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.

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Image credits: Kelly McEwan