Jenna Bush Marries at Texas Ranch
Sunday, May 11, 2008
CRAWFORD, Tex., May 10 -- President Bush gave away his daughter Jenna in marriage Saturday night, in a private sunset ceremony under hazy skies on his 1,600-acre ranch.
Jenna, 26, exchanged vows with Richmond native Henry Hager, 30, before about 200 family members and close friends. Afterward, according to the Bush family's super-guarded plans, they were to gather for dinner and dancing under a tent at the ranch.
It was the 23rd time that a child of a sitting chief executive had gotten married, and the first since 1992, when President George H.W. Bush's daughter Doro wed in a private ceremony at Camp David. Despite a flood of reporters clamoring for information, White House officials doled out only a few tidbits Saturday, citing the family's desire to keep the event private.
"Some details just will not be reported," said Sally McDonough, Laura Bush's press secretary.
What is known, according to details released from the White House:
· The bride wore a white silk organza embroidered gown by Oscar de la Renta, a favorite of the first lady. He also designed a deep turquoise mother-of-the-bride gown; the groom, like the other men in the wedding, wore a suit rather than black tie.
· It was a Texas-size wedding party, with a total of 30 attendants: Jenna's twin sister, Barbara, as maid of honor, wearing a long "moonstone blue" silk gown; 14 other young women in short chiffon dresses, all by designer Lela Rose; Hager's older brother, Jack, as best man; and 14 ushers.
· The ceremony was held outside, in front of a limestone altar and cross that the president had erected by a lake and which will remain as a permanent structure on the ranch.