WASHINGTON (AP) — “Right here Comes the Bride” might be heard on the White Home very quickly. Once more.
Naomi Biden, the granddaughter of President Joe Biden, and Peter Neal are getting married on the South Garden on Saturday in what might be the nineteenth marriage ceremony in White Home historical past.
Will probably be the primary marriage ceremony with a president’s granddaughter because the bride, and the primary one in that location, in accordance with the White Home Historic Affiliation.
A mutual good friend arrange Naomi Biden, 28, and Neal, 25, about 4 years in the past in New York Metropolis and the White Home stated they’ve been collectively ever since. Naomi Biden is a lawyer; her father is Hunter Biden. Neal just lately graduated from the College of Pennsylvania regulation college. The couple lives in Washington.
9 of the 18 documented White Home weddings had been for a president’s daughter — most just lately Richard Nixon’s daughter, Tricia, in 1971, and Lyndon B. Johnson’s daughter, Lynda, in 1967.
However nieces, a grandniece, a son and first women’ siblings have additionally gotten married there. One president, Grover Cleveland, tied the knot there, too, whereas in workplace.
First girl Jill Biden stated she’s excited to see her granddaughter “planning her marriage ceremony, making her decisions, changing into, you realize, simply coming into her personal, and he or she’s simply so stunning.”
“So I can’t wait until all of you see her as a bride,” the primary girl stated throughout a latest look on singer Kelly Clarkson’ s speak present.
Stewart McLaurin, president of the historic affiliation, stated particular events on the White Home aren’t quickly forgotten.
“If you happen to had been to have the privilege of celebrating a vacation there or a special day in your life, like a marriage, it’s a very memorable event,” he stated.
5 weddings had been held within the East Room, 4 passed off within the Blue Room and two unfolded within the Rose Backyard, steps away from the Oval Workplace.
In June 1971, some 400 company watched as Nixon walked Tricia down the steps of the South Portico to a ready Edward Cox, and the couple exchanged vows in a gazebo arrange within the Rose Backyard for the primary marriage ceremony ceremony ever held there.
Her planner — a black, three-ring binder labeled “TRICIA’S WEDDING” and stored by the historic affiliation — has tabbed sections for each facet of her big day, together with the attendants, social aides, gazebo, flowers, parking, seating, menu, champagne, the press and extra.
Her marriage ceremony cake was a six-tiered, 350-pound (159 kilograms), 6-foot-tall (1.8 meters) lemon-flavored pound cake adorned with blown sugar love birds and the initials “PN” and “EC.”
The White Home launched the recipe, however house bakers and meals critics stated it produced a “soupy mess” and speculated that the White Home had scrambled the variety of egg whites versus complete eggs, in accordance with White House History Quarterly magazine’s weddings issue.
President Nixon sent a thank-you note to Rex Scouten, the White House chief usher, for his help coordinating physical arrangements for the wedding. The letter is in Tricia Nixon’s planner.
“I want you to know how grateful all the Nixons are for your splendid contributions on this very special day,” Nixon wrote.
In October 2013, Barack Obama’s chief White House photographer, Pete Souza, and Patti Lease married in a private ceremony in the Rose Garden after 17 years of being a couple. Obama had gotten to know Lease because she attended some White House events.
“He kept pestering me about why we hadn’t gotten married,” Souza told The Associated Press. He said Obama made what he thought was an off-hand comment about having the wedding in the Rose Garden, but later “I found out that he was not joking.”
He and Lease exchanged “I do’s” in the presence of about 30 family members and friends. They felt overwhelmed by the venue, but were honored by the president’s gesture, he said.
“It gives people a sense that I had a unique relationship with Barack Obama that he would insist I have the wedding at the White House,” Souza said. “I’m so honored, as is my wife, to have my wedding ceremony at the White House. Not many people can say that.”
The Rose Garden helped unite two Democratic political families when Anthony Rodham, a brother of then-first lady Hillary Clinton, and Nicole Boxer, a daughter of then-California Sen. Barbara Boxer, exchanged wedding vows in May 1994 during a private ceremony.
Hillary Clinton had first offered Camp David, the official presidential retreat in Maryland’s Catoctin Mountains, for the wedding, but later on suggested the Rose Garden, Nicole Boxer said.
“I was like out of my mind excited with the possibility of it,” Nicole Boxer recalled during a telephone interview from California. “Can you imagine a more perfect venue?”
Among the approximately 250 guests were President Biden and his wife, Jill. Biden and Barbara Boxer served in the Senate at the time.
The reception was held in the first lady’s garden, followed by dinner in the State Dining Room and dancing in the East Room. President Bill Clinton played his saxophone; daughter Chelsea was a bridesmaid.
“You just think you’re the luckiest person in the world and I think it’s something you have to appreciate,” Nicole Boxer said. “It’s like being part of the American fabric.”
A White House wedding is no guarantee of a lasting marriage. The couple divorced in 2001. Rodham died in 2019.
Lynda Johnson Robb said she never thought about a White House wedding, but circumstances practically dictated that she and Marine Capt. Charles Robb marry there in December 1967. The year before, her sister Luci had a Roman Catholic church wedding in Washington.
“We had to get married sooner than I would have liked because he was going to be going to Vietnam, and so we wanted to be married a little while and that was just three months before he left,” Lynda Johnson Robb said on a White House Historical Association podcast in 2018.
The couple met because Robb was assigned to the the White House as a military social aide.
They wed in the East Room with White House bride Alice Roosevelt Longworth, who was married in the same room in 1906, among the approximately 500 guests. The couple walked under a saber arch created by Robb’s fellow Marines as they left the room afterward.
Following tradition at military weddings, they used Robb’s sword to make the first cut of their wedding cake — a 6-foot (1.8 meters)-tall, 250-pounds(113.4 kilogram) pound cake with raisins decorated with sugar scrolls, roses and love birds.
Lynda Johnson Robb said she was lucky. Red is her signature color and December nuptials meant the White House was already decorated for Christmas. Her mom, Lady Bird Johnson, was spared some stress.
“They could use the same decorations and that was great,” she said. “My mother was always trying to find ways to save money.”