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Camelot Returns to Newport

A new exhibit lets you relive JFK and Jackie's wedding at Newport's historic St. Mary's Church


Two months before Jacqueline Bouvier and John F. Kennedy were married in Newport, they were on the cover of Life magazine, photographed smiling and windswept on a sailboat. Already celebrities, their wedding on September 12, 1953 was anticipated as a real-life fairy tale. This month, you can relive that fairy tale wedding of Jack and Jackie at Return to Camelot, a romantic exhibit at Newport’s St. Mary’s Church, Rhode Island’s oldest Roman Catholic parish.

Realizing that many summer visitors wanted to remember the Kennedys and “a happy time in the couple’s marriage,” Father Kris Von Maluski, pastor at St. Mary’s, decided to bring back Return to Camelot, an exhibition that was created for Christmas in Newport three years ago. All proceeds from ticket sales go toward preservation of the choir loft and Casavant pipe organ.

During the 45-minute presentation, you can relive the famous wedding through a beautiful live performance of the music and hymns from the ceremony, a tour of the church and vintage film clips.