One of the most iconic I do’s of all time took place on September 12, 1953 when Jacqueline Lee Bouvier and John F. Kennedy walked down the aisle. The couple’s first steps together as husband and wife would also be their first steps on a journey that would ultimately lead to a destiny which touches lives to this day.
Linking arms with her stepfather, the bride clutched a bouquet of miniature gardenias, stephanotis and pink and white spray orchids as she made her grand entrance inside St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, a house of worship in Newport, Rhode Island which was bedecked for the day with arrangements of botanical beauty including blush-hued gladioli, white chrysanthemums and smilax.
Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy as they exit St. Mary’s Church:
Seven hundred guests ranging from dignitaries to movie stars rose from the pews in honor of the bride, admiring as she walked past in a wedding gown designed by Ann Lowe, who also created the pink faille silk dresses donned by the bridesmaids. More than two months in the making, the creation consisted of 50 yards of ivory silk taffeta. Adding a sentimental accessory to her attire a rosepoint lace veil once worn by her grandmother, which fanned out behind the future First Lady as she reached the altar.
Jacqueline Kennedy converses with her father-in-law, Joseph Kennedy:
Sunlight streaming through the stained glass windows of the church seemed a symbolic blessing of their union as reverential renditions of “Ave Maria” and ” Panis Angelicus” were performed during a ceremony in which the bride received a simple gold band to accompany the emerald and diamond engagement ring from Van Cleef & Arpels which graced her left hand.
The newlyweds pose for posterity with their ushers and attendants:
Following the nuptials, the newlyweds joined family and friends at Hammersmith Farm, where guests sampled slices of a five-tier wedding cake after dining on fruit cups, creamed chicken and ice cream shaped to resemble roses, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum reports.
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