14 WBM The lace’s duchesse design rose print motif, is no longer made. On June 7, Chandler will be the 45th bride in her family to wear the veil when she marries her fiancé, Sam Cartozzo, at a family cottage near Nashville, Tennessee. The tradition began with Chandler’s great-great-grandmother Samuella Keith, who wore the veil in her 1909 wedding. Six years ago, the veil made an appearance in Wilmington during the marriage of Chandler’s cousin Elizabeth Reynolds and Livingston Sheats. Elizabeth was the 42nd bride to wear the veil on November 8, 2008. “For a 100-year-old veil, it’s in surprisingly good condition,” Chandler says. “It really is priceless.” The family takes many precautions to assure it will be preserved for generations of brides to come. Between weddings, the veil is carefully folded in layers of material and stored in a lockbox at a Nashville bank. Only four women are authorized access. When worn a barrier of tulle netting protects the veil from snagging or ripping. An appraisal in 1982, a year before Chandler was born, valued the veil at $20,000. The veil is one of several heirlooms Chandler will don on her wedding day. A string of seed pearls and a headpiece have been worn by a handful of other family brides. Chandler says her fiancé is impressed with her family’s bridal traditions. They were part of the vision for her big day long before he was. “Before I found the man, I knew I would wear that veil,” Chandler says. june 2014 Sea inSpireD giFtS anD DecOr 4107 Oleander Drive 910.799.4216 Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
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