Naomi Biden’s Sheer Lace Wedding Dress Is Reminiscent of Grace Kelly’s Bridal Gown

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Wedding bells were ringing over the weekend for Naomi Biden, the eldest granddaughter of President Biden, who married Peter Neal at the White House on Saturday, Nov. 19. For her nuptials, Biden wore an elegant and sophisticated Ralph Lauren gown reportedly inspired by Grace Kelly’s classic bridal look. Crafted from Chantilly lace and embroidered with hand-placed organza petals that shimmered across the bodice, sleeves, and skirt, the custom design also featured a high neckline and delicate, wavy trim. The dress is certainly reminiscent of the one Kelly chose for her 1956 wedding, although Biden’s look did not feature buttons down the chest. It’s no surprise Biden selected Ralph Lauren for this special moment, as she also wore the iconic American brand on Inauguration Day, and attended the label’s fall/winter 2022 runway show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City this past March.

The 28-year-old law associate complemented her wedding dress with a silk organza veil, replete with similar lace detailing that trailed far behind her as she made her way down the aisle on the South Lawn; pearl drop earrings; and a new diamond wedding band beneath her emerald cut engagement ring from Shah & Shah Distinctive Jewelers. Her makeup was relatively understated, with a glossy, pink-toned lip and peachy glow. She wore her hair in a timeless low bun with a middle part. As for her new husband, the 25-year-old Neal opted for a three-piece navy blue suit with a double-breasted vest and matching tie, and he pinned a floral brooch to his lapel. The couple’s 250-person wedding is the 19th to ever take place at the White House and was orchestrated by Bryan Rafanelli of Rafanelli Events.

Prior to their wedding day, there was a rehearsal dinner on Friday night, for which Biden wore a custom Danielle Frankel four-piece set, consisting of a bustier, tailored jacket, and trouser in satin, and pleated tulle cape appliquéd in flowers that she eventually swapped out for the more polished jacket as the evening progressed.

“This is a White House wedding, so there’s regard for the White House and for our country, but also for the sanctity of the wedding,” Frankel told The New York Times of her approach in constructing the transitional outfit. “We wanted to pay tribute to all of those components while still showcasing who Naomi is, respectful but sophisticated with a tinge of femininity. She’s young and cool. Wearing the cape and the tulle is reminiscent of wearing a gown but has an ethereal quality that creates something grand and a sense of importance in that moment.”

Ahead, see photos taken by photographer John Dolan of the bride and groom. Then, review Neal’s Instagram documentation of the duo securing their marriage license prior to the ceremony, along with an outfit selfie Biden shot of herself in an ivory, ostrich-adorned Lapointe dress, as she kicked things into bridal gear one month before tying the knot.

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