Patrick Kennedy Marries New Jersey Schoolteacher In Cape Cod

Jul 15, 2011, 18:19 by Sarah Long

Patrick Kennedy and New Jersey schoolteacher Petitgout married at the Kennedy family compound in Cape Cod Friday.

"This is a day that's a beautiful day, not only in weather but just for my family," Kennedy, 44, told reporters before the wedding, according to the Cape Cod Times. "And I'm the luckiest guy. She's the best I could have ever imagined and I'm lucky to be able to share this day with her."

Patrick Kennedy said he felt his father's presence before the wedding. Edward Kennedy Sr. died in 2009.

"I feel like my dad's kind of orchestrating everything from up above and he's doing a great job so far and he's telling us to get out on his sailboat and enjoy the ocean like he always did," he said, as reported by the Associated Press.

Petitgout's brother told the press that the bride is excited to start her new life with Kennedy.

"She's thrilled.  This has been a great experience for everyone. I think it's a beautiful day, and we're all very happy for both of them. They're very happy together," said Petitgout's brother.

Approximately 200 friends and family attended the outdoor wedding, which was officiated by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, the Associated Press reports.