America's Unofficial First Clan Gathers to Celebrate as Ted Kennedy's Daughter, Kara, Marries a Sailor

updated 09/24/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/24/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

It was a familiar first for the senior Senator from Massachusetts. Three times, standing in for his late brothers John and Robert at the weddings of nieces Caroline, Kathleen and Courtney, Edward Kennedy has given away the bride. This time he handed over his own—and only—daughter, Kara, 30, to Michael Allen, 33, an architect in Washington, D.C.

The Sept. 8 ceremony took place on a cool, clear Saturday at Our Lady of Victory Church in Centerville, Mass., near the Kennedy family compound in Hyannisport. Kara, until recently a producer for Evening Magazine, a Boston TV news show, wore a traditional ivory dress with a short veil and had 14 bridesmaids.

Credentials-wise, her groom sounds primed for those salty summers ahead on Cape Cod. A native of Jamestown, R.I., Allen sailed in the yacht Tatoosh with the U.S. team when it won the 1980 Sardinia Cup and is a founding director of the Museum of Yachting in Newport, R.I.

The 350-plus guests included Kara's mom, Joan; New York Gov. Mario Cuomo (whose son Andrew married Kerry Kennedy last spring); aunt Jackie Onassis; and cousin Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg. John Kennedy Jr. brought his steady, actress Cristina Haage, but, spying photographers, slipped away from her to stand by his mom—another Kennedy tradition.

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