Pssst! There Was a White House This Weekend. Sadly, We Weren't Invited

Ceremony & Vows, Real Weddings
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Official White House photographer Pete Souza has had plenty of practice capturing romantic moments between President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama, but last Saturday, it was his turn to have a picture-perfect day as he married bride Patti Lease. According to NBC News, the couple married outdoors in a sunny, private ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House that was hosted by the Commander-in-Chief himself.

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The Rose Garden, which is most commonly used by the president for speeches and press conferences, has played host to a few other big-deal weddings. In 1994, Hilary Clinton's brother Anthony married Nicole Boxer there, and in 1971, First Daughter Tricia Nixon tied the knot with Edward Finch Cox in the fabled space. While we always love a garden wedding, having one right next to the Oval Office is beyond spectacular.

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Few details have been released about the Souza-Lease wedding (if there's any place that's equipped to keep out wedding-day paparazzi, it's definitely the White House), except that roughly 35 family members and friends attended, and it was overseen by White House Military Office Chaplain Stan Fornea. A White House official issued a statement saying, "We all wish them well." There are no public photos yet (not even on Souza's stellar Instagram account), but when Souza can capture moments like these, his own wedding photos must be equally heart-warming.

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Photo: Pete Souza via Instagram

While getting married in the White House is probably impossible unless you're on-staff like Souza, it's not hard to find a wedding venue with as much history. Originally built as a summer home for an oil tycoon, Alder Manor is located just outside of New York City and serves as a romantic backdrop for a lovely garden wedding. Bybee-Howard House, part of the National Register of Historic Places, is located in rustic Oregon and would make for a casual yet totally memorable wedding venue. We also recommend the Beverly Hills Hotel, where Marilyn Monroe used to sunbathe. At least then you won't run the risk of the secret service interrupting your vows!

—Caitlin Van Horn

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