TLC Just Dropped Brand New Footage of JFK Jr. and Carolyn Bessette's Wedding

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From Good Housekeeping

  • On September 21, 1996, John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy got married in a private ceremony off the coast of Georgia on Cumberland Island.

  • Roughly 23 years after their tragic death by plane crash in 1996, JFK Jr.'s friend has released never-before-seen footage from their wedding day.

  • In one clip, JFK Jr. can be seen toasting his new wife and saying that he's now "the happiest man alive."

  • More footage can be seen on TLC's documentary JFK Jr. and Carolyn’s Wedding: The Lost Tapes, which airs July 13 at 8 p.m. ET.

Thanks to John F. Kennedy Jr.'s dear friend Billy Noonan, the world will now get an intimate look at JFK Jr. and Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy's wedding on Cumberland Island — an event that was once kept secret.

It's all part of TLC's two-hour documentary JFK Jr. and Carolyn’s Wedding: The Lost Tapes. In the Saturday night special, John and Carolyn's friends Billy, Sasha Chermayeff, and George Kyriakos recall everything that happened on September 21, 1996. Besides their commentary, the film also includes interviews with David R. Davis, a gospel singer who performed at their wedding, the couple's caterer Jodee Sadowsky, journalist Diana Pearl, Kennedy historian J. Randy Taraborrelli, and more.

In the clip from the documentary above, John can be seen addressing wedding guests with a glass of champagne and toasting to his new wife.

“Carolyn has changed my life in a way that I never thought was possible,” he said. “And [she] just made me tonight, the happiest man alive.”

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And with that, Carolyn and John continued on with their candlelit dinner. Later on, they even shared an intimate kiss on the dance floor, as Carolyn gracefully twirled around in her silk Narciso Rodriguez wedding dress.

Interestingly enough, a People article in 2017 revealed that the Calvin Klein publicist actually held off John's proposal for three weeks in 1995. According to John's friend though, this made him "more intent on marrying her."

As Ariel Paredes, a former assistant to JFK Jr.'s mother Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, once said, “They would love hard, and they would fight hard. But they were very much in love.”

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Sadly, Carolyn and JFK Fr. died less than three years later in a fatal plane crash near Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts on July 16, 1999. Carolyn's sister, Lauren, also lost her life in the accident.

To this day, the public still remains fascinated with the pair, who John's friend Gustavo Paredes once called "magic together."

“She had an earthiness and a gentle fierceness. Together, they were whole.”

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