Why have one wedding ceremony when you can have two?! The daughter of former President George W. Bush, Barbara Pierce Bush, reportedly married her screenwriter husband, Craig Coyne, at a second wedding ceremony — just six months after their first nuptials.
The 37-year-old supposedly tied the knot with Craig, also 37, for a second time at the sprawling 1,600-acre Prairie Chapel Ranch owned by her parents, George and Laura Bush, in Crawford, Texas on Saturday, April 13. The couple first proclaimed their love for each other in a secret wedding ceremony in Maine last October.
“It was wonderful. It was everything we wanted,” the former first daughter gushed to People following her first wedding day. “It was small and in a place that we have grown up and have so many incredible memories in Maine. We just wanted to make sure we could do it while my grandfather was still healthy,” she explained, referring to the Bush family patriarch, President George H.W. Bush — who sadly passed just weeks after the ceremony.
The newlywed’s first wedding had only about 20 of Barbara and Craig’s closest friends and family in attendance. “It was a very secret wedding, a little bit like my elusive sister,” her twin sister, Jenna Bush Hager, said on Today at the time of the ceremony. “But also, just family in a place that means family love, and it was beautiful.” While the first wedding was small, the second celebration reportedly hosted over a whopping 100 people – wow!
The news of the couple’s apparent second wedding ceremony comes just two days following the one-year anniversary of grandma Barbara Bush‘s death. Sadly, Jenna and Barbara’s beloved “Ganny” was unable to attend both weddings considering she passed away in April 2018, just months before the first ceremony.
However, the bride told People at the time that she felt like her beloved grandmother was there in spirit. “The second that it was announced that we were husband and wife, it started to rain,” the former first daughter gushed to the outlet. “I thought, ‘That’s my grandmother. She’s with us.'” We bet Barbara felt her grandmother’s presence at the reported second wedding too.