When Barbara Bush, 36, secretly wed Craig Coyne, 36, over the weekend — she made sure to pay tribute to her family on her wedding day.
As People reports, the former first daughter tied the knot at her grandparents’ family home in Kennebunkport, Maine, for sentimental value.
Even her fiancé of five weeks honored former President George H.W. Bush and her late grandmother and first lady Barbara Bush in his proposal, as previously reported by Dearly.
But more importantly, she made the day special by making certain her grandpa would be part of the intimate ceremony.
The couple rushed to get married so that the 94-year-old former president could be present on her wedding day. Barbara told People:
“Craig didn’t get to meet my grandmother. I thought there would be plenty of time for that to happen.”
“We weren’t expecting that,” she said of the 92-year-old’s passing due to pulmonary disease.
Barbara didn’t want her 94-year-old grandfather to miss out on meeting Coyne or attending her wedding, so four months after meeting, the couple chose to marry shortly after their engagement.
“We actually would have gotten married the next week if we could have.
We just thought, let’s try to do it soon. We knew we wanted to be married — we’d already made that decision — so we didn’t need months of an engagement.”
Her screenwriter husband, who she meant on a blind date in November, proposed on August 25, during a family gathering in Maine.
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The bride called the Bush family compound her “happy place” because she and Coyne spent time there alone with her grandfather. She said:
“It was just us three — quiet and beautiful. I would read to him. While he napped, Craig and I would go on walks, then dress my grandfather up and take him out for martinis and oysters.”
Her twin sister Jenna Bush Hager told Today the wedding reception actually ended with a letter her grandfather wrote to her grandmother. Jenna said:
“All the romantics and Shakespeare just wasn’t doing it.”
So, she drew from her grandparents’ love story.