For those not among the 200 friends and family members invited to the Crawford, Texas, ranch for next month’s wedding of first daughter Jenna Bush to fiancé Henry Hager, the bride-to-be is providing a brief preview.
“I was raised in Texas and it just felt right,” Bush, 26, said of holding the festivities in the Lone Star State rather than the White House, according to The Washington Post, citing the upcoming issue of Vogue.
“It means a lot to Henry and me to be outdoors,” she’s quoted as saying. “We wanted something organic and low key.”
Bush does say that the Executive Mansion initially was a consideration. But then, “That’s not really my personality. There’s a glamour to it, I know, but Henry and I are far less glamorous than the White House.”
Given Texas temps that time of year, the May 10 event will not commence until 7:30 p.m. – after the sun goes down. Dinner and dancing underneath a tent are to follow.
The bride’s twin sister, Barbara, will serve as maid of honor and the single bridesmaid.
The Wedding Dress
Also on hand: 14 attendants, to be dressed in short chiffon green, blue, yellow and lavender dresses by native Texas designer Lela Rose, whose wedding collection, launched in fall 2006, is described on her Web site as “a pairing of unconventional fabrics and techniques that are trademarks of the designer.”
More traditional is the choice of designer for the bridal gown itself: Oscar de la Renta, who has been a favorite of presidential wives for several administrations. This may explain why President Bush joked last month: “I had to face some very difficult spending decisions and I’ve had to conduct sensitive diplomacy. That’s called planning for a wedding.”
Laura Bush wore a de la Renta gown at the 2005 inaugural ball, as well as other creations by him for various formal occasions, and she and Jenna were seen visiting the New York designer’s showroom in February.
But the so-described “major traditionalist” in the group appears to be groom-to-be Hager – who reportedly plans to adhere to superstition and not gaze upon his future wife’s dress (not even in sketches or photos) until she meets him at the altar.