She personified elegance and style - and, as these rare and wonderful photos show, Jackie Kennedy Onassis was clearly a woman at ease in the glare of the cameras.
To celebrate the upcoming anniversary of the day she became a Kennedy (Sept. 12), LIFE.com is presenting rare outtakes from its coverage of JFK's stunning wife. The gallery will contain photos of Jackie taken during the couple's 10 years together: on her wedding day, on the campaign trail, and more.
Wearing her grandmother's rose-point lace veil, 24-year-old Jacqueline Lee Bouvier is pictured smiling on the day of her wedding to Sen. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, on Sept. 12, 1953.
But despite her obvious joy, the day came with its fair share of stresses for young Jackie.
Her father had gotten drunk in his hotel room and missed the ceremony entirely, and at the reception she faced a receiving line of 1,200 high-profile guests.
But as she stands with her new husband at the Hammersmith Farm in Newport, R.I., dressed in an ivory silk taffeta gown, delicate gloves, and a single, elegant strand of pearls, she displays the grace under pressure that would serve her well in later years.
The second photo featured here shows Jackie looking straight-to-camera at a New York City campaign event.
One possible explanation for her perfect poise: the young Jacqueline Bouvier had been a reporter/photographer — her column was called the "Inquiring Camera Girl" — for the Washington Times-Herald newspaper, asking the same question of several strangers and taking their pictures.
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