On Saturday morning, Biden’s eldest granddaughter Naomi Biden married her longtime boyfriend Peter Neal at the southern White House. This is the first wedding held by US presidents in nearly a decade. The ceremony ended just before noon on the lawn. CNN reports that guests were offered blankets to keep warm on the chilly morning in DC
Joe and Jill Biden shared a photo of Naomi in her wedding dress on Instagram, a long-sleeved white gown with an off-the-shoulder design, with an overlay of white lace that went all the way to the bride’s neck. The dress was designed by Ralph Lauren. She carried a playful bouquet of loose white flowers with light green stems and leaves and wore a long white veil.
“Congratulations Naomi and Peter! We love you,” Potus and Flotus wrote in the caption.
The bride’s parents, Hunter Biden and Kathleen Buhle, walked their daughter down the aisle as the band played “Bitter Sweet Symphony” by The Verve. Joe Biden escorted Neal’s two grandmothers, Paulita Neal and Betty Thum, to their seats and then returned to meet his wife as her escort.
Naomi’s sister Finnegan James Biden served as her maid of honor, with her other sister Roberta Mabel Biden and Katherine Elizabeth Neal as bridesmaids. The couple wrote their own vows for the ceremony. After the vows, there was a luncheon for the wedding party, and guests return in the evening for dancing and dessert.
In a interview with PBS NewshourNaomi talked about how important the president has been to her family.
“We grew up together,” she said. “He’s made sure that every single tradition, every holiday, we’re all together… I don’t think there’s been any decision, no matter how big or small, that we haven’t made as a family.”
On Saturday, Joe and Jill Biden shared a statement saying, “It has been a joy to watch Naomi grow, discover who she is and create such an incredible life for herself. Now we are filled with pride to see her choose Peter as her husband and we are honored to welcome him into our family. We wish them days full of laughter and a love that grows deeper with each passing year.”
Aimée Lutkin is weekend editor at ELLE.com. Her writing has appeared in Jezebel, Glamour, Marie Claire and more. Her first book, The lone hunter, will be published by Dial Press in February 2022.