An American royal wedding? Bush and Lauren mix politics with fashion this weekend

(Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)(Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)First we had the royal wedding, then the other royal wedding, and then reality TV's royal wedding. Now comes a fourth royal wedding of sorts. This Sunday, David Lauren, son of legendary designer Ralph Lauren, and Lauren Bush, granddaughter of President George H.W. and niece of President George W., will join forces in holy matrimony.

The Labor Day weekend event, held at Ralph Lauren's Colorado ranch, will fuse the fashions of two of America's famed family dynasties. Think cowboy boots and American flags with a few diamonds sprinkled in.

Lauren, 27, met her 39-year-old fiance in 2004, when she was still a student at Princeton University. It was the classic tale of boy meets girl at a fashion gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Girl faces dilemma of taking boy's last name, which is the same as her first. After six years of courtship, David, a VP at his father's company, proposed to Lauren, a handbag designer and philanthropist, on the steps of the Met. She said yes and settled on being the future Mrs. Lauren Bush-Lauren.

The couple waited until after David's sister Dylan held her lavish wedding earlier this summer to steal the inevitable spotlight. This weekend, it's showtime. If you haven't received your embossed invitation yet, here's the wedding crasher version.

When: The ceremony and reception will take place on Sunday at the Telluride ranch. On Saturday, Ralph and Ricky Lauren will also host a rehearsal dinner, picnic, and softball game. On Monday, the guests will enjoy their own private rodeo. (A nod to a former Texas governor, perhaps?)

Where: The Double RL Ranch. You may have caught a glimpse of the sprawling 'rustic chic' digs on an episode of Oprah, or you may have spotted it on your DVD of 'True Grit'. Scenes from the classic Western were actually filmed there. The designer's 17,000-acre hideaway comes replete with teepees draped in American flags, an old West saloon and a scattering of log cabins equipped with Ralph Lauren linens. And that's just on an average day. Expect some unique designer flourishes throughout the property this weekend.

Dress code: Black tie with a "Western twist", according to Page Six. An exception however will be made for the bride, who plans to wear a gown designed by her future father-in-law and his 'assistant' Vera Wang. If it's anything like the bridal dress Lauren and Wang created for Dylan, it's bound to require several ladies-in-waiting to hold the train.

Guest list: 200 guests are expected to attend. Among them: the bride's parents, Neil Bush, and his ex-wife Sharon, along with her date, the Prince of Yugoslavia. Neil's brother George W. hasn't yet confirmed his attendance with press, but George Sr. and wife Barbara have made it known they won't be attending. The New York Post suggests the location's altitude may be one reason for the snub, though the Daily Mail points to the bitter, mud-slinging divorce between Lauren Bush's parents as another potential reason. Other possible guests this weekend include Rick and Kathy Hilton, writer Jay McInerny and designer Cynthia Rowley, all attendees at the Lauren-Bush engagement party earlier this month in the Hamptons. That affair, hosted by McInerny, had a strict all-white dress code. This weekend, friends and family will be rummaging for their denim and diamonds. Talk about a high-maintenance relationship.


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