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ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, OCTOBER 24, 1993
Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II, D-Mass., married his personal secretary Saturday. Exiled Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide turned up unexpectedly as a guest at the wedding.
Kennedy, 41, the son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy, was married in a civil ceremony at his home in Boston's Brighton district to Beth Kelly, 36. Their engagement was first announced in mid-July.
Apart from Aristide, only family members and close friends attended the wedding.
Kennedy was divorced in 1991 from his first wife, Sheila Rauch, after a marriage of 10 years. The couple have twin sons, Matthew and Joseph Kennedy III.
Aristide has met with Kennedy several times since his ouster, and the Massachusetts Democrat has campaigned passionately in support of his reinstatement, strongly backing U.S. and U.N. sanctions to force the present Haitian regime to relinquish power.
The couple wanted a Roman Catholic service, but Rauch has objected to an annulment of their marriage.
A QUIET WEDDING, KENNEDY STYLE
BOSTON GLOBE, October 24, 1993
It all seemed so simple when Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy and Beth Kelly announced their plans to wed a week ago: Pitch a tent in the back yard, call the justice of the peace, have some family and friends over and carve up a side of beef.
That, of course, was before exiled Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide decided to fly up from Washington. And that was before reality set in: This being Massachusetts and they being the Kennedys, nothing is quite as simple as it seems.
No, there was no Darryl Hannah and John F. Kennedy Jr., racing through Oak Square in Brighton, hounded by frenetic fans and furious paparazzi. And there was no plush, star-studded reception with the likes of Jacqueline Onassis or William Kennedy Smith.
Rather, there was a brief civil ceremony in the front hall of Kennedy's rambling Victorian house on a quiet street in Brighton, with 120 guests witnessing the event. Outside, a horde of 30 reporters and 100 onlookers strained in the chill air for a peek at some of the family and their festivities.
And there was Aristide, at the center of an international fury, guarded by a phalanx of Secret Service agents, taking an afternoon off to attend the wedding of his old political friend, someone whose counsel he has sought on Capitol Hill time and again while in exile.
The wedding is the second for Kennedy, the oldest son of Robert and Ethel Kennedy and, so far, the most politically successful grandchild of Joseph and Rose. This time, it was to Kelly, a New Jersey native who met Kennedy when she worked at Citizens Energy Corp. over a decade ago. Later, she moved on to his congressional staff in Washington as his personal scheduler.
Normally reserved in public, Kelly appeared ebullient when the couple stepped outside of their house to shake hands with well-wishers and neighbors after the ceremony.
When someone asked how she felt, she smiled broadly and said in a voice rich with happiness, "Are you kidding me? I just got married. I feel great."
"It's one of the happiest days of my life," Kennedy called out.
For celebrity watchers, it may not have been the banner day of the Block Island wedding of Edward Kennedy Jr. two weeks ago, but it was not bad, either.
Sen. Edward Kennedy arrived five minutes before the ceremony, accompanied by his son, Patrick, but not by his wife, Victoria. Sen. John Kerry arrived solo and stayed for about an hour. Boston Globe columnist Mike Barnicle appeared in a necktie.
All of Joseph Kennedy's brothers and sisters attended, among them Kathleen Townsend, Doug, Robert Jr., Max, Rory, Courtney, Kerry, Michael and Christopher.
Patrick Kennedy and Stephen Smith appeared to be the only cousins in attendance. William Smith, who was arrested in a bar fight in Arlington, Va., early yesterday, apparently had not intended to come.
Among the other guests were John Sasso, a Democratic political strategist, US Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.), family friend Doris Kearns Goodwin, old Kennedy friend Wilbur James (now an executive with Citizens Energy), and Michael Powell, Kennedy's chief of staff.
During a 21-minute civil ceremony, presided over by Justice of the Peace Robert Thornton and attended by Father Michael Kennedy, a distant family cousin, Kennedy's mother, Ethel, read a responsorial psalm and Kelly's father, Leo, recited a reading. Aristide, a priest, also delivered a reading.
Kelly, who was wearing what onlookers called a "striking" and ''sophisticated" ankle length white wedding gown from Cyreld of Brookline, was led down the stairs, in a processional, by six sisters.
For a recessional song, Kennedy's boyhood friend and former chief of staff, Chuck McDermott, a one-time rock musician, led a rendition of "When Irish Eyes are Smiling" that could be heard in the street outside, followed by the loud hoots and hollers of appreciative guests. Then they broke out into a spontaneous version of "God Bless America."
