If you were planning on getting married, your mom might have offered her wedding dress to you. After all, it's kind of a tradition. However, few women actually take their moms up on the offer. If they do, they're likely the last person to wear it. One Bethlehem, Pennsylvania woman not only wore her mom's dress, she was the 11th woman in her family to do so. This dress has been in the family for 120 years, and the story is inspiring.
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Mary Lowry Warren was the first person to wear this wedding dress, with its puffy sleeves and full skirt. She wore it 120 years ago and the family says her waist was only 18 inches at the time.
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The second bride took over the dress about 50 years later. Married in 1946, Jane Woodruff unwittingly started the tradition of passing it among the women of the family.
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Just two years later, Virginia Woodruff took over the dress. Because the original bride's waist was impossibly small, subsequent brides had to do quite a bit of tailoring to make it fit.
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In 1960, Sara Seiler wore the family's bridal gown for her big day. You'll notice that the veil has changed.
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Sixteen years later, Laird MacConnell wore the dress on her wedding day in 1976. Even though it had been decades, the dress still looked good for the time.
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Leslie Woodruff Kingston wore this dress in 1977, but she saw it almost two decades earlier at bride 4's wedding. She was only five at the time. Leslie also happens to be the mother of the most recent bride.
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Janet Kearns was next to wear the family's wedding dress. She got married in 1982.
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Then, in 1986, Jane Ogden wore the dress. She broke tradition by having color photographs of her gown on her wedding day.
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Virginia Kearns wore the dress in 1989. The puffy sleeves really worked with the clothing style of the '80s.
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Despite wearing the dress for her wedding in 1991, Ann Ogden has a pretty style that fit into the 1970s even better.
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In October 2015, 120 years after the original bride and 24 years following the last one, Abigail Kingston wore the dress for her wedding. As soon as she got engaged, she knew she'd be sporting the family's gown for her big day.