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    MATT LAUER, co-host: We're back now at 8:08 with the fashion highlights from Chelsea Clinton 's big wedding . TODAY national corespondent Natalie Morales has the details. Natalie , good morning again.

    NATALIE MORALES reporting: Again. Good morning to you, Matt. Well, the world was waiting to see pictures of the beautiful bride and her dress of choice, and she did not disappoint. Chelsea Clinton said "I do" in a custom-made Vera Wang dress .

    Ms. BOBBIE THOMAS (Today Style Editor): It was a gorgeous dress . Lots of silk organza. It was fitted at the bodice. It fell into a beautiful ball skirt, and it was also pleated with tulle, cinched at the waist with an embellished belt. She kept her hair pulled back, the makeup simple, and very delicate jewelry accented the whole look. Traditional, topped off with the veil. Classic and simple, yet it still had that sort of fairy-tale element to it.

    MORALES: Vera Wang also made the gown for Ivanka Trump 's wedding last year. And the simplicity of Chelsea 's dress was reminiscent of the one that Narciso Rodriguez did for Carolyn Bessette 's marriage to John F. Kennedy Jr. For the Friday night rehearsal dinner, the mother of the bride, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton , wore a flowing green dress with a low V-neck, paired with a radiant smile. For the nuptials, Mrs. Clinton went for a dark fuchsia dress by her go-to designer.

    Ms. LINDSAY POWERS (Senior Editor, Us Weekly Magazine): Her mom, Hillary , opted for an Oscar de la Renta gown. He's a longtime family friend.

    MORALES: Before Saturday's wedding , there was a lot of speculation about who would design Chelsea 's wedding dress , Vera Wang or Oscar de la Renta . A number of Web sites favored Oscar de la Renta on the grounds that he makes clothes for the secretary of state . He designed her 1997 inaugural gown and Jenna Bush 's sleeveless lace wedding dress in 2008 . But last week we received a clue when Chelsea was photographed by Women's Wear Daily magazine arriving incognito to Vera Wang 's studio. The elated groom, Marc Mezvinsky , and the proud father of the bride , President Clinton , looked dapper in black suits by Burberry designer Christopher Bailey . But clearly, Chelsea Clinton shined the brightest on her big day .

    Ms. THOMAS: She just looked so happy. It was the definition of a blushing bride.

    MORALES: And while the cost of her dress is pure guesswork, some have speculated it to cost perhaps as much $20,000. And like modern brides, Chelsea changed dresses for the reception. It was another Vera Wang . We're told an ivory silk tulle Grecian dress with a crisscross back and a black grosgrain belt. Meanwhile, her bridesmaids wore strapless gowns in lavender chiffon with a plum-colored bow. Matt :

    LAUER: Yeah, last part just...

    MORALES: More than you needed to know.

    LAUER: Last part just went right over my head, Natalie , but that's OK. Colin Cowie is a celebrity event wedding planner, Rosemary Feitelberg is the New York correspondent for Women's Wear Daily , and Barry H. Landau is a presidential historian and the author of "The President's Table."

    Ladiesgentlemen , good morning to all of you.

    Mr. COLIN COWIE (Celebrity Event and Wedding Planner): Good morning, Matt.

    Ms. ROSEMARY FEITELBERG: Good morning.

    Mr. BARRY LANDAU (Author, "The President's Table"): Good morning.

    LAUER: Scale of one to 10. Why don't we start with you, Rosemary . Fashions of the day, what'd you think?

    Ms. FEITELBERG: I thought it was an exceptional wedding party and that Chelsea was a nine.

    LAUER: Yeah? Nine.

    Ms. FEITELBERG: Yeah.

    LAUER: How about you, Colin ?

    Mr. COWIE: I think she looked like a 10. I mean, we've seen Chelsea grow up. She was almost an awkward teen, and look how beautiful she looked and radiant she looked as she confidently walked down that aisle. Mr. LANDAU I have to up the ante. I think she was 10-plus.

    LAUER: Wow, that's great. OK, so everybody likes that.

    Mr. LANDAU: Yeah.

    LAUER: First of all, why haven't we seen photos of the bridesmaids and the -- and the groomsmen?

