One may assume that the U.S Presidents’ and First Ladies’ weddings would be extravagant and over-the-top. However, prior to living in the White House, a majority of these couples were just simple and overwhelmingly in love.
It may surprise you just how simple some of their weddings were, including a woman who picked out her wedding dress a day before and two future first ladies who opted out of wearing white.
Eleanor Roosevelt’s Wedding Gown
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.
F.D.R finally proposed to Eleanor when she was 19 and he, 22. Both sides of the Roosevelt family were in attendance. It may seem like a Roosevelt-Roosevelt marriage was odd, but it was not uncommon. On her wedding day she wore a high collared gown with puffy fabric shoulders and an elegant hat.