The magnificent dress has been passed down through generations of Abigail’s family, starting with her great-great-grandmother Mary Lowry in 1895.
It’s since been worn by nine of Abigail’s ancestors, including her mother Leslie.
Abigail, who lives in Pennsylvania, told local paper Lehigh Valley Live that when she received the dress it was falling apart full of holes, discoloured and so short it was a crop top on her.
But after 200 hours of restoration by Deborah LoPresti’s bridal salon, the dress looks stunning and is fit to wear. “It feels like the Cinderella dress,” Abigail said.
Her mother added: “It is a magical wedding dress because she is the 11th bride to wear it. “Who would think anything would last that long?”
Hilariously, Abigail’s fiancé has had to avoid the internet since she became a viral sensation. “He hasn’t looked at anything or read anything. He still wants to be surprised!
“I called him and said, ‘Delete your Facebook, don’t answer any text messages, things are happening!’”
She said that wearing the dress was powerful,”When I put it on after the restorations, that’s when I could actually feel the sentiment.
“That’s what I value and hold dear to my heart, and that’s what makes it so much more special to wear.”
The dress is still too fragile to be worn during the ceremony, but Abigail will be donning it during the cocktail hour.
Her mother Leslie, who first saw the dress at Sara Ogden’s wedding when she was five, instantly fell in love with it. She eventually wore it herself 17 years later.
“It’s not just the dress that’s been handed down,” Leslie said. “It’s the love.”
“We’re just really happy and blessed we can keep the tradition going.”