John F. Kennedy Jr. boating with Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy in Martha's Vineyard. July 28, 1995.
Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and John F. Kennedy, Jr., had a love to remember. An American royal couple of sorts in the late 1990s, the duo channeled the glamour long associated with the Kennedy clan. Kennedy met Bessette while she was working as a publicist for Calvin Klein. At first, she rebuffed him when he asked her out on a date. But soon they were a couple, and eventually Bessette moved into Kennedy’s Tribeca loft. In 1996, the pair married. The wedding was held on Georgia’s Cumberland Island, in the First African Baptist Church, a small wooden chapel. The bride memorably wore a custom Narciso Rodriguez bias-cut gown, thus cementing her reputation as a style legend. Back in New York, after their nuptials, the couple was frequently seen out and about on the streets of the city—holding hands, going out to dinner with friends, and attending events—with Bessette always sporting her signature red lip. And while their marriage included some much-publicized stormy patches as well, their relationship will forever be remembered as one of the great American romances. Tragically, they died in a plane crash in 1999, along with Bessette’s sister Lauren. So today (at time of original publication on January 7th), on what would have been Carolyn Bessette Kennedy’s 51st birthday, we’re taking a look back at the most memorable moments from the couple’s years together.
John and Carolyn share a New York City Taxi. March 11, 1996.
John and Carolyn in New York. September 20, 1996.
John and Carolyn, November 5, 1997.
John whispers to Carolyn at the Municipal Art Society Gala. October 5, 1998.
John and Carolyn during the annual White House Correspondents dinner. May 1, 1999.