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Date Posted: 18:35:58 03/11/05 Fri
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BOSTON HERALD, INSIDE TRACK, AUGUST 3, 1999
After yet another delay in their wedding plans, Rory Kennedy and Mark Bailey finally swapped I do's last night in a small, heavily guarded ceremony in Greece.
The happy couple pledged to love, honor and cherish in front of 25 witnesses at a secluded hilltop villa owned by Greek shipping magnate Vardis Vardinoyannis in a lush Athens suburb.
As you are quite aware by now, Rory, a documentary filmmaker, and her film-editing fiance postponed their glitzy Hyannisport nuptials July 17, hours after the family learned the plane piloted by her cousin, John F. Kennedy Jr., was missing.
And then last weekend, the couple, who were supposed to get married Sunday (as we reported on Saturday), had to hold off until yesterday to accommodate their American guests' last-minute travel plans, said a source.
``Only the wedding party was invited,'' said our spy. ``Obviously, Ethel Kennedy was there and only a few of Rory's brothers and sisters made the trip.''
MIA from the festivities was Sen. Ted Kennedy, who spent yesterday morning driving around Cape Cod, thanking law enforcement types and the Coast Guard for their help in handling the family's latest tragedy.
We also know that Rory's eldest brother and sister, ex-U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy II and Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, didn't make the trip.
Greece's Skai television station reported late yesterday that during the romantic ceremony, Vardinoyannis's villa was lit up and tunes by Frank Sinatra and other American crooners wafted through the open windows.
Rory's wedding was the second that the Greek shipping tycoon, a longtime family friend, has hosted for Ethel Kennedy's kids. Back in 1993, Vardinoyannis married Rory's sister, Courtney Kennedy, and Irish rebel Paul Hill aboard his yacht, The Varmar.
Family friends who knew about the ceremony said a wedding performed out of the country ``made perfect sense'' since the family is still in mourning.
The ashes of John, his wife, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette, were buried at sea only 13 days ago.
Some say a celebration, like the one originally set at the compound with 325 guests, a big band and pink peonies imported from England, would seem rather crass.
BOSTON GLOBE, AUGUST 3, 1999
WASHINGTON - Rory Kennedy, whose wedding was postponed after her cousin John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife and her sister died in an air crash, married film and book editor Mark Bailey yesterday outside Athens, sources close to the Kennedy family said.
Kennedy and Bailey were married before about two dozen family members and friends at the home of Greek shipping tycoon Vardis Vardinoyannis. Senator Edward M. Kennedy did not attend.
Athens television stations reported that Vardinoyannis's villa was lit up, and that songs by Frank Sinatra and other American performers were played inside. Guards stood at villa entrances in the wealthy northern suburb of Ekali, keeping reporters and paparazzi at bay, according to Greek reports and the Reuters agency.
Kennedy, 30, a New York documentary filmmaker, and Bailey had planned to wed on July 17 at the family compound in Hyannis Port. More than 300 guests had been invited to attend the original ceremony, which was postponed after the single-engine plane piloted by her cousin was reported missing July 16 while en route to the wedding. The bodies of John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and her sister Lauren Bessette were found five days later in the plane's wreckage off the coast of Martha's Vineyard.
The youngest child of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, Rory was born after her father was assassinated in 1968.
Rory is the third member of the Kennedy family to wed in Greece. In 1993, her sister Courtney wed Paul Hill in the Aegean Sea aboard The Varmar, a ship owned by Vardinoyannis. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, John F. Kennedy Jr.'s mother, married the shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis in 1968 on his private island, Scorpios.
REUTERS, AUGUST 3, 1999
ATHENS (Reuters) - Rory Kennedy boarded a honeymoon yacht after a wedding in Greece which was postponed when her cousin John F. Kennedy Jr. died in a plane crash on the way to the ceremony last month, a Greek TV station said.
Skai television broadcast pictures of what it said was Kennedy, her new husband Mark Bailey and an entourage of guests boarding the Varmar, a luxury yacht owned by shipping tycoon Vardis Vardinoyannis at the Flisvos marina near Athens.
The Vardinoyannis family, friends of the bride's mother Ethel, provided the venue for the small, exclusive rescheduled wedding at their house in the luxury northern Athens suburb of Ekali Monday.
Skai showed a number of people getting out of limousines in the dark and climbing aboard Varmar.
Jacqueline Kennedy, Rory's late aunt and mother of John F. Kennedy Jr., married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis in 1968 on his private island of Scorpios in the Ionian Sea.
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, Massachusetts.
The wedding was postponed after a single-engine plane piloted by her cousin John and carrying his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and her sister Lauren Bessette went down. 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.
ABC NEWS.COM, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, AUGUST 3, 1999
A T H E N S, Greece, Aug. 3 — Rory Kennedy, whose wedding was called off after the death of her cousin John F. Kennedy Jr., was married in a private ceremony at the home of a Greek shipping magnate.
