Today, President Joe Biden's eldest grandchild Naomi Biden joined a small group of brides to marry at America's most famous residence: the White House. She tied the knot with Peter Neal on the South Lawn this morning, surrounded by friends and family.
This morning's ceremony will be followed by a brunch for close family and the wedding party, and tonight, the newlyweds will celebrate with a reception of dessert and dancing at the White House.
"The wedding of Naomi Biden and Peter is a private family event. Naomi and Peter have asked that their wedding be a closed to the media and we are respecting their wishes. This is something that the couple has decided," White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said yesterday.
Naomi and Peter met through a mutual friend in New York City in June 2018, and quickly hit it off. They got engaged in Peter's hometown of Jackson Hole, Wyoming in September 2021, with an engagement ring created by Shah & Shah Distinctive Jewelers in D.C., that featured an emerald-cut diamond and a band from Peter's grandmother's engagement ring.
When he was looking for the ring, jeweler Colin Shah told the Washington Post, "He brought both her sisters down from college, they came and looked at everything. He was really sweet throughout. He wanted to make sure he was getting a beautiful, high-quality stone. He wanted to make sure it was something she liked. He was excited."
The wedding was paid for by the Biden family. "Consistent with other private events hosted by the first family and following the traditions of previous White House wedding festivities in prior administrations, the Biden family will be paying for the wedding activities that occur at the White House," Elizabeth Alexander, First Lady Jill Biden's communications director, said.
Naomi and Peter's wedding is the first major White House wedding since Richard Nixon's daughter Tricia Nixon married Edward Finch Cox in the Rose Garden in June 1971. The first wedding at the White House was when Lucy Payne Washington, the sister of First Lady Dolley Madison, married Justice Thomas Todd of the United States Supreme Court in March 1812. (More on the history of White House weddings here.)
It's a festive weekend for the Biden family; tomorrow, President Joe Biden celebrates his 80th birthday.
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