With President Clinton and 250 guests on hand, Anthony Rodham, the First Lady's brother, and Nicole Boxer, daughter of a U.S. senator, were married last evening in a private Rose Garden ceremony.
Boxer, 26, and Rodham, 39, exchanged vows while standing under a white canopy erected over the steps leading from the West Wing of the White House to the garden.
"It was wonderful," said Neel Lattimore, a spokesman for First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. "It was very warm and very personal."
The First Lady's brother Hugh Rodham, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate from Florida, was the best man. The Clintons' daughter, Chelsea, was one of four bridesmaids.
The ceremony was followed by a black-tie dinner in the State Dining Room of the White House, with the cost being paid for "by the families," according to a White House spokesman.
Like so many other things in official Washington, the happy couple got to use the White House because of connections -- the bridegroom is the First Lady's youngest brother, and the bride is the daughter of Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.).
The first wedding at the White House in 23 years differed sharply from most of the 17 marriage ceremonies before it. For example, the 1971 wedding of Tricia Nixon to Edward Cox, also in the Rose Garden, generated intense publicity.
This time, privacy was revered. Shortly before the ceremony began, White House workers put a large red screen across glass doors that might have allowed snoopy reporters a glimpse of the proceedings.
Clinton's half-brother, Roger, was married in March, but he opted for a ceremony in Dallas rather than the White House.
In 1992, President George Bush's daughter Dorothy remarried. It was a low-key, private affair at the secluded presidential retreat at Camp David.