Naomi Biden told Vogue Magazine her and now husband Peter Neal preferred a backyard wedding at a family member’s house. We’re not exactly sure the South Lawn of the White House counts, but when your grandfather is the President of the United States it’s what you get. On Sunday, Nov. 19, Naomi and Peter said, “I Do,” in front of 250 family and friends in a ceremony and reception hosted by her grandparents.
According to The White House Historical Association there have been 19 weddings on the grounds of the White House starting March 29, 1812 when First Lady Dolly Madison’s sister Lucy Payne Washington married Supreme Court Associate Justice Thomas Todd. Two more notable in the last century (Kelly here: according to my mother who remembers these events well) were in 1967 when President Lyndon Johnson and First Lady Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson’s daughter Lynda Bird Johnson married Captain Charles S. Robb in the East Room, where a year earlier Luci Baines Johnson had her reception after a formal ceremony at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception; and in 1971 when President Richard Nixon and First Lady Patricia Nixon’s daughter Tricia married Edward Finch Cox in the Rose Garden.
For the Biden-Neal wedding, the bride wore three dresses in total for her lavish Big Day, which included a luncheon in the State Dining Room after the ceremony and a black-tie affair later that evening, but the showstopper (in our opinion) was the long-sleeved, Chantilly lace dress made by Ralph Lauren.
A dress made by Ralph Lauren for a wedding at the White House? What could sound more American than that?
We loved the classic silhouette and lace detailing so much that we wanted to find a similar style in the city, so we reached out to Town & Country Bridal and they shared a few styles that are fit for a Presidential wedding.
First was the “Fit for a Queen” style from the Sarah Nouri Spring 2022 collection. The website describes “Fit for a Queen” as “soft floral lace stand collar neckline with button front detailing and ballgown skirt. Featuring buttons to waist and sheer lace back.”
The next style was the “Mary Catherine” dress from the same designer and collection. This gown is described as a “soft floral embroidered lace high neck long sleeve bodice over taffeta pleated ball gown skirt with taffeta cummerbund and back button detailing.” Additionally noting that this design is only available in ivory.
And finally, the last look shared with us by Town & Country was the “Your Majesty” dress — our personal favorite of the three. This gown is a “soft floral lace bodice with choker collar and long sleeves over a shantung slim flare skirt. Featuring buttons to the end of the lace.”
Whether you’re finding something fit for a queen —or a president’s granddaughter — Naomi Biden’s look can suite just about anyone, especially brides in the Big Easy.