In September 1953, John F. Kennedy married Jackie Bouvier in a dream wedding that took place in Rhode Island. She was 24 and he was 36 at the time of the wedding. But Bouvier and Kennedy were the quintessential American couple long before they said their “I dos” or ventured into the White House.
The pair was featured on Life magazine months before the wedding – a young senator and his lady love who was much sought-after in every social circle that mattered. When the two made it official in 1953, it was a society wedding for the ages. The media swarmed that event. Jackie’s lace dress was supposedly made from 50 yards of material, and her look was complete with a veil that originally belonged to her grandmother.
Alice Lee and Nicholas Longworth
Alice Lee Roosevelt was the oldest daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt. She was known to be quite the wild child. It was in 1906 when she married a Republican Congressman named Nicholas Longworth in the White House. The two had mingled in the same social circles for years but their relationship took off only much later.
Nicholas was 14 years older, and Alice wasn’t quite ready to settle down. Because of this, she ended up having an affair with Senator William Borah. The affair was common knowledge in D.C., one of its biggest open secrets. Nicholas was also known to be somewhat of a playboy which resulted in the two having a very up-and-down marriage.
Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman
Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward’s marriage was one for the books. The two met when Newman was still married to his first wife. However, once he laid eyes on Woodward, he couldn't think of anyone else. Both actors had performed together in the Broadway version of “Picnic” by playwright William Inge.
Reports are that Woodward initially had zero interest in him, but he was persistent. The two worked together once more in “The Long, Hot Summer” and got married in Vegas in January 1958, just a few months before the March release of the movie. Theirs was one of the most enduring marriages in Hollywood. They were married for 50 years until Paul died from lung cancer in 2008.
Princess Anne and Mark Phillips
Princess Anne and Captain Phillips met in 1968 at an event for equestrian lovers in Mexico City. They bonded over their shared love for horses. Phillips was a 1972 gold medal winner at the Munich Olympics. The princess would also compete with the British team in at the Montreal Olympics a few years later. News of their engagement broke in 1973 and the British press went into a tizzy.
The princess wasn’t too pleased since she did not like publicity but endured all of it as part of public duty. While certainly not as media-worthy or influential as Queen Elizabeth's or Princess Diana's big day, the 1973 wedding between Princess Anne and Mark Phillips still drew a fair amount of attention. Her turtleneck gown and draping sleeves had a distinct '70s look. She definitely looked beautiful!
Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Smith
Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter were fairly young when they married on July 7, 1946. At the time, she was only 18, and he was 21. The wedding was located in their hometown, Plains, Georgia. It doesn’t come as a surprise that Jimmy wore his Navy uniform. Rosalynn chose a knee-length dress and paired it with a set of gloves, a hat, and a corsage.
Carter said marrying his wife was the best thing he ever did. The story goes that they went on their first date to the movies before Carter’s final year at the Naval Academy. He told his mother the next day that he would marry Rosalynn one day. This love story has endured it all - for over seven decades!