JFK & Jackie's Wedding Day: A LIFE Lookback

09/12/2013 at 09:30 AM EDT

JFK & Jackie's Wedding Day: A LIFE Lookback
Jacqueline Bouvier and Sen. John F. Kennedy on their wedding day, Sept. 12, 1953
Lisa Larsen—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Socialite Jacqueline Bouvier married Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy, scion of the powerful Boston clan, in Newport, R.I., on Sept. 12, 1953, and though it would be another seven years before the movie-star-beautiful couple would be ready to move into the White House, it easily could be said Camelot was born on their wedding day.

"The whole affair, said one enthusiastic guest, was 'just like a coronation,' " reported LIFE magazine, America's window on the world at the time.

To mark the 60th anniversary of the nuptials, LIFE.com offers a gallery of the very best of photographer Lisa Larsen's takes from Jack and Jackie's wedding album – capturing the bride's Battenburg gown of 50 yards of material, the groom's first bite (a fruit cup) and Jackie's dance with her new father-in-law, the imposing Joseph P. Kennedy.

Many of the pictures were never published in LIFE, and what some observers may find striking is how the young Jackie had yet to perfect her look. Still, the beginnings of what made her an international style icon for the next three decades are clearly evident.

To view the social event of 1953, click here.

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