The epitome of grace. The ultimate fashion icon. America’s queen of Camelot. Jackie Kennedy’s beauty and style captivated the world once she became First Lady of the United States in 1961. (Those watching CNN’s The Kennedys documentary series can attest to this!) But before she moved into the White House, her first major fashion moment took place on the day she transformed from Jacqueline Bouvier into Jackie Kennedy.
She met John F. Kennedy, the then junior senator from Massachusetts, on the dinner-party circuit in Georgetown, and the two quickly hit it off. They had been dating for two years when he proposed with a Van Cleef & Arpels ring set with a 2.88-carat diamond and 2.84-carat emerald. Their 1953 wedding reception at Hammersmith Farm, the mother of the bride’s 300-acre property, was the social event of the year and her wedding dress—an ivory silk gown by Ann Lowe—spawned endless copies. Even today, Jackie’s nuptials continue to be a source of inspiration for couples everywhere. So for those thinking of throwing a classic New England-style bash à la Jackie and John, below you can shop the look of their wedding.