To the rest of America the wedding of President Bush's daughter Jenna and former White House aide Henry Chase Hager represented one of the most high-profile political unions of recent times. Yet to the young newlyweds contemplating the start of their married life moments after a magical sunset ceremony, Saturday's nuptials were simply a joyous family occasion.
Speaking after the private wedding party at the clan's 1,600-acre Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas, the American leader said the celebrations had been "spectacular". "Our little girl, Jenna, married a really good guy," said a beaming Mr Bush.
"The weather cooperated nicely," added the proud father. "Just as the vows were exchanged, the sun set over our lake and it was just a special day."
Watched by some 200 guests the couple tied the knot before a four-foot-high limestone cross and altar commissioned for the occasion by Jenna's dad.
For her big occasion the bride had chosen an elegant beaded organza gown with a small train by Oscar De La Renta. She carried a simple posy of white flowers and completed the stunning look with rosebuds plaited into her honey blonde locks. The 26-year-old was attended by her twin sister Barbara, who acted as maid of honour, and 14 bridesmaids.
Though 30-year-old Henry is also the scion of a prominent Republican dynasty, politics played little part in the proceedings ‚Äď the officiating minister, Reverend Kirbyjon Caldwell recently endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Aftewards the invitees repaired to a marquee for dinner and dancing, with the new Mr and Mrs Hager taking to the floor to Lovin' In My Baby's Eyes by Taj Mahal.