Jacqueline Bouvier and John F. Kennedy’s Love Story
How they met: Jacqueline Bouvier was first introduced to John F. Kennedy in May of 1951 at a dinner hosted by their mutual friends, Charles and Martha Buck Bartlett. The dinner was held in Washington D.C., in Georgetown, where John was running for a senate seat at the time. The two began dating sporadically.
The proposal: Two years later, on June 24, 1953, John proposed to Jackie with a Van Cleef and Arpels engagement ring that his father helped him pick. The ring consisted of a 2.88 carat diamond and 2.84 carat emerald with tapering baguettes.
The wedding: The couple were married on September 12, 1953 at St. Mary’s Church in Newport, Rhode Island. The 11 a.m. ceremony was officiated by Archbishop Richard Cushing. A whopping 750 guests attended, with an additional 3,000 well-wishers who waited outside hoping to catch a glimpse.
Jackie wore a wedding dress by Ann Lowe, a designer chosen by her mother. The gown had a portrait neckline, fitted bodice and a full bouffant skirt. It was decorated with wax flowers and rows of tucking. She wore her grandmother’s rose point lace veil attached to her hair, with orange blossoms and a lace tiara. Her jewelry consisted of one strand of family pearls, and a one-of-a kind diamond and pearl bracelet from her husband to be.
Jackie was given away by her step-father, Hugh Auchincloss. She carried a bouquet of pink and white spray orchids and gardenias. The church was decorated with pink gladioli and white chrysanthemums. Tenor soloist Luigi Vena sang “Ave Maria.”
The reception: The ceremony was followed by a reception at the Auchincloss waterside estate, Hammersmith Farm. The newlyweds were joined by 1200 guests for a wedding luncheon of fruit cups, creamed chicken and ice cream in the shape of roses. The couple enjoyed a five-tier wedding cake and shared their first dance to “I Married an Angel,” performed by The Meyer Davis Orchestra.
They spent their wedding night at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York before embarking on a two-week honeymoon in Acapulco.