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With a property as grand as the White House, there’s bound to be a lot happening. From lavish Christmas celebrations to huge meetings, the White House has been an epicenter of extravagant events — including weddings.
That’s right, a few people have had their nuptials take place at the White House. According to the White House Historical Association, there have been less than 20 documented weddings hosted by the President and First Lady since the early 1800s. Along with that, there have only been four wedding receptions to have taken place in the White House. However, later in 2022, another wedding has taken place.
On April 4, 2022, Joe Biden’s granddaughter Naomi Biden tweeted that she and her fiancé Peter Neal will get married, making them the nineteenth couple to do so. She tweeted, “Peter and I are endlessly grateful to my Nana and Pop for the opportunity to celebrate our wedding at the White House,” Naomi, 28, tweeted on Monday. “We can’t wait to make our commitment to one another official and for what lies ahead.” You can see the tweet HERE. And now, the two’s wedding celebration is coming into full swing this weekend!
From weddings that occurred nearly 200 years ago to ones that happened more recently than you remember, these White House weddings were absolutely stunning. Check out these White House weddings below.
A version of this article was originally published on April 2022.
1874: Nellie Grant & Algernon Sartoris
Back on May 21, 1874, Nellie Grant and Algernon Sartoris married in the East Room. Grant is the third child of former President Ulysses S. Grant and former First Lady Julia Grant. The wedding was said to be unbelievably grand. According to Doug Weed’s book All the Presidents’ Children: Triumph and Tragedy in the Lives of America’s First Families, every corner was decorated with lilies, tuberoses, and spirea.All the Presidents' Children: Triumph and Tragedy in the Lives of America's First Families $13.99, originally $27.99 on Amazon.com
1886: Grover Cleveland & Frances Folsom
On June 2, 1886, former President Grover Cleveland married his bride Frances Folsom in the Blue Room, an oval-shaped room that is one of the state parlors. Cleveland is the only president to marry inside the White House, according to the White House Historial Association.
1906: Alice Lee Roosevelt & Nicholas Longworth
Alice Lee Roosevelt and Ohio Representative Nicholas Longworth married in the East Room back on Feb. 17, 1906. Roosevelt is the eldest child of former President Theodore Roosevelt and the only child with his first wife Alice Hathaway Lee. According to America’s Royalty: All the Presidents’ Children, Alice Lee was all about the dramatics, like her father. She wore a lavish blue wedding dress and cut the wedding cake with a sword.
1914: Eleanor Randolph Wilson & Gibbs McAdoo
On May 7, 1914, Eleanor Randolph Wilson and the Secretary of the Treasury William Gibbs McAdoo married in the Blue Room. She is the youngest daughter of former President Woodrow Wilson and former First Lady Ellen Wilson.
1966: Luci Johnson & Patrick Nugent
On Aug 6, 1966, Luci Johnson and Patrick Nugent married at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, with their reception taking place at the White House later that night. Johnson is the youngest daughter of former President Lyndon Johnson and former First Lady Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson. Their wedding was featured on the cover of Life Magazine a few days later, according to an archived version of the same magazine.
1967: Lynda Bird Johnson & Chuck Robb
On Dec. 9, 1967, Lynda Bird Johnson and U.S. Marine Corps Captain Charles S. Robb married in the East Room of the White House. Johnson is the elder daughter of former President Lyndon Johnson and former First Lady Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson.
1971: Tricia Nixon & Edward Finch Cox
On June 12, 1971, Tricia Nixon and Edward Finch Cox married in the Rose Garden. Nixon is the elder daughter of former President Richard Nixon and former First Lady Patricia Nixon. Tricia and Cox have been together ever since.
2008: Jenna Bush & Henry Hager
There have only been four wedding receptions at the White House, with the latest on June 21, 2008. Jenna Bush and Henry Hager married a month prior in Texas, but with a lavish reception in the White House a month later. Former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush had a pair of twin girls named Barbara and Jenna.
2013: Pete Souza & Patti Lease
The most recent White House wedding took place on October 19, 2013. The Official White House Photographer Pete Souza and Patti Lease married in the Rose Garden in a very private ceremony.
2022: Naomi Biden & Peter Neal
On Nov 19, 2022, Joe Biden’s granddaughter Naomi Biden married Peter Neal on the South Lawn, marking it as the first White House wedding to take place on that part of the sprawling estate.
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