Naomi Biden, granddaughter of Joe Biden, marries Peter Neal in a ceremony at the White House
Naomi Biden, 28, married her fiancé Peter Neal on Saturday, November 19, in a private ceremony at 11 a.m. outside the White House on the South Lawn.
Naomi Biden is the eldest granddaughter of President Joe Biden. She is the daughter of Hunter Biden and his ex-wife Kathleen Buhle.
It is believed to be the first White House wedding to take place on the South Lawn.
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Naomi Biden and Peter Neal exchanged “yes” in a chilly late morning ceremony – temperatures were in the 40s – in front of guests seated on white folding chairs, the Associated Press noted.
The South Portico of the White House, facing the lawn and the Washington Monument in the distance, was decorated with wreaths and garlands bearing white flowers. There was no tent.
Naomi Biden and Peter Neal decided to keep reporters out, even though the ceremony was held outdoors on the grounds of what the president and first lady call the “people’s house.”
“Naomi Biden and Peter’s marriage is a private marriage,” Karine Jean-Pierre, the president’s spokeswoman, said on Friday.
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“It is a family event and Naomi and Peter have requested that their wedding be closed to the media and we respect their wishes.”
According to the Library of Congress, three weddings took place in the Rose Garden and the other 15 documented White House weddings took place indoors.
“Naomi Biden and Peter’s marriage is private.”
The wedding was paid for by the Biden family, Elizabeth Alexander, communications director for Dr. Jill Biden, said in an email reported by The New York Times.
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“Consistent with other private events hosted by the First Family and consistent with traditions of previous White House wedding festivities in previous administrations, the Biden family will pay for wedding activities that take place at the White House,” it said. she declared.
Naomi Biden shared the news of her engagement earlier this year on her Twitter account. She also shared other updates along the way.
In April, Naomi Biden thanked her “Nana and Pop” in a tweet announcing that her wedding would take place at the White House.
“Peter and I are so grateful to my grandmother and father for the opportunity to celebrate our wedding at the White House. We look forward to formalizing our commitment to each other and to what lies ahead.” , she wrote.
The couple, who both work as lawyers in Washington, live on the third floor of the White House, The New York Times reported.
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Ahead of their wedding ceremony, Neal shared a sweet photo of the two holding hands under an archway at the Washington, DC, Marriage Bureau to his Instagram account on November 17, 2022.
“I have to earn money to get the marriage license,” Neal wrote in the post.
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Neal, 25, of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He works at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington. Her parents are Drs. Mary C. and William “Bill” C. Neal of Jackson Hole, the AP reported.
The White House Correspondents Association, which advocates for press access to the White House and the president, said it was “deeply disappointed” that the White House had denied its request for media coverage of Naomi Biden’s wedding, also said noted the AP.
Naomi Biden is named after her late aunt, who died in a car accident at the age of one. That same accident also killed President Biden’s first wife, Neilia, the White House website notes.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.