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A Look Back at JFK & Jackie Kennedy's Wedding Day in Photos

A picture-perfect wedding for one of American history's most iconic couples.
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There are few first couples that have left behind a legacy as inedible as John F. Kennedy and Jackie Lee Bouvier, and their Rhode Island nuptials on September 12, 1953 are the closest thing Americans have to a royal wedding. Here's a look at what it was like to be a guest at the historic event.

Jackie's original wedding gown was destroyed in a flood, but designer Ann Lowe saved the day with a dress that included a portrait neckline and full skirt.


Jackie wore a lace veil that belonged to her grandmother.


The bride arrives


Jacqueline Bouvier, age 24, made her grand entrance to the ceremony at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Newport, Rhode Island on the arm of her stepfather, Hugh D. Auchincloss. Her groom was 36, and a newly-elected Senator from Massachusetts.

The ceremony was performed by Richard Cushing, the Archbishop of Boston and a friend of the Kennedy family.


Before the mass, a blessing from Pope Pius XII was read.

It's estimated that around 2,000 fans stood outside the church to watch it all go down.


Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy


After the ceremony, the 800 guests made their way to the reception at Hammersmith Farm, a 300-acre farm owned by the family of Jackie's stepfather, Hugh Auchincloss.

The happy couple posed for photos before continuing on to the reception.


It is said that it took the couple two hours to greet all of their hundreds of guests in the receiving line.

Janet Auchincloss was all smiles after performing her flower girl duties at the ceremony.


Guests arrived at the farm ready to celebrate the bride and groom.


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Joseph Kennedy shared a secret with his new daughter-in-law.


The new bride made her way downstairs to awaiting guests.


The sun was shining as guests enjoyed food and beverages with a view of the farmland.


The new bride held onto her groom as they made their entrance into the party.


The newly married couple posed for photos with their guests in front of the farmhouse.


The bride got some wardrobe assistance from a member of the bridal party.


The wedding party


Jackie's bridal party included her sister, Lee, stepsister Nina Auchincloss, John’s sister Jean, and his sister-in-law Ethel. There were 10 bridesmaids in total, and they wore pink taffeta.

Posing with the groomsmen


JFK's best man was his brother Robert and his ushers included his brother Teddy, brother-in-law Sargent Shriver, cousin Joe Gargan, brother-in-law Michael Canfield, Lem Billings, Red Fay, and Torbert Macdonald, George Smathers, and Charles BartleThe ceremony was performed by Archbishop Cushing, a friend of the Kennedy family, and he was assisted by four other priests, including the former president of Notre Dame and the head of the Christopher Society. Before the mass, a special blessing from Pope Pius XII was read.

The entire wedding party assembled for a photo on the farm.


The ladies took a seat for more pictures.


Happy smiles.


The newlyweds chatted with John's relatives while sitting at the head table.


The bride removed her gloves to prepare to cut the cake.


The cake was from Plourdes Bakery in Fall River, Massachusetts. John learned about the bakery while campaigning for Senate in 1952.


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Flower girl Janet Auchincloss was eager to share a piece.


The happy couple sat down to eat their pineapple salads as the reception rolled on.


The bride and groom shared their first dance as a married couple in front of their hundreds of guests.


The bride shared a dance with her father-in-law.


The bride and groom left shortly thereafter for their honeymoon in Acapulco, Mexico.


This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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