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Karen and Michael were married on the beach on Cumberland Island, the location of the JFK Jr. Carolyn Bessette wedding in September of 1996.
What follows is a description of that famous wedding written by Judith Gaines of the Boston Globe:
At a mansion once owned by the Andrew Carnegie family, on a remote Georgia island where wild horses still roam, John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr. married Carolyn Bessette.
Bessette, 29, a former publicist for Calvin Klein and a graduate of Boston University, reportedly had been dating Kennedy for more than two years. Kennedy, the son of the late President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, is co-editor of the political magazine George.
The 7:30 p.m. nuptials took place on Cumberland Island, beginning with a ceremony in a log-cabin church. Built in 1893, the African Baptist Church is no longer active, and serves as a local historical monument. The small chapel seats about 40 people, said Camden County Probate Judge Martin Gillette. He said the couple appeared Thursday in his office to apply for a license and a blood test. ''They asked us not to talk about it until after the ceremony,'' said Gillette.
The site of the reception was at the exclusive Greyfield Inn.
The wedding party rented the entire 13-room inn for the gala, buying out anyone with prior reservations, Brinko said.
A resident of St. Mary's who witnessed preparations surrounding the inn said the driveway was lit by small ground lights, or luminaria, ''like it would be for Christmas.'' She described the wedding as a small, intimate affair, presided over A source close to the Kennedy family said, ''If John wanted a quiet wedding, this is the way he would have gone about it.''
Staging the event at an inaccessible, offshore location and without the huge Kennedy clan in attendance was the best way to keep the wedding private and relatively low-key, the source explained.
The largest and southernmost of Georgia's barrier islands, Cumberland is a lush, marshy wilderness of an island, 18 miles long and 3 miles wide, first known as one of the ''Golden Isles of Guale.''
The Greyfield Inn, still owned by members of the Carnegie family, is so secluded that guests arrive only by ferry, private boat or helicopter. They communicate with the mainland by cellular phone.
Rates start at $245 a night for a room, or $350 for a suite. The charge includes the services of a naturalist to help visitors explore the island's 18 miles of unspoiled beaches and exotic wildlife.
The traditional, Southern-colonial style inn, now owned by Mitty and Mary Jo Ferguson, was constructed for the Andrew Carnegie family in 1901. The Kennedy family frequently vacationed there, according to Brinko. Other celebrities who have sought its privacy and beauty include Jimmy Buffett and Jimmy Carter, she said.
Cumberland Island is home to less than 100 people, and most of them work for the National Park Service, which is a major landowner. With pristine marshlands and a regal oak forest, a large part of the island was designated as a ''national seashore'' in 1972.
It is an intensely private sort of sanctuary. The island has no grocery store, no gas station, no commercial establishments of any kind, other than the inn. Only landowners and park rangers are allowed to have automobiles.
Two other island mansions -- named Plum Orchard and Dungeness, both also built by the Carnegies -- may have housed members of the wedding party.