SENATOR JOHN F. KENNEDY WEDS JACQUELINE BOUVIER
Newport, Rhode Island (JFK+50) Sixty-two years ago today, September 12, 1953, Senator John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Lee Bouvier exchanged wedding vows at St. Mary's Catholic Church here in Newport. 750 guests crowded into the church where Richard Cushing, the Archbishop of Boston, conducted the ceremony.
The bride, who was escourted down the aisle by her step-father, Hugh D. Auchincloss, wore an ivory silk gown made by designer Ann Lowe. The gown required fifty yards of material and two months of work.
Jackie also wore a choker of pearls and a diamond bracelet that was a gift from the groom. The bride's bouquet was of pink and white spray orchids and gardenias.Jackie's sister, Lee Canfield, was the matron of honor while her half-sister, Nina Auchincloss, was maid of honor. Robert F. Kennedy, the groom's brother, was best man.
Ushers included brother Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy, brother-in-laws Sargent Shriver and Michael Canfield as well as close friends Lem Billings, Red Fay, Torbert McDonald, Senator George Smathers and Charles Bartlett.
After the wedding ceremony, 1300 guests gathered at Hammersmith Farm overlooking Naragansett Bay for a luncheon reception.
"The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings," by Thomas Maier, Basic Books, New York, 2003.
Mr. & Mrs. John F. Kennedy