Neil & Sharon Bush daughter weds
Lauren Bush-Lauren Wedding
By Jordan Staggs
September 4, 2011, the now Lauren Bush-Lauren, 27, (granddaughter of former President George HW Bush, and woman behind the FEED bag) married David Lauren, 39, at his father’s Colorado Ranch, overlooking the Rocky Mountains at sunset. Bush-Lauren wore a beautifully intricate Victorian-inspired gown designed by her father-in-law, Ralph Lauren; and her husband wore a vintage-style tux.
This Western-themed wedding was black tie with a twist. The guest attire included denim, turquoise and cowboy boots.
Guests included her uncle George W. Bush, his wife, Laura, and their two daughters. However, controversy seemed to spike when her grandfather George HW and Barbara Bush were absent from the event. There was speculation that the former president and his wife were not attending due to the fact that Lauren’s mother, Sharon had previously been married to their son Neil; and according to sources, the family had never reconciled after the divorce. The two were not present because of health reasons facing the altitude, and they sent a video of congratulations in time for the rehearsal.
Senior cantor, Angela Buchdahl, of Manhattan's Central Synagogue, conducted the ceremony; and guests observed from hand-carved wooden benches, as the bride made her arrival in a horse-drawn carriage. Lauren’s mother, Sharon told PEOPLE, "It was so beautiful; my daughter never looked more beautiful." Following the ceremony, the reception was held at a barn in a nearby meadow. Guests were served a steak dinner as they watched the bride and groom have their first dance.
After the wedding, the bride and groom’s families remained at the ranch for a three-day celebration that lasted until Labor Day.
The couple met in 2004. Lauren was an undergraduate at Princeton, studying Anthropology and Photography. Currently, David is an executive for his father’s company, Polo Ralph Lauren; and former model Lauren, now heads the FEED bag program.
The company started in 2006, when she designed a bag to help United Nation’s World Food Programme (where she began as a student spokesperson). These bags, that she designs herself, are sold in order to feed starving schoolchildren for a year. They are sold in a number of places, from Bergdorf Goodman to Whole Foods, and have so far been able to feed over 50 million starving children.