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Bush wedding promises to be a very private affair

CRAWFORD, Texas — So, there's a wedding here tonight. Maybe you've heard?

The bride is Jenna Welch Bush, 26, a schoolteacher, writer and graduate of the University of Texas. She will stand before a crowd of 200 friends and relatives in an Oscar de la Renta gown to meet her 30-year-old groom, Henry Hager, an MBA candidate at the University of Virginia business school.

It is the first marriage for both. After a honeymoon in Europe, the couple will reside in Baltimore.

What? You want more? Of course you do! We're talking about the president's daughter here, and media organizations as varied as Access Hollywood and Agence France-Presse have poured into this tiny community — home to George and Laura Bush's 1,600-acre ranch — to cover what some consider the celebrity wedding of the year.

But despite the widespread interest, the White House has repeatedly made it clear that this is a private event. No live broadcast of the vows. No reporters allowed within miles of the Bush ranch. No promise that we'll ever be told the guest list or the menu.

What we do know are the little details that the first family has already doled out sparingly in interviews the past few weeks. The "simple but elegant" wedding gown with embroidery and matte beading. The giant limestone cross that the president had erected as an altar near a lake on the ranch.

Other than that?

"There's going to be bands and good food, I hope," the president told Fox News.

Bush wedding promises to be a very private affair 05/09/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 1:40pm]
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