CRAWFORD, Texas – The father of the bride beamed Sunday as he reported that his daughter and her new husband had the wedding every family hopes for.
"Our little girl Jenna married a really good guy. The wedding was spectacular. It was all we could hope for," President Bush said as he and wife Laura left for Washington, D.C., from Texas, where their Crawford ranch served as the location for Jenna Bush and Henry Hager to wed a night earlier.
"The weather cooperated nicely. Just as the vows were exchanged the sun set over our lake and it was just a special day and a wonderful day and we're mighty blessed," Bush said.
The intensely private wedding between the younger Bush twin and the son of Virginia's former lieutenant governor was guarded by Secret Service, Texas State Troopers, a no-fly zone and a vehicle blockade.
Jenna Bush wore an Oscar de la Renta gown made of organza. It had a small train, and according to the band leader, she wore no veil. Hager wore a dark blue suit and powder-blue tie as did the president. Laura Bush also dressed in a metallic blue cocktail-length gown while Jenna's big sister Barbara, the only bridesmaid, was decked out in a greek-style moonstone blue gown with a gold waistband.
The other 13 women in the "house party" were clad in seven different styles of knee-length dresses in seven different colors that match the palette of Texas wildflowers — blues, greens, lavenders and pinky reds.
The best man was the groom's brother, John "Jack" Hager. Also part of the "house party" were 14 ushers, who walked with the 14 women down the aisle to their seats, but did not participate in the ceremony.
The band leader, Tyrone Smith of Nashville, Tenn., said the former President Bush and his wife Barbara spoke during the wedding. A store owner in Crawford told FOX News she woke up last night to the sound of fireworks over the ranch.
President Bush walked Jenna down the outdoor aisle to a limestone alter and cross next to the lake. The father and daughter danced to "You Are So Beautiful." The bride and groom danced first to "Lovin' in My Baby's Eyes" by Taj Mahal.
Security was so tight that the 200 guests had to go to an off-site location, get checked by Secret Service and then get bussed to the ranch.
Denver Broncos Coach Mike Shanahan, whose daughter was a college roomate of Jenna's, told FOX News Radio it was a great, elegant night, but would reveal little else.
The couple heads to a honeymoon in Europe before they settle down in Baltimore, where they've bought a house together.
In his weekly radio address ahead of Saturday night's wedding, Bush noted the event as one of the highlights in their storied family history.
"This is a joyous occasion for our family, as we celebrate the happy life ahead of her and her husband, Henry," Bush said in his Saturday radio address. "It's also a special time for Laura who this Mother's Day weekend will watch a young woman we raised together walk down the aisle."
Jenna, 26, is the 22nd child of a president to get married while their father was in the Oval Office. Their ceremonies have ranged from Tricia Nixon's extravagant wedding broadcast live from the Rose Garden in 1971 to the 1992 Camp David wedding of Jenna's aunt, Dorothy Koch. That one was kept so secret that the press didn't find out about it until it was over.
"All of them are different. This one really reflects the personality of both Jenna and the George W. Bush family," said Doug Wead, a former aide to President George H.W. Bush and author of a book on presidents' kin.
"If they'd have gone on TV, the wedding would have been shown all over the world and Jenna Bush would have been an international celebrity — and she would have been a target. They're preparing the transition to private life and they're not particularly interested in seeing Jenna Bush become a huge celebrity."
The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell of Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston officiated.
Festivities began Friday with a bridal lunch, rehearsal dinner and post-rehearsal dinner celebration in Salado, a tiny tourist village, which used to be a stagecoach stop. Jenna, her sister and the first lady were in Salado, more than an hour's drive south of Crawford, all day Friday and the president arrived in the evening by motorcade.
The rehearsal dinner for about 100 people was hosted by the parents of the groom, who turned 30 on Friday. Hager's father, John Hager, is the chairman of the Virginia Republican Party and is former lieutenant governor of Virginia and former U.S. assistant secretary of education.
The rehearsal dinner crowd, including the president, then walked down a street in Salado with the Belton High School Marching Band from Belton, Texas, to a "Texas-sized celebration" at another establishment. All the wedding guests were invited to this event. They were entertained by the five-member Duke Merrick Band from Charlottesville, Virginia, which performed classic Texas songs and original pieces by Merrick, a relative of the Hager family.
The groom's family also hosted a barbecue lunch Saturday in Salado ahead of the wedding.
Henry Hager met Jenna during her father's 2004 re-election campaign. He graduated from Wake Forest University and worked as an aide to Bush's former top political adviser Karl Rove. He is set to receive a master's degree in business administration later this month from the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business.
Between February 2005 and January 2006, he was an economic policy aide in the office of Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and regularly briefed the secretary on economic data. "He was widely regarded as a super star," said Ann Marie Hauser, press secretary at Commerce.
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FOX News' Caroline Shively and The Associated Press contributed to this report.