Kennedy and his wife decided to move forward with a civil ceremony, despite his request that his first marriage to Sheila Rauch Kennedy be annulled by the Catholic Church. Kennedy was divorced in 1991 from Rauch after a marriage of 12 years and the church still recognizes that union. The couple has 13-year- old twin boys.
The reception was held in a heated tent in the backyard, with a band belting out popular wedding songs and a buffet table piled high with beef, turkey, canapes and pasta. The white wedding cake was from Montilio's. The two plan to honeymoon when Congress recesses at year end, but have not decided where.
At 3 p.m., Kennedy, a congressman since 1986, and Kelly emerged to pose for photographers, then plunged down the steps and into the street to greet the gathered crowd.
When they left, though, one onlooker asked, quizzically, "What does someone get a Kennedy for a wedding gift?"
UP FRONT: A GATHERING OF THE CLAN - THE WEDDING OF TED KENNEDY JR. BRINGS THE FAMILY OUT IN FORCE ON BLOCK ISLAND
PEOPLE, October 25, 1993
ACCORDING TO THE MAP, BLOCK ISLAND lies 12 miles off the coast of Rhode Island. But last week it looked closer to a faintly remembered Camelot as dozens of Kennedys converged on the tiny, idyllic spot for three days to celebrate the marriage of Edward M. Kennedy Jr., 32, elder son of the Massachusetts senator and his ex-wife, Joan, to Dr. Katherine Anne Gershman, 34, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale University Medical School. Said young Ted of the vivacious blonde known as Kiki, who caught his eye four years ago at a New Haven chamber-music concert: ''She's the most wonderful person I've ever met.''
The wedding was an emotional event for the groom's family, which wasn't sure he would live to see this day when, at age 12, he lost his right leg to bone cancer. Ted not only recovered but, fitted with a prosthesis, mastered such sports as skiing and sailing -- two of the newlyweds' favorites. (In the New Haven area, where they plan to live, Ted directs a Yale-sponsored project providing aid to children suffering from lead poisoning. He is also studying for a law degree at the University of Connecticut.) Contrary to ''the fantasies people would have about us, like, 'Oh, wow! You must be flying off to Europe with him every weekend,' '' Kiki said, her new husband isn't ''into anything glitzy or glamorous.''
Still, there was a storybook aura to the festivities, which included a nautical-themed rehearsal dinner, a western-style hoedown and lots of touch football before the Catholic ceremony in the cedar, rose-and-iris-filled St. Andrew's Church. (Kiki, whose father is Jewish and mother is Protestant, is not converting.) Though Jackie, Caroline, Maria and Arnold pleaded previous engagements, John F. Kennedy Jr. and Daryl Hannah were conspicuously present.
Was the groom nervous? Not at all, Teddy said at the rehearsal dinner: ''I've found the woman I want to spend the rest of my life with.''
USA TODAY, OCTOBER 25, 1993
Perhaps it was an odd case of wedding jitters, but Joe Kennedy's wisecracks set the tone Saturday as he wed aide Beth Kelly at his Boston home.
Kennedy's humor "was the talk of the day" at the rousing family event, says singer Chris Walker, who crooned I Am the Bread of Life during the 20-minute civil ceremony.
"I must admit, I was a bit nervous, but it was really nice," says Walker, who was asked by Kennedy to sing. "Everybody made me feel very comfortable, especially Joe, who was cracking jokes and made everybody laugh."
Exiled Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide gave a Scripture reading before the family sang When Irish Eyes Are Smiling as the newly married couple walked down the aisle.
At the back yard reception, where about 100 guests included dateless John Kennedy Jr., Walker sang Unchained Melody for the couple's first dance.
U.P.I., OCTOBER 27, 1993
SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING RHYTHM, SOMETHING BLUES: R&B singer Chris Walker gave a command performance last weekend at the latest in a rash of Kennedy weddings. Walker sang ''I Am The Bread Of Life'' at the home wedding and the ever-popular ballad ''Unchained Melody'' at the reception for Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy and his bride, Beth Kelly. ''I was a bit nervous, but everything turned out great,'' Walker said. ''Everybody made me feel comfortable, especially Joe, who was cracking jokes and making us all laugh.'' Not while Walker was singing, we hope.
