JFK Jr & Carolyn Bessette – The High-Water Mark

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It’s September 21, 1996. Inside a tiny wood Baptist church on a small island off the coast of Georgia, the scion of American royalty and his stunning bride-to-be exchange vows by candlelight.

The church is decorated simply with white candles, kerosene lamps and greenery. The bride’s bouquet? A clutch of fragrant lily of the valley. Her silk bias-cut Narciso Rodriguez gown launched the young designer’s career and affirmed the bride as the fresh ambassador of American style.

Only 40 guests were gathered on that September night to witness the top secret wedding of John F. Kennedy Jr and Carolyn Bessette. Sadly that beautiful couple didn’t get the happy ending they deserved but they left us with what is now considered one of the iconic weddings of all time.

Their wedding was intimate, personal and elegantly understated. For me it set the high-water mark of wedding style. JFK Jr and Carolyn had access to all the wedding design advice money can buy yet created a wedding that was the antithesis of over-the-top extravagance.

If this warm and intimate aesthetic speaks to you here are some venue ideas to consider in Toronto and the GTA:

St. Andrews-by-the-Lake Anglican Church on Toronto Island (capacity: 100 guests)

Ball’s Falls Historic Church, Jordan (capacity: 110 guests)

The Doctor’s House Chapel, Kleinburg (capacity: about 125 guests)

Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, downtown Toronto (capacity:  about 150 guests)

Black Creek Pioneer  Village: Fisherville Church (capacity: 75-100 guests) or Town Hall (capacity: 90 guests)

When we look at the images of their wedding JFK Jr and Carolyn Bessette remind us of how powerful and beautiful a simple, intimate wedding can be.


JFK Jr | Carolyn Bessette

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