Stylish Presidential Weddings

Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis
March 4, 1952

Their relationship was the subject of 1950’s gossip columns, but then-actors Nancy Davis and Ronald Reagan chose a quiet ceremony at the Little Brown Church in the San Fernando Valley when it came time to wed. Nancy’s ensemble is now on display at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

Jacqueline Bouvier and John F. Kennedy
September 12, 1953

The future first lady (and fashion icon) wore a voluminous ivory silk taffeta gown by the designer Ann Lowe when she married John F. Kennedy in 1953 at St. Mary’s Church in Newport, Rhode Island. A portrait neckline and wide, embellished skirt emphasized Jackie’s small waist, and an heirloom lace veil, which originally belonged to her grandmother, completed the super-romantic ensemble.

Patrick J. Nugent and Luci Baines Johnson
August 6, 1966

Lyndon B. Johnson escorted his daughter, Luci Baines Johnson, to the Shrine of Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. for her wedding to Patrick Nugent.

Charles S. Robb and Lynda Bird Johnson
December 9, 1967

Lynda Bird Johnson, daughter of former President Lyndon B. Johnson, married Marine Capt. Chuck Robb at the White House in a private East Room ceremony. The seven bridesmaids wore red velvet dresses and Lynda wore a long-sleeved, high collar, Renaissance style gown.

Dwight David Eisenhower II and Julie Nixon
December 22, 1968

Some would think that the merging of two political dynasties would demand a colossal wedding, but when President Nixon’s daughter Julie married Dwight David Eisenhower II, grandson of former President Eisenhower, they opted for a small, private ceremony. Nixon, wearing a gown by Priscilla of Boston, married Eisenhower at the Marble Collegiate Presbyterian Church in New York.

Dwight David Eisenhower II and Julie Nixon
December 22, 1968

Richard Nixon escorted his daughter just a month before taking office.

Edward Cox and Tricia Nixon
June 12, 1971

While many speculated that she would follow in the footsteps of her sister Julie and opt for a private ceremony, Tricia Nixon, daughter of then-President Richard Nixon, chose to hold her wedding in the White House. It was the first wedding to ever to take place in the famous Rose Garden, and the 400 guests were in awe of the seven-foot-high cake concocted by White House pastry chef Heinz Bender. Like her sister, Tricia wore a design by Priscilla of Boston.

Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham
October 11, 1975

It seems inevitable that their daughter’s upcoming wedding would be a public affair, but when Hillary Rodham and Bill Clinton married in the living room of their new Arkansas home, only 15 members of their closest friends and family looked on. After the emerging politicians said, “I do,” more friends gathered in the backyard to celebrate; the bride wore a cotton off-the-rack dress.

Robert Koch and Patti Davis
August 14, 1984

Patti Davis, daughter of then-President Ronald Reagan, married yoga instructor Robert Koch at the Hotel Bel Air in Los Angeles. Although Davis’ lifestyle was far from conservative, she chose a traditional off-the-shoulder white gown for her wedding day; her mother Nancy Reagan opted for a bright yellow silk dress and matching pumps.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver
April 26, 1986

Over 450 guests were in attendance when Maria Shriver (a niece of President John F. Kennedy) and Arnold Schwarzenegger exchanged vows at St. Francis Xavier Church in Hyannis, Massachusetts. At the reception, held at the Kennedy compound, guests dined on oysters and lobster followed by a 400-pound cake—built to imitate the one served at Sargent and Eunice Shriver’s wedding.

Edwin Schlossberg and Caroline Kennedy
July 19, 1986

It should come as no surprise that Caroline Kennedy’s wedding ceremony was a stylish affair—her planner was none other than her mother, Jackie Kennedy Onaissis. In a white silk organza gown with a 25-foot train, the daughter of former President John F. Kennedy married Edwin Schlossberg at Our Lady of Victory Church near Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. The guest list included Carly Simon and George Plimpton, who arranged a fireworks display as a wedding gift to the newlyweds.

Edwin Schlossberg and Caroline Kennedy
July 19, 1986

Matron of honor Maria Shriver with Caroline’s brother, JFK Jr.

Edwin Schlossberg and Caroline Kennedy
July 19, 1986

The mother of the bride with her brother-in-law, Ted Kennedy.

Barack Obama and Michelle LaVaughn Robinson
Oct. 18, 1992

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson married Barack Obama at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois. Michelle wore an off-the-shoulder gown with a sweetheart neckline and danced with her new husband to Stevie Wonder’s “You and I.”

Jim Wentzel and Amy Carter
September 1, 1996

Amy Carter married computer consultant James Wentzel in a homespun ceremony at the Plains, Georgia home of her father, former President Jimmy Carter. Amy wore a 1920’s style, floor-length dress with a short veil.

Henry Hager and Jenna Bush
May 10, 2008

The daughter of one president and granddaughter of another, Jenna Bush married Henry Hager at then-President George W. Bush’s private ranch in Crawford, Texas in an outdoor ceremony. Oscar de la Renta, a friend of the family, supplied both the bride’s embroidered gown and the then-First Lady’s turquoise dress; Jenna’s sister Barbara wore a blue silk gown by Lela Rose.

Henry Hager and Jenna Bush
May 10, 2008

The happy couple at sunset.

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