UP FRONT: A VERY CIVIL AFFAIR - LACKING AN ANNULMENT, REP. JOE KENNEDY MARRIES AGAIN -- OUTSIDE THE CHURCH
PEOPLE, November 8, 1993
IT WAS ALMOST A TYPICAL KENNEDY CLAN wedding: toothy grins, rollicking Irish tunes, important dignitaries, Camelot veterans. Only one ingredient was missing: the church. Divorced two years ago, Rep. Joe Kennedy, 41, decided to forgo tradition and marry again without first obtaining an annulment of his 12-year marriage to Sheila Rauch. So a justice of the peace was summoned to the foyer of Kennedy's rambling Victorian home in Brighton, Mass., on Oct. 23 to perform a civil ceremony uniting Kennedy with his longtime personal assistant, Beth Kelly, 36.
The bride, preceded by her five sisters and her mother, descended the stairs to the strains of Wagner's wedding march. Some of the 140 guests climbed on chairs to see the couple exchange secular vows (though a distant cousin, Father Michael Kennedy, stood nearby). After the ceremony a moist-eyed Sen. Ted Kennedy declared, ''Our joys are your joys, our love is your love,'' before everyone broke into ''When Irish Eyes Are Smiling'' and ''God Bless America.''
Guests, including exiled Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide, then adjourned to the backyard for a sumptuous buffet, including, at the special request of the bride and groom, Triscuits with peanut butter and bacon bits. Joe and Beth, who met in 1982 while she worked for Joe's Citizens Energy Corp., which provides low-cost fuel for the needy, chuckled through the first dance (''Unchained Melody'' crooned by R&B singer Chris Walker).
Though first wife Rauch has said she is determined to fight Kennedy's request for an annulment, the wedding guests were hardly in the mood for recriminations. Said Kennedy biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin of the happy couple: ''Everyone had the feeling that this was the right thing for them.''
THE NEW YORK TIMES, APRIL 20, 1994
Is there no end to Kennedy weddings? ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR., 40, and MARY RICHARDSON, 34, were married on Friday aboard a boat on the Hudson River near Stony Point, N.Y. The ceremony, which followed a Roman Catholic Mass, was performed by Justice DONALD N. SILVERMAN of the New York State Supreme Court in White Plains.
Friends and relatives, including Mr. Kennedy's two children, Robert 3d, 9, and Kathleen, 6, celebrated at a picnic lunch on the Shannon, the research vessel for Hudson Riverkeeper, an environmental organization for which Mr. Kennedy is a lawyer. He also works for the Natural Resources Defense Council and is a professor at the Pace University School of Law.
He was divorced from his first wife, Emily Black, last month in the Dominican Republic.
Ms. Richardson is an architectural designer at Parish-Hadley Associates in New York. The couple expect a baby in July.
SACRAMENTO BEE, APRIL 21, 1994
. . . . Having secured a quickie divorce from his wife of 12 years, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. married Mary Richardson in a Catholic ceremony in Stony Point, N.Y., on Friday. The bride is due to give birth in three months. . . .
PEOPLE, APRIL 25, 1994
Environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr., 40, and Mary Richardson, 34, a designer, are expecting a child in July. Kennedy was recently divorced from Emily Black, 37, with whom he has two children, Robert 3rd, 9, and Kathleen, 5. The couple plan to marry soon....
THE IRISH TIMES, APRIL 1, 1995
LOVE must be in the air at the US embassy just at the moment, with two weddings planned for later this summer. Last weekend, ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith announced that her adopted daughter Kym was engaged to Dubliner Alfie Tucker, bar manager at Lillie's Bordello where he has worked for the past four years. Kym Smith's previous beau was another Lillie's regular, red-haired musician Padraig O'Toole, son of former Minister Paddy O'Toole.
The coupled plan to celebrate their engagement with a party on April 22nd in - where else? - Lillie's; obviously, the club has taken over from the late Zhivago's as the place where love stories begin. The wedding itself will take place on Saturday, August 19th, with a service at the University Church on St Stephen's Green followed by a reception at the ambassador's residence in Phoenix Park. Expect the usual influx of Kennedys for this event.
MAIL ON SUNDAY (LONDON), APRIL 23, 1995
THE US Ambassador to Ireland, Jean Kennedy Smith, has known plenty of sadness in her life - she is the sister of the late President John Kennedy and had to endure the Palm Beach rape trial of her son William.
