Newlywed Barbara Bush has lifted the veil on her and husband Craig Coyne's surprise decision to tie the knot in Maine this past weekend, just six short weeks after getting engaged in secret.
In an interview published in the latest issue of People Magazine, the 36-year-old bride explained that losing her namesake grandmother in April was a wake-up call for her.
‘Craig didn’t get to meet my grandmother,’ she told the publication. I thought there would be plenty of time for that to happen.’
What matters most: Barbara Bush, 36, has revealed that she decided to get married after a six-week engagement so that her 94-year-old grandfather could be there to see her wed
So happy together: George H W Bush (seated center) appeared in fine spirits at his granddaughter's intimate wedding celebration in Kennebunkport, Maine, on October 7
Barbara lamented that her groom, Craig Coyne (pictured at the wedding, left), never got to meet her late grandmother and namesake First Lady Barbara Bush (pictured together in 2008), who passed away in April
Determined to make sure that her 94-year-old grandfather, former president George H W Bush, gets to see her walk down the aisle, Barbara and her 37-year-old actor boyfriend decided to speed things up a bit.
Coyne popped the big question on August 25 at the same spot where Barbara's grandparents got engaged at the Bush family's compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, and set the date for early October.
‘We actually would have gotten married the next week if we could have,’ said Barbara. ‘We knew we wanted to be married — we’d already made that decision — so we didn’t need months of an engagement.’
At the start of the summer, the