F. Scott Fitzgerald’s biographer, Matthew J Bruccoli once said that everything the author wrote could be considered “a form of autobiography.” And those curious about Fitzgerald’s personal life needed to only reference “The Great Gatsby” and the relationship between Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby. The characters were a fictionalized but accurate representation of Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda when they were young and beautiful, as the song goes.
It was the year 1920, the year that the iconic jazz age couple, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre, got married. The ceremony consisted of 8 guests and took place at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City on April 3rd. As you can imagine, even though it was small, there probably hasn’t been a more magical ceremony like that since.
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!
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.
Richard Nixon and Pat Ryan
Thelma Catherine “Pat” Ryan and Richard Nixon fell in love after meeting at an audition for a community play. The two married on June 21, 1940, in Riverside, California, and following that, they honeymooned in Mexico. The photo above is a picture from Nixon’s wedding shower.
Nixon volunteered for military service in 1941 when American involvement in WWII became a reality after Pearl Harbor. He was assigned duty in the Pacific as part of the Navy. The only thing he looked forward to was writing letters to his wife. Nixon wrote to Ryan every day in the fourteen months he was away from her.
Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Smith
Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter were fairly young when they married on July 7, 1946. At the time, she was only 18, and he was 21. The wedding was located in their hometown, Plains, Georgia. It doesn’t come as a surprise that Jimmy wore his Navy uniform. Rosalynn chose a knee-length dress and paired it with a set of gloves, a hat, and a corsage.
Carter said marrying his wife was the best thing he ever did. The story goes that they went on their first date to the movies before Carter’s final year at the Naval Academy. He told his mother the next day that he would marry Rosalynn one day. This love story has endured it all - for over seven decades!