Jacqueline Lee Bouvier and John F. Kennedy were married on September 12, 1953, in the picturesque St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Newport, Rhode Island in front of over 800 guests.
Jackie wore a dress of ivory tissue silk, with a portrait neckline, fitted bodice, and a bouffant skirt embellished with bands of more than fifty yards of flounces by New York designer Ann Lowe.
Her rosepoint lace veil, worn first by her grandmother Lee, was draped from a tiara of lace and orange blossoms. Jackie wore a choker of pearls and a diamond bracelet that was a gift from her groom, JFK.
The bride’s bouquet was of pink and white spray orchids and gardenias. Her attendants, wore pink taffeta also by Ann Lowe.
The reception was held on the huge terrace of the 300 acre Auchincloss oceanfront estate, Hammersmith Farm, for more than twelve hundred guests. The wedding cake was five layers and four feet tall.