Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough tied the knot on Saturday afternoon in an intimate ceremony at the National Archives. In attendance was a few close friends and family.
The "Morning Joe" co-hosts managed to keep their relationship highly discreet for a long time. In the Trump era, the two are among several other talk show hosts who have transformed into political rock stars.
According to Vanity Fair, President Donald Trump invited the pair to get married in the White House last year. It was soon after they announced their engagement. But the two politely declined.
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Brzezinski said on Saturday:
"We wanted it to be really small and simple and not what you expected from Mika and Joe."
They made about 14 phone calls to family and friends. They also kept the location unknown. A friend's name was used to make most of the arrangements to secure privacy.
“Everything we do is exposed, and everything felt exposed every step of the way, so we want this to be private until it’s over. We wanted to recognize it more quietly and have the people who are most important to us around us."
The two decided on the location of the ceremony last year. They would take their vows in front of the Declaration of Independence.
“We did an event there more than a year ago and we were just blown away, seeing all these documents and how we felt seeing them. It makes sense now more than ever, given what we stand for as a couple, what we do for a living, and what we’re worried about as a country.”
Another big decision was made following their engagement. Scarborough said:
“We made the decision a year ago to dramatically change our lives and have a low-key existence. The more time we can spend with our family, the happier we are.”
"Low-key" was given thanks to the season the couple chose for the occasion. Congress officials were off duty, and Trump was in Palm Beach with his family for Thanksgiving.
Several other residents would have been out of state or back home in the suburbs of Maryland or Northern Virginia.
The timing would also allow the children to attend at ease. Four children from Scarborough's two previous marriages and two daughters from Brzezinski's' first marriage were present.
Brzezinski's daughters only attended after the ceremony as a show of support. Brzezinski's mother Emilie and two close friends Laura Erlacher and Susan Castallanos were there.
Mutual friends Rachel and Dr. David Campbell hosted the wedding and dinner for them. Finally, Representative Elijah Cummings officiated the ceremony.
The bride wore a white Milly dress adorned with polka-dotted lace on the sleeves. The tea-length outfit was designed by Michelle Smith, a close friend.
The groom was donned in a black Zegna suit and a traditional black tie. A boutonniere featuring a white orchid clung to his lapel.
After they exchanged self-written vows, the two said: "I do." Then they went to Chez Billy Sud on M Street to finish off the celebrations with more guests.
Other celebrities and political figures who wed this year were Barbara Bush and screenwriter Craig Coyne, as well as Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk.
Vanessa Paradis also tied the knot in France with beau Samuel Benchetrit, while "Game of Thrones," Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie gave fans a dream show wedding in June. Leslie, who was killed off on the show, has occupied herself with thriller flicks like "Honeymoon" and "Sticky Notes" since leaving the show.