Ms. Kennedy married Mark Bailey late Monday on the grounds of the family compound of shipowner Vardis Vardinoyiannis in the exclusive northern Athens suburb of Ekali, “in a close family circle,” Vardinoyiannis’ office said today.
His office would not confirm or deny media reports that the couple had left on a honeymoon cruise aboard the Vardinoyiannis yacht.
Footage broadcast by the private Skai television channel showed distant images of a blond woman in a white wedding gown boarding a yacht, reportedly a Vardinoyiannis family motor cruiser, at 2 a.m. after getting out of a dark limousine.
TRAGEDY TWO WEEKS AGO
JFK Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and her sister Lauren Bessette were killed July 16 when their plane crashed en route to Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod for Ms. Kennedy’s wedding. The wedding, which had been scheduled at the family compound in Hyannis Port, Mass., on July 17, was canceled.
The small number of guests at Monday night’s ceremony reportedly included the bride’s mother, Ethel Kennedy, as well as Vardinoyiannis and his wife, Marianna Vardinoyiannis, who are family friends. Their office declined to release a guest list.
Rory Kennedy, 30, is the last of 11 children born to Ethel and the late Sen. Robert Kennedy. She was born after her father was assassinated in 1968.
Mrs. Vardinoyiannis is the representative here of the Washington-based Robert F. Kennedy Memorial foundation and is on the board of directors of the Special Olympics, which was founded by one of the bride’s aunts, Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
The Vardinoyiannis compound, which covers a whole block in the leafy suburb, is surrounded by a nine-foot-high wall, and several guards kept media at a distance Monday night.
Candles lined the driveway leading to a reception area, while the sounds of Frank Sinatra music and the clinking of glasses could be heard coming from inside the compound. According to Skai, Ethel Kennedy was to return to the United States soon after the wedding.
KENNEDYS FREQUENT GUESTS
Ties between the Kennedys and the Vardinoyiannis family reportedly go back several years. In 1993, Mary Courtney Kennedy, an elder sister of the bride, married Paul Hill on the same yacht, the Varmar VE.
Kennedys have been frequent guests on the Varmar VE — most recently, Maria Shriver and her husband Arnold Schwarzenegger, who were reportedly on board last month.
According to the Athens daily Eletheros Typos, Mr. and Mrs. Vardinoyiannis, who had been invited to the Hyannis Port wedding, suggested using the yacht for the ceremony to Ethel Kennedy after JFK Jr.’s death.
*INTIMATE KENNEDY WEDDING IN GREECE
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, August 3, 1999
Rory Kennedy got married in Athens yesterday, more than two weeks after she had to cancel her wedding when her cousin John F. Kennedy Jr.'s plane crashed into the sea, a Greek television station reported.
The intimate ceremony at the home of shipping tycoon Vardis Vardinoyannis in Ekali, a suburb north of Athens, was a far cry from the lavish wedding the 30-year-old documentary filmmaker and her husband had planned for 325 guests under a white tent at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Mass.
JFK Jr., 38, was en route to her wedding the night before when his Piper Saratoga plunged into the waters off Martha's Vineyard. He was killed along with his wife, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, 33, and her sister Lauren Bessette, 34.
With her immediate family and a handful of friends looking on, the youngest child of Ethel and Robert Kennedy wed longtime beau Mark Bailey, a film and book editor, the private Skai TV station reported.
Frank Sinatra songs drifted from inside the compound, which sits on a hill overlooking Athens, as bodyguards in dark suits stood guard outside. A number of limousines entered the complex, which was illuminated by soft lights, according to Skai.
Representatives for Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), his son Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) and Rory Kennedy did not return calls yesterday. Sen. Kennedy remained in Washington yesterday, said a source.
Those close to the newlyweds kept mum about the nuptials. "Nobody associated with the Kennedys is talking," said the source.
Rory Kennedy was born after her father was shot dead in 1968 while running for President.
Vardinoyannis is no stranger to hosting Kennedy weddings. In 1993, Rory's sister Courtney, 42, wed Paul Hill aboard the tycoon's ship, the Varmar. Hill was one of the famed Guilford Four, imprisoned for years as suspected members of the Irish Republican Army.
Jacqueline Kennedy, Rory's late aunt and mother of JFK Jr., also got married in Greece. Her wedding to Aristotle Onassis in 1968 took place at Onassis' private island of Scorpios.
Rumors abounded this weekend that Bailey and Kennedy would wed on Shelter Island, where she was spotted sunning herself this weekend.
BLISS BANISHES THE TEARS
NEW YORK POST, August 3, 1999
Rory Kennedy finally tied the knot in an ultra-private service in Greece last night - a little over two weeks after her planned wedding day was scuttled by the plane-crash death of John F. Kennedy Jr.
Rory married Mark Bailey at dusk at the romantic villa of shipping tycoon Vardis Vardinoyannis, near Mount Olympus in northern Athens.
The subdued couple then danced to standards by Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett.
