White House Slammed for Naomi Biden 'Private' Wedding Amid Vogue Spread

The White House is facing fresh criticism amid a new Vogue story with exclusive details on the wedding of Naomi Biden, the president's eldest granddaughter.

On Tuesday, Naomi was featured on the special digital cover of Vogue with her grandmother, first lady Jill Biden, in an exclusive with details of the intimate ceremony at the White House that the Biden administration had requested to be "closed to the media" just days earlier.

In the spread, Vogue detailed the Ralph Lauren wedding dress, the black-tie reception and "seven-foot-tall, eight-tier lemon cake with buttercream frosting" at Naomi's Saturday wedding to lawyer Peter Neal.

The story also featured several full-color portraits of the bride at the White House.

Earlier, curious reporters questioned the White House about the event, but press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre insisted, "The wedding of Naomi Biden and Peter is a private one. "

"The family—it's a family event. And Naomi and Peter have asked that their wedding be closed to the media, and we are respecting their wishes," she told the press.

The wedding, which was reportedly paid for by the Biden family, had been closely guarded and the family had requested a press blackout from the couple.

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President Joe Biden is pictured with his eldest granddaughter, Naomi Biden, her new husband, Peter Neal, and first lady Jill Biden. The White House is facing fresh criticism amid a new Vogue story with exclusive details on Naomi Biden's wedding. White House

Since the Vogue story was published, a number of White House reporters have raised questions about the hypocrisy around Jean-Pierre's remarks.

"Nothing says privacy quite like a full Vogue spread," Fox's White House correspondent Jacqui Heinrich tweeted.

Others like The Washington Post's Seung Min Kim and Bloomberg News' Nancy Cook recirculated the press secretary's statements from last week.

CQ and Roll Call chief correspondent Niels Lesniewski said while he thought the events would have unfolded as they did, he found it particularly troubling that pool photographers were potentially barred from capturing the wedding because the rights to those photos were already pre-sold to Vogue.

"We should have known," Lesniewski tweeted.

The Citizen's Robert Harding agreed that the loss of images of the "historical event" was disappointing given how rare weddings at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue are.

Since 1800, only 19 weddings and four receptions have been held at the White House. Naomi is the first grandchild of a president to wed on those grounds.

"It would've been great to have an AP photographer there to take photos as part of the historical record," Harding tweeted.

On Saturday, the president and first lady released a statement announcing the nuptials.

"It has been a joy to watch Naomi grow, discover who she is, and carve out such an incredible life for herself," the Bidens said.

"Now, we are filled with pride to see her choose Peter as her husband and we're honored to welcome him to our family. We wish them days full of laughter and a love that grows deeper with every passing year," the statement added.

Newsweek reached out to the White House for comment.