    Mr. COWIE: It's unbelievable how unbelievably secret and quiet they've been able to keep this. We don't know -- we know very little about this wedding . And not only were the vendors who signed in did, but it seemed like every one of the guests has been very reticent not to talk about this.

    Ms. FEITELBERG: And...

    LAUER: What are -- go ahead.

    Ms. FEITELBERG: Also the party line seems to be that the couple prefers to keep their privacy, and everyone that we spoke to -- we probably approached 60 to 70 guests, 30 different people who had been involved with the planning of the wedding , and everyone seemed to have the same response.

    LAUER: And except for the fact that it makes it tough on a television show because we rely on images, this idea that they're not releasing photos of the -- of the bridesmaids and the groomsmen, it protects their privacy as well. Because what did they do other than become friends of these two people?

    Mr. COWIE: Exactly.

    Mr. LANDAU: Matt -- yeah.

    Mr. COWIE: But, you know, when you think about it , there's always so much -- celebrity draws so much in this country and everybody wants these pictures . And they were very smart to have handed out an official picture. And the president of the United States is the only person to close down the airspace. If it wasn't for that and there were helicopters, we would have seen a whole lot more.

    Mr. LANDAU: Well, they closed it down really as Hillary Clinton was secretary of state . But also, you know, Chelsea grew up, she was a very loving daughter, and I think she felt that at times the media might not have been as fair to her parents. Therefore, she wasn't really going to go out of her way...

    LAUER: To do things for the media.

    Mr. LANDAU: Yeah.

    LAUER: No question.

    Mr. LANDAU: I mean, she's a loving, loving girl.

    LAUER: Rosemary , what'd you think of Hillary Clinton 's outfit?

    Mr. FEITELBERG: I thought it was lovely. She chose two very vibrant part -- excuse me, colors. The ombre Oscar de la Renta on Saturday was particularly striking.

    LAUER: And Bill Clinton . I mean, I did see a photo of him walking Chelsea down the aisle; it was on the cover of many of the newspapers. Thin.

    Mr. COWIE: Looking very thin, absolutely. Thinner than we've seen in a long time.

    LAUER: And conservative in that black suit .

    Mr. COWIE: Yeah. Yeah.

    LAUER: I guess we wouldn't have expected him in the white tux with the blue bow tie that I wore in -- at my high school prom.

    Mr. COWIE: Definitely not.

    LAUER: It wouldn't be fitting for the occasion, though, right?

    Mr. COWIE: That's true. You know the beautiful thing about this, you look at these pictures , in 20 years time you'll say, `This is timeless beauty and timeless elegance.'

    LAUER: Let me ask you about the reports the week or so or two weeks before the wedding -- and you can all chime on this -- we were supposed to see Oprah and Barbra Streisand and all these other people.

    Mr. LANDAU: Pure speculation.

    LAUER: They were not there.

    Mr. COWIE: I don't think they were invited. I think -- I think because of the celebrity of this wedding we were expecting to be completely studded with

    celebrities. And to your point, I mean, this was really about them being with their close family and friends.

    Ms. FEITELBERG: And also the lack of information seemed to kick up the rumor mill considerably.

    Mr. COWIE: Yea.

    Mr. LANDAU: You know, Mary Steenburgen said something so beautiful about Chelsea and she said, `Everybody notices a bride as she comes down the aisle. The thing about Chelsea is they remember her after she's left the room.' And that's beautiful. So poignant and...

    Ms. FEITELBERG: Yeah.

    LAUER: It's tack -- it's tacky to talk about money, and yet when these things happen everybody does. I mean, the estimates of what this wedding must have cost are in the millions and millions of dollars. And some have criticized that high price tag. And as a wedding planner you're probably going, `Don't criticize that.'

    Mr. COWIE: No, welcome in this industry.

    LAUER: Exactly. But as being too much money to spend in a bad economy, I look at it as -- it's their money, it's not taxpayer money.

    Mr. COWIE: You know, I think President Clinton , Secretary of State Clinton have made so much -- so many incredible contributions to our life and society that they deserve to have their daughter go down the aisle in peace the way they wanted and spend the money the way they want to do it. Besides, it's very good for our industry, Matt.

    Mr. LANDAU: And the Clinton Foundation does wonderful, wonderful work, and it's not like they had money their whole life. I mean, finally they're in a position, fiscally, to do wonderful things. And why not?

