Jacqueline Bouvier and John F. Kennedy’s Love Story

Jacqueline Bouvier and John F. Kennedy on their wedding day  

 

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.”

Jacqueline Bouvier and John F. Kennedy cut into their wedding cake

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.


Categories Wedding Details
Tags Jacqueline Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Politician, President

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