Just as the sunrise over Acadia National Park in Maine marked the start of their journey toward a lifetime together in August 2007, sunset saw the fruition of that promise as Jenna Bush and Henry Hager were pronounced husband and wife on May 10, 2008. Approximately 200 friends and family members blessed the couple with their presence, rising from the rows of white chairs situated on the grounds of the Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas as the 43rd President of the United States, like any other proud papa on his daughter’s wedding day, walked his little girl down the aisle.
All eyes were on the bride in her Oscar de la Renta silk organza gown, the garment’s beauty enhanced with the addition of quartz earrings from Anthony Nak and the dainty white flowers which she had gathered in her hair. Clutching her bouquet, she smiled at her mother (who had donned a turquoise blue dress by the same designer ) as she continued down the path which led her to a limestone altar crowned with a 4-foot tall cross, where her love waited to make her his bride.
Following the ceremony, in which the First Daughter received a wedding band to accompany her diamond and sapphire engagement ring, guests convened to a tent erected on the property, where 14 attendants in multi-colored Lela Rose chiffon creations and the maid of honor– wearing a pale blue gown with a metallic sheen that mirrored the moonlight rising overhead– sat at tables draped with mint green tablecloths and sampled slices of a four-tier wedding cake adorned with lavender, blue and white blossoms. The sounds of The Tyrone Smith Revue got the party going, but one tune tugged at the heartstrings of all in attendance as President Bush led his daughter out on to the dance floor as the the Joe Cocker classic “You Are So Beautiful” began to play.