    LAUER: It's...

    Mr. LANDAU: And they've also helped the economy.

    Mr. COWIE: Yeah.

    Mr. LANDAU: The caterers...

    LAUER: It's the Clinton stimulus plan, right? I think that's good.

    Mr. COWIE: Exactly. It's the Clinton wedding stimulus plan.

    LAUER: You know, he...

    Mr. LANDAU: You know, Matt , I brought a little something to show you. This was the personal bridesmaid president that Jacqueline Kennedy gave to all her bridesmaids when she got married in 1953 . And on the front of it has her initials, Jacqueline Lee Bouvier . And the back of it is quite unique. It says, " Jacqueline Lee Bouvier , Senator John F. Kennedy , June 12th , 1953 ..."

    LAUER: Nice.

    Mr. COWIE: Yeah.

    Mr. LANDAU: "...St. Mary's Church."

    LAUER: Very pretty.

    Mr. LANDAU: Yeah.

    LAUER: Nice.

    Ms. FEITELBERG: Hm.

    LAUER: We don't know what Chelsea gave to her bridesmaids.

    Mr. COWIE: We're probably never going to find out.

    LAUER: We probably never will.

    Ms. FEITELBERG: Yeah. We were told that the guests received Clinton Vineyards wine, so.

    Mr. COWIE: Yeah.

    LAUER: Right, yeah. We saw that and had that, great.

    Mr. COWIE: Which has got nothing to do with the Clintons .

    Ms. FEITELBERG: Yeah.

    Mr. COWIE: They just happen to have the same name.

    LAUER: All right, guys, thank you very much for wrapping up the wedding of the decade.

Image: Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton walking down aisle
Genevieve De Manio  /  AFP - Getty Images
Former President Bill Clinton walks his daughter, Chelsea Clinton, down the aisle at her wedding ceremony on Saturday in Rhinebeck, N.Y.
TODAY staff and wire
updated 8/2/2010 2:02:15 PM ET 2010-08-02T18:02:15

It was high society inside and high security outside as Chelsea Clinton wed her longtime boyfriend at an elegant estate in a Hudson River village.

Despite the veil of secrecy, several details about the lavish ceremony, which was located at a riverside estate in Rhinebeck, New York, began to leak by Monday morning.

During the reception, Bill Clinton toasted his son-in-law, investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, joking that he was "looking forward to having some company because I'm outnumbered," Women's Wear Daily.

The former president then turned to a more serious tone about raising Chelsea with Hillary Rodham Clinton. "Despite the fact that we have had interesting careers, we still consider the most important job we ever had to being the parents of Chelsea."

He made it through the toast without shedding a tear, but choked up while dancing to Frank Sinatra with Chelesa, multiple sources reported.

The reception included a menu of farm-fresh salad, risotto, beef short ribs and grilled fish, multiple sources reported.

After dinner, it seems the Clinton's threw quite the party. The gluten-free cake — which was made by La Tulipe Bakery in New York City — wasn't cut until after midnight and the reception lasted until 3 a.m., People magazine said.

As reported earlier, Chelsea Clinton, wearing a Vera Wang strapless white gown with a full skirt and silver beading around the waist and carrying a bouquet of white flowers, was escorted down the aisle by her father. The former president and the groom wore dark suits, while the mother of the bride wore a fuchsia dress by Oscar de la Renta.

It is estimated that hundreds of guests gathered at the historic estate near the end of a near-perfect summer day of warm temperatures, blue skies and cottony clouds. The ceremony was conducted by a rabbi and a reverend as Chelsea Clinton is Methodist and Mezvinsky is Jewish, and included a poem by Leo Marks titled, "The Life That I Have," according to the family.

There's been no word yet on where the newly married couple plans to honeymoon.

Image: Mark Mezvinsky and Chelsea Clinton on wedding day
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Mark Mezvinsky and Chelsea Clinton wed Saturday in a ceremony that honored both Jewish and Christian traditions.

Consistent with Chelsea Clinton's desire for privacy, the family had released no details of the wedding beyond the date before the ceremony. They issued only a short statement announcing that their daughter exchanged vows, and a few photographs were later released to media outlets.

