Lauren Bush marries David Lauren, becomes Lauren Bush-Lauren


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Lauren Bush, niece of former President George W. Bush, and David Lauren, son of designer Ralph Lauren, were married Sunday at Ralph and Ricky Lauren’s Double RL ranch in Colorado, capping a weekend of wedding festivities that included a picnic and softball game leading up to the ceremony.

One of the most spectacular things about the wedding, other than the view of the Rocky Mountains? The bride’s married name.


‘After the wedding, Lauren will become Lauren Bush-Lauren,’ her father, Neil Bush, wrote on Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter. (The father of the bride has been doing oil business in China.)

Also fantastic: The bride’s gown was designed by her father-in-law.

Lauren Bush, 27, is a former model turned entrepreneur. David Lauren, 39, is an executive at Polo Ralph Lauren.

Among the two hundred guests at the wedding -- who were invited to dress in ‘black tie with a Western twist,’ according to People -- were George W. Bush 43 and former First Lady Laura Bush, their twin daughters Jenna Hager and Barbara Bush, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush didn’t attend because of health issues related to the altitude of the wedding site; instead, the bride’s grandparents sent a video message that was played at the rehearsal dinner, the New York Post said.

The mother of the bride, Sharon, was accompanied by Prince Dmitri of Yugoslavia. Lauren’s brother Pierce and sister Ashley and David’s brother Andrew and sister Dylan were reported to be in the wedding party. Although Sharon and Neil Bush divorced in 2003, they came together to walk their daughter down the aisle.

The bride arrived in a horse-drawn carriage while guests watched from hand-carved wooden benches. Angela Buchdahl, senior cantor of Manhattan’s Central Synagogue, conducted the ceremony, which was followed by a reception in a barn in a nearby meadow, with steaks from ranch stock on the dinner menu. Though the Double RL Ranch was already well-equipped, a softball diamond and chapel were built for the occasion, according to the Durango Herald.

Culture Map Houston rounded up some other celebrity guests’ names: Ivanka Trump, who brought her baby to Colorado, and ‘Showgirls’ actress Elizabeth Berkley, wife of the groom’s cousin Greg Lauren.


And what might the wedding guests be doing Monday? A hundred tickets have been purchased for the Labor Day rodeo nearby, the Herald said, with the Laurens providing transportation to the Ouray County Fairgrounds.


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Left photo: An undated portrait of the Lauren family shows a younger Dylan, left, dad Ralph, Andrew, mom Ricky and David Lauren. Credit: Bruce Weber

Right photo: Lauren Bush, left, with cousin Jenna Hager at a UNICEF event in New York in June. Lauren Bush is co-founder and chief executive of FEED Projects. Credit: Jemal Countess / Getty Images.