There are certain weddings throughout history that leave a lasting impression on society. Whether that’s because of the location of the wedding, the couple who is saying “I do,” or the dress, there are many factors that go into a memorable wedding.

When it came to John F. Kennedy and his bride, Jackie Bouvier, this was a couple that the whole world watched on their wedding day. Prior to being president and first lady of the country, the couple was just John and Jackie — except for the fact that Kennedy was already well known in politics and Jackie was a former debutante who came from a well-off New York family.

Their wedding day, September 12, 1953, had many waiting in anticipation, whether they were invited to attend or just wanted to catch glimpses of photos from the big day. It was that day that Jackie Bouvier became Jackie Kennedy, and her wedding was ultimately memorable for far more reasons than just who tied the knot. Let’s take a closer look at Jackie Kennedy and the most beautiful wedding ever.

It was the major social event of the season

What started with dinner parties in Georgetown attended by two young, established socialites quickly became a relationship — and eventually a commitment to marriage.

According to Vogue, the woman whose name would become Jackie Kennedy just a few short years later hit it off with her future husband right away after their first meeting on the dinner party circuit they both frequented. They couple then dated for two years before the future president proposed to his girlfriend, with a ring that would make anyone starry eyed — a 2.88-carat diamond with a 2.84-carat emerald. Impressive.

When it came time for the Kennedy wedding, everyone had their eyes on the couple, expecting a lavish event. This is exactly what they received. And it was no small affair with just family and close friends — there were 800 guests in attendance. As Vogue reported, this included notable people like senators, diplomats, and others. Top class came to the top wedding.

Location for the ceremony was a no-brainer

Choosing the location for a wedding can be one of the most difficult decisions for a bride and groom. But for the future president and his future wife, the decision was actually quite easy.

St. Mary’s Church in Newport, Rhode Island had been an important location throughout the couple’s relationship and was the obvious choice. As the Los Angeles Times reported, the couple spent much time during their summers together in Newport, where Jackie’s family owned property. During that time they attended church together at St. Mary’s, always sitting in the tenth pew together.

Following the Kennedy wedding, the location became an instant tourist attraction. Father Kris von Maluski, a priest at St. Mary’s during the Los Angeles Times interview in 2017, shared stories of the days following the wedding. Locals would go in to see the special location and actually “walked out with armfuls of flowers” from the big day.

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