November 19 was a day of celebration and joy for President Joe Biden as his beloved granddaughter, Naomi Biden, tied the knot at a private ceremony attended by around 250 guests. The ceremony commenced at 11:00 a.m. on the South Lawn of the White House’s mansion. Though the event was closed to the press, AFP (Agence France-Presse ) managed to capture some photos from the prestigious ceremony. The lush green grounds of the White House had been adorned with white flower decorations. The guests sat in rows to witness the ceremony.
President Joe and First Lady Jill Biden issued a statement stating that it has been a moment of joy to see Naomi growing and finding out who she is. They were overjoyed to see her script an amazing life for herself. They were delighted with Naomi’s decision to choose Peter as her life partner. They also added that it was an honor for them to welcome Peter to the Biden family. All they desire is happiness and love for the newlyweds, which will continue to strengthen over time.
Details About The Bride And The Groom
Naomi Biden is currently working at a law firm. She is a smart and witty lady who was instrumental in shaping her grandfather’s entry into politics. Many might not be aware, but it was Naomi who arranged a family meeting to persuade Mr. Biden to run for the presidential post. Naomi and Joe share a lovely bond. President’s daughter, Naomi Biden, and his first wife, Neila, passed away due to a tragic car crash. Naomi was named after his daughter.
Talking of the groom, Peter is associated with the Georgetown Law Center. So both the bride as well as the groom are lawyers. Also, Peter is a politically active person who has adequate exposure to politics. He got his degree from George Washington University in political communications. He managed to grab a golden opportunity to be an intern in the White House. Apart from this, he was also engaged in Hillary Clinton’s political campaign. Readers would be amused to know that the Neal family, too, went through a similar tragedy to the Bidens. Peter’s brother died during a roller skating mishap.
How Did They Meet?
It was a mutual friend who set up the first meeting of Naomi and Peter. This happened way back in 2018. Both developed a liking for each other. Then in 2021, Neal finally confessed his heart out to his lady love when he proposed to her with an engagement ring in Wyoming. Naomi Biden revealed her wedding plans 2 months back on Instagram. She keeps updating her followers with her day-to-day life.
An Exclusive Family Affair
According to CNN, Naomi and Peter’s wedding was divided into three parts. The ceremony commenced at approximately 11:15 am and culminated at noon. The ceremony was held at South Lawn. Now, this was the first time in his history of the White House that the South Lawn was used for a wedding ceremony. No tent was there as the guests enjoyed a chilly morning.
The pandemic hasn’t still ended. Hence to ensure the safety of all, the guests had to get a mandatory Covid-19 test done. Also, no guest was allowed to bring mobile phones to the occasion as the couple desired privacy. However, the media protested against this decision as they desired to be allowed to capture the ceremony as it was being conducted at the people’s place, but the couple was adamant about not allowing media inside their ceremony.
It was the bride’s parents- Hunter and Kathleen, who walked Naomi down the aisle. In the background, the Bitter Sweet Symphony song was playing. Many people were curious to know about Naomi’s wedding dress. Well, she stunned all the guests with her gorgeous long-sleeved gown that was specially designed by the fashion icon Ralph Lauren.
Well, fashion experts had already predicted that she would don a Ralph Lauren dress, as no one can match Lauren in the fashion game. The whole ceremony was filled with celebrations. Peter’s father, Dr. William, along with other vocalists, sang a song.
Who Were The Attendees?
The event was marked with the attendance of mostly those who are very close to the Bidens. Many prominent former senators and other prestigious political figures like Evan Ryan ( White House Secretary) and Tony Blinken ( State Secretary) attended the event. Once the vows were exchanged and rituals finished, guests proceeded towards a wedding party luncheon which was meant for the family members only. The next day a black-tie reception was organized to which almost 325 guests were invited. It commenced at 7:30 p.m. and continued till midnight.
According to sources, the President and first lady engaged in frequent conversations with the guests and made them feel comfortable. Later, Naomi and Peter cut the wedding cake. They had to climb a small ladder to cut the upper tier of the cake as this wedding cake was almost seven tiers. Following the tradition of the White House receptions, each guest was then gifted slices of the cake.
This tradition has been followed by all those who wed at the White House. The State Dining Room was all decked up with multiple dessert stations, and Guests enjoyed listening to a band’s performance as they performed on the stage set up in the East Room.
Is This The First Grand Wedding At The White House?
Naomi and Biden’s wedding has captivated the hearts of all. The White House is symbolic of political battles. People have always been intrigued by this iconic building. And to see it getting transformed into a stunning wedding destination is riveting to watch. Well, let us tell you that it’s not the first time a wedding has taken place at the White House. According to records, this was the 19th wedding at the White House.
But what differentiates other weddings from Naomi and Peter’s wedding is the grand scale of celebrations. The last time the White House got immersed in such a grand scale celebration was way back in 1971. It was the wedding of Tricia Nixon and Ed Cox. The other celebrations were on a small scale and also not photographed much. Hence Naomi and Biden’s wedding is the talk of the town right now.
Naomi And Mr. Biden’s Bond
Now The White House isn’t known for such celebrations. So how did Naomi get the opportunity to experience this wedding? Well, it’s because both of them share a very close bond. Naomi is the favorite grandchild of Mr. Biden. It was she who pushed Mr. Biden to run for the presidential post against Donald Trump. Naomi had stated in an interview that they take every decision as a family. They all sit together and discuss everything.
Naomi is active on various social media channels and has always been championing her grandfather. It is a known fact that out of Biden’s seven grandchildren, it is Naomi who holds a significant influence in the life of the President. She was persistent that Mr. Biden should contest the presidential elections. And Mr. Biden is turning 80 soon and perhaps planning for a second run too. We wish Naomi and Peter a happy married life!