Naomi Biden, the granddaughter of the US president, married Peter Neal in the White House

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The ceremony was held on the South Lawn of the residence and the media were banned

Naomi Biden, the granddaughter of the US president, married Peter Neal in the White House

Joe, Naomi and Jill Biden with the boyfriend, Peter Neal

President Joe Biden's granddaughter, Naomi Biden, and Peter Neal were married this Saturday in the nineteenth wedding in the history of the White House. In an emotional ceremony, they exchanged vows on the South Lawn in front of dozens of family and friends.

Naomi Biden, the granddaughter of the US president, married Peter Neal in the White House

President Joe Biden's granddaughter, Naomi Biden and his fiancé, Peter Neal, are married on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, on Saturday, November 19, 2022. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)

The bride, who wearing a high-necked, long-sleeved dress with a very long veil, and the groom said “I do” during a late-morning ceremony under bright sunshine but temperatures around 4°C. The 250 guests sat in white folding chairs, some wearing scarves with their coats.

The newlyweds, who were dressed by American fashion designer Ralph Lauren, they posed for photos afterwards on the balcony, the bride's long veil flowing over the railing.

Naomi Biden, the granddaughter of the US president, married Peter Neal at the White House

The bride, who wore a long sleeves and high neck with a very long veil (AP)

The south side of the White House, facing the lawn and the Washington Monument in the distance, was decorated with wreaths and garlands of white flowers. The bride walked down a hallway that led from the Diplomatic Reception Room to an altar lined with bushes and white flowers.

Naomi Biden's father, Hunter Biden, sat in the front row on the side of the aisle, holding their young son, Beau, in her arms.

This is the first White House wedding to the granddaughter of a president as a bride, and the first on the South Lawn.

Naomi Biden, the granddaughter of the US president, married Peter Neal in the White House

Naomi Biden, 28, is attorney and Peter Neal, 25, of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (AP) School of Law

Naomi Biden , 28, is a lawyer in Washington. His mother is Kathleen Buhle, Hunter's first wife.

Peter Neal, 25, of Jackson Hole, Wyoming ), is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He works at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington. His parents are Drs. Mary C. and William “Bill” C. Neal, of Jackson Hole.

The couple, who have been living in the White House, were introduced by a mutual friend about four years ago in New York Cityk and have been together ever since, the White House said. Neal proposed to her in September 2021 near his childhood home in Jackson Hole with a ring that repurposed his grandmother's engagement ring band, according to the White House.

After the 20-somethings officially became husband and wife, their families and wedding party returned inside the White House for lunch, followed in the evening by a dessert reception and dancing.

In the interest of the public, the President and First Lady Jill Biden issued a statement confirming the marriage of the first of their six grandchildren and promised to post photos.< /p>

President Biden and the first lady were among those attending the wedding rehearsal dinner, held Friday at the Renwick Gallery, steps from the White House. Neal's parents were the hosts.

Naomi Biden, the granddaughter of the US president, married Peter Neal at the White House

The couple, who have been living in the White House, were introduced by a mutual friend about four years ago in New York City (AP)

The Biden family will pay for all wedding activities, White House officials have said.

“Naomi Biden and Peter's wedding is private,” said the last Friday Karine Jean-Pierre, the president's main spokesperson. “It is a family event and Naomi and Peter have asked that their wedding be closed to the media and we are respecting their wishes.”

There have been 18 documented weddings in the more than 200 years of White House history.Nine of them married the daughter of a president, most recently Richard Nixon's daughter Tricia in 1971 and Lyndon Johnson's daughter Lynda in 1967.

Naomi Biden, the granddaughter of the US president, married Peter Neal in the White House

Tricia Nixon and her husband Edward Finch Cox walk down the aisle in the Rose Garden at the White House after their marriage, on June 12, 1971 (AP)

Naomi Biden, the granddaughter of the US president, married Peter Neal in the White House

Photographs of brides married in the White House are on display in the executive mansion in a glass case in Washington (AP)

But nieces, a great-niece, a son and brothers of first ladies have also married there. A president, Grover Cleveland, was also married in the White House while in office.

Naomi Biden, the granddaughter of the US president, married Peter Neal in the White House

Newlyweds Luci Baines Johnson and Patrick J. Nugent kiss on the balcony of the White House in Washington, on August 6, 1966. (AP)

Some of the weddings allowed media coverage, while they were completely banned. Journalists were allowed into Tricia Nixon's wedding to Ed Cox, the first to be held in the Rose Garden. His wedding planner – a black three-ring binder in the offices of the White House Historical Association – includes extensive notes on the media plan.

Naomi Biden, the granddaughter of the US president, married Peter Neal in the White House

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)

But the May wedding 1994 of a brother of the then first lady Hillary Clinton and the daughter of the then US senator Barbara Boxer – the first since the marriage of Tricia Nixon – was closed to the press. Clinton's spokesman commented afterwards, and the White House released a photo.

The same was true of the October 2013 wedding of Pete Souza, President Barack Obama's official photographer, and his longtime partner, Patti Lease. The White House announced the wedding in a statement following the small, private Rose Garden wedding.

Naomi Biden, the president's granddaughter from the US, married Peter Neal in the White House

An issue of White House History Quarterly magazine featuring White House weddings, with a photograph of Linda Johnson's wedding to Charles Robb, is seen next to a page of Tricia Nixon's wedding diary, Tuesday, May 25. October 2022, at the White House Historical Association in Washington. (AP)

The White House Correspondents Association, which advocates for press access to the White House and the president, said it was “deeply disappointed” that the White House declined its request for media coverage of the White House wedding. Naomi Biden. “White House weddings have been covered by the press throughout history and the First Family's desire for privacy must be balanced with the public's interest in an event taking place in the People's House with the President as participant,” the WHCA board said in a statement.

Stewart McLaurin, president of the White House Historical Association, said it's important to remember that first families are first and foremost families. “You have to respect their privacy and their wishes,” he said.

Naomi Biden, the granddaughter of the US president, married Peter Neal at the White House

Newlyweds Marine Corps Captain Charles S. Robb and Lynda Bird Johnson, center, pose for a photo with their parents in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House in Washington on December 9, 1967. Standing, from left, are First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, President Lyndon B. Johnson, the groom, James S. Robb, and Frances Robb (AP)

The wedding is only half of a great weekend for the Biden family. The president turns 80 on Sunday and family members in town will celebrate at a brunch hosted by the first lady.

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