Explainer: Presidential weddings
White House weddings have come a long way from the modest affair of Maria Monroe, the first child to wed while her father was president. Her private nuptials, over 188 years ago, received very little press — just a 34-word mention in a Washington paper.
Flash forward 21 presidential weddings later and Jenna Bush’s lavish nuptials at the Bush family’s 1,600-acre ranch was an event covered by nearly every outlet.
Only nine were actually wed at the White House: Maria Monroe, John Adams, Elizabeth Tyler, Nellie Grant, Alice Roosevelt, Jessie Wilson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Lynda Bird Johnson, and Tricia Nixon — who had her wedding broadcast live.
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The two met during President Bush’s 2004 presidential campaign, where they bonded over their love of the outdoors — a passion that influenced their wedding style.
The couple got married May 10, 2008 at an informal, outdoor affair, at the Bush family ranch in Crawford, Texas.
Married for the second time in 1992 to Robert P. Koch, a former aide to House Democratic leader Richard Gephardt, Dorothy was also the only presidential child to have her nuptials at Camp David.
In fact, Nixon’s wedding was so extravagant that her father noted that they needed a seven-foot tall cake just to feed everyone, including the 600 journalists!
Julie's wedding was in December, just a few weeks after Nixon had won the presidency.
Julie and Dwight met met at the 1956 Republican National Convention.
All of his children would be married while he was in office, and Elliot would be married twice. Eventually, the five Roosevelt children would have 19 marriages between them.
A controversial figure, Alice was a wild and outspoken woman who smoked, partied and held the personal motto: “If you haven't got anything good to say about anybody, come sit next to me.”
Eleanor "Nellie" Wilson, right, would marry a member of her father's own cabinet, William McAdoo, who in 1924, started as the front runner for the Democrat presidential nomination.
Grant, who worshipped his daughter, had his eyes to the floor and wept throughout the ceremony.
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