George Bush and Laura Lane Welch met at a backyard barbecue in July 1977 and went miniature golfing on their first date. They got engaged and married just three months later. The two married on November 5, 1977, in a modest ceremony at her childhood church in Midland, Texas.
The new couple took pictures with the future president’s parents, George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush. Though she could have opted for a lavish gown, Laura chose to walk down the aisle in a very simple tan dress she bought off the rack. She supported her husband’s political ambitions right from the start. Over time, she would become indispensable to his campaigns and known for her political astuteness.
Nancy Davis and Ronald Reagan
This list features some iconic marriages that have not really stood the test of time. When Ronald Reagan married Nancy Davis, it was a little different and so was the intriguing story of how they met. Davis found herself on the infamous blacklist of actors McCarthy suspected of being communists. It was a clerical error, but an error that was costing her jobs in the industry.
Reagan happened to be the president of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) back then. She contacted him to see if he could help. And in the process, they fell in love. These two tied the knot at the Little Brown Church of the Valley in LA on March 4, 1952. Their marriage ended up lasting 52 years until Reagan's death in the year 2004. We wonder what their secret was.
Dean Paul Martin and Dorothy Hamill
Here we see figure skater Dorothy Hamill and singer Dean Paul Martin at their 1982 wedding. The private ceremony had 350 guests and took place in Beverley Hills. Hamill is donning a quintessential early 80s dress with a long veil and opulent lace. It was Martin's second marriage and Hamill's first.
The couple whisked themselves for an eight-day honeymoon. The plan after was to live in their new Los Angeles home. But the marriage only lasted two years, after which she married twice more. Even though the divorce wasn’t ugly and the marriage only lasted two years, she struggled to cope with his death in 1987. Martin was tragically killed in a plane crash.
Prince Charles and Lady D
The wedding of the decade, no doubt. Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles tied the knot. This wedding created a media buzz that was never seen in history. The historic day took place on July 29, 1981. Royal weddings were never the same after the world watched the bride entered St. Paul's Cathedral in an Elizabeth and David Emanuel gown.
The wedding made television history. It has been reported that about 750 million people watched the televised event. Soon brides all over the world wanted a wedding that looked just as magical as that. The wedding was textbook fairytale although the marriage turned out to be anything but.
Olivia Havilland and Pierre Galante
In 1955 this Christian Dior wedding dress made its way down the aisle in the very stylish wedding of actress Olivia Havilland with her second husband, Pierre Galante. The man was the executive editor of a leading French fashion magazine so you could expect nothing less than impeccable style at their wedding. Olivia Havilland shot to Hollywood stardom after appearing in the 1935 film “Captain Blood” opposite Errol Flynn.
The film was a smash hit and paved the way for other movies in her career, some that earned her Academy Award nominations. The actress also donned an iconic gown while filming the romantic comedy "The Ambassador's Daughter" roughly around the same time. The long-sleeved and high-necked dress looked simply breathtaking. The film was out the following year.