ago

What a fabulous dress !

TinaMLoonsfoot
Community Member
6 years ago

So beautiful,

MichaelMcQuown
Community Member
6 years ago

Beautiful dress, great detail shots.

Karen-MeredithWolf
Community Member
6 years ago

So lovely! Knowing I would only use the petticoat for my wedding dress once, I wrote our names and date inside and passed it along to a friend for her wedding. I wonder where it is now?

Astatine
Community Member
6 years ago

So....in 120 years only 11 women got married? But it is still beautiful

KathrynTague
Community Member
6 years ago

that's one every 10.9 years. and your point?

Load More Replies...
tomato0210
Community Member
6 years ago

But go out of fashion

Sonia.Alexandra
Community Member
6 years ago

This dress looks stunning. Unlike the majority of dresses from today's time(s)...

LiminHuang
Community Member
6 years ago

nooooo......

QueHuongBuiNguyen
Community Member
6 years ago

am i the only one think it's super ugly? :v

HilzSov
Community Member
6 years ago

No it is ugly... But the story behind it makes it gorgeous

Load More Replies...
AnaLuciaRodriguez
Community Member
6 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

it looks like a used cleaning rag

JacquiPhillips
Community Member
6 years ago

Such a nasty comment Ana Lucia Rodriguez, you seem such a fun person to be around. Yes that was sarcasm... Beautiful dress and pictures, Lovely memory's for your family Xx

Load More Replies...
MayaHristova
Community Member
6 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

and where's the jerk she's gonna marry...i'm sure he's super excited about her dress..women can be so selfish..:D

BitchPudding
Community Member
6 years ago

Gurrl? Honey, are you ok?

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