In the December 2004 issue of Vogue, the writer John Seabrook retold the story of how his parents met in 1956.
Seabrook’s father was a guest of the Kelly family, and his mother was a reporter on assignment. The Vogue piece, titled “Marriage of the Century,” was a nostalgic timeline of his mother and father’s courtship.
Kelly’s dress was created by Academy Award–winning costume designer Helen Rose and took approximately 30 seamstresses three weeks to make, using 300 yards of antique lace and 150 yards of taffeta, tulle, and silk.
The writer’s father even gave an after-dinner toast on the last night of the journey: “I think we lucky few who were privileged to be on board this ship will mark these eight days as a turning point in our own lives and remember this crossing as a passage into a country that we had heard tell of but didn’t know for certain existed, until now—the country of true love.”