Cheryl Hines's Wedding Dress Was Jackie Kennedy-Inspired - Which She Didn't Know When She Married a Kennedy in It!

08/04/2014 at 07:30 PM ET

When Cheryl Hines wed Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on Saturday at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, she had no idea the wedding dress design she chose was inspired by the style of her new husband’s iconic aunt, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Cheryl Hines Wedding DressStew Milne/AP

Romona Keveza, who designed the strapless, pearl-beaded dress with a waltz-length skirt, was contacted by Hines shortly after Kennedy proposed. She was looking for a short dress that had Keveza’s “timeless, modern style,” the designer tells PEOPLE.

“I sent her some pictures and she selected three dresses, but I had a pretty good idea of what one she would pick,” Keveza says. “And sure enough, the very first dress she tried on was the one she fell in love with.” As it happened, the one Hines selected had several Jackie-inspired qualities, from the style to the fabric.

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The backstory: When Keveza started her business 14 years ago, famed Kennedy social secretary Letitia Baldrige contacted the up-and-coming designer about including some of her gowns in a book Baldrige was writing called Legendary Brides. Baldrige was particularly drawn to one gown with fabric created with hundreds of thousands of tiny pearls, saying, “It’s very quintessential Jackie.”

Keveza retired the fabric for 14 years, but brought it out of storage for a recent collection, which had Jackie-inspired elements throughout. “I don’t know what happened, but I looked at [the fabric] and I thought, ‘I would like to do another dress,’ and just very organically, very quickly came up with this strapless, tea-length dress with the circle skirt [and] put it into my line,” she says. “That is the dress that caught the eye of Cheryl Hines and lo and behold ended up being the dress she wore on her wedding day — and she didn’t know any of this!”

The designer, who says Hines “was a true pleasure” to work with, notes, “It’s interesting how it came full circle, [with] Letitia Baldrige, who knew Jackie so well and thought that fabric was very perfect for Jackie. I feel it’s almost as though Jackie was there at her wedding, giving her blessings to Cheryl who was wearing a dress inspired by her, and to Robert Kennedy, Jr. It’s quite magical in many ways.”

–Jessica Fecteau

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josie on

No, “Jackie” was not there; people who knew her knew she did NOT like to be called Jackie. And why would she be giving her blessing to this event, just because some pearls were on a dress that was involved? HAHAHAHAHA! The woman has been dead for many many years. Does it always have to be about “the Kennedys”? It’s just a divorced guy marrying a divorced woman. And what role did her daughter play? Her family has an identity TOO.

Lu on

Marrying a cheater won’t stop him from cheating. She’s signed up for some serious heartaches.

Cheryl0606 on

I love her dress! Very appropriate for a bride’s second wedding and great for a summer wedding too!

janeinoh on

Bllllllleeccccccch.

janeinoh on

Blllllllllecccccch.

Guest on

This article cracks me up! It’s such a non-story. I think the Kennedys must be paying them to publish articles about this stupid wedding

postathread on

blah blah blah…slow news day People? Still don’t see the “Jacqueline Kennedy” connection with this dress…that BTW looks like a child’s tea party dress. Modern? Looks very 50’s retro to me..kitschy. I always liked her, until she married this creep from a slimy family. Bunch of cheats, starting with the grandfather and every last one of them. American “Royalty” I cringe when I hear that. Is that really the best we can do here, is call the Kennedy family “royalty”…

Gyl on

Love the understated dress and cake. Kudos for not acting like a 27 year old first time bride. However, the Jackie O connection is a stretch as the presidential white cake. Let’s not try to make this into a royal wedding.

Jolie on

Really, People? You’ll say any sort of silly rubbish, won’t you? I see nothing about this dress that is in the Jacqueline Kennedy style.

Hmmm on

Looks like someone just really wanted to become a Kennedy!

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