"Today, we watched with great pride and overwhelming emotion as Chelsea and Marc wed in a beautiful ceremony at Astor Courts, surrounded by family and their close friends," the Clintons said. "We could not have asked for a more perfect day to celebrate the beginning of their life together, and we are so happy to welcome Marc into our family. On behalf of the newlyweds, we want to give special thanks to the people of Rhinebeck for welcoming us and to everyone for their well-wishes on this special day."

Despite the privacy, the scope of the event became apparent when more than a half-dozen busloads of wedding guests — men in black tie, women in dresses — were transported from a hotel in the village to the riverside ceremony as gawkers looked on.

The road to Astor Courts was blocked off Saturday — neighbors received bottles of wine for their troubles — and the sky above was declared a no-fly zone by federal aviation officials. Police and security guards fanned out around this usually sleepy town.

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Spectators spot celebrities
Celebrities spotted in Rhinebeck for the event included actors Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen; fashion designer Vera Wang; Madeleine Albright, who was secretary of state during Bill Clinton's second term as president; and Terry McAuliffe, former Democratic National Committee chairman. The former president's half brother, Roger Clinton, was spotted early Saturday afternoon with his son Tyler, picking up food at a restaurant.

Reporters, who had been searching for celebrities in vain for most of the day, quickly zeroed in on Danson and Steenburgen, prompting Danson to ask, "Are we the only celebrities in town?

Celebrity seekers jockeyed with reporters for sidewalk space over most of the day too. Donna Vena drove 50 miles to Rhinebeck from her home of Mount Kisco, N.Y., in the hopes of spotting a celebrity.

"Why not?" she asked Saturday morning, a camera slung over her shoulder. "Big story. Maybe see Oprah."

Nearby, two young women passed out slices of pizza with "I do" written in pepperoni.

Image: Mark Mezvinsky, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and Bill Clinton together at wedding
Barbara Kinney  /  AFP - Getty Images
Former President Bill Clinton, far right, and wife Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, second from left, are pictured with their daughter Chelsea Clinton and Chelsea's new husband, Marc Mezvinsky, far left. The bride wore a gown designed by Vera Wang, and the mother of the bride wore a fuchsia dress designed by Oscar de la Renta.

Meanwhile, a longtime Clinton family friend denied that the wedding would cost more than $1 million. The friend, who spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with the family's desire for privacy, said the cost will not exceed six figures. Wedding experts said on TODAY that the wedding could cost $2 million to $5 million.

'We love it here'
On Friday, there were sightings of Bill Clinton and his wife, a former U.S. senator from New York and current secretary of state.

Hundreds of people gathered outside the hotel where many of the guests stayed were rewarded Friday night when the pair exited a van arm-in-arm outside the Beekman Arms Hotel.

Shortly before 11 p.m., the former first lady, wearing a long green dress, waved to the cheering crowd waiting behind metal barricades and quickly went into the hotel. She left with the former president about a half-hour later.

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Earlier Friday, Bill Clinton made an appearance around lunchtime, popping out of a car and walking a few blocks, greeting people on his way to a restaurant. Looking fit and relaxed in blue jeans and a black knit shirt, he gave easy answers to questions shouted by well-wishers and reporters.

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"We're all fine. We love it here," he said, when asked how he was. "Chelsea loves the area as well."

And what do you think of Mr. Mezvinsky, Mr. President, someone asked.

"I like him very much," Clinton said. "I really do. I admire him. Hillary feels the same way."

Chelsea Clinton and Mezvinsky were friends as teenagers in Washington, and both attended Stanford University. They now live in New York, where Mezvinsky works at G3 Capital, a Manhattan hedge fund. Mezvinsky worked previously at Goldman Sachs as an investment banker.

Clinton completed her master's degree in public health earlier this year at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

Mezvinsky is a son of former U.S. Reps. Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky of Pennsylvania and Ed Mezvinsky of Iowa, longtime friends of the Clintons. His parents are divorced.

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Photos: Chelsea Clinton’s ‘royal wedding’

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  1. The happy couple

    Marc Mezvinsky and Chelsea Clinton wed at an outdoor ceremony at the Astor Courts estate on Saturday, July 31 in Rhinebeck, N.Y. The wedding took place on a near-perfect summer day of warm temperatures, blue skies and cottony clouds.

