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Jacqueline Bouvier & John F. Kennedy’s 1953 Wedding Livestream

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Jacqueline Bouvier & John F. Kennedy’s 1953 Wedding Livestream


Let’s travel back in time to September 12, 1953 to attend the Newport, Rhode Island wedding of Jacqueline Bouvier and John F. Kennedy.

Our livestream history program will feature a historical overview of the day’s events through pictures, videos and commentary. We’ll also provide the historical context of the wedding including how Jacqueline and Jack first met, their engagement, honeymoon and life as Georgetown newlyweds. The wedding took place 7 years before the November 1960 election of John F. Kennedy as President of the United States.


Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Dudley Auchincloss
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of Mrs. Auchincloss' daughter
Jacqueline Lee Bouvier
The Honorable John Fitzgerald Kennedy
United States Senate
on Saturday, the twelfth of September
at eleven o'clock
Saint Mary's Church
Spring Street
Newport, Rhode Island

Jacqueline Lee Bouvier and John F. Kennedy were married on the morning of September 12, 1953, in St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Newport, Rhode Island. The more than eight hundred guests included many notable individuals.

The bride, given in marriage by her stepfather, Hugh D. Auchincloss, wore a dress of ivory tissue silk, with a portrait neckline, fitted bodice, and a bouffant skirt embellished with bands of 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. Jacqueline wore a choker of pearls and a diamond bracelet that was a gift from the groom. The bride’s bouquet was of pink and white spray orchids and gardenias.
The bride's attendants, dressed in pink taffeta, included: her sister, Lee (Mrs. Michael T. Canfield) as matron of honor; her stepsister Nina G. Auchincloss as maid of honor; and ten bridesmaids, among them the groom’s sister Jean and sister-in-law Ethel, and the bride’s former boarding school roommate, Nancy Tuckerman. Half sister Janet Auchincloss was flower girl and half brother James Auchincloss served as a page. Senator Kennedy’s best man was his brother Robert and among the ushers were brother Edward, brother-in-law Sargent Shriver, cousin Joe Gargan, brother-in-law Michael Canfield, friends Lem Billings, Red Fay, and Torbert Macdonald, Senate colleague George Smathers, and Charles Bartlett, who had introduced the couple.

The ceremony was performed by Archbishop Cushing, a friend of the Kennedy family, and he was assisted by four other priests. Before the mass, a special blessing from Pope Pius XII was read.
Tenor soloist Luigi Vena from Boston sang Gounod’s Ave Maria.
The reception was held on the terrace of the 300 acre Auchincloss oceanfront estate, Hammersmith Farm, for more than twelve hundred guests. The wedding cake, four feet tall, was ordered by Joseph P. Kennedy. Meyer Davis and his orchestra played under a huge canopy.


Your co-host for this program is Robert Kelleman, the founder/director of the non-profit community organization New York History & Culture.

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