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Rare Kennedy Photos: JFK Marries Jackie 59 Years Ago

On September 12, 1953, then-US Representative John Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK) married Jacqueline Bouvier after sixteen months of courtship. A fashionable debutante twelve years his junior, Jackie was an educated woman fluent in several languages. As First Lady, she would coordinate the first major White House renovation in a century.

They married at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Newport, Rhode Island. More than 800 guests attended the wedding, with the reception held at Hammersmith Farm for more than twelve hundred guests.

Jackie wore a dress of ivory tissue silk with a portrait neckline, fitted bodice and a bouffant skirt embellished with more than fifty yards of flounces. Her rosepoint lace veil, worn first by her grandmother Lee, was draped from a tiara of lace and orange blossoms.

The bride also wore a choker of pearls and a diamond bracelet that was a gift from the groom. Jacqueline‘s bouquet was of pink and and white spray orchids and gardenias.

After winning the White House seven years later, the Kennedy legacy would be cut tragically short. JFK was assassinated in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963 by Lee Harvey Oswald.

JFK’s Motorcade through Dallas

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