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Biden’s granddaughter Naomi ties knot in White House wedding

President Joe Bidens granddaughter Naomi Biden and Peter Neal tied the knot on Saturday 19th marriage in White House historyexchanging vows on the South Lawn in unusually cold temperatures in front of dozens of family and friends.

The bride, who wore a high-necked, long-sleeved dress with a train and veil, and the groom exchanged “I do’s” during a spirited late-morning ceremony in bright sunshine but with temperatures hovering around 40 degrees. The guests, seated on white folding chairs, wore coats and scarves.

The south side of the White House, overlooking the lawn and the Washington Monument in the distance, was decorated with wreaths and streamers of white flowers. The bride walked down an aisle that led from the diplomatic reception room to an altar of shrubs and white flowers.

Naomi Biden’s father, Hunter Biden, sat in the front row on one side of the aisle, holding his infant son, Beau.

It is the first White House wedding to feature a president’s granddaughter as the bride, and the first ever on the South Lawn.

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

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The public doesn’t see any of the festivities, unlike some previous White House weddings. Naomi Biden and Neal decided to keep journalists out, even though the ceremony took place outside on the grounds of what the president and first lady call the “house of the people.”

Naomi Biden, 28, is an attorney in Washington. Her mother is Kathleen Buhle, Hunter’s first wife.

Neal, 25, from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania law school. He works at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington. His parents are Drs. Mary C. and William “Bill” C. Neal of Jackson Hole.

The couple, who live in the White House, were set up about four years ago by a mutual friend in New York City and have been together ever since, according to the White House. Neal proposed in September 2021 near his childhood home in Jackson Hole with a ring that reuses the band from his grandmother’s engagement ring, the White House said.

After the over-20s officially became husband and wife, their families and the wedding party came out of the cold and headed back to the White House for lunch, which would be followed in the evening by a dessert-and-dance reception, according to a report. person who is familiar with the planning and was not authorized to discuss the wedding schedule publicly.

Some other details were released ahead of the ceremony.

To address public interest, the president and first lady Jill Biden planned to issue a statement and release photos after the first of their six grandchildren tied the knot, the White House said.

“Congratulations Naomi and Peter! We love you,” Mr. Biden and the first lady tweeted together after the ceremony, along with a photo of them both with the newlyweds.

President Biden and the first lady were among those who attended Friday’s pre-wedding rehearsal dinner at the Renwick Gallery, just steps from the White House. Neal’s parents hosted.

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

“Naomi Biden and Peter’s wedding is a private wedding,” Karine Jean-Pierre, the president’s chief spokesperson, said Friday. “It’s a family matter and Naomi and Peter have asked for their wedding to be held in front of the media and we respect their wishes.”

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

But nieces, a great-niece, a son and brothers and sisters of first ladies are also married there. One president, Grover Cleveland, also tied the knot at the White House while in office.

Some weddings were open to news media coverage, others not at all.

FILE – President Richard Nixon applauds as his daughter Tricia and her husband Edward Finch Cox cut a giant wedding cake at the White House, June 12, 1971. (AP Photo, File)

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Journalists were admitted to Tricia Nixon’s wedding to Ed Cox, the first wedding held at the Rose Garden. Her wedding planner — a three-ring black binder in the offices of the White House Historical Association — contains extensive notes on the media plan.

But the May 1994 wedding of a brother of then-first lady Hillary Clinton and the daughter of then-US Senator Barbara Boxer—the first since Tricia Nixon’s marriage—was not open to the press. Clinton’s spokesperson 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 after the small, private wedding in the Rose Garden.

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 rejected his request for press coverage of Naomi Biden’s wedding.

“Weddings at the White House have been in the press throughout history, and the First Family’s desire for privacy must be weighed against public interest in an event taking place at the People’s House with the president as a participant,” the WHCA said. board in a statement.

Stewart McLaurin, president of the White House Historical Association, said it’s important to remember that families are families first and foremost.

“Their privacy must be respected, their wishes must be respected,” he said.

The wedding is just half of a big weekend for the Biden family. The president turns 80 on Sunday and relatives in the city will celebrate at a brunch hosted by the first lady.

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