Only 25 guests and family members were in attendance - a far cry from the monster bash that had been set for more than 200 guests at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Mass. On July 17.
That $300,000 bash was canceled after a plane piloted by JFK Jr., and carrying his wife, Carolyn, and her sister Lauren, crashed off Martha's Vineyard as they flew to the compound.
All three were killed and it took days to recover their bodies from the ocean floor.
Yesterday's ceremony inside the walled grounds of the $5 million villa began as Rory and Mark walked into a quaint, white gazebo overlooking a large, kidney-shaped pool shortly after 7 p.m., the National Enquirer reports in an upcoming issue.
They stood before a Catholic priest who addressed the crowd and told of the "deep love" that surrounded the couple, despite last month's mind-numbing tragedy.
Surrounded by bouquets of white orchids and under a chandelier of white candles, Rory and Mark then took their vows - both promising to "love honor and obey each other" until death.
After the priest pronounced them "husband and wife," Rory lifted her veil and the lovebirds engaged in a brief kiss, as onlookers broke into brief applause.
As the reception began, the couple were introduced as "Mr. and Mrs. Mark Bailey" and they romantically danced cheek-to-cheek to "You Are The Sunshine of My Life."
Rory was dressed in a traditional white wedding dress, made by a New York designer and her hubby in a traditional tux, the Enquirer will report. Word of the secret wedding began leaking out earlier in the day and reporters and a few camera crews showed up at the villa in the early afternoon.
They were kept away from the entrance by beefy bodyguards wearing sunglasses and carrying cellular phones.
Around 5 p.m., a parade of dark limos entered the compound on a green hill overlooking Athens.
Rory, a New York documentary filmmaker, and Bailey, a film and book editor, are expected to remain in Greece for two weeks.
The youngest of Bobby and Ethel Kennedy's 11 kids, Rory, 30, was born after her father was shot dead in 1968 while running for president.
She's the second Kennedy family member married in Greece.
Jackie Kennedy, Rory's late aunt and JFK Jr.'s mom, wed Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis in 1968 at his private island of Scorpios in the Ionian Sea - five years after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.
WEDDING: LOVE CONQUERS ALL - RORY KENNEDY WEDS IN GREECE, GIVING HER GRIEVING FAMILY SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE
PEOPLE, August 16, 1999
It is perhaps the thing the Kennedys do best of all--they go on. So it was that Rory Kennedy and Mark Bailey were quietly married near Athens on Aug. 2--16 days after their original wedding plans were shattered when Rory's cousin John F. Kennedy Jr. died in a plane crash on his way to the ceremony in Hyannisport, Mass.
The affair was, by design, a much smaller and more select ceremony than the 300-guest extravaganza planned for July 17. "They were worried about it being sad," says a close family friend. So the couple, both 30, slipped away to the walled estate of Greek shipping tycoon Vardis Vardinoyannis, a longtime Kennedy family confidant. Only 25 guests, including Rory's mother, Ethel, Bailey's parents and a few friends, were on hand for the service and brief reception that followed. "The Kennedys are all dealing with the grief of John's death," says the family friend. "If everyone had come back together again it would have felt like another period to grieve rather than to celebrate."
Rory wore the same elegant, short-sleeved ivory gown she had planned to wear July 17. The couple exchanged vows before a Catholic priest and spent a few days aboard Vardinoyannis's yacht before embarking on a one-week honeymoon in Italy.
The low-key service was actually more in keeping with Rory's lifestyle. The youngest of Robert Kennedy's 11 children, she makes documentary films on such subjects as poverty in rural America. Bailey, whom she met four years ago, works as her story editor. "Rory is very real and down to earth," says an acquaintance. In tragedy's wake, her nuptials have helped give the Kennedy clan "a sense of joy," says the family friend. "It gave them something to smile about."
NEW YORK POST, MAY 7, 2000
The Kennedy clan flocked to the Hamptons yesterday as the niece of Sen. Ted Kennedy got hitched.
Amanda Kennedy Smith, 33, wed Washington tax lawyer Carter Hood, 31, at the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church in Bridgehampton.
Nearly 300 guests crammed the stately white church as the beaming couple walked down the aisle to the sounds of a trumpet and harp.
Guests included the bride's mom, former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Jean Kennedy Smith and Ted Kennedy, who gave her away.
Other family members included Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg; Ted's wife, Victoria; Ethel Kennedy and her sons, Fox News Channel reporter Douglas Kennedy and Robert Jr.; Kerry Kennedy Cuomo; Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and Vicky Lawford.
The bride's brothers, William Kennedy Smith and Stephen Smith Jr. were also there.
Celebrities in attendance included writers E.L. Doctorow and George Plimpton, actresses Dina Merrill and Phyllis Newman and famed Broadway lyricist Adolph Green.
Amanda, who has a Ph.D. in special education, is one of Jean Smith's two adopted daughters. Her younger sister is Kym, 27.
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