Naomi Biden‘s recent nuptials have gone down in history as the first wedding of a grandchild of a sitting US president at the White House. And now, photos exclusive to Vogue reveal that an Arab designer was a major part of the bride’s big day. While she wore a Grace Kelly-inspired wedding gown by American brand Ralph Lauren to exchange vows with Peter Neal, Biden slipped into a sleek dress from Lebanese designer Reem Acra’s namesake label for the reception and cake-cutting ceremony.
The ivory Mikado silk gown created by Beirut-born Acra came with a delicate strapless neckline, and was made notably special with pearls belonging to Biden’s grandmother Roberta Buhle sewn into the sweeping six-foot train. Biden paired the dress with pearl jewelry of her own, and sheer gloves. Acra was also the designer of choice for First Lady Jill Biden, who wore two dresses from the brand on the day: A custom couture silk chiffon vintage blue dress with a teal wool crepe coat for the ceremony and a gold embroidered seafoam blue dress for the black-tie reception.
Naomi Biden is the daughter of US president Joe Biden’s younger son, Hunter, and his ex-wife Kathleen Buhle, and is an associate at the DC law firm Arnold & Porter. She first met her now-husband Neal after being set up by a mutual friend in 2018 and got engaged in September 2021. As for Acra, she launched her bridal line in 1997, expanding to ready-to-wear in 2003, and has since become known for her dreamy designs worn by Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Angelina Jolie among other stars.