Bill Clinton Marries Hillary Rodham
After Oxford, Clinton attended Yale Law School and obtained a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in 1973.
While at Yale, he began dating law student Hillary Rodham, who was a year ahead of him. They married on October 11, 1975, and their only child, Chelsea, was born on February 27, 1980.
Wedding Date and Information:
Bill and Hillary were married on October 11, 1975 in Fayetteville, Arkansas in the brick home that Bill had purchased for the two of them. Hillary wore an old-fashioned looking dress designed by Jessica McClintock. She had hurridly purchased the dress at Dillard's department store. They had a small private ceremony followed by a reception for about 100 people.
The reception was held at the home of Morris and Ann Henry. Their wedding cake had pale yellow roses on the icing.
Hillary and Bill honeymooned in Acapulco.
The proposal: After graduating from law school in 1973, Bill took Hillary on her first trip to Europe. While vacationing in England, Bill proposed on the shores of Ennerdale. Hillary declined the proposal saying she loved him but needed time. Bill proposed again but Hillary said no.
When they returned from Europe, Hillary moved to Arkansas to find a job. She didn’t have much luck and decided to go home to visit family. On the way to the airport, the couple passed a modest brick house in the university district with a for sale sign. Hillary mentioned she liked the house. When she returned a few weeks later, Bill told her he had bought it. He said that he couldn’t live in it by himself, and that he hoped she would marry him. That time Hillary said yes.
The wedding: The couple were married at their new home in Fayetteville, Arkansas on October 11, 1975. The small, intimate ceremony was attended by 15 guests. Hillary wore a lace gown by Jessica McClintock that she purchased at Dillard’s. The vows were officiated by a local Methodist minister.
Following the nuptials, several hundred friends joined the newlyweds for a backyard reception held at the home of Morris and Ann Henry.
The couple enjoyed a honeymoon in Acapulco, Mexico courtesy of Hillary’s mother, Dorothy Rodham.