November 22 marks 50 years since the death of John Kennedy and to remember him, I have chosen to highlight one the most important days of his and Jackie‘s life, their wedding day.
The couple tied the knot on September 12, 1953 at St. Mary’s Church in Newport, Rhode Island. Around 750 guest attended the ceremony and 1200 the reception, which was held at her stepfather’s waterside estate, Hammersmith Farm.
For her big day, Jacqueline wore an ivory taffeta off-the-shoulder dress designed by Ann Lowe. The stunning gown was classically feminine, with a nipped-in waist and a voluminous skirt extending over the hips. It was made from 15 metres (49 ft) of ivory silk taffeta.
Her something borrowed was the lovely rosepoint lace veil she wore. It belonged to her grandmother, who also wore it on her wedding day. She completed the look with white gloves.
Jackie’s dress is cited as iconic and one of the best-remembered bridal gowns of all time.
Hair and make-up
Unlike most brides, Jackie ditched long tresses for short curled hair. Her make-up was minimal, with just some blusher and lipstick.
The bride’s bouquet was made up of white and pink gardenias and orchids.
Her jewellery was simple and expensive: a perfect strand of pearls from her family, a diamond leaf pin from her new in-laws, and a diamond bracelet given to her by John the evening before the wedding. Her engagement ring, from Van Cleef & Arpels, was comprised of a 2.88 carat diamond and a 2.84 carat emerald with tapered baguettes.
Following the stunning reception the newlyweds spent the night at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. For the honeymoon they visited Acapulco, Mexico, where John caught a ten foot sailfish that later decorated a wall in the White House.
What do you think of Jackie’s bridal look? Jackie later revealed that she hated her dress, do you like it?