A look back at JFK and Jackie's lavish 1953 wedding

It was the wedding of the year. 

On September 12th, 1953, Jaqueline Bouvier and John F. Kennedy married in a lavish fall ceremony at Newport, Rhode Island's St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church. Attended by nearly 800 guests, the nuptials were a milestone for the already picture-perfect American couple, who were featured on the cover of Life magazine only a few months before. 

Life photographer Lisa Larson, who was sent to document the wedding, reported the events as a modern-day "coronation." 

 "Their wedding turned out to be the most impressive the old society stronghold had seen in 30 years," she wrote according to Brides. It was so notable that the couple received a personal blessing from the Pope. 

The two met in Washington, D.C, where she was working as a photographer and JFK was new to the Senate. After two years of dating, he proposed with a 2.9-carat diamond ring from Van Cleef & Arpels, complete with a matching emerald. 

Take a look inside their wedding:

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(Original Caption) Newport, RI: Democratic Senator John F. Kennedy and his bride, the former Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, cut their wedding cake after their marriage yesterday at St. Mary's Church in Newport.
(Original Caption) Mr. and Mrs. John F. Kennedy and wedding party after church ceremony. Photo.
(Original Caption) Jackie and John Kennedy cut their wedding cake in 1953. (Photo by Brooks Kraft LLC/Sygma via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Mr and Mrs. John F. Kennedy cutting their wedding cake.
Jackie and JFK in 1953
The wedding party posing 
So in love! 
A little girl smelling a flower at John F. Kennedy's wedding reception. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Guests attending John F. Kennedy's wedding reception. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier sit together in the sunshine at Kennedy's family home at Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, a few months before their wedding.
Two little girls playing at John F. Kennedy's (L) wedding breakfast. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917 - 1963), Democratic senator for Massachusetts, escorts his bride Jacqueline Lee Bouvier (1929 - 1994) down the church aisle shortly after their wedding ceremony at Newport, Rhode Island. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) 9/10/1953- Hyannisport, MA: Senator John F. Kennedy (D-MA) and Miss Jaqueline Lee Bouvier of Newport, RI, will be married September 12 at Newport, in one of the most elaborate weddings of the current season. The couple are shown above at Kennedy's Hyannisport, MA home shortly after their engagement was announced recently. Miss Bouvier sips a cup of tea demurely.
Socialite Jacqueline Bouvier fixing veil of wedding dress outdoors at Hammersmith Farm on day of her marriage to Sen. John Kennedy. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Sen. John Kennedy (R) w. bride Jacqueline (L) in wedding attire, sitting together at table, eating pineapple salad at formally set table outdoors at their wedding reception. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Jacqueline Bouvier in gorgeous Battenburg wedding dress w. her husband Sen. John Kennedy as they stand in front of church after wedding ceremony. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Former US Amb. to Great Britain Joseph Kennedy, dancing with son John F. Kennedy's bride, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, at their wedding reception held at her mother's home. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Jacqueline Bouvier (C), bride of Sen. John F. Kennedy, wearing a gorgeous off-the-shoulder wedding dress. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Sen. John F. Kennedy (4R) with his bride Jacqueline at their wedding reception. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Sen. John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline (C), standing with a group of ushers. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
12th September 1953: John Kennedy (1917 -1963) and Jacqueline Bouvier (1929 - 1994) pose with their ushers and maids of honor on their wedding day, Newport, Rhode Island. (Photo by MPI/Getty Images)
NEWPORT, RI - SEPTEMBER 12: Senator Leverett Saltonstall congratulates Sen. John F. Kennedy at the wedding reception as Kennedy's wife, Jacqueline Bouvier, looks on, Sept. 12, 1953. (Photo by Charles McCormick/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
View from behind of Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) (in a Battenburg wedding dress) as she dances with her husband, future US President John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963) at their wedding reception, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Portrait of future US President John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963) (middle row, center) and Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) (in a Battenburg wedding dress), as they pose with their groomsmen, among them Kennedy's brothers Ted Kennedy (1932 - 2009) (middle row, left) and Robert Kennedy (1925 - 1968) (middle row, second right) on the day of his wedding, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
View of the head table of at the Kennedy wedding reception, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. Among those pictured are Robert Kennedy (1925 - 1968) (seated, second left), bride Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) (seated, center) (in a Battenburg wedding dress), groom and future US President John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963) (seated second, right); standing behind them is Eunice Kennedy Shriver (1921 - 2009). (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Low-angle view of future US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) (in a Battenburg wedding dress) as she holds the arm of her husband, future US President John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963), in front of St Mary's Church after their wedding ceremony, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Future US President John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963) and Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) (in a Battenburg wedding dress) take the first dance at their wedding reception, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Future US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) (in a Battenburg wedding dress) is escorted to St Mary's Church by her stepfather, Hugh D Auchincloss (1897 - 1976) for her wedding to John F Kennedy who walked her down the aisle, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Future US President John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963) and Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) (in a Battenburg wedding dress) stand in front of St Mary's Church after their wedding ceremony, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
American future First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) poses with her husband politician and future US President John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963) immediately after their wedding at Hammerstein Farm Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Senator John F. Kennedy and his bride, the former Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, leave a Newport, Rhode Island, church following their wedding ceremony. An estimated one thousand people waited outside the church for the newlyweds.
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Jackie walked down the aisle in a classic ivory silk gown designed by notable African American fashion designer Ann Lowe. The gown featured a portrait neckline and shoulder sleeves, as well as a bouffant skirt. According to the JFK Library, it took 50 yards of fabric to complete the design, which Jackie paired with a pearl choker, diamond bracelet and lace veil with a rose hue. The jewelry was a gift from JFK

