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Weddings

Weddings

Research by Steven L. Brawley

Jackie loved and lost several men. She was a smashing looking bride and widow twice over.

Wedding One: Kennedy

  • Date: September 12, 1953
  • Church: St. Mary’s, Newport, RI
  • Officiant: Archbishop Cushing
  • Blessing by: Pope Pius XII
  • Music by: Tenor soloist Luigi Vena from Boston sang Gounod’s Ave Maria.
  • Church guests: 800
  • Reception guests, 1,200
  • Reception location: Hammersmith Farm
  • Invitation: black ink on a cream colored paper
  • Menu: Fruit cup in pineapple, creamed chicken, ice cream in flower molds
  • Cake: five tier by Plourde's Bakery
  • Orchestra: Meyer Davis
  • Bride’s dress design: Ann Lowe
  • Bride’s dress detail: ivory tissue silk, with a portrait neckline, fitted bodice, and a bouffant skirt embellished with bands of more than fifty yards of flounces
  • Bride’s veil: rosepoint lace, worn first by her grandmother Lee, was draped from a tiara of lace and orange blossoms
  • Bride’s accessories: a choker of pearls; a diamond bracelet that was a gift from the groom; her mother's lace handkerchief; a diamond crescent brooch on the bodice of her gown, a gift of Joseph P. Kennedy; and a blue garter
  • Bride’s bouquet: pink and white spray orchids and gardenias
  • Photographers: Toni Frissell, Arthur Burges, and Lisa Larsen (LiFE)
  • Best man: Robert Kennedy
  • Matron of honor: Lee Radziwill
  • Maid of honor: Nina G. Auchincloss 
  • Bridesmaids: 10
  • Ushers: 9
  • Engagement ring: square-cut 2.88 carat diamond and a 2.84 carat emerald with tapered baguettes from Van Cleef & Arpels
  • Wedding ring: 24 carat gold band
  • First dance song: "I Married an Angel"
  • Wedding night: Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City
  • Honeymoon: Mexico and California
  • Length of marriage: 10 years

Wedding Two: Onassis

  • Date: October 20, 1968
  • Church: Chapel on Skorpios Island
  • Reception: Christina yacht
  • Engagement ring: 40-carat Marquise Lesotho III diamond ring
  • Dress: lace-covered beige color by Italian couturier Valentino
  • Length of marriage: 8 years

Notes: Jackie was also engaged briefly in 1952 to John Husted, and had a long-term relationship with Maurice Templesman after the death of Onassis.

Image copyright Jake Gariepy (Dapper and Dreamy) - Jackie's 1953 wedding dress designed by Anne Lowe.

Copyright Steven L. Brawley, 2002-2015. All Rights Reserved.