Jenna Bush's Wedding Album
See photos — from family portraits to the cake cutting — from the ultra-private Crawford, Texas, ceremony in 2008
Jenna Welch Bush and husband Henry Chase Hager shared a delicious moment — the cake cutting! — after their lakeside nuptials at the family's Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas, on May 10, 2008. "This is a joyous occasion for our family as we celebrate the happy life ahead of [Jenna] and her husband, Henry," the president said during his weekly radio broadcast afterward.
With their style mirroring the central Texas landscape, the bride's maid-of-honor and twin Barbara (left) wore a dress of moonstone blue shimmer with a silver sash, while mom Laura sported an Oscar de la Renta deep turquoise gown.
FATHER OF THE BRIDE
"Our little girl, Jenna, married a really good guy," the proud president (with the bride) later told reporters before returning to Washington, D.C.
Opting for an "organic and natural" feel to the wedding, Jenna wore an embroidered organza Oscar de la Renta gown.
Saying their "I dos" at sunset, Jenna and Henry were joined at the limestone altar by Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell of the Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston. The altar was the president's idea, intended to stand as a permanent landmark on the Bush family property.
ALL IN THE FAMILY
And now there are five! The Bush family gained a new member after the sunset ceremony.
Following the nuptials, the 200 guests — including longtime presidential adviser Karl Rove — enjoyed dinner and dancing under tents on the property.
Nashville-based singer Tyrone Smith (also known as Super T) provided the music, and he told PEOPLE that Jenna and Henry gazed into each other's eyes during their first dance to Taj Mahal's "Lovin' in My Baby's Eyes." The first daughter also shared a poignant dance with her father to Joe Cocker's "You Are So Beautiful," while the President hit the dance floor again when the band played "Sugar, Sugar." Said Smith: "He got down!"
The happy couple looked out into the sunset after exchanging their vows. "The wedding was spectacular," the president said. "It's all we could have hoped for ... It was just a special day and a wonderful day, and we're mighty blessed."
"Oh what a life," Jenna wrote on Instagram in May 2021, reflecting on 13 years with Henry.