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Forget Crawford, Richmond Hosted '81 Bush Wedding

First twin Jenna Bush and Richmond native Henry Hager were hitched in Crawford, Texas, on May 10. But don't feel left out; Richmond's already in the family -- and not just because of Hager.

On June 14, 1981, St. Catherine's graduate Margaret Molster became Margaret Molster Bush when she married Marvin Bush, the current president's youngest brother, at St. James's Episcopal Church on Franklin Street. George H.W. Bush was vice president at the time. George W. was a groomsman, his brother Neil was the best man and Margaret's maid of honor was her 9-year-old sister, Jane (not to be confused with Richmond interior designer Janie Molster, who is married to Margaret's brother, John).

The evening wedding was attended by roughly 600 guests with a reception at the Commonwealth Club. Margaret wore her mother's organdy and lace wedding gown. (Her mother, Betty Molster, lives in Richmond and works at St. James's.)

One wedding guest recalls that the Secret Service was not particularly noticeable, despite John Hinckley Jr.'s attempted assassination of then-President Ronald Reagan only three months prior. "They had had a close family friend who stood unobtrusively at the front door to make sure that he knew everyone from Richmond who came through," the guest says, "making sure there were no crashers."

The out-of-town Bush family stayed at the Windsor Farms home of Fitzgerald Bemiss, George H.W. Bush's childhood friend. Bemiss and Bush were in each other's wedding, and Bemiss is Marvin Bush's godfather.

"[George H.W. Bush] is just one of the most wonderful, inclusive, happy people you'll ever meet," says John Molster, Margaret's brother, who is managing director at longtime Richmond brokerage Scott & Stringfellow. "He came by the house with Ms. Bush and Marvin and wedding presents and things. He didn't flag the opportunity to do anything like that."

Now that branch of the Bush clan lives in Northern Virginia. Marvin's an investment banker and Margaret is busy with community and professional theater.

The guest list for the most recent Bush wedding has been a tightly held secret, although sources say friends of the bride and groom made up most of the relatively small affair, including a handful from Richmond, and not dignitaries and diplomats tied to their politically connected parents. (The father of the groom, John Hager, was Virginia's lieutenant governor and now chairs the state's Republican Party. The bride's father keeps busy as leader of the free world.)

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