But now she has cause to celebrate . . . her daughter Kym has become engaged.
Mrs Kennedy Smith hosted a party last night for Kym, 22, and her fiance, Alfie Tucker, manager of the Dublin nightclub Lillie's Bor-dello.
Vietnamese-born Kym, 22, was adopted by the ambassador and her late husband Steve at six months. 'The wedding is in August,' says a colleague of Alfie's.
'They've been going out for about a year and are pretty relaxed about it all.'
PRESS ASSOCIATION NEWSFILE, AUGUST 19, 1995
America's Kennedy clan was out in force today for a family wedding in Dublin. Kym Kennedy Smith whose adoptive mother Jean is the United States ambassador to the Irish Republic and a sister of assassinated President John Kennedy married Dublin barman Alfie Tucker. The ceremony went ahead in the Roman Catholic University Church, set beside the Irish capital's St Stephen's Green public park. The bride was given away by her uncle, Senator Ted Kennedy, and her brother William acquitted in an American rape trial three years ago acted as groomsman for the couple. Around 50 onlookers some of them clearly American tourists applauded as Senator Kennedy arrived at the church with the bride in a limousine. The veteran politician said he was "immensely happy" for his niece and her Irish husband, and added: "There are now even more reasons for the Kennedys to come over to Ireland and be with our new family members." More than 200 guests later attended a marquee reception in the grounds of Deerfield, Mrs Kennedy Smith's official residence in Dublin's Phoenix Park. And afterwards the new Mrs and Mrs Tucker were jetting off for a honeymoon in St Lucia. On their return to Dublin they will be looking for a home in the city. The couple met a year ago in the Lillie's Bordello bar and night club, where Alfie, from the Ashtow suburb of Dublin, has worked for some time. Among those on the reception guest list were former Irish President Patrick Hillery, ex-premiers Albert Reynolds and Liam Cosgrave, as well as John Hume, leader of Northern Ireland's Social Democratic and Labour Party.
THE IRISH TIME, AUGUST 21, 1995
THE bride may always be late but it was a privilege not exploited by Ms Kym Kennedy Smith, the 22-year old heiress and daughter of the US ambassador to Ireland when she married Dublin barman Alfie Tucker at the weekend.
Weddings are notoriously chaotic but, with the guiding hand of a fleet of US embassy staff, the bride's arrival, like everything else on the agenda, seemed to run strictly to schedule.
As the guests filed into the University Church on Dublin's St Stephen's Green they were greeted by a modest but eager crowd. "We're here to see the style" seemed to be the most popular reply from those asked why they had turned up outside the church.
But some were more interested in celebrity spotting. "Tell them there was this "auld one looking for Schwarzenegger," said 69-year-old Alice from Harcourt Street.
In the end, Alice was disappointed. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is married to Kym's cousin, the American TV news anchor, Maria Shriver, failed to show.
One of the most popular guests, however, was not a film star. Mr John Hume, accompanied by his wife Pat, received warm applause on his way into the church which was repeated on his way out.
The bride, wearing a full-length ivory silk gown with veil, was given away by her uncle, Senator Ted Kennedy, who is regarded as head of the Kennedy dynasty.
Alfie's mother, Ms Mary Tucker, wore a slate-blue suit.
It may be testament to Mr Tucker's position as a barman in Lillie's Bordello that a bottle of champagne and a bottle of Ballygowan, together with four polystyrene cups, were placed in the bridal carriage.
Meanwhile staff at the Phoenix Park residence of the ambassador, Mrs Jean Kennedy Smith, were preparing for the reception. By the time Kym and Alfie's horse-drawn carriage arrived from the ceremony the 200 guests had refreshed themselves at a champagne reception in the ambassador's Rose Garden.
At five, the guests were shuffled into the marquee which looked for all the world as if set out for a typical Irish wedding. Subtle differences, however, such as the four-tier wedding cake, reminded one that this was not a typical Irish wedding.
Kym's aunt, Ms Eunice Shriver, probably learned a lot more about Irish politics over dinner than most guests. She was seated between Mr John Hume and former Taoiseach Mr Albert Reynolds, who was accompanied by his wife Kathleen.
The other guests included Ms Vickie Kennedy, wife of the senator the former president of Ireland, Dr Patrick Hillery and his wife Dr Maeve Hillery; and former Taoiseach Mr Liam Cosgrave and Ms Vera Cosgrave.
