Never-Before-Seen Footage from John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette's 1996 Wedding Has Been Released
These new tapes include clips of the couple's first dance and snippets of the reception toasts.
John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette never made it to their third wedding anniversary; they were tragically killed in a plane crash just months shy of the milestone. Nearly 20 years after the accident, however, new clips from the couple's wedding have surfaced, courtesy of John's best friend, Billy Noonan, who filmed the entire event. The footage-which is part of TLC's upcoming documentary, JFK Jr. and Carolyn's Wedding: The Lost Tapes, airing on July 13-shows several incredible moments from the duo's nuptials, including the groom's sweet toast to his bride.
In a preview of the documentary, which can be viewed on Entertainment Tonight, John, lit by candlelight, is seen addressing his guests and Carolyn, a glass of Champagne in hand. "Carolyn has changed my life in a way that I never thought was possible," he says. "And [she] just made me tonight, the happiest man alive."
The rest of the footage teases the couple's vow exchange-and also shows them cutting their three-tier wedding cake and sharing a quick kiss during their first dance. There are only more wedding highlights to come, since the special also includes insights from several friends who attended the wedding and even the vendors (like their caterer and gospel singer) who were present on the big day.
John and Carolyn were married on September 21, 1996, in a small church on Georgia's Cumberland Island. The duo was considered American royalty for John's political ties; Carolyn's silky white, biased-cut Narcisco Rodriguez slip wedding dress is one of the most iconic bridal fashion moments of the 20th century.