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On June 12, 1971, newly married Tricia Nixon cuts into her wedding cake with the assistance of her husband, Edward Cox. The Nixon-Cox wedding ceremony was conducted in the Rose Garden of the White House, while the reception was held in the Entrance Hall. The six-layer, roughly seven-foot tall cake was designed by New York pastry chef Maurice Bonté.

Courtesy of Henry & Carole Haller and Family
White House History Live: White House Weddings

Join us in learning more about White House History right from your own home. Our Facebook Live series, White House History Live, delves into the stories that make up the history of the Executive Mansion.

In November, there will be a wedding at the White House! Since the first documented White House wedding occurred in 1812, the public has been fascinated by all aspects of these events, from decor to fashion to cuisine! Join Bethanee Bemis, a museum specialist within the Division of Political and Military History at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, for a discussion about the public’s interest in White House weddings throughout history, with a special focus on White House wedding cakes.

This event will be live streamed on the White House Historical Association's Facebook and YouTube pages starting at 5pm ET on November 7.