Days leading up to the wedding, a burst pipe almost destroyed Jackie's wedding dress and bridesmaids gowns. However, the gowns were quickly recreated, with Lowe and her team working nonstop to replicate the looks. To this day, Jackie's bridal gown is one of the "most iconic" wedding gowns of all time.

Holding a bouquet of white and pink orchids, Jackie was given away by her stepfather. Her bridal party included her sisters and 10 bridesmaids, all dressed in matching pink taffeta. The groomsmen were joined by brothers Robert and Edward Kennedy, as well as other political notables. 

The reception, like the ceremony, was fit for a princess. After the nuptials, nearly 1200 guests gathered at the gorgeous Hammersmith Farm, owned by Jackie's mother, to a beautiful orchestra, four-foot wedding cake and dancing. According to Brides, it took the couple two hours to make their way down the receiving line.

Jackie and JFK danced to "I Married An Angel" for their first dance, later jetting off to Acapulco, Mexico, for the honeymoon. 

If this wedding isn't proof of American royalty, then we don't know what is. 

Related: Jackie over the years

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Jackie Kennedy Onassis through the years
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Jackie Kennedy Onassis through the years
(Original Caption) Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy, wife of the President, smiles as she leaves the jet at Idlewild Airport that returned her to the U.S.A. on her flight from Athens, Greece. She left immediately for Washington, D.C., on the Kennedy private plane.
(Original Caption) Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy (center) appears to be enjoying her vacation in these islands as she smiles at a well-wisher here June 9th. While in Greece, Mrs. Kennedy plans to do some water skiing and sun bathing just like any other tourist.
(Original Caption) Jackie and John Kennedy cut their wedding cake in 1953. (Photo by Brooks Kraft LLC/Sygma via Getty Images)
Jackie Kennedy the wife of American President John F. Kennedy, at home with their daughter Caroline, 1960. (Photo by � Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Portrait de profil de Jackie Kennedy, circa 1960. (Photo by REPORTERS ASSOCIES\Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
circa 1960: Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (1929 - 1994), wife of American president John F Kennedy and, after Kennedy's assassination, of Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis. (Photo by MPI/Getty Images)
Senator John F. Kennedy sits beside wife Jackie in Hyannisport. Kennedy is about to embark on a campaign tour for the presidential elections.
Jackie Kennedy. October 14, 1960. (Photo by William N. Jacobellis/New York Post Archives / (c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images)
10th December 1960: Jackie Kennedy (1929 - 1994), the wife of the American President-Elect John F Kennedy with her son John Kennedy Jr (1960 - 1999). (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Frank Sinatra escorting Jacqueline Kennedy to her box at a gala, held at the National Guard Armory in Washington DC, the night before the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy, 19th January 1961. The gala was staged by Sinatra to help pay off the campaign debts of Kennedy and the Democratic Party. (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)
President-elect John F. Kennedy and wife Jackie applaud at a pre-inauguration gala on January 19, 1960.
Jackie Kennedy and Nina Chruschtschowa are meeting at the reception and great dinner at Sch�nbrunn Palace during the two-day summit between Presidents John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev in Vienna. Sch�nbrunn. Wien 13. 3. Juni 1961. Photographie. (Photo by Votava/Imagno/Getty Images)
Second day of the visit of American President John F Kennedy and his wife Jackie to London, England. Jacqueline Kennedy leaving the London home of her sister Princess Lee Radziwill for the christening of her niece Anna Christina Radziwill. 5th June 1961. (Photo by Daily Herald/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)
Nikita Khrushchev and Jackie Kennedy share a light moment during the summit meetings in Vienna between President John F. Kennedy and Soviet leader Khrushchev, Vienna, Austria, June, 1961. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower (left) calls out to an acquaintance among the newsmen, as she is greeted at the White House by Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy today. The First Lady and her predecessor, who are honorary co-chairman of the National Cultural Center, will discuss future plans for the proposed center at a tea in the Executive Mansion.
