"The first time you marry for love, the second for money, and the third for companionship." Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Exactly forty years ago, on October 20, 1968, Jackie Kennedy married Aristotle Onassis in Skorpios, Greece.
The event was controversial, as many felt Jackie should still have been grieving for JFK, who was assassinated in the fall of 1963. However, RFK had also been assassinated four months prior, in June of 1968 and Jackie was beginning to fear that her children would soon be in danger, as the Kennedy family was a clear target.
Because Ari Onassis had so much money, he was able to offer her children the protection they needed, as the secret service was no longer available to them.
Ari supposedly wanted to marry Jackie because of the social status she could bring him.
While their marriage may not have maintained the same (though really only perceived) allure of the relationship between Jackie and JFK, both Jackie and Ari were able to offer something that the other needed.
What Onassis could not offer to Jackie, though, who stood at 5'8", was height. Though he was quite the powerful shipping tycoon and held an impressive sum of money, he only checked in at 5'5".
Jackie may have inherited millions from Onassis, but it didn't come at a small cost. She, the fashionista, was forced to retire her high heels. Of course, for all that Ari was willing to offer her, I may have sworn myself to a life in flats as well.
This weekend, we chose not to honor the marriage of Ari and Jackie (or the death of her shoes) as we busted out our finest heels for our fall formal.
It was quite the event at the Indianapolis Zoo. Jim was able to come for the weekend and was lucky enough to meet my wonderful friends. Though our event didn't quite hold a candle to Jackie and Ari's wedding, we did celebrate the event in style. We may not have had the diamonds and Dom Perignon, but at least we had our high heels.