This Family’s Heirloom Wedding Dress Has Been Worn By 11 Brides Over 120 Years 0 45

Trisha Bartle

 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.

Bride 1

Lehigh Valley LiveMary 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.

Bride 2

Lehigh Valley LiveThe 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.

Bride 3

Lehigh Valley LiveJust 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.

Bride 4

Lehigh Valley LiveIn 1960, Sara Seiler wore the family’s bridal gown for her big day. You’ll notice that the veil has changed.

Bride 5

Lehigh Valley LiveSixteen 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.

Bride 6

Lehigh Valley LiveLeslie 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.

Bride 7

Lehigh Valley LiveJanet Kearns was next to wear the family’s wedding dress. She got married in 1982.

Bride 8

Lehigh Valley LiveThen, in 1986, Jane Ogden wore the dress. She broke tradition by having color photographs of her gown on her wedding day.

Bride 9

Lehigh Valley LiveVirginia Kearns wore the dress in 1989. The puffy sleeves really worked with the clothing style of the ’80s.

Bride 10

Lehigh Valley LiveDespite wearing the dress for her wedding in 1991, Ann Ogden has a pretty style that fit into the 1970s even better.

Bride 11

Lehigh Valley LiveIn 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.

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10 Mainstream Movies Where Actors Really Had Sex 0 13

Those hot and heavy sex scenes in films can at times look so believable that it leaves viewers wondering whether or not the actors were really getting it on. While many stars deny that they would get it on with a co-star on screen, there are a select few actors who admitted that their steamy scenes were truly unsimulated sex.

Little Ashes

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Robert Pattinson’s film “Little Ashes” has a scene where the actor admits he was masturbating. He admitted to pleasuring himself because faking it “just doesn’t work.”

Lie With Me


Viewers thought that “The L Word” star Lauren Lee Smith and actor Eric Balfour’s sex scenes in “Lie With Me” looked a bit too realistic, and that’s because they were.


Imp Awards

Lars Von Trier is known for producing films that push the envelope by using unsimulated sex scenes, and his star-studded “Nymphomaniac” was no different. It’s said that while the stars truly are engaging in intercourse, they used porn or sex doubles for the ejaculation shots.


Pop Matters

The 1970s film “Caligula” is reported to be the first time that recognized, notable actors starred in a movie that featured pornographic scenes. Many of the sex scenes were not fake, and included scenes that featured oral sex and penetration, the movie as a whole wasn’t received well by critics or the public.

All About Anna

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“All About Anna” is a Danish film by Lars Von Trier that is described as a movie about sexual relationships, so it’s only natural that you’d see various people doing the horizontal mambo. The intercourse and masturbation scenes really did happen, and producers responded to the uproar about the controversy by saying in a statement, “Without the sex scenes, the film’s drama would fall apart. This was a particular challenge to the film’s cast, who had to cope with the traditional social and human traumas associated with having real sex in front of a camera.”

The Brown Bunny

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In “The Brown Bunny,” actress Chloë Sevigny pretty much shows off her fellatio chops by performing oral sex on her co-star, Vincent Gallo, in their sex scene.

“Sweet Sweetback’s Badasssss Song”

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In 1971, Melvin Van Peebles had tongues wagging about his sex scene in his film “Sweet Sweetback’s Badasssss Song.” It was many years later that he admitted that yes, the sex was real — because he contracted an STD. Because of that, he was able to receive workers compensation.

Pink Flamingos

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John Waters’ campy 1972 cult classic “Pink Flamingo,” Divine’s character and her son, Crackers, engage in incestuous sexual behaviors inside of a friend’s home and the oral sex Divine performs is real.



The French film “Baise-moi” translates to “f–k me,” so be prepared to see exactly that when watching. The sex scenes aren’t just graphic, but they’re real, and some considered the movie — which was a dud with critics and viewers — practically pornography.

9 Songs

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“9 Songs” is considered to have one of the worst film sex scenes of all time, and that must be horrible for stars Kieran O’Brien and Margo Stilley who didn’t even fake their intercourse.

27 Vintage Photos Of Totally Miserable Looking Brides 0 92

Ash M. Richter

 It was supposed to be the happiest day of their lives.

But for these brides of bygone errors, something was going terribly wrong. And their vintage wedding photos captured it for posterity.

Unhappily Ever After…And They Know It Already

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To Some, Marriage Is A Word. To Others, A Sentence

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Too Many Little Digs Sends A Marriage To An Early Grave

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They Were A Fastidious Couple, She Was Fast, He Was Tedious

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Love Can Be A Touchy Subject

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With Her Marriage She Got A New Name And A Dress—She Wants More

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Love Is One Long Sweet Dream, And Marriage Is The Alarm Clock

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There Is No Such Cozy Combination As Man And Wife

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She’s Already Gearing Up For Divorce: The Past Tense Of Marriage

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The Bonds Of Matrimony Are Already Weighing Heavy

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An Object In Possession Seldom Retains The Same Charm That It Had In Pursuit

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She Wishes He Was The Gardener. He’d Be Less Rough Around The Hedges

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Her Mother In Law Is Already Interefering And They’re Not Even Related Yet

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He’ll Not Be Wearing The Pants In This Relationship

Archives New Zealand/Flickr/Creative Commons

Bewitched, Bewildered, And Absolutely Bothered

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Love Is All Around—Can’t You Tell By Their Smiling Faces?

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They Were Married By Candle-Light, But The Marriage Lasted Only A Wick

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This Is What Happens When You Meet On A Cruise

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She Wishes He Wouldn’t Put A Ring On It

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A Double Wedding Saved On Costs, But Not On Merriment

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Harry Met Sally. And Then Sally Had A Panic Attack

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Hey There, You With The Stars Dying In Your Eyes

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This Is When She Found Out Her Made Of Honor Had Run Off With The Groom

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It Was An Upsetting Wedding. Even The Cake Was In Tiers

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Pre-arranged Marriages Pre-pair People For The Future, Even If They Don’t Want To Be

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Please Don’t Get Her To The Church On Time

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Hell No. (Slams Door)

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