Ahead of Naomi Biden’s wedding to Peter Neal, speculation over what designer President Biden’s granddaughter would pick to design her wedding dress was high.
Would it be Ralph Lauren, the quintessential American designer, who invited Naomi to their Fall/Winter 2022 fashion show? Would it be Valentino, who dressed Naomi for President Biden’s inauguration last year? Or perhaps Reem Acra, a favorite of her grandmother, First Lady Jill Biden, or maybe her former employer Tom Ford (she interned for the brand in college)?
Now we know: Naomi Biden wore Ralph Lauren at her South Lawn wedding ceremony. She looked elegant in a long-sleeved gown, with a long veil and train. She kept her accessories simple, wearing a pair of Tiffany diamond and pearl drop earrings, and carried a bouquet of white flowers. Her wedding band was Tiffany as well—as was Neal’s band. He paired it with a Schlumberger single daisy brooch.
First Lady Jill Biden’s outfit kept to her classic style: she wore a blue coat dress. The official social media accounts for President Biden and Dr. Biden tweeted, “Congratulations Naomi and Peter! We love you.”
To her rehearsal dinner at the Renwick Gallery, Naomi Biden wore a Danielle Frankel gown. “This is a White House wedding, so there’s regard for the White House and for our country, but also for the sanctity of the wedding. We wanted to pay tribute to all of those components while still showcasing who Naomi is, respectful but sophisticated with a tinge of femininity,” Frankel explained. “She’s young and cool. Wearing the cape and the tulle is reminiscent of wearing a gown but has an ethereal quality that creates something grand and a sense of importance in that moment. For the rehearsal dinner, she’ll swap out the cape for the jacket, which is a more tailored, commanding clean look. We wanted to create a different moment and shift into the evening.”
An overhead shot of the South Lawn ceremony.
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Naomi and Peter became the first members of the President’s family to tie the knot at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue since President Richard Nixon’s daughter Tricia married Edward Cox in the Rose Garden in June 1971. (More recently, Hillary Clinton’s brother, Anthony Rodham, got married in the Rose Garden in May 1994, and in October 2013, White House photographer Pete Souza also got married in the Rose Garden. Both events were private.) They are just the 19th couple to ever wed at the White House.
The festivities for Naomi and Peter are set to continue this evening, with a reception at the White House.
Emily Burack (she/her) is the news writer for Town & Country, where she covers entertainment, culture, the royals, and a range of other subjects. Before joining T&C, she was the deputy managing editor at Hey Alma, a Jewish culture site. Follow her @emburack on Twitter and Instagram.