Barbara Bush Sped Up Her Wedding To Ensure Her Grandfather Could Be There

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After being caught off guard by her grandmother’s death, Barbara Bush said she knew she wanted to get married as soon as she got engaged to ensure her grandfather would be there on her special day.

Barbara, the 36-year-old twin sister of TODAY correspondent Jenna Bush Hager, tied the knot Sunday to screenwriter Craig Louis Coyne, also 36. The couple exchanged vows on the Bush family’s oceanside home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Former President George H.W. Bush watches his granddaughter's wedding from a front-row seat.Paul Morse Photography

Barbara said she felt blindsided when her namesake grandmother, former first lady Barbara Bush, passed away in April at age 92.Barbara was dating Coyne at the time but hadn’t introduced him to her grandparents.

“Craig didn’t get to meet my grandmother. I thought there would be plenty of time for that to happen,” she told People magazine.

Coyne proposed four months later during a Bush family gathering in Maine, at the same site where her grandparents got engaged.

The happy couple after tying the knot Sunday.Paul Morse Photography

“We actually would have gotten married the next week if we could have,” Barbara said. “We just thought, let’s try to do it soon. We knew we wanted to be married — we’d already made that decision — so we didn’t need months of an engagement.”

Barbara, the co-founder and chair of the nonprofit Global Health Corps, also kept thinking about her 94-year-old ailing grandfather, former President George H.W. Bush.

“You can have this great career and this great life. But, of course, the older you get, you lose people that you love,” she said.

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