After two years of dating, US Senator John F. Kennedy and socialite Jacqueline Bouvier tied the knot in Newport, Rhode Island. Fortunately for us, a nice color footage of the event offers us an intimate glimpse at the historic event.
On September 12, 1953, then United States Senator John F. “Jack” Kennedy married socialite Jacqueline Lee “Jackie” Bouvier at St. Mary’s Church in Newport, Rhode Island. Jack and Jackie first met in 1951, shortly after Jackie began working as the Washington Times-Herald’s Inquiring Camera Girl. Their engagement was formally announced on June 25, 1952.
Jackie donned an ivory silk gown designed by African-American designer Ann Lowe. Touted as the social event of the season, the ceremony was attended by 750 guests, and 1,200 at the reception at Hammersmith Farm.
Fortunately for us, a color footage of the wedding reception can take us back to 60 years ago, and show us what it was like to be there at such a special and historic event:
Read about the historic wedding in this Today in History installment!