    The Clinton-Mezvinsky wedding has been characterized by wedding planners and other observers as a "royal wedding for the U.S." (Handout / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Father and daughter

    Former President Bill Clinton walks his daughter, Chelsea Clinton, down the aisle. "Today, we watched with great pride and overwhelming emotion as Chelsea and Marc wed in a beautiful ceremony at Astor Courts, surrounded by family and their close friends," he and Hillary Clinton said in a statement after the ceremony. "We could not have asked for a more perfect day to celebrate the beginning of their life together, and we are so happy to welcome Marc into our family." (Genevieve De Manio / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. An interfaith ceremony

    Mark Mezvinsky and Chelsea Clinton made sure their wedding ceremony honored both Jewish and Christian traditions. Mezvinsky is Jewish and Clinton is Methodist. (Genevieve De Manio / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Family portrait

    Former President Bill Clinton, far right, and wife Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, second from left, are pictured with their daughter Chelsea Clinton and Chelsea's new husband, Marc Mezvinsky, far left. The bride wore a gown designed by Vera Wang, and the mother of the bride wore Oscar de la Renta. (Barbara Kinney / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Husband and wife

    In this handout image provided by Barbara Kinney, Marc Mezvinsky and Chelsea Clinton pose at their July 31 wedding at the Astor Courts estate in Rhinebeck, N.Y. Clinton and Mezvinsky were friends as teenagers in Washington, and both attended Stanford University. They now live in New York, where Mezvinsky works at a Manhattan hedge fund. (Handout / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. All dressed up

    Wedding guests wait for a shuttle ride to Chelsea Clinton's and Marc Mezvinsky's wedding in Rhinebeck, N.Y., on Saturday, July 31. (Mike Groll / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Sneaking a peek

    Spectators try to see wedding guests as they load into a shuttle bus before the wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky on Saturday, July 31 in Rhinebeck, N.Y. (Bryan Bedder / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Coming through

    A wedding guest makes her way through the press as she walks toward a shuttle bus on the day of Chelsea Clinton's nuptials in Rhinebeck, N.Y. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Height of fashion

    Fashion designer Vera Wang avoids questions from the media in downtown Rhinebeck, N.Y., on Saturday, July 31. Chelsea Clinton was spotted outside Wang’s New York City bridal shop on Tuesday afternoon -- leading to speculation that Wang was designing her wedding gown, not Oscar de la Renta as expected. (Andrew Gombert / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Excited onlookers

    People stand outside the Delamater Inn waiting for guests to emerge in Rhinebeck, N.Y., for the wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky on Saturday, July 31. (Mike Groll / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Celebrities arrive

    Actor Ted Danson and wife Mary Steenburgen arrive at the Delamater Inn. "I knew [Chelsea] since she was a baby so this is a big moment," said Steenburgen, who wed Danson in 1995. "She's a lovely, lovely girl." (Mike Groll / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Strolling through Rhinebeck

    Real estate developer and movie producer Steve Bing walks around Rhinebeck the morning of the wedding. (Andrew Gombert / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Proud parents

    Bill and Hillary Clinton leave a party in honor of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky on Friday night, July 30, in Rhinebeck. Instead of one of her signature pantsuits, Hillary Clinton wore a flowing, printed caftan. (Mary Altaffer / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Crowds converge

    People gather outside the Beekman Arms Inn to catch a glimpse of guests arriving for a party in honor of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky on Friday, July 30, in Rhinebeck. (Mary Altaffer / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Heads of State

    Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright waves as she leaves a party for Chelsea Clinton in Rhinebeck, N.Y., on Friday, July 30. (Jessica Rinaldi / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Guests' digs

    An American flag is unfurled at the Beekman Arms Inn on July 30, in Rhinebeck, N.Y. Many Chelsea Clinton wedding guests are rumored to be staying there. (Mario Tama / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Father of the bride

    Former President Bill Clinton walks down the streets of Rhinebeck, N.Y., on July 30, 2010, the day before his daughter Chelsea's wedding. (Andrew Gombert / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Well-wishers

    The day before Chelsea Clinton's July 31 wedding to Marc Mezvinsky, children in Rhinebeck, N.Y., wave from a bus decorated with a sign congratulating the bride- and groom-to-be. (Mary Altaffer / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. A gala affair

    The town of Rhinebeck, N.Y., has been preparing for the biggest social event of the year. The wedding took place at Astor Courts, a Beaux Arts riverside estate that was sealed off from the general public on the big day. (Bruce Buck / for The New York Times) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Picture perfect

    The Astor Courts estate is located on the Hudson River near the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge, about two hours north of New York City. (Bruce Buck / for The New York Times) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Paparazzi-proof?

