President Richard Nixon’s daughter, Patricia Nixon Cox, and her husband are still to this day the only couple to get married in the Rose Garden at the White House. She married a man named Edward Finch Cox, who was a law student at Harvard at the time.
The wedding was huge an extravagant and was described as a wedding of “American royalty” with Tricia’s father holding office. Did you know that their wedding cake was made with 400 egg whites? As you can imagine the guest list certainly included D.C.’s elite. Once the couple married, they settled down in the suburbs of New York and lived a pretty down to earth life with their son.
The Gluten-Free Wedding Cake
As you can imagine, security was tight at her wedding, but certain details about the even have come to the surface. For example, Bill Clinton toasted his son-in-law during the reception, saying that he was “looking forward to having some company because I’m outnumbered.”
It’s been said that Chelsea and Bill danced to a song by Frank Sinatra, and he was crying a bit, and we don’t blame him! Afterwards, the 400 guests who attended were treated to a 500 pound, gluten-free vanilla sponge cake.
Woodrow Wilson’s Daughters Married in the White House
Eleanor “Nellie” Wilson was lucky enough to have her wedding in the White House while her father was in office. President Woodrow Wilson gave away his daughter Nellie to her husband William McAdoo, who was the Secretary of the Treasury in 1914.
The couple married in the Blue Room. Nelli was 24 years old at the time, and McAdoo was a 50-year-old grandfather, widowed with six children from his previous marriage. After the couple divorced in 1934, McAdoo married a 26-year-old when he was 71!
Amy Carter Belonged to No One
Amy Carter was one of the most independent women out there. She married James Wentzel in a smooth sailing ceremony which was held in Plains, Georgia, in 1996.
Amy obviously grew up in the White House, but she didn’t let that change what she wanted her wedding plans to be. She also didn’t let Jimmy give her away, saying that “she belonged to no one.” It comes as no surprise that she kept her own name.
Dorothy Bush- The First Presidential Daughter to Marry At Camp David
Dorothy Walker Bush was the daughter of President George H.W. Bush and the sister of George W. Bush. She was the first daughter to be married at Camp David which is a very private presidential retreat, located in the woods of Catoctin Mountain Park, Maryland.
In 1942, President Roosevelt turned it into a presidential retreat. The facility is named after Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower. Dorothy married a man named Robert Koch in 1992.