WASHINGTON: Naomi Biden, the granddaughter of U.S. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, married Saturday in what was the 19th time in history the White House has been used for a wedding.
The bride, 28, is a lawyer who lives in the White House with the groom, Peter Neal, 25, a recent law school graduate from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He currently works at the Center for National Security Law at Georgetown University. They met in 2018.
The ceremony, without access to the press, took place on the South Lawn of the White House on a freezing day.
About 250 guests were present.
“It has been a joy to watch Naomi grow, find out who she is, and carve out such an incredible life for herself,” the president and first lady said in a joint statement released after the event.
“Now we are filled with pride to see her choose Peter as her husband and we are honored to welcome him to our family. We wish them days full of laughter and love that grows year after year,” they wrote. declared.
A luncheon for family members and the wedding party followed the ceremony in the White House Dining Room. An evening reception with dessert and dancing was planned.
It’s the first part of a festive weekend for Biden, who will celebrate his 80th birthday on Sunday surrounded by his family.
Since former President John Adams moved into the newly built White House in 1800, all 18 weddings there have typically featured family members of the president and first lady.
According to the White House Historical Association, the tradition began in 1812 when Lucy Payne Washington, sister of First Lady Dolley Madison, married Associate Supreme Court Justice Thomas Todd.
Grover Cleveland was the only president to marry in the White House. He exchanged vows with Frances Folsom in 1886 in the Blue Room.
Naomi Biden is the daughter of the president’s son, Hunter Biden, and his first wife, Kathleen Buhle.
Jill Biden’s communications director, Elizabeth Alexander, said the Biden family will pay for the wedding activities taking place at the White House, “consistent with other private events hosted by the first family and in keeping with the traditions of previous wedding festivities. wedding at the White House in previous administrations.”
Unlike some ceremonies of this kind, the festivities were closed to the media.
“Naomi and Peter have requested that their marriage be closed to the media, and we respect their wishes. This is something the couple have decided on,” White House spokeswoman Karine Jean told reporters on Friday. Rock.