Barbara Bush got married in a hurry so that granddad George HW Bush could be there while 'he's still feeling good'
After getting engaged, Barbara decided that she would make haste with the wedding so that she wouldn't miss the opportunity of celebrating with her grandfather George H.W. Bush
Four months after her namesake grandmother, former First Lady Barbara Bush suddenly died following complications from a pulmonary disease at age 92, Barbara Bush decided that she would not make the same mistake with her 94-year-old grandfather, former President George H.W. Bush, and so, planned to tie the knot while he was still feeling good, reports People magazine.
Speaking of her grandmother's sudden death, "We weren’t expecting that," Barbara said in an interview for the media outlet. At the time, she was dating her now-husband, Los-Angeles-based screenwriter Craig Coyne, whom she hadn't yet introduced to her grandparents. The couple married in a low-key wedding on Sunday.
"Craig didn’t get to meet my grandmother. I thought there would be plenty of time for that to happen." But after getting engaged, Barbara decided that she would make haste with the wedding so that she wouldn't miss the opportunity of celebrating with her grandfather.
Craig proposed to her on August 25, during a Bush family gathering at her grandparents' oceanside home in Kennebunkport, Maine. "We actually would have gotten married the next week if we could have," said Barbara. "We just thought, let’s try to do it soon. We knew we wanted to be married — we’d already made that decision — so we didn’t need months of an engagement."
The couple was very sure that the wedding venue would be in Maine, as they called it their "happy place". Both Barbara and Craig had spent a lot of time at her grandfather's house, especially after he returned to Kennebunkport for the first time without his wife.
"It was just us three — quiet and beautiful. I would read to him. While he napped, Craig and I would go on walks, then dress my grandfather up and take him out for martinis and oysters." When the time came to set a date, the Bush family saw that the former president's age and history of health problems became a huge factor that had to be taken into consideration.
"He’s great — totally with it. He is, of course, 94 years old and misses my grandmother. … We just thought, let’s try to do [the wedding] soon — a small wedding with just our family and my grandfather, here," said Barbara. About the wedding day, Barbara, who is also board chair of the Global Health Corps nonprofit she co-founded in 2008, told the media outlet, "We were there with them all through dinner."
"That’s the one thing about waiting," said Barbara. "You can have this great career and this great life. But, of course, the older you get, you lose people that you love."