Nine of the 18 marriages celebrated in the presidential home were for the daughter of a president. But nieces, a great-niece, a son and the brothers of the first ladies have also been married there
FILE – Naomi Biden, right, and her fiancé Peter Neal attend the Ralph Lauren Fall Fashion Show /Winter 2022 at the Museum of Modern Art on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 in New York. Naomi Biden, the granddaughter of President Joe Biden, and Peter Neal will marry on the South Lawn on Saturday in what will be the 19th wedding in White House history. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
“Here Comes the Bride” will be heard very soon at the White House. Again.
Naomi Biden, granddaughter of President Joe Biden, and Peter Neal will marry on the South Lawn on Saturday in which will be the 19th wedding in White House history.
It will be the first wedding with a president's granddaughter as bride, and the first at that location, according to the White House Historical Association.
A mutual friend set up Naomi Biden, 28, and Neal, 25, about four years ago in New York City and the White House said they have been together ever since. Naomi Biden is a lawyer; Her father is Hunter Biden. Neal is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. The couple lives in Washington.
FILE – President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden, left, walk with their granddaughter Naomi Biden, second from right, and her fiance Peter Neal, right, and Neal's dog Charlie, through the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, on June 20, 2022, as they return from a weekend at Biden's beach house in Delaware. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
Nine of the 18 documented White House weddings were to the daughter of a president, most recently Richard Nixon's daughter Tricia in 1971 and the daughter of Lyndon B. Johnson. , Lynda, in 1967.
But nieces, a great-niece, a son and the brothers of the first ladies have also been married there. A president, Grover Cleveland, was also married there, while he was in office.
First lady Jill Biden said she's excited to see her granddaughter “planning her wedding, making her decisions, becoming, you know, one of her own, and she's so beautiful.”
“So I can't wait until you all see her as a bride,” the first lady said during a recent appearance on singer Kelly Clarkson's talk show.
FILE – Former Tricia Nixon and her husband Edward Finch Cox, walk from the altar in the Garden of Roses from the White House after their marriage, on June 12, 1971. Obscured by the bride and groom are matron of honor Julie Nixon Eisenhower and best man Howard E. Cox Jr. In the background is the Rev. Dr. Edward G. Latch, Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives, who performed the wedding. (AP Photo, File)
Stewart McLaurin, president of the historical association, said special occasions at the White House are not soon forgotten.
“If you had the privilege of celebrating a holiday there or a special occasion in your life, like a wedding, it is a very memorable occasion,” he said.
Five weddings were held in the East Room, four were held in the Blue Room and two took place in the Rose Garden, a few steps from the Oval Office.
In June 1971, some 400 guests watched as Nixon escorted Tricia down the steps of the South Portico to a waiting Edward Cox, and the couple exchanged vows in a gazebo set up in the Rose Garden to the first wedding ceremony held there.
FILE – Photographs of brides married in the White House are exhibited in the executive mansion in a glass case in Washington (AP Photo)
Her planner, a black three-ring binder labeled “TRICIA'S WEDDING” and kept by the historical association, has tabbed sections for every aspect of her special day, including attendees, caseworkers, gazebo, flowers, parking, seating, menu, champagne, press and more.
Her wedding cake was a six-tiered, 350-pound (159-kilogram) cake, 6-foot-tall (1.8 meters) flavored lemon decorated with blown sugar love birds and the initials “PN” and “EC”.
The White House published the recipe, but home bakers and food critics said it produced a “soup disaster” and speculated that the White House had mixed up the number of egg whites vs. whole eggs, according to the wedding edition. from White House History Quarterly.
President Nixon sent a note of thanks to Rex Scouten, the White House Chief Usher, for his help coordinating the physical arrangements for the wedding. The letter is in Tricia Nixon's planner.
FILE – President Richard Nixon applauds as his daughter Tricia and her husband Edward Finch Cox cut a Giant wedding cake at the White House on June 12, 1971. (AP Photo, File)
“I want you to know how grateful all of the Nixons are for your lavish contributions on this very special day ”Wrote Nixon.
In October 2013, Barack Obama's White House Chief 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.
“She kept bugging me about why we hadn't gotten married,” Souza told The Associated Press. He said Obama made what he thought was an off-the-cuff comment about having the wedding in the Rose Garden, but then “I found out he wasn't kidding.”
He and Lease exchanged “ Yes, I want” in the presence of about 30 family and friends. They were overwhelmed by the venue, but honored by the president's gesture, he said.
FILE – Chief White House Photographer for President Barack Obama Pete Souza during an event in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on Oct. 21, 2013 (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
“It gives people the feeling that I had such a unique relationship with Barack Obama that he would insist that I have the White House wedding,” Souza said. “I am very 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, brother of then-First Lady Hillary Clinton, and Nicole Boxer, daughter of then-California Senator Barbara Boxer, they 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 suggested the Rose Garden, Nicole Boxer said.
“ I was like out of my mind excited at the prospect of doing it,” Nicole Boxer recalled during a phone interview from California. “Can you imagine a more perfect place?”
Tricia Nixon's wedding planner is seen on Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at the Historical Association from the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Among the approximately 250 guests were President Biden and his wife, Jill. Biden and Barbara Boxer both 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 saxophone for him; his daughter Chelsea was a bridesmaid.
“You just think you're the luckiest person in the world and I think that'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.
FILE – Newlyweds Marine Corps Capt. Charles S. Robb and Lynda Bird Johnson, center, pose for a photo with their parents in the Yellow Oval Room at the White House in Washington on December 9, 1967. Standing from From left to right are First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, President Lyndon B. Johnson, the groom, James S. Robb, and Frances Robb. (AP Photo, File)
Lynda Johnson Robb said she never envisioned a White House wedding, but circumstances virtually dictated that she and Navy Capt. Charles Robb marry there in December 1967. The year before, her sister Luci had a wedding at the Roman Catholic church in Washington.
“We had to get married sooner than I would have liked because he was going to go to Vietnam, so we wanted to get married for a little bit and that was only three months before he left,” Lynda Johnson Robb said on a podcast from the Historical Association of Vietnam. the White House in 2018.
The couple met because Robb was assigned to the White House as a military social worker.
They were married in the East Room to White House sweetheart Alice Roosevelt Longworth, who was married in the same room in 1906, among approximately 500 guests. The pair walked under a saber arch set up by Robb's fellow Marines as they left the room afterwards.
An issue of White House History Quarterly featuring White House Weddings, featuring a photograph of Linda Johnson's wedding to Charles Robb, is seen next to a page from Tricia Nixon's wedding planner, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022, at the White House Historical Association in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Following the tradition in military weddings, they used Robb's sword to make the first cut of their wedding cake: a 6-foot (1.8-meter) cake. tall and 250 pounds (113.4 kilograms) with raisins decorated with sugar rolls, roses and love birds.
Lynda Johnson Robb said she was lucky. Red is her signature color and the December nuptials meant the White House was already decked out for Christmas. Her mother, Lady Bird Johnson, was spared some stress.
“They could wear the same decorations and that was great,” she said. “My mother was always trying to find ways to save money.”
(With information from AP)