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Bush's daughter Jenna to wed in Texas

In a welcome break from two wars, terrorism, soaring oil prices and other woes, US President George W Bush was to celebrate his daughter Jenna's wedding on his Texas ranch on Saturday.

world Updated: May 11, 2008 02:30 IST

In a welcome break from two wars, terrorism, soaring oil prices and other woes, US President George W Bush was to celebrate his daughter Jenna's wedding on his Texas ranch on Saturday.

Far from the pomp and publicity of past White House nuptials, Jenna, 26, was to marry fiance Henry Hager, 30, less than one year after he proposed at dawn atop Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park on Maine's coast.

"Today is my daughter Jenna's wedding day. This is a joyous occasion for our family, as we celebrate the happy life ahead of her and her husband Henry," the president said in his weekly radio address.

"It's also a special time for Laura, who this Mother's Day weekend will watch a young woman we raised together walk down the aisle," he said, hours before the ceremony on the 1,600-acre estate.

With twin sister Barbara as her maid of honour, and 14 young women attendants, Jenna and Henry were to speak their vows at 7:30 pm (0600 IST Sunday) before a cream-coloured Texas limestone cross that the president erected near a lake on the ranch just for the occasion.

"She just wanted to get married at home. She just feels a lot more comfortable there. And it will be really beautiful. This is the time when the wildflowers are all blooming," Laura Bush said Monday.

Early Saturday, tiny Crawford -- population 751 -- sat under a gray ceiling of clouds, and the weather forecast called for a partly cloudy evening with 33-degree Celsius heat.