Jenna Bush Hager has revealed that her father, former President George W. Bush, wanted her to elope instead of planning a big wedding while he was in office.
The Today host, 40, wed her husband, Henry Hager, at the Bush family’s Prairie Chapel Ranch ranch near Crawford, Texas, on May 10, 2008, but it could have been an entirely different affair if she had listened to her dad.
‘My dad wanted us to elope because it was a pain,’ she told her co-host Hoda Kotb on Wednesday’s show. ‘He was like, ‘What are y’all doing? Y’all should just elope.’
Jenna Bush Hager, 40, revealed on the Today show that her father, former President George W. Bush, wanted her to elope instead of planning a big wedding ‘because it was a pain’
The Today star (pictured with her father on her wedding day) recalled how he said, ‘What are y’all doing? Y’all should just elope’
Jenna was reminded of her father’s suggestion while they were discussing Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker’s impromptu Las Vegas wedding after the Grammys.
The couple’s ‘practice’ ceremony was reportedly not legally binding because they didn’t have a marriage license.
Jenna noted that her father was still in office when she and Henry got engaged in 2007 and started planning their big day.
While then-President Bush liked the idea of her eloping, she wasn’t sure how he would feel about a wedding in Sin City like Kourtney and Travis.
Jenna added that while her dad liked the idea of an elopement, she doesn’t know if he would have wanted her to fly to Las Vegas to do it
Jenna and her husband, Henry Hager, said ‘I do’ at the Bush family’s Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas, on May 10, 2008
‘I don’t know if he wanted us to go to Vegas to do it,’ she said.
Jenna opened up about her wedding day on the Today show last May, recalling how her father picked her up in his pickup truck before walking her down the aisle.
‘My dad picked me up in a pickup truck — in his pickup truck — and he said, “You look beautiful, baby.” And then we both just wept,’ she shared.
‘I remember seeing Henry clearly, standing there at this cross that my dad had helped build for us,’ she added.
They exchanged vows in front of a cross her father helped build for them, which they still have
Jenna (pictured with her family) opened up about her wedding on the show last May, recalling how her father picked her up in his pickup truck and told her, ‘You look beautiful, baby’
Jenna shared photos from her wedding on her Instagram Stories last May in honor of their 13-year anniversary, including pictures of her late grandparents George H.W. and Barbara Bush
In one sweet snapshot, Henry is pictured wiping tears from Jenna’s eyes at the altar
‘It’s still there, so we have our Christmas services there that we put together. Our kids have gotten to stand on it.’
After the sunset ceremony, the couple’s 200 guests enjoyed dinner and dancing under tents on the property.
‘The wedding was spectacular. It’s all we could have hoped for,’ President Bush said at the time. ‘It was just a special day and a wonderful day, and we’re mighty blessed.’
‘Our little girl, Jenna, married a really good guy,’ he told reporters before returning to Washington, D.C. after the wedding.
Jenna shared this photo of Henry dipping her on Valentine’s Day this year, writing, ‘Be mine, Henry.’ They will be celebrating their 14-year wedding anniversary next month
Jenna and Henry are proud parents to three children: Mila, eight, Poppy, six, Hal, two
Jenna shared photos from her wedding album on her Instagram Stories last May in honor of their 13-year anniversary, starting with a picture of Henry giving her a sweet kiss.
The former first daughter wore a custom Oscar de la Renta gown to say ‘I do’ while Henry sported a sharp navy suit and powder blue tie.
The mother of three posted snapshots of herself kissing her twin sister Barbara and Henry wiping her tears away at the altar.
She also included an image of her paternal grandparents, George H.W. and Barbara Bush, who both passed away in 2018.
Jenna and Henry are proud parents to three children: Mila, eight, Poppy, six, Hal, two.