This dress has always been one of my favourite. Carolyn Bessette was a former publicist for Calvin Klein and the wife of John F. Kennedy Jr., the son of President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Upon her marriage, Bessette-Kennedy’s relationship with her husband and her fashion sense became the subject of intense media scrutiny, drawing comparisons to her mother-in-law Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Bessette-Kennedy asked Narciso Rodriguez of Cerruti to start desig her dress.The wedding took place on a remote Georgia island, Cumberland. Cumberland is 18 miles long and is accessible only by boat. There is no telephone service as none of the roads are paved. The wedding took place in a tiny wooden chapel, the First African Baptist Church, where the ceremony was held by candlelight. The altar was a simple wooden stand, and its cross was made of two sticks held together by pieces of string.
The couple, along with Bessette-Kennedy’s older sister Lauren, tragically died in a plane crash off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard in July 1999.
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