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Best Friend Releases Rarely Seen Footage From JFK Jr. And Carolyn Bessette’s Secret Wedding

by Rachel Gariepy
Rachel Gariepy is an experienced Editorial Director for a variety of digital publications including LittleThings and Purple Clover. She has written for, edited and managed teams across multiple lifestyle properties, including sites for celebrity clientele including, but not limited to Jenni (JWOWW) Farley, NeNe Leakes, and Vanessa Hudgens. Rachel has experience wearing many fun and fanciful hats including content strategist, creator, editor and project manager. She, like Mitch Hedberg before her, sometimes wrestles with the idea of wearing a beret. She also enjoys hiking, reading and hanging out with dogs.

On September 1, 1996, John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette got married in a secret ceremony that was hidden from the peering eyes of the rest of the world.

If the Kennedys were considered America’s royal family, then John Jr. was looked at as the crown prince and as “America’s son.” People adored him, and his entire life was followed closely by the media and the American people. When John began dating, he was looked at as one of the most eligible bachelors in the world because of his ample charm and classic good looks, and everyone wanted to find out whom he would bestow his attention upon.

When Carolyn Bessette entered the picture, it was apparent to everyone in John’s family and close inner circle that she was different.

According to them, John adored her because she challenged him. He loved her for her edge, her maturity, and her depth. The more they stepped out into the public eye, the more obsessed the public became with their love story. This pushed John and Carolyn to want to do things their own way, so they planned a secret wedding that would not be announced.

The secret wedding was fortunately videotaped by John’s best friend, Billy Noonan, and Billy has just released this lost rare footage for the world to see for the very first time.

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