President Woodrow Wilson met Edith Bolling Galt a year after his wife passed away. She was also a widow. They met through Wilson’s cousin who also happened to be a mutual friend. The two got along swimmingly since Edith also shared a passion for politics. Wilson’s first wife had been shy and avoided discussing politics or being in the public eye. Wilson proposed three months later.
The two married on December 18, 1915, in Washington, D.C. It was thought by many that Wilson would not be elected for a second term due to his quick courtship with Edith. However, he was inaugurated for the second time in March 1917. Edith proved to be an invaluable advisor to her husband during his second term, which included the beginning of WWI.
Fergie and Prince Andrew
Not quite as buzzed about as Diana's and Charles' special day, but the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, still had quite a big day and included high-profile guests such as other royals and even Elton John! The wedding that took place on July 23, 1986, was still pretty memorable.
Interestingly, it was Princess Diana, Andrew's sister-in-law, who helped facilitate this royal match. She and prince Andrew first met as young children but drifted apart. Years later, they met again and after spending more time together, there was no denying the spark and connection. Even though the marriage didn’t last, they remain friends and co-parents to their two daughters.
Lou Henry and Herbert Hoover
In her free time, Lou Henry enjoyed camping and collecting rocks and minerals. She met future President Herbert Hoover at Stanford University, where she graduated with a B.A. in Geology. In February of 1899, Lou and Herbert tied the knot at her parents’ home in Monterey, California. Despite being Quakers, they were married by a Roman Catholic priest.
Interestingly, Lou chose to wear a dark-colored gown. The couple left for China the next day for Hoover’s work with the Chinese government. The Hoovers settled in the city of Tientsin. While her husband went about his duties investigating working conditions in Chinese mines, Henry learned to speak and write Chinese. Lou Henry was the only First Lady who was fluent in Chinese!
Eileen Bennet and Marcys Mash
The famous tennis player Eileen Bennet wed her horse-racing hubby Marcus Marsh on September 28, in the year of 1936. She switched out her tennis headband for a beautiful headpiece and long veil when she walked down the aisle. Although it’s not clear when Bennet and Mash met, but it was likely around 1935 when her tennis career had begun to wane.
Women’s tennis at the time wasn’t taken too seriously, often considered an indulgent side piece to the “real” game that men played. She was still married to Edmund Fearnley-Whittingstall then. Mash would become her second husband and also named as a co-respondent in the divorce petition her first husband would file eventually.
Eleanor Roosevelt and FDR
Eleanor Roosevelt, who is the daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt’s brother, married Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was the president’s fifth cousin in 1905. Their initial meeting was back when Eleanor was 14, and he was 18. After losing touch for a few years, they reconnected when they ran into one another at a horse show in Madison Square Garden.
They began meeting each other frequently at parties and became very close as the years went by. F.D.R. finally proposed to Eleanor in 1903 when she was 19 and he 22. The wedding took place two years later on St. Patrick’s Day, where former President Theodore Roosevelt walked the bride down the aisle.