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George W. Bush's Daughter Gets Married In Stunning Secret Wedding

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Sisters Barbara Pierce and Jenna Hager Bush have gone down in history as two of America's most popular first children for not only being the only twins to have ever lived in the White House, but for the scandals they were embroiled in shortly after their father, George W. Bush, became president.

A few months into his term, the girls were both arrested for alcohol-related charges, not once but twice in five weeks.

However, both Barbara and Jenna were eventually able to convince the nation that their youthful shenanigans didn't define who they were.

After helping with their father's 2004 presidential campaign, Jenna left Washington D.C. to work as a teacher's aide for a year and a half. She later took a leave of absence to work as an intern for UNICEF in Panama. Now, a mother-of-two, Jenna is known as a correspondent for the Today show.

Barbara, who graduated from Yale University, worked with AIDS patients in Africa before joining the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum.

She has since co-founded a nonprofit called Global Health Corps, which provides young professionals from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to fight for global health equity.

In 2017, Barbara co-wrote a book with Jenna titled Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life.

Barbara has been in a very low-profile relationship with screenwriter Criag Coyne, and after years of dating, they got engaged in Maine, where her grandparents, former president George H.W. Bush and the late Barbara Bush, also got engaged.

“It’s just been a very sweet romance,” Barbara told People. “And we’ve been long-distance for most of it — he’s been in LA and I’ve been in New York — but we’ve gotten to spend a lot of time together.”

The couple finally tied the knot on October 7 in a gorgeous secret ceremony held at the family's property in Kennebunkport, Maine.

"President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush are delighted to announce the marriage of their daughter, Barbara Pierce, to Mr. Craig Louis Coyne," read a statement released by the Bush family.

George W. Bush walks daughter Barbara down the aisle
Former president George W. Bush walks his daughter Barbara down the aisleGeorge W. Bush/Instagram/Paul Morse Photo

"Barbara is named for a unique and strong woman — and rightly so, because she is unique and strong. @laurawbush and I are so proud of our compassionate, daring, fierce, kind, intelligent, loving daughter. And we’re thrilled to welcome Craig Coyne to our family," the 43rd president wrote on Instagram.

Craig and his 36-year-old bride were surrounded by only 20 family members, including Jenna, who served as her sister's matron of honor.

"They wanted to get married here because my grandfather is here," Jenna told Today. "It was a very secret wedding, a little bit like my elusive sister. But also, just family in a place that means family love, and it was beautiful."

Newlyweds Barbara Bush and Craig Coyne
Newlyweds Barbara Bush and Craig CoyneAllison V. Smith/Town and Country Magazine

The host revealed that she gave a speech, which ended with a letter that their grandfather gave to their grandmother, who died in April at the age of 92.

"I just told her and everybody how much she means to me," Jenna explained while holding back tears. "But ended actually with a letter that my grandfather wrote to my grandmother, because I searched all of the romantics and Shakespeare just wasn't doing it."

Jenna and Barbara Bush
Twin sisters Jenna and Barbara Bush share an intimate moment following Barbara's wedding ceremonyJenna Bush Hager/Instagram

Barbara, who wore an ivory silk crepe custom Vera Wang dress, chose the bracelet her grandfather gifted his late wife on their 70th wedding anniversary for her "something borrowed."

The couple chose Jenna's daughters as their flower girls and they also made sure to include Sully H.W. Bush, the elder Bush's service dog, in the wedding party.

Sully H.W. Bush, former President George H.W. Bush's service dog, poses with the bride.
Sully H.W. Bush, former President George H.W. Bush's service dog, poses with the bride. Sully H.W. Bush/Instagram/Paul Morse

The bride's mother, former First Lady Laura Bush, also took to social media to share some family photos from the big day.

"It was a wonderful day in Maine when Barbara married her love and Craig joined our family," she wrote in the caption.

Here are more photos from Barbara and Craig's special day:

Barbara Bush with her flower girls
Jenna Bush Hager/Instagram
Barbara Bush poses with her grandfather, former president George H.W. Bush
Barbara Bush poses with her grandfather, former president George H.W. BushAllison V. Smith/Town and Country Magazine
The newlyweds pictured with their families
The newlyweds pictured with their familiesPaul Morse/Town and Country Magazine

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Awa has been writing for Shared for 3 years. She is a serial snacker who unapologetically loves celebrity gossip. Drop her a line at awa@shared.com.