7th June 1961: Jackie Kennedy (1929 - 1994), wife of president John F Kennedy, boards a BEA aeroplane at London airport. Accompanying her on the flight to Athens is her sister Lee Radziwill. (Photo by Jimmy Sime/Central Press/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Flanked by the Presidents of two North American neighbors, Adolfo Mateos (left) of Mexico and John F. Kennedy, her husband, Jacqueline Kennedy takes center stage away from them here, June 29th. The Mexicans were just wild about Jackie. The 'vivas' for her were as loud and as fervent as for her husband on their triumphal arrival in this ancient Aztec capital. The Kennedys are here on a 48-hour visit.
381091 72: The President and Mrs. Kennedy ride in a parade March 27, 1963 in Washington. (Photo by National Archive/Newsmakers)
(Original Caption) Mrs. John F. Kennedy bids farewell to Nicaraguan Ambassador to the U.S., Guillermo Sevilla-Sacasa (right) and Dr. Jose Mora, Secretary General of the Organization of the American States, as she left the Pan American Union today. Mrs. Kennedy, Attorney General Robert K. Kennedy, and Senator Edward M. Kennedy attended the luncheon to discuss the proposed John F. Kennedy Memorial Library with Latin American officials.
(Original Caption) President John F. Kennedy applauds as his wife is introduced at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast, November 22nd. Later in the day, an assassin firing into the President's open car in Dallas hit the President and the Governor of Texas, John Connally.
Jackie Kennedy Onassis (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
(Original Caption) Mrs. John F. Kennedy, chats with Mies Van Der Rohe, internationally known architect on 4/12. Architects, designers , and artists assembled here to discuss type and design of the $10 million memorial to be erected on the Harvard University campus at Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Jackie Kennedy And Her Sons At Gstaad - Jackie And Caroline In Gstaad, Switzerland, January 1966. (Photo by Andre SAS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
11/6/1967- Sihanoukville, Cambodia: Prince Norodom Sihanouk walking on red carpet with Jackie Kennedy prior to dedication of John F. Kennedy boulevard.
18th October 1968: Millionaire shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis (1906 - 1975) with his wife Jackie (Bouvier Kennedy, 1929 - 1994). (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
Jackie Kennedy Onassis during Jackie Onassis and Ari Onassis Sighting At Le Cote Basque - October 6, 1969 at La Cote Basque Restaurant in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Jackie Kennedy Onassis during Jackie Kenendy Onassis Sighting - January 1, 1970 at La Cote Basque in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Jackie Kennedy Onassis during Jackie Onassis At JFK Airport - March 1, 1970 at JFK Airport in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Jackie Kennedy Onassis (Nina Ricci sunglasses, Gucci bag) in Paris, leaving Crillon Hotel, march 19, 1970. (Photo by RDA/Getty Images)
Caroline Kennedy & Jackie Onassis during Royal Ballet performing 'Sleeping Beauty' at Metropolitin Opera House in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Jackie Onassis (1929 - 1994), widow of American President John F Kennedy and wife of Greek born Argentinian ship owner Aristotle Onassis, leaving Claridges Hotel in London. She is wearing a safari-style jacket over flared hipster trousers and a polo neck jersey. (Photo by Ted West/Getty Images)
Jackie Onassis during Jackie Kennedy and Family Shopping in Capri - August 24, 1970 in Capri, Italy. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Caroline Kennedy, and John F. Kennedy Jr. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Jackie Onassis, Joe Kennedy, and Ethel Kennedy during Funeral of Cardinal Cushing in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Jackie Kennedy Onassis during Jackie Onassis At Caroline Kennedy's School Dinner - November 11, 1970 at La Cote Basque in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Jackie Onassis (Photo by Tom Wargacki/WireImage)
Jackie Kennedy and Caroline Kennedy (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Jackie Onassis, Caroline Kennedy, Rose Kennedy, and Ted Kennedy (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Washington, D.C. May 14th 1976. Jackie Onassis and Alexandrje Orfila at The Kennedy Center (Photo by Tom Wargacki/WireImage)
Jackie Onassis during Caroline Kennedy's Graduation Party - June 6, 1973 at Kennedy Compound in Hyannisport, United States. (Photo by Tom Wargacki/WireImage)
Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Ethel Kennedy during RFK Pro Celebrity Tennis Tournament - August 23, 1975 at Forest Hills Stadium in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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