As we reported this morning, Gov. Robert F. McDonnell will walk his daughter down the aisle before Virginia’s first family opens the doors to the mansion for a late-afternoon reception.
Records from the governor’s office indicate that only four daughters of governors have been married or held wedding receptions at the mansion, built in 1813.
Over the years, a handful of governors’ relatives have used the mansion for weddings. The first was at the turn of the century and the most recent was the niece of Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) in December 2005.
See below for a list, provided by McDonnell’s office, of weddings or receptions at the mansion:
* Evelyn Hoge Tyler, sister of Gov. James Hoge Tyler (1898 - 1902) married a Mr. Miller at the mansion.
* Robert M. Hughes of Norfolk, Virginia, reported to the Richmond News Leader in February 1931, that his parents had been married in the Mansion. Robert W. Hughes and Eliza Mary Johnston were married at the Governor’s house on June 4, 1850. Reverend Jones from St. Paul’s Church performed the ceremony. The event was recorded in the family bible. John M. Daniel, editor of the Richmond Examiner during the Civil War, was mentioned as a groomsman.
* During the administration of William E. Cameron (1882 - 1886), his niece, Miss Freeman, married W. G. Forbes, a Richmond attorney. The couple later moved to Farmville, Virginia.
* Miss Ann Willing Carter, the youngest daughter of Colonel Thomas M. Carter of King William County, married Roger Dulaney on Nov. 22, 1888, during Fitzhugh Lee’s administration as governor (1886 - 1890). Ann Carter was a cousin of Governor Lee’s.
* Prior to the departure of state troops to the Spanish-American war, Kate Vaughn and Oscar Wright were married at the mansion. Vaughn’s father was a classmate of then Gov. J. Hoge Tyler (1898 - 1902).
* Winston Edmunds, who served as a butler at the mansion from Fitzhugh Lee’s administration until his death in 1933, was also married at the mansion to one of the maids in 1893. The ceremony took place in the dining room. Gov. Philip Watkins McKinney then let them go to Chicago for a wedding trip.
* Susan Pollard, daughter of Gov. John Garland Pollard (1930 - 1934) was married to J. Lee Boatwright in the mansion in 1931. The sideboard and the dinning room table were removed and the altar was placed against the back wall. The house was candle-lit for the ceremony, and lighted tapers lit the bride’s procession from the wide stairway to the altar. On the bride’s prayer stand was placed a piece of lace from a parasol belonging to Marie Antoinette.
* Gov. and Mrs. Albertis S. Harrison Jr. held a wedding reception for their daughter, Antoinette, in the mansion in 1963.
* Katherine Dalton, daughter of Gov. John Dalton (1978 - 1982), held her wedding reception in a yellow and white striped tent in the garden of the executive mansion in 1980.
* Gov. Douglas Wilder’s youngest daughter, Loren, was married to Edward James at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on April 24, 1993. The couple rode in a horse-drawn carriage from the church to the mansion for the wedding reception.
* The niece of Gov. Mark Warner and Lisa Collis was married in the executive mansion in 2005.
* In October 2010, Mary Shea Sutherland, first lady Maureen McDonnell’s chief of staff, had her wedding reception at the mansion.