THE BUFFALO NEWS, JUNE 26, 1998
Douglas Kennedy, son of Ethel Kennedy and the late RFK, reveals to TV Guide in its next issue that he is engaged. Kennedy told writer Mary Murphy that he and special-education teacher Molly Stark will marry in August. (He was being interviewed about his new series of reports on the Fox News Channel. Murphy says she had asked about his love life "jokingly." Shows what a joke can get you sometimes.)
Molly and the famously strong-willed Ethel "get along very well," says young Douglas, "but Molly is pretty tough herself." He also says his fiancee will convert to Catholicism.
THE BOSTON GLOBE, AUGUST 18, 1998
Preparations are under way for the wedding of Douglas Kennedy and Vermont native Molly Stark in Nantucket this weekend. Stark and Kennedy, the son of Ethel and Robert Kennedy and a reporter for Fox News New York, are planning to be married at St. Mary's Cathedral Church on Saturday afternoon. About 300 people are expected at the reception at the home part-owned by Douglas Kennedy and Victoria Gifford Kennedy. Word is that the best man, Senator Ted Kennedy, and the best men, Douglas Kennedy's brothers Max and Christopher, will be throwing a bachelor party for the groom Thursday night at Locke-Ober.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS STATE & LOCAL WIRE, AUGUST 22, 1998
Surrounded by smiling family decked out in morning suits and white flowered dresses, the youngest son of the late Robert F. Kennedy married New York school teacher Molly Stark on Saturday.
Douglas Kennedy, a reporter for Fox News in New York, married Stark, a Vermont native who now teaches autistic children at St. Mary's Catholic Church in the Big Apple's Brooklyn borough.
The young Kennedy, tenth of 11 children belonging to Robert and Ethel Kennedy, was met with applause as he stepped from the church into the sun and planted a kiss on his new bride.
About 300 guests - including U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy, Robert Kennedy Jr. and William Kennedy Smith - turned out to witness the nuptials.
After the early afternoon ceremony, revelers headed for a reception at the home partly owned by Douglas Kennedy and Victoria Gifford Kennedy - former wife of the groom's brother, Michael.
Michael Kennedy was killed last New Year's Eve in a skiing accident.
THE BOSTON HERALD, AUGUST 23, 1998
Like the old saying, Kennedy weddings are a triumph of optimism over experience.
But we've got a good feeling about Doug Kennedy and Molly Stark, who tied the knot yesterday on Nantucket. They seem like a couple of level-headed kids.
Doug, the son of Ethel and the late Robert F. Kennedy, is a correspondent for FOX-TV news and Molly is a special-ed teacher.
And a boatload - literally - of Kennedys turned out at St. Mary's Church on Federal Street to watch Molly and Doug swap "I dos." Uncle Ted Kennedy, who served as best man, rented out a high-speed ferry to transport the guests from Hyannisport to Nantucket for the festivities.
And, as you might imagine, the clan was out in force. Doug's mom, brothers Joe, Bobby, Chris and Max (the latter two also served as "best men") and sisters Courtney, Kerry, Kathleen and Rory were all on hand to throw the rice. As were numerous Kennedy cousins, including Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg. However, her ever-so-hunky brother John F. Kennedy Jr. and his wife, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, were no-shows.
After the rings were exchanged, the 300 guests headed out to Doug's pad in Quidnet for a big clambake on the beach, followed by a more formal dinner later. The chow was very Nantucket - lobsters, fried oysters, crab cakes, scallops and native corn and Bartlett Farm tomatoes - with one notable exception.
We are told that the salmon was provided by the Nez Pierce Indians of Oregon, who are noted salmon spear-fishermen. According to our wedding spies, the Nez Pierce already had stopped fishing for the season but agreed to reopen for two days to catch the fish to ship to Dougie's wedding.
Yikes! It pays to have pull!
Anyway, party-poopers who didn't want the ceremonial salmon could have beef.
Following all that food, they had to dance it off, and guests swung to the tunes of the Click, Molly's favorite band from Vermont, and Roger Ridley, a New York subway singer, who, we are told, sounds just like B.B. King. Dougie apparently discovered Roger during his days as a reporter for the New York Post.
