First Lady: Friday’s Storm Nearly Wrecked Saturday’s Wedding

(White House photo by Shealah Craighead)

(May 12, 2008)--First Lady Laura Bush said Monday the storms that spawned violent tornadoes over the weekend slammed into President Bush's Central Texas ranch and threatened to disrupt wedding plans for Jenna Bush and Henry Hager.

She says that while family members and the wedding party were in Salado at the rehearsal dinner, all the catering ovens were turned over and the sides were ripped off the tent erected for the reception after the wedding ceremony.

But she says that by Saturday night, you couldn't even tell there had been any damage.

About 200 invited guests attended the private outdoor wedding ceremony.

Mrs. Bush said Monday the ranch was beautiful and the wildflowers were blooming.

Meanwhile Monday, more details emerged about the Friday night events in Salado, which were planned under a cloak of secrecy so impenetrable that not even the owners of the businesses where the rehearsal dinner and party were held knew who the guests actually were until they arrived.

Arrangements were made under names other than Bush and Hager.

More than 40 students from Belton High School’s march band agreed to play at a mystery event Friday.

They didn’t find out until they’d turned over their cell phones and were about to board a bus that the mystery event was the rehearsal dinner.

The bride-to-be asked Belton High School Principal Kathy Cook through a mutual friend if the band would surprise her fiancé by playing “Happy Birthday.”

Friday was Hager’s 30th birthday.

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