Maybe I’m a Fool
To Feel the Way I Do
But I Would Play the Fool Forever
Just to Be With You Forever
I Believe in You and Me ~ The Four Tops
STAR – through friends of Nicole and industry insiders – has obtained a sneak peek at this extraordinary footage.
It tells the story of the first day of their marriage – a tragic union that ended in divorce seven years later, and that ultimately led to the most sensational murder case in American history.
The video opens with Nicole getting ready on Feb 2, 1985, for the big event at their Brentwood mansion, the same spot where O.J. surrendered to police after the Bronco freeway chase watched by millions.
Nicole, then 25, looks incredibly young and virginal. She’s dressed in a white bathrobe and slippers with a bunny rabbit motif as she prepares for what she describes with a broad grin as: “The happiest day of my life.”
Two of Nicole’s sisters are seen helping her with her makeup and fussing around as she gets ready to slip into her wedding dress, which is carefully laid out on a bed. The traditional white wedding gown, with a formfitting lace bodice and high neck, shows off her wonderful figure.
As she awaits the arrival of O.J., a nervous Nicole announces: “It’s funny because I’m so excited. I feel really weird.”
A source who has seen the video tells STAR: “The quality of the film is astonishing. Those first shots of a radiant Nicole preparing for her big day are so childlike and innocent… Nicole looks like a girl who’s looking forward to her first night of love with the man of her dreams.”
Later, when they are standing side by side at the altar; O.J. looks at his wife and declares: “This is the best day of my life and I know it’s going to get better.” A proud Nicole replies: “It’s so good… how could it get any better than this?”
The most poignant moment in the 45-minute ceremony comes immediately before Rev. Moomaw pronounces O.J. and Nicole husband and wife. A female gospel singer gives a slow rendition of the Four Tops song, I Believe in You and Me, and Nicole is almost moved to tears.
She gazes lovingly at O.J. as the singer delivers such deeply romantic lyrics as “I will never leave your side… I will never hurt your pride,” and “I believe in miracles… And love’s a miracle…”
When the minister announces to guests: “May I be the first to introduce to you Mr. and Mrs. O.J. Simpson,” there is a huge cheer. And then the fun begins.
O.J. and Nicole step onto a make-shift dance floor as the live band plays a slow, romantic number…
As they move around in a tight embrace, O.J. lip-synchs the words to the song: “Your love just happens to be mine…”
An elated O.J. with his beautiful bride leads a conga line of revelers around the tent. By that time, says the source: “A great number of guests were unsteady on their feet. A generous O.J. made sure that the champagne flowed continually.”
One of the wedding’s most riveting moments was the cutting of the cake, a touching scene at the time that now is taking on chilling dimensions – because of the knife murders of Nicole and her waiter friend Ronald Goldman.
Said the source: “It was a pretty big cake, so obviously it took a fairly large knife to cut into it. When you see O.J. pick up the knife and then, with Nicole’s hand on his, slice into this large cake, it sends a shiver down your spine.”
And later, as guests toasted the happy couple with Dom Perignon champagne, Nicole’s mother, Juditha, declared: “They will tell you it’s the happiest day of their lives. It is also the happiest day in my life. They are two beautiful people. They are meant for each other.”
Star Magazine (November 15 1994)