The Empyreal Strings played for the ceremony and during the first course. Then Russian gypsy violinists strolled around the dance floor during the main course. Then, Samy Goz from Paris, the Orchestra of choice for every big splashy party, had the entire room dancing for three solid hours before everyone — or almost everyone — went to Joe’s Pub for the after party, where DJ Tom Finn played until the bride and groom ended the party at 5:30 a.m.
Lauren Bush, George and Barbara Bush’s granddaughter and President George W. Bush’s niece, flew to Houston from Princeton, where she just finished her freshman year, to give her mother, Sharon Bush, a surprise birthday party at the Post Oak Grill. Her 14-year-old sister, Ashley, got up at 6:30 that morning to bake and decorate a cake for Mommy before she went to school and met Lauren to cohost the lunch. Sharon, after her difficult divorce settlement with Neil Bush, was surprised by the party from her tiny toes to her tiny nose. Lauren and Ashley had gathered up 30 of her favorite girlfriends including Debbie Clemens, the wife of Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens, and TV’s Dr. Gale Gross.
That night, Sharon, Lauren and Ashley gave a Mexican fiesta in the family home to welcome Kingsley Aikins of the American Ireland Fund to Houston. This will be the last party in the house they have lived in for the past 10 years, as Sharon and the children can no longer afford the place, which is on the market for $1.5 million. Barbara and George Bush are going to help find a house for Sharon and their grandchildren, albeit a smaller one. Sharon is now working for the American Ireland Fund, which has committed $1 million for the Special Olympics set for Dublin on June 21. This is the first time the games have been held outside the U.S. and over 7,000 athletes from around the world will participate. Sharon and her children will join Eunice Kennedy Shriver who founded the games and other assorted Kennedys in Ireland.