    To ensure privacy on the big day, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a temporary no-fly zone for the area around Astor Courts. (Mike Groll / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Gorgeous views

    The former estate of John Jacob Astor IV has breathtaking mountain and river views and is situated about 70 miles away from the Clintons' family home in Chappaqua, N.Y. (Mike Groll / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. A town's excitement

    A man walks on East Market Street in Rhinebeck, where a sign hangs congratulating the couple. (Mike Groll / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. History and style

    The mansion on the Astor Courts property was designed by American architect Stanford White and completed in 1904. Its original owner, John Jacob Astor IV, died in the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. (Mike Groll / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Home sweet home

    Astor Courts is home to Clinton supporters Kathleen Hammer and Arthur Seelbinder, and was listed for $12 million until it was taken off the market in July. (Bruce Buck / for The New York Times) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Breathing room

    The main living area of Astor Courts has five bedrooms and more than 15,000 square feet of space. (Bruce Buck / for The New York Times) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Amenities galore

    The entire estate is 40,000 square feet and boasts herringbone floors, an indoor pool and an indoor clay tennis court. (Bruce Buck / for The New York Times) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Furry fan

    A mascot from the Hudson Valley Renegades baseball team holds a sign on East Market Street. Locals have been abuzz about the wedding, which reportedly will cost between $2 million and $5 million -- although a longtime Clinton family friend denied that the wedding would cost more than $1 million. (Stan Honda / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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Explainer: Presidential weddings

  • Image: "All the Presidents' Children" book cover

    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.

    In his book "All the Presidents' Children," author and former George H.W. Bush aide Doug Wead expounds on the rich history of White House families.

    For a peek at portraits of the first children and their nuptials, click through our interactive.

  • Jenna Bush

    Image: George W. Bush and daughter Jenna Bush
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    Henry Hager, a former intern for Karl Rove, proposed to presidential twin Jenna Bush at Acadia National Park in Maine on August 15, 2007.

    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.

  • Dorothy Bush

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    The last child of a president to be married while her father was in office was Dorothy Bush, daughter of George Herbert Walker Bush.

    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.

  • Trixia Nixon

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    Patricia "Tricia" Nixon, daughter of Richard M. Nixon and his wife, Patricia Ryan Nixon, was married to Harvard law student Edward Finch Cox in the Rose Garden in 1971. According to Life magazine, the bride was escorted down the aisle by her father in a wedding "akin to American royalty."

    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 Nixon

    Image: Julie Nixon
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    Unlike her sister Tricia's large and elaborate White House Wedding, Julie Nixon opted for a small and private 15-minute ceremony with presidential grandson, Dwight David Eisenhower II.

    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.

  • The Roosevelts

    Image: First lady Eleanor Roosevelt with her five children.
    First lady Eleanor Roosevelt is pictured with her five children.
    President Franklin Delano Roosevelt would serve as president for more than 12 years, dying in office after winning a record fourth term.

    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.

  • Alice Roosevelt

    Image: Alice Roosevelt
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    In 1906, Alice Roosevelt, the oldest child of Theodore Roosevelt, was married to Republican Congressman Nicholas Longworth in a White House wedding.

    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.”

  • Jessie Wilson

    Image: Jessie Wilson
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    Jessie Wilson, left, daughter of Woodrow Wilson, was married in a high profile wedding. The groom was an hour late because the White House guards refused to believe his story and let him in.

    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.

  • Nellie Grant

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    In 1874, Nellie Grant, the only daughter of President Ulysses S. Grant, was married to Englishman Algernon Sartoris in the first high profile American wedding.

    Grant, who worshipped his daughter, had his eyes to the floor and wept throughout the ceremony.

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