On a beautiful summer day, in front of 700 guests, John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier were married in the most glamorous wedding America had ever seen. Jack and Jackie met on a blind date. Jack was the dashing young bachelor, soon to be Senator from Massachusetts. Jackie was an inquiring photographer for the Washington Times-Herald.
The wedding captivated America. Three thousand onlookers and photographers crowded outside St. Mary’s Church in Newport, Rhode Island. The bride wore her grandmother’s heirloom rosepoint lace veil, attached to her hair with a small tiara of lace and traditional orange blossoms. She also wore a single strand of pearls and diamond leaf pin, which was a present from Ambassador and Mrs. Joseph P. Kennedy, and a diamond bracelet the groom had presented to her the evening before the wedding. She carried a bouquet of white and pink spray orchids and gardenias.
After two hours of greeting family and friends in a receiving line, the bridal couple joined the 1,200 invited guests for champagne and dancing to the music of Meyer Davis and his orchestra. For the first dance, Jack Kennedy chose “I Married an Angel”