35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie

35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie

Jacob Miller - September 16, 2017

On September 12, 1953, junior Senator John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Bouvier. The illustrious couple met at a dinner party in Georgetown. After dating for two years, Kennedy proposed.

More than 800 guests including senators, diplomats, arrived at St. Mary’s Church in Newport, Rhode Island to attend the wedding. Jackie’s dress, along with all the bride’s maid’s dresses, was ruined after a pipe burst at Lowe’s studio just days before the wedding. Fortunately, all the dresses were recreated in time for the wedding.

The Archbishop of Boston presided over the ceremony, even reading a personal message from Pope Pius XII.

The reception was held at Hammersmith Farm, the family of the bride’s 300-acre property nearby. There were so many people at the reception that it took the newlyweds over two hours to greet all of them in the receiving line. Their first dance was to ‘I Married an Angel‘ by Meyer Davis and His Orchestra.

35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
America’s first couple- Photos from the wedding of John F. Kennedy and wife Jacqueline. Daily Mail
35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
The Ivory tissue-silk dress, with a portrait neckline and bouffant skirt with wax flowers, was an immediate success; the look, complete with an heirloom rose-point lace veil and pearls, is one of the most iconic bridal looks of all time. Brides
35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy’s wedding dress worn Sept.12, 1953 when she married John F. Kennedy; displayed at JFK Library and Museum. Pinterest
35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
Jackie was escorted down the aisle of St. Mary’s Church by her stepfather, Hugh D. Auchincloss. Brides
35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
Six hundred guests stand listening to wedding vows of Sen. John F. Kennedy and his bride Jacqueline. (Photo by Lisa Larsen//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
A photo of the Kennedys Catholic ceremony. Pinterest
35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
The wedding was held in Newport RI at St. Mary’s church, the reception subsequently held at the bride’s stepfather’s seaside home, Hammersmith Farm on. Lisa Larsen LIFE
35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
The crowd outside St. Mary’s Church in Newport, Rhode Island, looking to get a glance at the wedding of Jack and Jackie Kennedy in 1953.
35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
John and Jackie in color. Pinterest
35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
John F. Kennedy and Jackie outside St. Mary’s Church in Newport, Rhode Island. Daily Mail
35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
JFK and Jacqueline Bouvier’s wedding, September 12, 1953. Pinterest
35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
Jackie’s dress almost didn’t make it to the ceremony. Disaster struck when a pipe burst in designer Ann Lowe’s New York city studio, covering the wedding gown and the bridesmaids dresses in water 10 days before the ceremony. Brides
35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
Newly married Jackie and John F. Kennedy with their mothers- Rose Kennedy and Janet Auchincloss. Pinterest.
35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
Jacqueline with her mother and stepfather on her wedding day at Hammersmith Farm. Pinterest
35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
Wedding of Senator John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier at Hammersmith Farm, Newport, Rhode Island, Date- 12 September 1953. Pinterest
35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
Jackie and John on their wedding day. Daily Mail
35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
The Kennedys greeting their wedding guests. Life
35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
General view of the guests at the reception the newly wed future US President John F Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
When Jackie and JFK got married on September 12, 1953, in Newport, Rhode Island, it was the society wedding of the year, complete with a blessing from the Pope. Brides
35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
A rare color photo of John and Jackie Kennedy’s 1953 Wedding. Pinterest
35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
The couple’s wedding ceremony drew an estimated 700 guests, with 1200 attending the reception. Daily Mail

35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
Outdoor wedding dinner with Bride and Groom shaking hands with a guest. Pinterest
35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
Jackie getting help with her veil. Pinterest
35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
The couple was married on September 12, 1953. They are seen here eating a course of their meal out of a pineapple half. Daily Mail
35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
Sen. John F. Kennedy (4R) with his bride Jacqueline at their wedding reception. (Photo by Lisa Larsen//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
Flower girl Janet Auchincloss holding up a wedge of wedding cake for bridegroom Sen. John Kennedy as her half-sister bride Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy looks on in amusement at the table during formal luncheon at their wedding reception at her mother’s estate. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
Jacqueline Kennedy on her wedding day, Newport, R.I., Sept. 12, 1953. Pinterest
35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
Jacqueline with her father-in-law Joseph Kennedy on her wedding day. Pinterest
35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
Jackie holding her bouquet. Pinterest
35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
View from behind of Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 – 1994) (in a Battenburg wedding dress) as she dances with her husband, future US President John F Kennedy (1917 – 1963) at their wedding reception, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
The first dance for the newlyweds. Pinterest
35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
Photographer Arthur Burges took a photo of the Kennedy’s five-tiered wedding cake during their reception in Newport, Rhode Island, which drew in more than 1200 guests on Sept. 12, 1953. Pinterest
35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
The newly wedded couple cutting their wedding cake. Daily Mail

 

35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
The Kennedys are bid farewell with a shower of flower petals as they depart for their honeymoon. Pinterest
35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
Newlyweds John and Jacqueline Kennedy admiring the Sailfish landed by Senator Kennedy during their honeymoon in Acapulco, Mexico, September 1953. jfklibrary
35 Photos of the 1953 Fairytale Wedding of JFK and Jackie
Senator John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy ride in a car on their honeymoon in Acapulco, Mexico, September 1953. jfklibrary

 

Sources For Further Reading:

Best Life Online – 13 Secrets You Never Knew About JFK and Jackie Kennedy’s Wedding

Vouge – Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Jackie Kennedy’s Wedding to JFK

Readers Digest – 13 Little Known Facts About the Wedding of JFK and Jackie

Biography – Jackie’s Wedding to JFK: How the Kennedy Family Controlled Their Nuptials

Life – JFK and Jackie’s Wedding

JFK Library – Jacqueline B. Kennedy

JFK Library – John F. Kennedy

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