Biden’s granddaughter, Naomi, was married at the White House wedding

President Joe Biden’s granddaughter Naomi Biden and Peter Neill just got married on Saturday 19th wedding in White House historyexchanging vows on the South Lawn in unseasonably cold temperatures in front of dozens of family and friends.

The bride, who wore a long-sleeved, high-neck gown with a train and veil, and the groom exchanged “I do’s” during a graceful late-morning ceremony under bright sunshine but temperatures in the 40s. The guests, seated in white folding chairs, wore coats and scarves.

The south side of the White House, overlooking the lawn and the Washington Monument in the background, was decorated with wreaths and garlands bearing white flowers. The bride walked along an aisle that led from the Diplomatic Reception Hall to an altar of bushes and white flowers.

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

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

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FILE – Newlyweds 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 from left are First Lady Bird Johnson, President Lyndon B. Johnson, son-in-law, James S. Robb and Frances Robb. (AP Photo, File)

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The public does not see any of the celebrations, unlike some previous White House weddings. Naomi Biden and Neil decided to keep reporters out, even though the ceremony was outdoors, based in what the president and first lady call “the people’s house.”

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

Neal, 25, of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s law school. He works at the 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 by a mutual friend about four years ago in New York and have been together ever since, the White House said. Neal proposed in September 2021 near his childhood home in Jackson Hole with a ring that changed the band of his grandmother’s engagement ring, according to the White House.

After the 20-somethings officially became husband and wife, their families and wedding party escaped the cold and returned to the White House for lunch, which will be followed by an evening dessert reception and dance, according to a person familiar with the planning who was not was authorized to publicly discuss the marriage program.

Few other details were released before the ceremony.

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

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

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

“Naomi Biden and Peter’s wedding is private,” Karine Jean-Pierre, the president’s chief spokeswoman, said Friday. “It is a family event and Naomi and Peter have asked that their wedding be closed to the media and we respect their wishes.”

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

But nieces, a granddaughter, a son and the brothers of the first ladies have also married there. One president, Grover Cleveland, was also married in the White House while in office.

Some of the weddings were open for media coverage, while others were 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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Reporters were allowed at Tricia Nixon’s wedding to Ed Cox, the first wedding to take place in the Rose Garden. Her wedding—a black three-ring binder in the offices of the White House Historical Association—includes 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-U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer — the first since Tricia Nixon’s wedding — was closed to the press. Clinton’s spokesman commented afterward, and the White House released a photo.

The same thing happened at the October 2013 wedding of Pete Souza, President Barack Obama’s official photographer, and his longtime partner, Patti Lacy. The White House announced the marriage 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 denied its request to cover Naomi Biden’s wedding.

“White House weddings have been covered by the press throughout history, and the first family’s desire for privacy must be balanced with the public’s interest in an event that will take place in the People’s House with the president as an attendee,” the administration said. WHCA board in a statement.

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

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

The wedding is only half of a long weekend for the Biden family. The president’s 80th birthday is on Sunday and family members in town will celebrate him at a brunch hosted by the first lady.

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