Tricia Nixon, elder daughter of the United States President, set a new precedent in society weddings yesterday (Saturday).
Tricia Nixon, elder daughter of the United States President, set a new precedent in society weddings yesterday (Saturday). She became the first daughter of a President to be married in the White House rose garden. Four hundred guests saw Tricia and her law student bridegroom Eddie Cox exchange their vows beneath a bower of flowers. The 10-minute long service -- comprising Catholic, Methodist and Episcopalian prayers -- was fitted in between rain showers.
SYNOPSIS: President Nixon's elder daughter Tricia set a new precedent for society weddings in Washington on Saturday. It was the first time in the history of the White House that a President's daughter had been married at an open air ceremony. Despite showers, Tricia, radiant in silk organdie gown, was determined that the wedding ceremony should be held in the White House rose garden.
Law student Eddie Cox was the bridegroom. He and Tricia were marrying after a secret, seven-year courtship. It was Tricia's day in every sense. Besides choosing the open-air setting, she also wrote the ten-minute wedding service, which was composed of Catholic, Methodist and Episcopalian prayers. Music at the service was provided by a string ensemble from the United States Army.
The four-hundred guests who watched the open-air wedding were mostly drawn from wealthy and aristocratic New York and California families. Apart from members of President Nixon's cabinet, there were scarcely any political figures or foreign diplomats present. A White House spokesman declared that the wedding had been planned as an entirely non-political event.
Shortly after the ceremony, the rain started falling again, and the young couple welcomed their guests at a reception inside the White House. Later, they were to leave for a secret honeymoon hideaway. They plan to spend the rest of the summer in New York City, where Eddie is working as a judge's clerk. Then they will be making a home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, while Eddie completes his final year at Havard Law School.