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Bride becomes 11th woman in her family to wear 120-year-old wedding dress

Bride becomes 11th woman in her family to wear 120-year-old wedding dress


Written by Katie Byrne


Abigail Kingston decided to continue tradition by wearing the precious family heirloom on her big day...

 

Pennsylvanian bride Abigail Kingston has taken 'something old' to a whole new level, by opting to wear the 120-year-old wedding gown first worn by her great-great grandmother in 1895.

Having been worn by nine other members of Abigail's family - women of all different shapes and sizes - the satin dress was in a less-than-pristine condition when Abigail saw it, and she briefly considered wearing something else.

"The sleeves were disintergrating, the dress was filled with holes and the satin had turned an unattractive brown", she told Lehigh Valley High.

Step in Deborah LoPresti, a wedding designer who dedicated 200 hours to transforming the frock into something a bit less 'brown' and a bit more bridal.

The colour of the dress was changed and new sleeves were added - although owing to the fragile state of the antique dress, Abigail has decided to wear it just for the cocktail hour of her celebration, with a different gown on stand-by for the rest of the day.

Speaking to Lehigh Valley Live, Abigail's mother, Leslie, who also wore the dress on her own wedding day, said: "It's not just the dress that's been handed down. It's the love. Who would think anything would last that long? We're just really happy and blessed we can keep the tradition going."

 

It doesn't end there: in keeping with the day's family heritage theme, Abigail has also decided to wear a locket belonging to her grandma and a ring that was once worn by her great-grandmother.

Images: Kelly McEwan for lehighvalleylive.com


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