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Bill Clinton’s Marital Tips to Newlyweds

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Bill Clinton is a romantic at heart.

The former president penned a letter dated Aug. 8, 2007, to Sarah Fortune McGregor and Jeremy Todd Gill, congratulating them on their nuptials. It wasn’t just any Arkansas wedding, though.

McGregor and Gill decided to marry in the Fayetteville house where Bill and Hillary Clinton tied the knot. They were the first couple to do so since the famous political couple married there in October 1975. The couple’s friend had a connection to Clinton and presented them with the letter as a wedding gift.

“We wanted a place that was intimate and that we could make our own,” Sarah Gill says. “It’s right by campus, so I drove past it quite a bit and one day I thought to just give the [Clinton House] Museum a call. The way it happened was very similar to how Bill and Hillary ended up in the house, which I love.”

Indeed, Bill drove Hillary past the house in May 1975 on the way to the airport for her trip to the East Coast to visit friends. When she returned, he told her he had bought her dream house and popped the question.

Bill Clinton plans to visit the 1930s English style house on August 11 – the Gills’ third wedding anniversary.

Sarah Gill met Clinton before her marriage when he dropped into the library where she was working during a visit to northwest Arkansas. Her dream is to meet the former president in the house where they both married .

In the letter, Bill wrote that he and Hillary wish them the best. “Your lives will be richer and happier because you have chosen each other,” he wrote. “May the coming years bring the abundant laughter in the good times, courage in the tough times, growing wisdom, and an enduring love.”

Clinton told the young couple to treasure the memories they made at the house on their wedding day just as he and Hillary still do.

When Sarah and Jeremy married, then Sen. Hillary Clinton e-mailed a quote via Mo Elleithee, who worked as Hillary Clinton’s spokesman for her exploratory presidential campaign, to the local newspaper about the wedding: “The home may be small but it is filled with lots of love and tremendous memories. It is so touching to me that they chose to start their lives together there. I wish them much love and happiness as they start this journey together.”

The Clinton home is much cheaper to rent than, say, Astor Courts where Chelsea Clinton plans to marry Marc Mezvinsky Saturday in Rhinebeck, N.Y., in what has been estimated as a $2 million wedding. Couples can rent the grounds — house included — for $150 an hour. Granted, the wedding would have to be intimate. The backyard garden can seat 100 people comfortably with about 50 in the house at any time.

Sarah Gill had her picture snapped in her wedding dress beside the replica of Hillary’s dress. She also posed in front of a picture of a young Bill Clinton, offering him a champagne toast.

“The wedding was very casual just like Bill and Hillary’s,” Gill says. “It was great, and we were part of history.”

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Written by suziparker1313

March 6, 2011 at 10:35 pm

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