JFK Jr.’s Best Friend Discusses New Details From Exclusive Wedding Footage Filmed 23 Years Ago

by Kim Wong-Shing
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More than 20 years after John F. Kennedy Jr.’s mysterious and top-secret wedding, footage from that special day is finally being made public.

John married Carolyn Bessette in September 1996. At the time, they were two of the most visible figures in the world. People were fascinated by their relationship, and they endured an unbelievable amount of media scrutiny.

Like many celebrities, they responded to that scrutiny by being fiercely private whenever possible. The couple went above and beyond to keep their wedding safe from onlookers.

John’s good friend, Billy Noonan, documented the wedding weekend on video, but for all these years, he’s kept the footage secret.

Now Billy has finally decided to release the footage for an upcoming TLC documentary, JFK Jr. and Carolyn’s Wedding: The Lost Tapes.

The footage shows John giving a toast by candlelight to his new bride.

“Carolyn has changed my life in a way that I never thought was possible, and just made me, tonight, the happiest man alive,” he says.

The couple also say their vows, cut their wedding cake, and share a kiss on the dance floor.

It’s a truly special glimpse into the life of this couple, whose relationship was rumored to be highly dramatic. They both died tragically on July 16, 1999, in a plane crash.

But despite the rumors, sources say the couple was totally committed and in love — and this footage certainly makes that clear.

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