Biden’s granddaughter Naomi tied the knot at the White House wedding

Biden’s granddaughter Naomi tied the knot at the White House wedding

the president Joe Biden’s Granddaughter Naomi Biden and Peter Neill were married on Saturday 19th marriage in White House historyExchanging vows on the South Lawn in unseasonably cool temperatures in front of many 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 nippy ceremony in bright late-morning sunshine but temperatures in the low 40s. Guests seated in white folding chairs wore coats and scarves.

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

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

This is the first White House wedding with a presidential granddaughter as a bride and the first on the South Lawn.

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File – Newlywed Marine Corps Capt. Charles S. Rob and Linda Byrd Johnson, center, pose for a photo with their parents in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House in Washington, Dec. 9, 1967. Standing left to right are First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, President Lyndon B. Johnson, bride and groom James S. Robb and Frances Robb. (AP Photo, File)


Unlike some past White House weddings, the public is seeing nothing of the festivities. Naomi Biden and Neill decided to keep reporters out, even though the event was outside because the president and first lady called it “the people’s house.”

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

Neal, 25, of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, recently graduated from Pennsylvania Law School. He works at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington. His parents Dr. 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 in New York City about four years ago and have been together ever since, the White House said. According to the White House, Neil proposed in September 2021 near his childhood home in Jackson Hole with a ring that recreated the band from his grandmother’s engagement ring.

After the 20-somethings officially became husband and wife, their families and wedding parties came out of the cold and headed back inside the White House for lunch, followed by a sweet-and-dancing reception in the evening. to a person familiar with the plans who was not authorized to publicly discuss the wedding schedule.

Few other details were revealed before the event.

To accommodate the 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 co-tweeted after the ceremony, along with a photo of the two of them with the newlyweds.

President Biden and the first lady were among those attending the wedding rehearsal at the Renwick Gallery from the White House on Friday. Hosted by Neil’s parents.

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

“Naomi Biden and Peter’s marriage is a private one,” presidential spokeswoman Karin Jean-Pierre said Friday. “This is a family event and Naomi and Peter have asked to keep their wedding closed to the media and we respect their wishes.”

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

However, nieces, granddaughters, a son and first female siblings also married there. One president, Grover Cleveland, also tied the knot at the White House while in office.

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

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


Reporters were allowed into Tricia Nixon’s wedding to Ed Cox, the first wedding held in the Rose Garden. Her wedding planner — a three-ring black binder in the office of the White House Historical Association — includes extensive notes on media plans.

But the May 1994 wedding of then-First Lady Hillary Clinton’s brother and daughter of then-U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer — the first since Tricia Nixon’s — was closed to the press. A Clinton spokesman later commented and the White House released a photo.

Such was the case at the October 2013 wedding of President Barack Obama’s official photographer, Pete Souza, and his longtime partner, Patty Leese. The White House announced the wedding in a statement after a 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 for press coverage of 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 against the public interest in an event that takes place in the People’s House as the president attends,” the WHCA board said in a statement.

Stuart 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 just one half of a big weekend for the Biden family. The president’s 80th birthday is Sunday and family members in the city will celebrate him at a brunch hosted by the first lady.

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