Presidential friends and family descended on central Texas for Saturday night's super-private wedding of First Daughter Jenna Bush to Virginia native Henry Hager at the Bush family's 1,600-acre ranch in Crawford.
Jenna, 26, is expected to marry at sunset on the edge of a lake, and aside a giant cross constructed for the event. The altar, made of Texas limestone, is rumored to have cost the President several thousand dollars.
The bride will wear a dress by Oscar de la Renta, the preferred designer of the First Lady. It is reportedly sheer organza with embroidery and matte beading.
Dress details have been kept under wraps until Saturday so that Hager, 30, who hails from a prominent political family, will be surprised when his bride walks down the aisle.
Jenna's twin, Barbara, will serve as maid of honor. She'll wear a "moonstone blue" silk gown designed by Texas-born Lela Rose, made to match her eyes.
There will be 14 other bridal attendants, known in Texas as the "house party." They'll wear chiffon cocktail-length dresses in colors inspired by the Texas wildflowers in bloom on the ranch.
Dallas caterer Eddie Deen, who provided Texas-style barbecue favorites at Bush inauguration events, is rumored to be cooking for the guests at Saturday's pre-wedding BBQ luncheon.
With accommodations in Crawford scarce, "wedding central" is about 60 miles away in Salado.
The bridesmaids met Friday at the Stagecoach Inn in Salado for a girls-only lunch.
The President, who wedding planners estimate has spent over $100,000 on this "down-home" celebration, has been slipping fatherly gripes into his speeches.
"I had to face some very difficult spending decisions, and I've had to conduct sensitive diplomacy. That's called planning for a wedding," Bush joked in March.
Despite her mother's protestations, Jenna Bush did not want to have a lavish wedding in the White House.
"That's not really my personality. There's a glamour to it, I know, but Henry and I are far less glamorous than the White House," she told Vogue magazine.
An army of Secret Service agents and military aircraft will keep uninvited guests - and the paparazzi - away.
The couple first met during the 2004 presidential campaign. They grew close a year later while Hager worked for former White House political guru Karl Rove.
The bride accepted Hager's proposal last August, during an early-morning hike on Cadillac Mountain in Maine.
Hager proposed with a round diamond engagement ring that belonged to his maternal great-grandmother. It was reset between two sapphires.
When Hager asked permission to wed Jenna, the President replied: "Done deal."