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U.S. Rep.-elect Joseph Kennedy III is pictured at a campaign event in Taunton, Mass., with Lauren Anne Birchfield on Sept. 6, 2012. Kennedy and Birchfield will marry on Dec. 1, NBC News has learned.
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Sources close to the Kennedy family have told NBC News that U.S. Rep.-elect Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., will be getting married on Saturday, Dec. 1 in Newport Beach, Calif.

Kennedy, 32, is marrying Lauren Birchfield, 28, who grew up in Southern California. Kennedy met Birchfield when they were students at Harvard Law School.

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It's unclear at this point whether Birchfield's father, a Presbyterian minister, will officiate the ceremony.

Kennedy III is the son of former Congressman Joseph Kennedy II and the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy. On Nov. 6, Kennedy III won the right to represent Massachusetts' 4th Congressional District with 61 percent of the vote.

His election to Congress means a Kennedy will be serving in Washington once again. A run of 63 consecutive years of a Kennedy in elected office ended when Patrick Kennedy retired in 2010.

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Photos: Chelsea Clinton’s ‘royal wedding’

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  1. The happy couple

    Marc Mezvinsky and Chelsea Clinton wed at an outdoor ceremony at the Astor Courts estate on Saturday, July 31 in Rhinebeck, N.Y. The wedding took place on a near-perfect summer day of warm temperatures, blue skies and cottony clouds.

    The Clinton-Mezvinsky wedding has been characterized by wedding planners and other observers as a "royal wedding for the U.S." (Handout / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Father and daughter

    Former President Bill Clinton walks his daughter, Chelsea Clinton, down the aisle. "Today, we watched with great pride and overwhelming emotion as Chelsea and Marc wed in a beautiful ceremony at Astor Courts, surrounded by family and their close friends," he and Hillary Clinton said in a statement after the ceremony. "We could not have asked for a more perfect day to celebrate the beginning of their life together, and we are so happy to welcome Marc into our family." (Genevieve De Manio / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. An interfaith ceremony

    Mark Mezvinsky and Chelsea Clinton made sure their wedding ceremony honored both Jewish and Christian traditions. Mezvinsky is Jewish and Clinton is Methodist. (Genevieve De Manio / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Family portrait

    Former President Bill Clinton, far right, and wife Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, second from left, are pictured with their daughter Chelsea Clinton and Chelsea's new husband, Marc Mezvinsky, far left. The bride wore a gown designed by Vera Wang, and the mother of the bride wore Oscar de la Renta. (Barbara Kinney / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Husband and wife

    In this handout image provided by Barbara Kinney, Marc Mezvinsky and Chelsea Clinton pose at their July 31 wedding at the Astor Courts estate in Rhinebeck, N.Y. Clinton and Mezvinsky were friends as teenagers in Washington, and both attended Stanford University. They now live in New York, where Mezvinsky works at a Manhattan hedge fund. (Handout / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. All dressed up

    Wedding guests wait for a shuttle ride to Chelsea Clinton's and Marc Mezvinsky's wedding in Rhinebeck, N.Y., on Saturday, July 31. (Mike Groll / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Sneaking a peek

    Spectators try to see wedding guests as they load into a shuttle bus before the wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky on Saturday, July 31 in Rhinebeck, N.Y. (Bryan Bedder / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Coming through

    A wedding guest makes her way through the press as she walks toward a shuttle bus on the day of Chelsea Clinton's nuptials in Rhinebeck, N.Y. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Height of fashion

    Fashion designer Vera Wang avoids questions from the media in downtown Rhinebeck, N.Y., on Saturday, July 31. Chelsea Clinton was spotted outside Wang’s New York City bridal shop on Tuesday afternoon -- leading to speculation that Wang was designing her wedding gown, not Oscar de la Renta as expected. (Andrew Gombert / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Excited onlookers

    People stand outside the Delamater Inn waiting for guests to emerge in Rhinebeck, N.Y., for the wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky on Saturday, July 31. (Mike Groll / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Celebrities arrive

    Actor Ted Danson and wife Mary Steenburgen arrive at the Delamater Inn. "I knew [Chelsea] since she was a baby so this is a big moment," said Steenburgen, who wed Danson in 1995. "She's a lovely, lovely girl." (Mike Groll / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Strolling through Rhinebeck

    Real estate developer and movie producer Steve Bing walks around Rhinebeck the morning of the wedding. (Andrew Gombert / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Proud parents

    Bill and Hillary Clinton leave a party in honor of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky on Friday night, July 30, in Rhinebeck. Instead of one of her signature pantsuits, Hillary Clinton wore a flowing, printed caftan. (Mary Altaffer / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Crowds converge

    People gather outside the Beekman Arms Inn to catch a glimpse of guests arriving for a party in honor of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky on Friday, July 30, in Rhinebeck. (Mary Altaffer / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Heads of State

    Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright waves as she leaves a party for Chelsea Clinton in Rhinebeck, N.Y., on Friday, July 30. (Jessica Rinaldi / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Guests' digs

    An American flag is unfurled at the Beekman Arms Inn on July 30, in Rhinebeck, N.Y. Many Chelsea Clinton wedding guests are rumored to be staying there. (Mario Tama / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Father of the bride

    Former President Bill Clinton walks down the streets of Rhinebeck, N.Y., on July 30, 2010, the day before his daughter Chelsea's wedding. (Andrew Gombert / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Well-wishers

    The day before Chelsea Clinton's July 31 wedding to Marc Mezvinsky, children in Rhinebeck, N.Y., wave from a bus decorated with a sign congratulating the bride- and groom-to-be. (Mary Altaffer / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. A gala affair

    The town of Rhinebeck, N.Y., has been preparing for the biggest social event of the year. The wedding took place at Astor Courts, a Beaux Arts riverside estate that was sealed off from the general public on the big day. (Bruce Buck / for The New York Times) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Picture perfect

    The Astor Courts estate is located on the Hudson River near the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge, about two hours north of New York City. (Bruce Buck / for The New York Times) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Paparazzi-proof?

    To ensure privacy on the big day, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a temporary no-fly zone for the area around Astor Courts. (Mike Groll / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Gorgeous views

    The former estate of John Jacob Astor IV has breathtaking mountain and river views and is situated about 70 miles away from the Clintons' family home in Chappaqua, N.Y. (Mike Groll / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. A town's excitement

    A man walks on East Market Street in Rhinebeck, where a sign hangs congratulating the couple. (Mike Groll / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. History and style

    The mansion on the Astor Courts property was designed by American architect Stanford White and completed in 1904. Its original owner, John Jacob Astor IV, died in the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. (Mike Groll / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Home sweet home

    Astor Courts is home to Clinton supporters Kathleen Hammer and Arthur Seelbinder, and was listed for $12 million until it was taken off the market in July. (Bruce Buck / for The New York Times) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Breathing room

    The main living area of Astor Courts has five bedrooms and more than 15,000 square feet of space. (Bruce Buck / for The New York Times) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Amenities galore

    The entire estate is 40,000 square feet and boasts herringbone floors, an indoor pool and an indoor clay tennis court. (Bruce Buck / for The New York Times) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Furry fan

    A mascot from the Hudson Valley Renegades baseball team holds a sign on East Market Street. Locals have been abuzz about the wedding, which reportedly will cost between $2 million and $5 million -- although a longtime Clinton family friend denied that the wedding would cost more than $1 million. (Stan Honda / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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