Other wedding flotsam and jetsam: Ethel Kennedy, who recently underwent hip replacement surgery, arrived at the church under her own power. Ethel didn't use her cane, although a friend kept it handy for her. Molly's matrons of honor were her best friend Maret Asaro and the bride's sister Michelle Touchette. The wedding invitations had a nautical theme and a quote from "Moby Dick." Guests included FOX News cheese Roger Ailes; opera singer Dan Cronin; and pop stars Carly Simon and David Johanssen, aka Buster Poindexter. The bride and groom left the church in a sea-green 1952 Willy's Ace. Doug waved to the crowd and thanked them.
Extra!, August 24th, 1998
Camelot welcomed a new princess this weekend, and nearly every member of the famous family was on hand to witness the extravagant wedding of one of RFK's sons. EXTRA took a look at how the latest ceremony measured up.
John and Jackie... Maria and Arnold... John-John and Carolyn. Every time a Kennedy gets married, it seems that America is invited. And this past Saturday on Nantucket was no exception, as the clan celebrated yet another blessed event.
With the family watching, Douglas Kennedy kissed his new wife, Molly Stark, on the steps of St. Mary's Cathedral Church. The bride, a schoolteacher, wore a simple sleeveless satin dress and carried a bouquet of white roses. The groom was more formal in a gray morning coat with tails.
The Boston Herald's Gayle Fee covered the picturesque wedding, which was attended by cousin Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg and her husband Edward. Gayle told EXTRA that the couple seems very much in love, and that the Kennedy clan is so close that anytime there is a Family occasion they all show up!
After the ceremony, the Kennedy's boarded a bus for a clambake on the beach. Cousin William Kennedy Smith was spotted lounging in the sand, and best man uncle Ted Kennedy and his wife Victoria got first dibs on the lobster. Gayle tells EXTRA that: "Ted Kennedy always enjoys a good party and lots of food."
Even Ted's ex-wife Joan showed up and dined with her son, Ted Junior. One conspicuous no-show was the most famous Kennedy cousin, John Junior -- But the other family members seemed to have fun without him, swimming, fishing, boating and toasting the nuptials of Doug and Molly. No the normal activities for a wedding reception, you say? Gayle told EXTRA: "The Kennedys love to be active and it doesn't matter that it was a wedding, they still like to have fun."
And of course there were plenty of uninvited guests ...the paparazzi. But as a reporter for FOX News, Doug should be able to guide his new wife safely through the media circus.
Gayle says the couple seems to have their feet planted firmly on the ground. Molly teaches autistic children at a Brooklyn, New York, Catholic church. As to John Kennedy's whereabouts, representatives from George Magazine say he was out of the country.
THE TIMES-PICAYUNE, AUGUST 25, 1998
Douglas Kennedy, 10th of the 11 children Ethel and the late Robert F. had, wed Molly Stark last weekend in a ceremony by the sea in Nantucket, Mass. Family among the 300 witnesses included Rep. Joseph, Caroline and Sen. Ted, who stood with Ethel.
The bride teaches autistic children at Brooklyn's St. Mary's Catholic Church. The bridegroom is a former New York Post reporter who now works for Fox News. His brother Max offered a toast and wondered how Douglas could toil for Rupert Murdoch and ex-GOP operative Roger Ailes, conservatives who hold to "the opposite of everything our family has stood for."
The newlywed thanked Max for "insulting my bosses," but advised guests to go easy on photographers, noting: "They're my colleagues."
PEOPLE, JULY 5, 1999
(celebrity weddings issue)
Douglas Kennedy & Molly Stark, August 22, 1998
Nearly 4,000 locals waited outside Nantucket's St. Mary's Church for FOX News Channel correspondent Douglas Kennedy, 32, the youngest son of Robert and Ethel, and Molly Stark, a 29-year-old special-education teacher to emerge as husband and wife. After all, as writer pal Michael Fitzsimmons put it, "it was a Kennedy wedding, man." The 300 guests included Ted Kennedy, who served as best man, and cousins Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg and William Kennedy Smith. Douglas's brother Chris. 35, a VP at Chicago's Merchandise Mart says, "There was no gaudy flair" at the traditional Catholic mass where candles flanked the alter and sunlight flooded in through the stained-glass windows. "The genuineness of the ceremony was reinforced over and over." Things got looser at the nine-hour party at the newlyweds' oceanfront home in Quidnet, which featured "clam chowda" on the beach and entertainment by former New York City street singer Roger Ridley, a favorite of the couple's. "We're not stuffy," says Stark, who stayed in her "really simple" sleeveless wedding dress throughout the festivities. "And we didn't want the whole thing to be stuffy."
