Biden's granddaughter's wedding will be held at the White House: who else got married there
Naomi Biden, granddaughter of President Joe Biden, and Peter Neal will marry November 19 at South Lawn, the 19th wedding in White House history, Yahoo reports.
This will be the first wedding with a president's granddaughter as a bride, according to the White House Historical Association.
A mutual friend introduced 28-year-old Naomi Biden to 25 Neil about four years ago in New York, and the White House said they've been together ever since. Naomi Biden – lawyer her father – Hunter Biden. Neil recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. The couple lives in Washington.
Nine of the 18 documented weddings at the White House were for the President's daughter, most recently Richard Nixon's daughter Trisha in 1971 and Lyndon B. Johnson's daughter Linda in 1967.
But the nieces, great-niece, son and brothers and sisters of the first ladies got married there. One president, Grover Cleveland, also married there while in office.
First Lady Jill Biden said she was thrilled that her granddaughter was “planning her wedding, making her choice, and she's so beautiful.”
So I can't wait for you all to see her as a bride,” the First Lady said during a recent talk show appearance by singer Kelly Clarkson.
Stuart McLaurin, President Historical Association, said special occasions at the White House are not soon forgotten.
“If you had the privilege of celebrating a holiday or a special event in your life there, such as a wedding, it would be a very memorable event,” he said.
Five weddings took place in the East Room, four in Blue Room and two in the Rose Garden, a few steps from the Oval Office.
In June 1971, about 400 guests watched as Nixon escorted Trisha down the steps of the South Portico to the waiting Edward Cox, and the couple exchanged vows in a gazebo set up in the Rose Garden, the first wedding ceremony ever held there.
Her diary, a black three-ring binder with the words “Trisha's Wedding” at the Historical Association, has tabbed sections for every aspect of her special day, including guests, helpers, gazebo, flowers, parking, seating, menus, champagne, press and more.
Her wedding cake was a 159 kg, 1.8 meter high, six tiered lemon flavored cake, decorated with blown sugar birds and the initials 'PN' and 'EC'.
The White House released the recipe, but home bakers and food critics said it made “a soupy porridge” and speculated that the White House mixed up the amount of egg whites with whole eggs, according to the wedding edition of the White House History Quarterly.
President Nixon sent a thank-you note to Rex Scouten, White House chief aide, for his help in organizing the wedding preparations. This letter is in Trisha Nixon's diary.
“I want you to know how grateful all of the Nixons are for your amazing contributions to this very special day,” Nixon wrote.
In October 2013, Barack Obama White House Chief Photographer Pete Souza and Patti Liz married private ceremony in the Rose Garden after 17 years of marriage. Obama met Liz because she attended some White House events.
“He kept asking me why we weren't married,” Souza told The Associated Press. He said that Obama jokingly suggested the White House as the location for the ceremony, but later realized that he was not joking.
Pete and Liz exchanged vows in the presence of about 30 family members and friends. According to him, they were overwhelmed by the venue, it was a great honor.
“People thought that I had a unique relationship with Barack Obama, that he insisted that I have a wedding at the White House, Souza said. – I am honored, as is my wife, to have our wedding ceremony at the White House. Few can boast of such a thing.”
The Rose Garden helped bring two Democratic political families together when Anthony Rodham, brother of then-First Lady Hillary Clinton, and Nicole Boxer, daughter of then-California Senator Barbara Boxer, exchanged wedding vows in May 1994 during a private ceremony.
Hillary Clinton first suggested Camp David, the president's official residence in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains, for the wedding, but later suggested Rose Garden, as Nicole Boxer said.
“I was beside myself with happiness, at the thought that this was possible,” Nicole Boxer recalled during a telephone interview from California. – Can you imagine a more ideal place?”
President Biden and his wife Jill were among the approximately 250 guests. Biden and Barbara Boxer were members of the Senate at the time.
The reception was held in the First Lady's garden, followed by dinner at the State Dining Room and dancing at the East Room. President Bill Clinton played the saxophone; Chelsea's daughter was a bridesmaid. A White House wedding is no guarantee of a lasting marriage. The couple divorced in 2001. Rodham died in 2019.
Linda Johnson Robb said she never considered marrying at the White House, but the circumstances were such that she and Marine Corps Captain Charles Robb were married there in December 1967. A year earlier, her sister Lucy had been married in a Roman Catholic church in Washington.
“We had to get married earlier than I would like because he was going to go to Vietnam, it was only three months before he left,” Linda Johnson Robb said in an interview.
The couple met because Robb was assigned to the White House as a military social assistant.
They were married in the East Room, where Alice Roosevelt Longworth, who married in the same room in 1906 among about 500 guests, was married. The couple passed under a saber arch created by Robb's other Marines as they left the room.
Following tradition at military weddings, they used Robb's sword to make the first cut of their wedding cake, a 1.8 meter high cake and weighing 113 kg with raisins decorated with sugar curls, roses and birds.
Linda Johnson Robb said she was lucky. Red is her signature color, and the December wedding meant the White House was already decorated for Christmas. Her mother, Lady Bird Johnson, escaped the stress.
“They could use the same jewelry, which was great,” she said. – My mom was always trying to find ways to save money.”