May 04, 2020
Here's what you need to know about Craig Coyne, who tied the knot with Barbara Pierce Bush in October 2018, and an additional wedding reception six months later.
As reported by PEOPLE, Craig hails from Atlanta. He is an actor known for several films, including "Jarhead," "Look at Me," and "The Showtown Murders."
Craig later shifted his concentration toward writing. He previously sold a live-action half-hour program to Comedy Central called "Doin' Good." The original Funny or Die series, "Ask Play," is also one of his creations.
Craig Coyne and Barbara Bush at Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on September 26, 2019 in New York City. | Photo: Getty Images
Before moving to Los Angeles, Craig, who graduated from Vanderbilt University, briefly worked in politics. He filled in as a page in the U.S. House of Representatives.
In November 2017, he met Barbara, the eldest twin daughter of former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush.
The pair were set up by companions on a blind date. Barbara's fraternal twin sister, Jenna, was along for the ride.
Barbara told PEOPLE in 2018, "My friend knew his friend, so it was very blind." Craig's first plan was to take Barbara out to New York City, but she was not available at the time.
Rather, Craig and Barbara met up at her hotel bar while she was in Atlanta for her book tour. They were joined by Jenna, her publicist, and two friends.
The couple lived on opposite sides of the country for much of their relationship before getting married.
"A REALLY HANDSOME GUY"
"It was a group first date, and they tried to give us our space but we were all seated at the same table," said Barbara. "But it was so blind that I didn't know what he looked like."
Barbara continued that "a really handsome guy walked in, and I thought, 'Please, maybe this one will be him.' And it was him. And so that was our first date, and he rolled with it."
Craig and Barbara then decided to make things official in time for New Year's Eve about a month subsequent to being set up by friends.
The couple lived on opposite sides of the country for much of their relationship before getting married. In August 2018, Craig proposed in the same spot where Barbara's grandparents got engaged.
Craig and Barbara exchanged vows in October 2018 in a private ceremony at the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, with just 20 people attending.
They held an additional wedding reception six months later in April 2019 with 100 guests, as reported by Town&Country. The event took place at her father's ranch in Texas, which is known as Prairie Chapel.
As a married woman, Barbara said that living away from her twin sister, Jenna, was one of the most significant adjustments, PEOPLE reported.