George W. Bush Marries Laura Welch
In 1977, he was introduced by friends at a backyard barbecue to Laura Welch, a schoolteacher and librarian.
Bush proposed to her after a three-month courtship and they were married on November 5 of that year. The couple settled in Midland, Texas. Bush left his family's Episcopal Church to join his wife's United Methodist Church. In 1981, Laura Bush gave birth to fraternal twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara; they graduated from high school in 2000 and from the University of Texas at Austin and Yale University, respectively, in 2004.
Prior to his marriage, Bush had multiple episodes of alcohol abuse. In one instance, on September 4, 1976, he was arrested near his family's summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine for driving under the influence of alcohol. He pleaded guilty, was fined $150 and had his Maine driver's license suspended until 1978. Bush's alleged usage of drugs is less clear; when asked questions about past alleged illicit drug use, Bush has consistently refused to answer. He defended his refusal to answer in a publicized casual conversation with a friend saying that he feared setting a bad example for the younger generation.
Bush says his wife has had a stabilizing effect on his life, and attributes influence to her in his 1986 decision to give up alcohol. While Governor of Texas, Bush said of his wife, "I saw an elegant, beautiful woman who turned out not only to be elegant and beautiful, but very smart and willing to put up with my rough edges, and I must confess has smoothed them off over time."
George and Laura met at a back yard barbeque at the home of mutual friends and were married three months later. George took Laura to a miniature golf course on their first date.
George and Laura were married on November 5, 1977, at 11 A.M. in a small wedding in the Glass Chapel of the First United Methodist Church in Midland, Texas. It was the same church where Laura had been baptized. The officiant was Reverend Jerry Wyatt.
They had 75 guests. They didn't have any bridesmaids, or groomsmen, or flower girls, or ringerbearers. Their wedding invitations were printed by hand.
George and Laura did not have a honeymoon.
George wore a business suit with an orchid boutonniere. Laura wore a candlelight beige crepe de chine street length dress with long-sleeves, a single strand of pearls, and a corsage of white gardenias at her waist.
Ages at Marriage:
When they were married, both George and Laura were 31 years old.
Neither George or Laura were previously married.
George: CEO of oil and gas company, managing general partner of Texas Rangers baseball team, Texas governor from 1994-2000, U.S. President, 2000-2008.
Laura: schoolteacher, librarian.
On November 25, 1981, George and Laura's fraternal twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna, were born.
Jenna married Henry Hager on May 10, 2008.
Mrs. Bush is a native Texan who was born in Midland. She earned a bachelor's degree in education from Southern Methodist University and a master's degree in library science from the University of Texas at Austin and taught in public schools in Dallas, Houston, and Austin from 1968 to 1977. She and George W. Bush were married in Midland in 1977, and they are the proud parents of twin girls, Barbara and Jenna, who were born in 1981 and are named after their grandmothers.