Ashley Biden, the daughter of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, got married on Saturday to Philadelphia surgeon Howard Krein before more than 200 friends and family.
The couple wed at the steepled St. Joseph on the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church, in Greenville, Delaware. It’s the same church where she was baptized.
The ceremony combined the bride’s Catholic traditions and the groom’s Jewish ones.
Afterward, the reception took place at the Biden family’s lakeside home in Wilmington, Del., for a reception and dinner served family-style in the backyard.
The Vice President and his wife, Jill Biden, re-sodded the property and planted special fast-growing vines up the latticework around the party tent.
Joe Biden escorted the bride, who wore Vera Wang, down the aisle and had prepared to be emotional about giving away the youngest of his three children.
“I kept telling Ash, we’ve got to open up the church and practice walking up and down the aisle so I can handle it,” the V.P. said last week.
He reminisced about the last time he saw Ashley Biden in a veil – at her First Communion. “I think to myself, aw, God, my little girl! This can’t have passed so quick.”
Krein, 45, surprised his bride Biden, 30, on Saturday with their honeymoon destination, a family source said. They will make their home in Philadelphia.
Ashley is a Delaware state social worker who works with troubled children. She met Howard in 2010, after meeting through Beau Biden, her older brother.
Howard Krein proposed last October, at sunset on a cliff in Big Sur, Calif. – but not before getting “Pop’s” permission first, said the elder Biden. “
This is the right guy,” the V.P. said. “And he’s getting a helluva woman.”
And a helluva father-in-law. Congrats to the whole family!
Ashley Biden and Howard Krein: Married!