George H.W. Bush’s grandchildren Lauren, Ashley, and Pierce Bush were all on hand to celebrate their mother Sharon Bush’s wedding to retired financier Bob Murray this weekend — less than three months after the pair announced their engagement.
It’s been a year of weddings for the bush clan, with Ashley, 30, wedding her husband Julian LeFevre earlier March and their cousin Barbara Bush, 38, marrying Craig Coyne in October.
But on November 30, it was 67-year-old Sharon — who was married to Neil Bush from 1980 to 2003 — who tied the knot with her new love in a New York City wedding officiated by televangelist Joel Osteen.
Big wedding: Sharon Bush married retired financier Bob Murray this weekend
Best girls: Sharon’s two daughter’s Lauren and Ashley served as two of her bridesmaids
They do: The couple wed at at Central Presbyterian Church in Manhattan on Saturday
Par-tay! The reception was held at Union Club of the City of New York. The club, which was founded in 1836, is considered one of the most prestigious in the city
According to a New York Times wedding announcement, Sharon Lee Bush married Robert Charles Murray, 74, at Central Presbyterian Church in Manhattan on Saturday.
Reverend Ed Sirya, a Presbyterian minister, did the heavy lifting on officiating, with Osteen stepping in for parts that were caught on camera.
Photos posted on social media show the couple clasping hands at the altar.
Sharon’s two daughters, Lauren Bush Lauren, 35, and Ashley Walker Bush, served as two of her three bridesmaids, wearing matching navy slip dresses.
Her son, Pierce, was one of two groomsmen.
The children seem to be thrilled for their mother, with Lauren sharing well wishes on Instagram the next day.
God groupies: Televangelist Joel Osten helped officiate the ceremony
For the cameras: Osteen is seen during the church ceremony on November 30
Dressed up: Sharon wore a lacy gray number for the ceremony
Church: Reverend Ed Sirya, a Presbyterian minister, did the heavy lifting on officiating
Cheese! The newlywed posted a few blurry photos on Instagram
‘Last night my beautiful mom @sharonbush1 married a really decent and kind man named Bob Murray! I am SO happy for them both and am wishing them a life of love, laughter and fun together,’ she wrote.
Sharon wore a lacy gray number for the ceremony, but switched it for a lacy white jumpsuit for the reception.
The reception was held at Union Club of the City of New York. The club, which was founded in 1836, is considered one of the most prestigious in the city.
Videos from the event show the beaming newlyweds dancing to music with a live band.
Lauren also joined her mom for a lively dance to Cee-Lo Green’s Forget You. Later, Lauren, Ashley, and the third bridesmaid cut a rug to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk.
Ashley posted several pictures and wrote: ‘I am SO happy for them both and am wishing them a life of love, laughter and fun together’
Romance: Sharon and Bob met in March 2017 at a charity function at Lincoln Center, having both been invited by mutual friend
New love: Both have been married before; Sharon is divorced and Bob is a widower
‘I really appreciated the fact that he had God in his background, he even served as an altar boy,’ Sharon said
Family: Lauren and Ashley danced up a storm with the third bridesmaid at the reception
Sharon even brought out a tambourine to hit the dance floor to Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive, and shook the tambourine later as she and her new husband walked out past guests at the end of the night.
Guests at the party included philanthropist and socialite Jean Shafiroff, President of the American Influencer Association Christine K. Schott, Modern Luxury Palm Beach Magazine editor in chief Jayne Chase, The Beauty Influencers’ George Ledes, designer Frederick Anderson, and Patricia Davis Raynes.
Lauren Bush Lauren was there with her husband, Ralph Lauren’s son David Lauren.
Her sister Ashley attended with her husband Julian LeFevre, with whom she tied the knot in Austin, Texas in March.
Brother Pierce was also there with his wife Sarahbeth Melton, whom he married in October of 2018.
Lauren and Ashley were also on hand for her mother’s bachelorette party.
Lots of love: Lauren gave her mom a hug at the wedding this weekend
Proud: Lauren also shared several videos and photos on social media
The two danced together to Cee-Lo Green’s Forget You
Ready to eat: Guests shared photos of the beautiful dinner tables at the reception
Pricey: The couple had picked out some large floral arrangements
Sharon and Bob met in March 2017 at a charity function at Lincoln Center, having both been invited by mutual friend.
It appears to have been a bit of a set-up.
‘She described Robert to me as a hard-working, devoted family man who went to church every Sunday,’ Sharon, who works as a senior development officer at the Catholic High school Cristo Rey Brooklyn and is a founding board member of Kipp Academy, told the Times.
Bob, was the managing director of Morgan Stanley & Company and the CFO of the Public Service Enterprise Group before he retired, added: ‘Stephanie said to me “Fasten your seatbelt, I’m going to introduce you to an incredible woman.”
‘She told me that Sharon was an extremely interesting person who had a high level of energy and was full of life.’
Bros: Sharon’s son Pierce (right) poses with Lauren’s husband David (center) and Ashley’s husband Julian (left)
Guests at the party included philanthropist and socialite Jean Shafiroff
A good time: Friends posted photos from the ceremony and reception
They soon fell for each other.
‘I really appreciated the fact that he had God in his background, he even served as an altar boy,’ Sharon said. ‘The fact that my children really liked Robert told me that I was doing something right by having him in my life.’
‘There was also her overwhelming beauty, her kindness and her intelligence,’ Bob said. ‘But perhaps the most telling thing about Sharon was that while she raised three children in the limelight, she was as modest and down-to-earth as a person could be, and so were her children.’
Page Six revealed that they got engaged in September while on vacation in Europe.
Bob is a widower, having lost his wife in 2016 after 47 years of marriage.
Sharon, meanwhile, divorced George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush’s Neil Bush after being married for 23 years.
Single no more! Sharon has also posted some photos from her bachelorette party, which her two daughters attended
Accessories: The bride-to-be was given a sash and tiara for the occasion
Girls time! Several women accompanied her out to dinner and dancing
The divorce was a messy one that made headlines with a series of bitter court battles and allegations of adultery, which were seen at the time to damage the name of the family.
In court, it emerged that Neil had sex with women who turned up at hotel rooms he was staying at in Hong Kong and Taiwan, but he insisted they were not prostitutes.
Neil went on to marry Maria Andrews, his current wife, whom he met when she was working for his late mother, Barbara.
Sharon later returned to court to try to get more than her $30,000 a year settlement out of her ex-husband, but a judge refused her request.
Neil sued Sharon for libel over the accusation he was the father of Maria’s youngest son. A DNA test proved he wasn’t, and the parties settled.