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Wedding of the Year: 1996

  |   By Alison McGill

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A gorgeous and golden couple, John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette were a match made in society heaven. Both impossibly good-looking, smart and successful, the two married in a secret ceremony on September 21, 1996 on Cumberland Island, Georgia. This was unquestionably the wedding of the year—if not the decade—and Carolyn was a beautiful bride, one that ultimately changed the course of bridal fashion.

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Wedding of the Year: 1996

We can thank her for bringing simplicity to bridal gowns. Her sleek, silk-crepe floor length gown by Narcisco Rodriguez was elegance personified, but nothing like any wedding dress the world had seen since Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles in 1981, wearing the biggest, most elaborately detailed confection one could imagine. Quite simply it was fit for a princess. Carolyn’s dress launched a whole new direction in wedding style; looking back through the archives of Weddingbells, this fashion shift is clearly apparent in our issues beginning in 1997. The sexy Carolyn sheath has become a classic, enduring trend, one that continues to be hot on bridal runways today. Nicole recently previewed the Spring 2011 designer collections in New York and reported the style was everywhere.

This article was originally published on May 14, 2010
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