Bush declares wedding ‘special’

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“It’s pretty amazing how they kept it quiet,” said Dave Hermann, who with his wife, Katie, own the Range Restaurant at the Barton House in Salado, about an hour’s drive from Crawford. In a phone interview, Mr. Hermann said the groom’s mother, Margaret Chase Hager, used an alias when she called to arrange the event. “Quite honestly, there may have been a handful of people who knew something, but not very early on.”

For the rehearsal dinner, Mr. Hermann served lemon-crusted rainbow trout and grilled pork tenderloin over roasted corn pudding. It was the groom’s 30th birthday, so he also served a lemony vanilla cake.

“Lots of people gave toasts,” he said. “Henry shared some funny stories about dating Jenna and said something about how he couldn’t wait to be the son” the Bushes never had.

Afterward, the rehearsal dinner crowd went to a “Texas-sized” celebration down the street. They were escorted by a high school marching band from Belton, Texas, which played “Happy Birthday” and “The Eyes of Texas are Upon You,” Mr. Hermann said.

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