ASSOCIATED PRESS, JULY 9, 1999
BOSTON -- Rory Kennedy, the youngest daughter of Ethel and the late Robert Kennedy, is getting married next week to writer and editor Mark Bailey.
Kennedy and Bailey, both 30, dated for four years before announcing their engagement nine months ago.
According to the office of U.S. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., the couple will get married July 17 before 275 guests in a private ceremony. The bridal party consists of 30 family members and friends.
The location of the wedding was not disclosed.
It is the first marriage for Kennedy and Bailey. The couple plan to live in New York City.
Kennedy, who was raised in McLean, Va., is a producer and director of documentaries for her New York-based film company, Moxi Firecracker.
Bailey, who grew up in Summit, N.J., is a writer and editor of books and film.
DAILY NEWS (NEW YORK), AUGUST 1, 1999
SHELTER ISLAND, N.Y. Rumors swirled around Shelter Island that Rory Kennedy, whose wedding was postponed when her cousin John F. Kennedy Jr. died two weeks ago, would be married there yesterday.
But by the end of the day there was no confirmation the nuptials had taken place.
Rory Kennedy, 30, a documentary film maker who has a waterfront cottage on the island, and her fiance, Mark Bailey, had been seen chatting with party planners at a local inn, fueling speculation that the wedding would be held this weekend.
But there were few overt signs at Rory Kennedy's home that any major event was taking place. Three or four private sedans and station wagons were parked at the house, where the name Coecles Cottage is affixed on driftwood at the end of the 100-foot driveway.
The wedding of Robert and Ethel Kennedy's youngest child was originally scheduled for July 17 at the Kennedy family compound in Hyannis Port, Mass.
But the celebration turned to tragedy the day before when JFK Jr., his wife, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and her sister Lauren Bessette died in a plane crash off Martha's Vineyard.
With searchers still combing the Atlantic Ocean for JFK Jr.'s missing plane, the wedding was called off.
The white tent erected on the Kennedy compound yard for an expected crowd of 275 invited guests instead stood as a heart-wrenching reminder of the tragedy-plagued clan.
Rory Kennedy has long treasured her privacy.
She was not yet born when her father was assassinated in 1968. Her older brother Michael was assigned by her mother to be a surrogate father.
Rory was only a teenager in 1984 when another brother, David, died of a drug overdose. In 1997, Michael Kennedy died in Rory's arms after he hit a tree while skiing in Aspen, Colo.
REUTERS, AUGUST 2, 1999
ATHENS (Reuters) - Rory Kennedy, whose wedding was postponed last month when her cousin John F. Kennedy Jr. died in a plane crash on his way to attend it, married in Athens Monday at the home of a Greek businessman, a Greek television station said.
The private Skai television station said Kennedy married Mark Bailey in a small ceremony at the house of shipping tycoon Vardis Vardinoyannis in the plush northern Athens suburb of Ekali.
Eyewitnesses said a number of journalists had congregated outside Vardinoyannis's villa, which was lit up while songs by Frank Sinatra and other American crooners were heard inside. Bodyguards in dark suits guarded the villa's entrances.
Skai earlier showed pictures of a number of limousines entering the compound on a green hill overlooking Athens. Its reporters said about 25 guests attended the ceremony.
Rory Kennedy, a New York documentary filmmaker, was to have wed Bailey, a film and book editor, on July 17 at the Kennedy family compound in Hyannisport, Mass.
But the wedding was postponed after the single-engine plane piloted by John Kennedy, son of assassinated President John F. Kennedy, and carrying his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and her sister Lauren Bessette crashed off Martha's Vineyard. All three were killed.
The youngest of Robert and Ethel Kennedy's 11 children, Rory Kennedy, 30, was born after her father was shot dead in 1968 while running for president.
If confirmed, it would be the second Kennedy family member married in Greece.
Jacqueline Kennedy, Rory's late aunt and mother of JFK Jr., married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis in 1968 at his private island of Scorpios in the Ionian Sea.
The Athens daily Adesmeftos Typos also reported Monday that Rory Kennedy would get married at the Vardinoyannis compound later in the day. The paper cited sources from the Vardinoyannis family.
Spokespeople at the offices of Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy – Rory Kennedy's uncle and the family patriarch -- in Washington and Boston said they had no comment on the Greek media reports.
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