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May 13, 2008

Congratulations Jenna & Henry!!

Jenna was a beautiful Texas bride in a stunning, embroidered Oscar de la Renta V-Neck gown.

Henry Hager and Jenna Bush exchange vows at the altar Saturday, May 10, 2008, during their sunset wedding ceremony at Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas.
All photos from White House photographer Shealah Craighead
I just loved the intimate family setting at the Prarie Chapel Ranch for Jenna Bush and Henry Hager's May 10th wedding in Crawford, Texas, home of what is known as the Bush's "Western White House".

The 200 person wedding had it's formalities and traditions but was definately infused with much of the young couple's personal style and wish to keep the affair intimate with only family and very close friends of the couple. It definately was inspired by the brides' deep love for her home state of Texas; a love she shares with her father.

The Texas limestone cross and alter was commissioned personally by Father of the Bride, President George W. Bush on the occassion of his daughter's wedding. I think the white floral arrangements that frame the cross on the alter are understanded yet so elegant with white roses and lush greenery in intricately painted ceramic urns but it also has a comforting, home like essence.

The young women who made up the Bride's "House Party" (instead of bridesmaids) as it is known in Texas wore knee length gowns designed by Texas native Lela Rose in colors inspired by the palette of Texas wildflowers and the new bride changed into a fun, swingy dress to dance the night away in, also by Lela Rose.

According to the Houston Chronicle, "The evening included a seated dinner in an understated but beautifully decorated party tent not far from the ranch house. Mint-hued linens covered tables that were centered with bouquets of white flowers accented with purple blossoms.

Houston caterer Jackson Hicks and his team provided the three-course meal — a crabmeat tower appetizer, a steak and potatoes main course and wedding cake for dessert. The cake was not the soaring extravaganza typical of White House weddings; it was a simple but lovely confection".

The happy couple danced until 3:00 am with their guests who declared the wedding a "truly just gorgeous and tasteful" event.

Brides.com and the White House Website have official released photos of the wedding as do the sites below with some more details.
Here is wishing all the best to the new Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hager for a long, happy and healthy future together filled with much love!
Have a Stylish Day!

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