Caroline Kennedy and Dr. Edwin Schlossberg try to protect their privacy and to remain out of the public spotlight. Aware of the toll that a political career can place on a marriage and family life, until being appointed U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Caroline carried on the family legacy of public service, but not politics. Here is information on how Caroline and Edwin met, their wedding, children, and more.
Fast Marriage Facts - Edwin and Caroline
Married: July 19, 1986.
First Marriage: Yes.
Did You Know?
They have three children.
Caroline Bouvier Kennedy: November 27, 1957 in New York, New York. Caroline was baptized in St. Patricks Cathedral on December 13, 1957.
Edwin Arthur Schlossberg: July 19, 1945 in New York, New York.
How Caroline and Edwin Met:
Edwin and Caroline met one in December 1981 in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In March 1986, Caroline and Edwin announced their engagement.
After an evening rehearsal at the church, Caroline and Ed attended a bridal dinner for 100 at the Hyannis Port Club.
When they were married on July 19, 1986 at Hyannis Port, Caroline was 28 and Ed was 41.
Their wedding, planned by Jackie Kennedy, was held at the Church of Our Lady of Victory in Centerville, Massachusetts. The afternoon ceremony did not include a mass. The church was decorated with summer flowers from Cape Cod.
Caroline's wedding attire was a white silk organza gown with a long waist, short sleeves, a twenty-five-foot train, and rounded neck designed by Carolina Herrera. The bodice of the wedding dress was appliqued with embroidered white shamrocks. She wore a tulle veil and carried a bouquet of white phaleonopsis orchids. Caroline wore diamond and pearl earrings that were a gift to her mother from her father.
Edward wore a Willi Smith designed blue linen suit with a silver linen tie. His boutonniere was made of stephapotis.
Caroline was escorted down the aisle by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. Maria Shriver Schwarzenegger was matron of honor. John F. Kennedy Jr. was best man. Caroline had 7 bridesmaids wearing lavender and white and two flower girls wearing blue and white. Edwin had ten ushers who wore white trousers, gray ties, and blue blazers.
The wedding reception was held in a white tent on the lawn of Rose Kennedy's home at the family compound. The menu consisted of cold pea soup with mint, shrimp and apples, roast chicken with rice, cold sirloin of beef, a four-tiered yellow butter cake with chocolate filling and white icing, and vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate ice cream.
Some of the 400 guests at Caroline and Edwin's wedding reception included Art Buchwald, John Kenneth Galbraith, Arthur Schlesinger, Sen. Abraham Ribicoff, Sen. John Culver, Theodore Sorensen, McGeorge Bundy, Robert McNamara, Paul Fay, Dean Rusk, Douglas Dillon, Edward Koch, Hugh Carey, Leonard Bernstein, Byron White, and Jasper Johns. Carly Simon sang at the reception.
George Plimpton who gave a fireworks display to the newlyweds described their wedding: "... very convivial, very traditional."
Source: The News, Frederick, MD. 7/21/1986.
Caroline and Edwin honeymooned in Hawaii and Japan.
Edwin and Caroline have three children.
- Rose Kennedy Schlossberg: Born in 1988 in New York, New York.
- Tatiana Celia Kennedy Schlossberg: Born in 1990 in New York, New York.
- John Bouvier Kennedy Schlossberg: Born in 1993 in New York, New York.
Residence:New York City. Edwin and Caroline own other properties.
Caroline: U.S. Ambassador to Japan, lawyer, President of the JFK Library Foundation, author.
Edwin: Exhibit designer, interactive-media designer, author, poet, artist, cultural historian. Founder of ESI Design. Edwin is well known for his interactive-media exhibit at the Ellis Island American Family Immigration History Center.
Quotes about the Marriage of Caroline Kennedy and Edwin Schlossberg:Paul Kirk Jr. about Caroline: "She is first and foremost a wife and mother. That's a key priority for her. She saw how important it was to her as a child."
C. David Heyman: "During their five-year courtship, Ed had demonstrated his loyalty, his devotion, his basic decency, and his ability to protect Caroline. Above all, he shared with his bride a deep and abiding desire for a quiet, peaceful, and private existence."
Source: C. David Heymann. American Legacy: The Story of John and Caroline Kennedy. pg 290.