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Photos: Weddings in the political spotlight

The newlyweds
Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky walk up the aisle after their wedding ceremony in Rhinebeck, N.Y. (Handout photo)
John F. Kennedy Jr.
John F. Kennedy Jr., 35, and Carolyn Bessette, 30, leave a chapel on Cumberland Island, off the coast of Georgia, after a small, private wedding ceremony on Sept. 21, 1996. (Denis Reggie / Associated Press)
Jenna Bush
President George W. Bush and daughter Jenna, 26, smile for the cameras before her wedding to Henry Hager at the Bush family’s Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas. Hager is the son of John H. Hager, former chairman of the Virginia Republican Party. (Shealah Craighead / the White House)
Amy Carter
Amy Carter, 28, daughter of former President Carter, married 27-year-old computer consultant James Wentzel in a brief, private ceremony in Plains, Ga. The two met while she was working in an Atlanta bookstore managed by Wentzel. Carter was studying at the time for a master’s degree in art history at Tulane. (Charles Plant / Carter family)
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Maria Shriver and the future governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, display high-wattage smiles outside St. Francis Xavier Church in Hyannis, Mass., on the day of their 1986 nuptials. (Mike Kullen / Associated Press)
Al Gore
Al Gore and Mary Elizabeth “Tipper” Aitcheson were married in 1970 at Washington’s National Cathedral. They’re congratulated by his father, Sen. Albert Gore Sr., and mother, Pauline. According to the U.S. Senate website, they met at a party at St. Albans, Gore’s prep school. At the time, Tipper was attending St. Agnes and playing drums for the all-girl rock group the Wildcats. At their wedding, St. Albans’ headmaster officiated, and the organist played a Beatles medley. (Associated Press)
Barack Obama
Michelle Robinson, 28, and her new husband, Barack Obama, 31, celebrate their wedding, held in Chicago in October 1992. The two met while working at a Chicago law firm. He was a summer associate, and she was assigned to mentor him. (Associated Press)
John F. Kennedy
The wedding of John F. Kennedy, 36, and Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, 24, was a major social event. More than 700 guests attended the ceremony at St. Mary’s Church in Newport, R.I., and there were about 900 at the lavishly catered reception that followed. (Cecil Yates / Associated Press)
Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan, actor and president-to-be, married actress Nancy Davis in the Little Brown Church of the Valley in North Hollywood. It was 32-year-old Davis’ first marriage and the second for Reagan, 41. He was divorced from actress Jane Wyman. The Reagans were paired in the 1957 movie “Hellcats of the Navy.” (Associated Press)
John McCain
Then-Navy Capt. John Sidney McCain III, 43, and Cindy Lou Hensley, 25, were married May 17, 1980, at the First United Methodist Church in Phoenix. A reception followed at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. McCain entered politics a year later, becoming a U.S. senator in 1987. (Associated Press)
John Edwards
Elizabeth Anania, 28, and John Edwards, 24, on their wedding day in 1977. (Handout photo)
Jerry Brown
Then-Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown wed attorney Anne Gust, his significant other of 15 years, in June 2005. Sen. Dianne Feinstein officiated. (Sean Connelley / Oakland Tribune)
Sargent Shriver
Sargent Shriver, 37, and Eunice Mary Kennedy, 31, leave St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York after their May 1953 wedding. (Bettmann / Corbis)
Prince Charles and Diana
Hundreds of thousands lined the streets of London and millions watched worldwide when Prince Charles and Diana Spencer, 20, tied the knot in the summer of 1981. The ceremony was performed at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Diana’s wedding dress, by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, had a 25-foot-long train. Charles, 32, wore the full dress uniform of a naval commander. (Associated Press)
Grace Kelly
A worldwide media frenzy accompanied the wedding of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III of Monaco. They were married in a civil ceremony April 18, 1956, followed by a religious ceremony April 19, with 600 guests, at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Monaco. The dress she wore was a gift from MGM and was designed by Helen Rose. The six-tier wedding cake was sliced with the prince’s sword. (© Prince’s Palace Archives)
Prince Charles and Camilla
Britain’s Prince Charles wed a second time, to Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. The wedding was at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, a church blessing of their civil wedding ceremony. (Alastair Grant / AFP/Getty Images)
Prince Andrew
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson leave the altar at London’s Westminster Abbey after exchanging vows. According to the BBC, there were about 2,000 guests and 30,000 flowers. Among those attending were 17 members of foreign royalty, U.S. First Lady Nancy Reagan and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. (Associated Press)