White House to Host Wedding

Naomi Biden and Peter Neal plan first ceremony ever on South Lawn
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 14, 2022 7:10 PM CST
Biden Granddaughter to Marry at White House
Marines Capt. Charles Robb and Lynda Bird Johnson, center, pose for a photo with their parents in the Yellow Oval Room in the White House in Washington on Dec. 9, 1967. Standing from left are first lady Lady Bird Johnson, President Lyndon B. Johnson, the bride and groom, James S. Robb and Frances Robb.   (AP Photo, File)

"Here Comes the Bride" will be heard at the White House once again. Naomi Biden, the granddaughter of President Biden, and Peter Neal are getting married on the South Lawn on Saturday in what will be the 19th wedding in White House history, the AP reports. It will be the first wedding with a president's granddaughter as the bride, and the first one in that location, according to the White House Historical Association. A mutual friend set up Naomi Biden, 28, and Neal, 25, about four years ago in New York City, and the White House said they have been together ever since. Naomi Biden is a lawyer; her father is Hunter Biden. Neal recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's law school. The couple lives in Washington.

Nine of the 18 documented White House weddings were for a president's daughter—most recently Richard Nixon's daughter, Tricia, in 1971, and Lyndon B. Johnson's daughter, Lynda, in 1967. But nieces, a grandniece, a son and first ladies' siblings have also gotten married there. One president, Grover Cleveland, tied the knot there, too, while in office. First lady Jill Biden said she's excited to see her granddaughter "planning her wedding, making her choices, becoming, you know, just coming into her own, and she's just so beautiful." Stewart McLaurin, president of the historical association, said special occasions at the White House aren't soon forgotten. "If you were to have the privilege of celebrating a holiday there or a special occasion in your life, like a wedding, it is a very memorable occasion," he said.

Five weddings were held in the East Room, four in the Blue Room, and two in the Rose Garden, steps from the Oval Office. In June 1971, 400 guests watched as Nixon walked Tricia down the steps of the South Portico to a waiting Edward Cox, and the couple exchanged vows in a gazebo set up in the Rose Garden for the first wedding ceremony ever held there. Lynda Johnson Robb said she never thought about a White House wedding, but she married Marine Capt. Charles Robb there in December 1967. The year before, her sister, Luci, had a Roman Catholic church wedding in Washington. "We had to get married sooner than I would have liked because he was going to be going to Vietnam, and so we wanted to be married a little while, and that was just three months before he left," Lynda Johnson Robb said on a White House Historical Association podcast in 2018.

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