11th Woman in her Family to Wear 120-Year-Old Second Hand Wedding Dress

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Few outfits are as important as the dress you wear on your wedding day. But while some brides spend years searching for the perfect gown, for Abigail Kingston from Pennsylvania, USA, her perfect wedding dress was always waiting in the wings.

Abigail in her historic second hand wedding dress

That's because the 30-year-old is just the latest in a long line of women to inherit the right to wear the family wedding gown. In fact, she's the 11th bride to take it for a spin on her big day.

Abigail couldn’t be happier with her second hand wedding dress

The historic dress was first worn by Mary Lowry Warren, Abigail's great-great-grandmother, for her wedding in 1895.

Abigail strikes a pose in her restored second hand wedding dress

It was later worn by Abigail's mother - Leslie Kingston - at her wedding in 1977, making her bride number six.

Unsurprisingly, after 120 years in service, the dress was in less than mint condition when Abigail received it. In fact, it was in a bit of a state.

second hand wedding dress finishing touches by Deborah Lopresti

Abigail explained: 'I thought it's just not possible . . . I'm just not going to be able to wear it.'
They took the dress to wedding dress designer Deborah Lopresti, who spent an incredible 200 hours restoring the gown to it's former glory.
Talking about why they went to so much effort, Leslie Kingston explained: 'It's not just the dress that's been handed down . . . It's the love.;

Deborah Lopresti studied old photographs to restore the second hand wedding dress

And it looks like the effort has been more than worth it. Not only will Abigail now be able to wear the gown at her wedding in October, but a twelfth bride is already making inquiries about wearing the Second Hand Wedding Dress on her big day.

Abigail with her mother, Leslie, who wore the second hand wedding dress for her wedding

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