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- Former first daughter Barbara Bush rushed to get married after her grandmother and namesake died in April.
- She said her husband had the opportunity to meet her grandmother while she was alive.
- Her grandfather, former president George H.W. Bush, was present at the wedding Sunday.
Barbara Bush got married Sunday, and she said she felt rushed to make it happen after her grandmother and namesake, former first lady Barbara Bush, died in April.
“That’s the one thing about waiting,” she told People. “You can have this great career and this great life. But, of course, the older you get, you lose people that you love.”
Bush said her husband, the screenwriter Craig Coyne, didn’t meet her grandmother while she was alive. When he proposed to her on August 25, during a family gathering at her grandparents’ home in Maine, she wanted to get married quickly instead of spending a long time planning the wedding.
“Craig didn’t get to meet my grandmother. I thought there would be plenty of time for that to happen,” she said. “We knew we wanted to be married – we’d already made that decision – so we didn’t need months of an engagement.”
Bush’s grandfather, 94-year-old former president George H.W. Bush, was in attendance. In April of this year, the former president was hospitalized with a blood infection and believed to be close to death. Then in May, he was hospitalized after experiencing fatigue and low blood pressure. He has since recovered.
“We just thought, let’s try to do [the wedding] soon – a small wedding with just our family and my grandfather, here,” she told People.