Who doesn’t love a White House wedding?
Naomi Biden and Peter Neal became the 19th couple to exchange vows at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on Saturday, and they did it in grand style. big time The 28-year-old bride chose an extravagant custom gown from the Ralph Lauren Collection made of Chantilly lace with hand-placed organza petals along the bodice and cascading over the skirt for Saturday morning’s ceremony. Her new husband, 25, was also dressed by the designer in a three-piece suit.
A Ralph Lauren spokesperson confirmed that the couple wore the designer’s creations on Saturday afternoon.
Biden’s election gave her entry into a very select club, joining the celebrity ranks of Priyanka Chopra, Lily Collins and, most recently, Jennifer Lopez, who all wore wedding gowns created by the billionaire designer. However, Lopez topped them all by donning three custom dresses by Lauren to her wedding to Ben Affleck last summer. In hindsight, Neal and Biden’s attendance at the designer’s fall fashion show at New York’s Museum of Modern Art may have been a sign of her intentions.
The private event location, South Lawn, was a first for White House weddings. After exchanging their vows, the couple posed for pictures on the South Portico of the White House with Biden’s tremendous veil blowing like a sail in the wind. Hairstylist Bailey Moon has been touring designer showrooms and connecting with a multitude of resources to coordinate a host of options for the wedding, reception, and some pre- and post-events, according to industry sources. The president’s eldest granddaughter, Naomi Biden’s parents are Hunter and Kathleen Buhle, who divorced in 2017.
Before Saturday’s main event, Moon did not acknowledge requests from the media, including event planner Bryan Rafanelli and photographer John Dolan. The same goes for reps for Prabal Gurung, Badgley Mischka, and a few other designers who are said to have been in the mix dressing the guests. Rafanelli managed Chelsea Clinton’s wedding in 2010 and his portfolio includes state dinners under President Barack Obama.
Dolan, who published the aptly named book of wedding photographs “The Perfect Imperfect” last year, was one of several authors on the nuptials. The bride’s mother released “If We Break: A Memoir of Marriage, Addiction and Healing” in June and her father published his memoir “Beautiful Things” last year.
For the ceremony, the bride wore Victoria earrings by Tiffany & Co. and the groom wore a unique Schlumberger brooch from the company. Other members of the wedding party and Jill Biden also wore Tiffany jewelry.
Like many Gen Z brides, Biden didn’t want to be a one-hit wonder on her wedding day and arranged other custom designer options for her rehearsal dinner and reception. After rocking a Danielle Frankel bustier, tailored jacket, pants and cape to Friday night’s rehearsal dinner at the Renwick Gallery, the dark-haired lawyer wore a custom white gown with beaded fringe by Alexandra O’Neill de Markarian at the White House reception Saturday night. . That independent brand founded by a New York-based woman gained international attention after First Lady Jill Biden wore a blue tweed coat with velvet lapels and a matching dress from the previously little-known brand.
Naomi Biden’s bridal choices may shock brides-to-be, as high-profile weddings routinely create fashion trends and interest in the labels that were worn. Plus, the peak engagement season, from Thanksgiving through New Year’s, is nearing the start of all engagements with 19 percent of all engagements in December. The bridal market continues to recover, as many couples who postponed or rescheduled weddings during the pandemic go ahead—and often splurge—with their celebrations. Globally, bridalwear is expected to generate $61.1 billion in sales this year and increase to $69.9 billion in volume by 2026.
Naomi Biden, who earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from Columbia University, lived in New York for a period before moving to the Beltway, where she and Neal have been living in the White House. Her sisters Maisy and Finnegan are aware of Markarian, having attended one of O’Neill’s fashion shows.
Biden did not highlight his bridal side for the official ceremony. In an Instagram photo posted by Neal of the couple holding hands under a ruffled white bow, she rocked a white crop top, white heels and black jeans at the District of Columbia Marriage Bureau. Neal posted: “I have to nail the money shot to secure the license to get married.”
To ensure that she and her bridesmaids were dressed to impress during hair and makeup preparation, the bride-to-be was said to have given them ivory satin pajamas from Morgan Lane. Perhaps that signal came from social media, as the much-followed Nicola Peltz took a similar tactic with her bridesmaids before she married Brooklyn Beckham. Ivy Getty also wore loungewear from Morgan Lane on her wedding day.
However, none of the designers, who had a hand in dressing the bridal party and the first family, were willing to share any pre-wedding news. The creatives involved in Saturday’s nuptials had to sign confidentiality agreements, according to some sources, who requested anonymity.
So what’s it like to celebrate at the White House? Those who have are hesitant to say so publicly. Former Obama White House photographer Pete Souza married Patti Lease in the Rose Garden in 2013. But Souza declined an interview request to discuss the last White House wedding before this weekend’s. . Former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager was married in Texas and a month later she held a reception at “the House of the People.” Like Souza, he declined to comment last week.
Public enthusiasm for White House weddings hasn’t seemed to wane since another former daughter, Patricia Nixon, married Edward Cox there in June 1971. and the official speed of taking pictures (10 seconds per shot) were shared. with the media. Nixon (whose spokesman did not acknowledge an interview request Friday) chose a wedding dress from Boston’s Priscilla, as did her sister Julie and another first daughter, Luci Baines Johnson, for their respective nuptials.
But that summer of 1971 thing can still take the cake, literally. The old-fashioned lemon pound cake weighed 350 pounds and was 6 feet 10 inches tall. At a pre-wedding press conference in June of that year, chef Henry Haller of Le Perigod compared cutting it to “plunging a sword into a bull”.
Cox, who celebrated her 50th anniversary last year, once described the wedding as “the happiest day in the White House for her family.” She said last year in an interview: “My father was right when he said: ‘It was a day that all of us will always remember, because we were all beautiful and just happy.’
The Biden family celebrated another milestone Sunday: a birthday brunch for the president’s 80th birthday. The merriment will continue Monday afternoon, when First Lady Jill Biden stands ready and awaiting the arrival of this year’s official White House Christmas tree, one grown in Pennsylvania, with Kelly Hokanson, the wife of the General Department of the National Guard.