Naomi Biden and Peter Neal are married! Today, November 19, 2022, President Biden’s granddaughter, a Columbia Law School graduate, married Neal, a University of Pennsylvania Law School graduate, during an 11 a.m. ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House. Immediately after their “I dos,” the couple hosted a family luncheon and wedding reception in the State Dining Room of the White House.
According to the official White House press release, 250 guests gathered to watch the couple exchange vows. “It has been a joy to see Naomi grow, find out who she is and build such an incredible life for herself,” the President and First Lady said in the official statement. “Now we are proud to see that she has chosen Peter to be her husband and we are honored to welcome him to our family. We wish them days of laughter and a love that grows deeper with each passing year.”
Biden wore a long-sleeved Ralph Lauren wedding dress, which she paired with a long veil. Neal wore a navy three-piece suit, also by Ralph Lauren, and both President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden dressed in blue for the occasion. A long white corridor stretched from the White House to the South Lawn. There the guests sat on white chairs arranged in a semi-circle, overlooking a cluster of shrubs and white flowers. The White House itself was decked out for the occasion in classic shades of white and green.
Lush greenery and what appear to be white roses and peonies were arranged on the building’s exterior, gently curving out of the railing of the south portico, around the arched doors and in the form of wreaths around the exterior lighting.
“Congratulations, Naomi and Peter! We love you,” said President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden in a joint Instagram post that included the first official photo of the bride and groom.
First Lady Jill Biden’s communications director, Elizabeth Alexander, confirmed that famed wedding planner Bryan Rafanelli was hired by Rafanelli Events to transform the stately White House into the ultimate wedding venue. Rafanelli shared 10 exclusive photos from the celebration, shot by Corbin Gurkin and John Dolan, giving us a closer look at the overall design of the day. For his part, Rafanelli is no stranger to White House celebrations: he planned Chelsea Clinton’s wedding in 2010 and organized several major political events, including state dinners.
“I’m honored to have had the opportunity to bring Peter and Naomi’s vision for their wedding day to life and to once again work in this historic home,” Rafanelli said in an Instagram post. “As with any private celebration, we have worked closely with the couple and their families to create a beautiful and elegant celebration that reflects their history while highlighting the rich history of the White House.”
The party isn’t over yet: An evening reception will be held later today when family and friends will join the newlyweds at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for a dance and dessert. Corresponding Persons, Invitations to guests indicate that tonight’s celebration is a celebratory event; President Joe Biden and Dr. named Jill Biden.
According to the White House Historical Association, this was the first time a sitting president’s granddaughter had married in the White House. The wedding was also the first ever to take place on the South Lawn.
The White House confirmed who footed the bill for the celebration time that no tax money went to the cost of the wedding. Instead, the Biden family personally paid for the celebration. “Consistent with other private events hosted by the First Family, and following the traditions of previous White House wedding celebrations in previous administrations, the Biden family will pay for the wedding activities that take place at the White House,” Alexander told the outlet .
Biden and Neal, who currently reside in the White House and share an apartment in the third floor residence, persons Their wedding weekend reportedly officially started on Thursday, November 17th. Neal posted a photo showing him and his bride-to-be holding hands under a white arch at the marriage bureau in Washington, DC, where they picked up their marriage license.
A rehearsal dinner hosted by the groom’s parents, Dr. Mary and William Neal, was held last night, November 18th, at the Renwick Gallery, conveniently located across from the White House. Both President Biden and Dr. Biden were present. The bride wore a bespoke outfit by bridal designer Danielle Frankel for the occasion, The New York Times reports. The “transitional” outfit consisted of four separate pieces: a top bustier, a tailored jacket and pants, and a pleated tulle cape covered with lace flowers.
“This is a White House wedding, so there is respect for the White House and our country, but also for the sacredness of the wedding. We wanted to pay tribute to all of these components while showing who Naomi is, respectful but sophisticated with a touch of femininity,” says Frankel. “She’s young and cool. Wearing the cape and tulle is reminiscent of wearing a dress, but has an ethereal quality that evokes something big and a sense of importance in that moment.For the rehearsal dinner, she will swap out the cape for the jacket, which has a more fitted, confident, clean look. We wanted to create a different moment and move it into the evening.”
While Biden and Neal’s celebration is undoubtedly captivating, it’s certainly not the first White House wedding — in fact, it’s the 19th, explains the White House Historical Associate. The last comparable White House wedding was that of Tricia Nixon and Ed Cox in 1971. Since then, there have been other celebrations — including Anthony Rodham’s wedding to Nicole Boxer in 1994 and Jenna Bush and Henry Hagler’s 600-strong party (the duo married privately). in Crawford, Texas, but threw a bigger White House party a month later) in 2008 — but nothing on that scale.
The newlyweds were first introduced by a mutual friend in 2018. In September 2021, Neal Biden proposed in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where he grew up, with an engagement ring said to contain his grandmother’s band. CNN reports.