7 Memorable Photographs of John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy

John F. Kennedy Jr. (JFK Jr.) and Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy were among the most high-profile couples of the 1990s.

Their every move played out in the media from a fight in the park to a walk together through the streets of New York City. The couple tragically died in a 1999 plane crash along with Bessette-Kennedy’s sister Lauren Bessette. Ahead, see some of the most memorable photographs of JFK Jr. and his wife.

1. First photograph together

Below is the first photograph of JFK Jr. and Bessette-Kennedy together.

First photograph of JFK Jr. and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy together. | Retouranoir_ via Instagram

2. Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy bathing suit scandal

In the photograph below, Bessette-Kennedy and JFK Jr. are seen enjoying some time on a boat. What’s not pictured in Bessette-Kennedy’s thong bathing suit concealed beneath her towel. Pictures of her scantily clad body were soon on the cover of many tabloids.

JFK Jr. and Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy on a boat.| Rollawazni via Instagram

3. JFK Jr. and Bessette-Kennedy wed in secret ceremony

No list of memorable photographs of the couple would be complete without one from their secret wedding on Cumberland Island off the coast of Georgia on September 21, 1996.

She wore a simple Narciso Rodriguez (then a practically unknown designer) cementing her as a less-is-more fashion icon.

JFK Jr. and Carolyn Bessette at their wedding.| Robert D. Norris via Instagram

By this time the press were watching their every move and their wedding, which took place without any press knowing in part because they had everyone who lived on the island involved with their nuptials sign a confidentiality agreement.

4. Honeymoon in Turkey

After their discrete wedding, the newlyweds went to Turkey for their honeymoon. They didn’t escape the paparazzi who captured the below snapshot of the ever-stylish couple.

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John F. Kennedy Jr. And Carolyn Bissette John F. Kennedy Jr. on their honeymoon in | Russell Turiak/Getty Images

5. John F. Kennedy Jr. pleaded with press to give wife ‘room’ after she became a Kennedy

Upon returning from their honeymoon, JFK Jr. asked the press to give his new bride time to adjust to life as a Kennedy.

“This is a big change for anyone,” he told the press assembled outside he and Bessette-Kennedy’s apartment. “For a private citizen, even more so. I just ask [for] any privacy or room you could give her as she makes that adjustment. It would be greatly appreciated.”

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John F. Kennedy Jr. and bride Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, leave Manhattan apartment in TriBeCa. | Jon Naso/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images

Despite his plea, the press continued to follow Bessette-Kennedy until her death. In life, she reportedly feared the paparazzi.

6. A kiss at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 1999

A little more than two months before their deaths, 38-year-old JFK Jr. and 33-year-old Bessette-Kennedy attended the annual White House Corresspondents’ Dinner.

John F. Kennedy, Jr. editor of George magazine, gives his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy a kiss on the cheek during the annual White House Correspondents dinner May 1, 1999 in Washington, D.C.
John F. Kennedy, Jr. editor of George magazine, gives his wife Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy a kiss on the cheek during the annual White House Correspondents dinner May 1, 1999, in Washington, D.C. | Tyler Mallory/Getty Images

The private couple shared a kiss at the event with Bessette-Kennedy wearing her husband’s jacket.

7. JFK. Jr. and Bessette-Kennedy work the red carpet

At the end of May 1999, the couple attended another high-profile event, the annual John F. Kennedy Library Foundation Dinner in Boston, Massachusetts.

Bessette-Kennedy looked striking in her tailored black jacket staying true to her style aesthetic while her husband looked dapper in a tuxedo.

JFK Jr. and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy
John F. Kennedy, Jr. and his wife Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy arrive at the annual John F. Kennedy Library Foundation dinner and Profiles in Courage awards in honor of the former president’s 82nd birthday, May 23, 1999, at the Kennedy Library in Boston, MA. | Justin Ide/Newsmakers