Let’s take a quick look at seven remarkable photos of former U.S. Presidents First Ladies on their wedding days. Since the country was first founded, most presidents have had their spouses at their sides. When the world became too exhausting to deal with, the presidents had someone to lean on.


1. Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson


7 Former U.S. First Ladies And Their Wedding Gowns

It was love at first sight for the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife Lady Bird. In fact, Johnson proposed to the socialite on their first date. Just 22 at the time, Lady Bird did not accept, but Johnson was persistent even neglecting his legal studies until his wife eventually said yes ten weeks later.

The pair wed November 17, 1934, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio, Texas. Though they hoped to start a family right away, Lady Bird suffered three miscarriages until the first of their two daughters were born. Both Lynda Bird and Luci Baines spent their teen years in the White House under the scrutiny of the media. They also both had White House weddings.


2. Harry and Bess Truman on their wedding day in 1919


Harry and Bess Truman on their wedding day in 1919

Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States. The World War I veteran had known his wife, Elizabeth “Bess” Wallace since they were children. In fact, they attended the same high school in Independence, Missouri. Initially, Truman began courting Bess in 1911 before he was shipped to war, and he even proposed but she turned him down flat.

The pair eventually did wed after the war was over on June 28, 1919, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Independence and had one child, a daughter named Martha. Bess was not a fan of being the First lady when her husband became president in 1945. She did not care for the lack of privacy nor did she enjoy the formalities and elitism. She was eager to return to private life after her husband’s presidency ended.


3. Jackie Kennedy Onassis and John F. Kennedy’s Wedding


Top 10 Former U.S. First Ladies And Their Wedding Gowns

Camelot started here. On September 12, 1953, future U.S. president John F. Kennedy married New York socialite Jacqueline Bouvier in Newport, Rhode Island, in the society wedding of the year. The couple chose to celebrate their wedding outdoors at Hammersmith Farm, the mother of the bride’s 300-acre property.

Jackie Kennedy Onassis and John F. Kennedy’s Wedding

The bride chose a little-known but talented, New York City-based designer named Ann Lowe to design her iconic wedding gown. Ten days before the wedding, the gown was unfortunately destroyed–along with nine other pieces that had been designated and created for the wedding part–when Lowe’s Madison Avenue studio flooded.

Jackie Kennedy Onassis and John F. Kennedy’s Wedding

The dress, which originally took two months to craft, was recreated by Lowe and the result was breathtaking. Jackie Kennedy walked down the aisle in a one-of-a-kind, ornate, ivory silk gown featuring a bouffant skirt and a portrait neckline that elegantly showcased her collarbone. The gown was topped by an elaborate rose point lace veil, and was received favorably by the American public.


4. Gerald and Betty Ford on their wedding day in 1948


Gerald and Betty Ford on their wedding day in 1948

Elizabeth Anne Bloomer aka Betty Ford was a dancer and fashion coordinator who married Gerald Ford a year after divorcing her ex-husband, an insurance salesman named, William G. Warren. When Betty met Ford he was a lawyer and World War II veteran who was campaigning for his first term as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Though the two were deeply in love, Ford asked his bride-to-be to delay the wedding until just before the elections since she was a divorcee and ex-dancer. The Fords had four children together and were the first executive couple since the Coolidges to openly share a single bedroom. It was quite a scandal at the time.

The first lady famously clapped back, saying, “I guess when you’re president, you’re supposed to be a eunuch.”

The first lady publicly struggled with painkillers and alcohol dependencies, but the Fords remained united and were married for 58 years until the former president’s death in 2006.

5. Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter on their wedding day in 1946


Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter on their wedding day in 1946

Their families were already acquainted when Rosalynn first dated Jimmy Carter in 1945 while he was attending the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. She developed a crush on him after seeing a picture of him in his Annapolis uniform. The two were riding in the back seat of the car of Ruth Carter's boyfriend when Jimmy surprised Rosalynn by kissing her. This was the first time that Rosalynn had ever allowed a boy to do this on the first date.

Rosalynn agreed to marry Jimmy in February 1946 when she went to Annapolis with his parents. The two scheduled their marriage to take place in July and kept the arrangement secret. Rosalynn resented telling her mother she had chosen to marry instead of continuing her education. On July 7, 1946, they married in Plains. The marriage canceled Rosalynn's plans to attend Georgia State College for Women, where she had planned to study interior design.


6. Hillary Clinton‘s 1975 wedding to former US President Bill Clinton


Hillary Clinton‘s 1975 wedding to former US President Bill Clinton

Hillary Clinton‘s 1975 wedding to former US President Bill Clinton

The couple married in the living room of their home in a small ceremony that was attended by just 15 of their closest friends and family. The reception was a larger affair and had a few hundred people come along to celebrate with a party in Bill and Hillary’s backyard! The couple honeymooned in Acapulco, Mexico which Hillary’s mother, Dorothy Rodham paid for.


7. Barack and Michelle Obama on their wedding day on Oct. 3, 1992


Barack and Michelle Obama on their wedding day on Oct. 3, 1992

Barack and Michelle Obama on their wedding day on Oct. 3, 1992


Barack and Michelle are still looking just as in love today as they did on their wedding day, which was on Oct. 3, 1992. They shared their first dance to Stevie Wonder’s song titled, you guessed it, “You and I.”


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