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Jenna Bush's Wedding Details

Jenna Bush Dishes Wedding Details, and Why She Said No to the White House

Jenna Bush was on the Today show with her mom yesterday discussing plans for her upcoming wedding and finally clearing up why it will not take place at the White House. The Pennsylvania Avenue option was of course available to Jenna, but she turned it down saying, “Texas is home to me. . . I did live in Washington, but I never lived in the White House."

The celebration is to take place at sunset on the Crawford, Texas ranch with a guest list of about 200 people. For you detail junkies, Jenna sets the scene:

I guess it maybe says we’re crazy. I wanted to be at home, and I wanted it to feel natural and I wanted it to be a private thing. It’s the one day of my life — it happens once — that I want to have a private time with Henry and my family. Plus, I’m not that glamorous. I’m more an outdoor type.

See? Maybe I wasn't so far off with my cowboy boot comment! To see what everyone will be wearing, and what's in store for the couple post-nuptials,


Her gown, described as simple and casual, is an Oscar de la Renta creation of embroidered organza with matte beading and a small train. She will have 14 attendants and her twin sister Barbara Bush will be her maid of honor. The party will wear short chiffon dresses by Lela Rose, a Texas designer, in green, blue, yellow and lavender.

When Jenna is not preparing for her wedding she is promoting a children’s book she wrote with her mother and First Lady, Laura, entitled Read All About It, which is on sale now.

The husband-to-be is Henry Hager, son of John Hager, a political heavyweight in Virginia politics and assistant secretary of the US Department of Education. He's currently completing graduate work at the Darden School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. Henry met Jenna while working on the 2004 Bush re-election campaign. After the wedding, it's rumored the newlyweds will move into a 128-year-old, two-bedroom, two-bath townhouse on the south side of Baltimore that they purchased for $440,000.

Sigh. Happily ever after!

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