About JFK Jr. and Carolyn's Wedding: The Lost Tapes

It was a modern-day Cinderella story. He was American royalty, who at times seemed to long for an ordinary, less public life. She was a self-made woman of modest background who landed a prince. And when John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette decided to tie the knot, the couple of the decade had a simple requirement no press. They wanted their day to be uninterrupted by photographers and TV cameras. All wedding details were planned and orchestrated with the stealth of a covert military operation. They chose tiny Cumberland Island off the coast of Georgia, a stunning, 20-mile long stretch of white sand dunes, wild oak forest and feral horses, with no bridge access, no telephone lines, and few accommodations. Guests were shuttled in the beds of pickup trucks along unpaved roads to the First African Baptist Church, an old chapel with peeling paint, cracked floors and no electricity. At the altar was a cross lovingly crafted by hand with branches woven together with string. By all accounts, it was an extraordinary affair to remember, witnessed only by the handful of guests, caterers, and a few other island residents. But, there is a little bit of video tape shot at the wedding no one has seen. JFK Jr.'s oldest friend, Billy Noonan, served as de facto wedding videographer. John was in Billy's wedding. As a wedding gift, he'd given Billy a home movie camera. Billy used that very camera to film the ceremony on Cumberland Island. Twenty years ago, the country mourned the tragic loss of its beloved couple, John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette. As the world observes the anniversary of their untimely passing, TLC invites viewers to celebrate their lives and remember their love, with an exclusive, in-depth look at their special wedding weekend that captivated the world. JFK JR. AND CAROLYN'S WEDDING: THE LOST TAPES celebrates John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette's fairy tale wedding with unearthed, never-before-seen footage from the weekend. Anchored by home movie footage of the whole weekend and featuring new interviews with wedding guests and historians, this documentary is a fresh slice of American history. On this somber anniversary, we'll hone in on their unforgettable love story. Narrated by Elizabeth McGovern, this two-hour documentary will give a first-hand look at the rehearsal dinner featuring toasts from several guests, unearthed footage from the ceremony and reception, and interviews from friends who attended the occasion, disclosing details that have never been shared publicly until now.

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