Naomi Biden, the granddaughter of the US president, married Peter Neal in the gardens of the White House

President Joe Biden’s granddaughter, Naomi Biden, and her fiancé, Peter Neal, are married on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP/Carolyn Kaster) (Carolyn Kaster/)

The president’s granddaughter Joe Biden, Naomi BidenY Peter Neal They were married this Saturday in the nineteenth wedding in the history of the White House. In an emotional ceremony, they exchanged vows on the South Lawn before dozens of family and friends.

The bride, who she was wearing a high-necked, long-sleeved dress with a very long veiland the groom said “I do” during a ceremony late in the morning under a radiant sun but with temperatures of about 4°C. The 250 guests sat in white folding chairs, some wearing scarves with their coats.

The newlyweds, who were dressed by the American fashion designer Ralph LaurenThey posed for photos afterwards on the balcony, the bride’s long veil flowing over the railing.

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The bride, who wore a long-sleeved, high-necked dress with a very long veil (AP) (Carolyn Kaster /)

The south side of the White House, facing the lawn and the Washington Monument in the distance, was decorated with wreaths and garlands of white flowers. The bride walked down a corridor that led from the Diplomatic Reception Room to an altar made up of bushes and white flowers.

Naomi Biden’s father Hunter Bidenshe sat in the front row on the side of the aisle, her youngest son, Beau, in her arms.

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

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Naomi Biden, 28, is a lawyer and Peter Neal, 25, from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, has recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (AP) (Evan Agostini /)

Naomi Biden28 years old, is lawyer in washington. His mother is Kathleen Buhle, Hunter’s first wife.

Peter Neal, 25, of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He works at the Law Center of the Georgetown University in Washington. His parents are doctors Mary C. and William “Bill” C. Neal, of Jackson Hole.

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

After the 20-somethings officially became husband and wife, their families and wedding party returned inside the White House for lunch, followed in the evening by a dessert reception and dancing.

In order to satisfy the interest of the public, the president and first lady, Jill Biden, issued a statement confirming the marriage of the first of their six grandchildren and promised to post photos.

President Biden and the first lady were among those attending the wedding rehearsal dinner, held Friday at the Renwick Gallery, steps from the White House. Neal’s parents were the hosts.

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The couple, who have been living in the White House, were introduced by a mutual friend about four years ago in New York City (AP) (Susan Walsh/)

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

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

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

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Tricia Nixon and her husband Edward Finch Cox walk down the aisle in the Rose Garden of the White House after their marriage, June 12, 1971 (AP)
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Photographs of brides married in the White House are displayed in the executive mansion in a display case in Washington (AP)

But nieces, a great-niece, a son and brothers of first ladies have also married there. A president, Grover Cleveland, was also married in the White House while he was in office.

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Newlyweds Luci Baines Johnson and Patrick J. Nugent kiss on the balcony of the White House in Washington, on August 6, 1966. (AP)

Some of the weddings allowed media coverage, while they were completely banned. Journalists were allowed into Tricia Nixon’s wedding to Ed Cox, the first to be held in the Rose Garden. Her wedding planner – a black three-ring binder in the offices of the White House Historical Association – includes extensive notes on the media plan.

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President Richard Nixon applauds as his daughter Tricia and her husband Edward Finch Cox cut a giant wedding cake at the White House on June 12, 1971 (AP) (Anonymous/)

But the May 1994 wedding of a brother of then-First Lady Hillary Clinton and the daughter of then-US Sen. Barbara Boxer – the first since Tricia Nixon’s marriage – was closed to the press. Clinton’s spokesman 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 following the small, private wedding in the Rose Garden.

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An issue of White House History Quarterly magazine featuring White House weddings, with a photograph of Linda Johnson’s wedding to Charles Robb, is seen next to a page of Tricia Nixon’s wedding diary, Tuesday, May 25. October 2022, at the White House Historical Association in Washington. (AP) (Jacquelyn Martin/)

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 declined its request for media coverage of the White House wedding. Naomi Biden. “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 taking place in the People’s House with the President as participant,” the WHCA board said in a statement.

Stewart McLaurin, president of the White House Historical Association, said it’s important to remember that first families are first and foremost families. “You have to respect their privacy and their wishes,” he said.

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

The wedding is only half of a great weekend for the Biden family. The president turns 80 on Sunday and family members in town will celebrate at a brunch hosted by the first lady.

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