Clintons celebrate wedding of Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner
Wedding season for Bill and Hillary Clinton! Daughter Chelsea is walking down the aisle later this summer, but first up: a celebration of the upcoming marriage of Rep. Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin, Hillary's longtime personal aide.
The Clintons hosted a garden party Wednesday night at their Embassy Row home with more than 300 people, a sumptuous buffet of Mideastern food and a sign with the couple's wedding date, "7-10-10," near the pool.
"I have one daughter," said the former president, pulling Chelsea into a hug. "But if I had a second daughter, it would Huma."
The striking brunette, 34, has been working as Hillary's right hand since 1996, and at her side through the Senate and presidential campaigns and move to the State Department last year. Abedin quietly started dating Weiner, 45, two years ago, and they announced their engagement last summer.
It was "love at first sight" for Weiner, Hillary told the crowd Wednesday. The Clintons encouraged the match between the Muslim beauty who grew up in Saudi Arabia and the Jewish Democrat from New York City. The couple represents, Bill said in his toast, what he wants "the future of the world to be."
The party was filled with family, Clinton friends (Terry McAuliffe, Melanne Verveer, Bob Barnett), and plenty of pols including most of the New York delegation. Guests lingered late into the night, then the secretary of state left Thursday for a visit to Europe -- the first State Department trip without Abedin, who stayed behind to finalize plans for the wedding.
Speaking of which -- still no details about Chelsea's nups to investment banker Marc Mezvinsky. Everyone who got a save-the-date card (July 31 is what one looped-in source told us and what continues to pop up in media reports as the likely day) isn't talking. And yeah, ours must have got lost in the mail, too.
The Reliable Source
July 1, 2010; 8:15 PM ET
Categories: Chelsea Clinton wedding
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