Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Jenna Bush & Henry Hager, Getting Married

Jenna, 26, the eldest of the twin daughters of US President George W. H. Bush and Laura Bush, is getting married to Henry Hager on Saturday, May 10, at their family Ranch, in Crawford, Texas according to several published reports.

It could be well recalled, their engagement was announced by the White House last August, 2007, after two years of dating. Their engagement ring features a diamond -- a Hager family heirloom -- that was reset and flanked by two sapphires. Hager got advice on the ring from Jenna's twin sister, Barbara, who she chose to be her maid of honor. The wedding was to be kept a low-key affair with 200 friends and family members invited.

Henry Hager, turning 30 on Friday, is the son of Honorable and Mrs. John H. Hager of Richmond, Virginia, head of the Republican Party. He graduated from Wake Forest University, worked as an aide to Bush's former top political adviser Karl Rove and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez. Hager is set to receive a master's degree in business administration later this month from the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business.

Jenna Bush earned an English degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004. She taught at a Washington elementary school for third and fourth grades for a year and half. She worked in Latin America as an intern for UNICEF and authored, “Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope," about a 17-year-old Latin American girl living with HIV-AIDS whom she met while working there. She co-authored her second book with Laura, her mother, titled, “All About It,” a children’s book.

After the wedding, the couple plans to live in a two-bedroom, two-bath town house on the south side of Baltimore where she plans to return to teaching and he will work for Constellation Energy, a power supplier based in Maryland.

Her wedding gown, however, was the creation of Oscar de la Renta, a top New York designer and favorite of the first lady. It's made of organza, a sheer fabric, with embroidery and matte beading. Jenna has described the dress as "simple and elegant."

For the ceremony, Barbara is to wear a long, shimmering moonstone blue gown made of silk with a fluttered open back. The bride's 14 attendants -- known members of the "house party" in Texas terminology -- will wear cocktail-length dresses made of silk crinkle chiffon. For the bridesmaids, New York designer Lela Rose, a native of Dallas, has made silk crinkle chiffon, cocktail-length dresses all adorned with handmade chiffon flowers. There are seven different styles of dresses in seven different colors that match the palate of Texas wildflowers -- blues, greens, lavenders and pinky reds -- that currently are in bloom.

Jenna's mother said Monday that she's not nervous -- and the president isn't, either. "I'm very, very excited," the first lady told reporters. "It's a very interesting passage of life when you get to that time in your life when your child -- first child is getting married. And we're getting, for us, our first son." Laura Bush admits that she half hoped Jenna and Hager, whom she calls "soul mates,"

President Bush, with Jenna in Texas in March, has cracked some jokes about being the father of the bride. "I had to face some very difficult spending decisions and I've had to conduct sensitive diplomacy," he said earlier this year. "That's called planning for a wedding."

Jenna, the 22nd child of a president to marry while their fathers were in office, has come a ways from her dad's first year in office when she had a run-in with the Texas law for underage drinking. It was her second offense. Then, during her father's re-election campaign in 2004, she was photographed sticking her tongue out at the media at a campaign stop in Missouri. The widely circulated photo reinforced the playful side of her personality.

Jenna on Ellen De Generes Show, December, 2007

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