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Gore's Eldest Daughter Weds New York Doctor In Washington

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WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, July 12) -- In a wedding described as "elegant and understated," Al and Tipper Gore's eldest daughter married a New York physician Saturday in Washington National Cathedral.


Karenna Gore Weds Andrew Schiff at Washington's National Cathedral.
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Episcopal Bishop Ronald Haines, whose diocese is based in the 90-year-old cathedral, presided over Karenna Gore's wedding with ministers chosen by the vice president's family and the family of the groom, Dr. Andrew Schiff.

The match brings together one of America's most prominent political families with one of Wall Street wealth and influence. The staunchly Democratic Gores reportedly get along well with the Schiffs, despite political considerations. David Schiff, the father of the groom and a prominent investment banker in New York, is a Republican.

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The wedding was held in the neo-Gothic cathedral, site of some of Washington's most famous weddings, including that of the bride's parents 27 years ago. The Episcopal cathedral, which has a stained-glass window for each state, is often used for nondenominational events.

The ceremony, attended by about 300 guests, featured a violin rendition of the "Appalachian Waltz" and the singing of hymns, including "Amazing Grace."

At the reception, guests dined on minted lamb in tomato cups before dancing under an air-conditioned tent on the lawn of the Naval Observatory, located a few blocks down Washington's Embassy Row from the cathedral.

Aretha Franklin, known as the Queen of Soul, performed at the reception, reportedly serenading the couple with a selection from Puccini's La Boheme and two traditional love songs.

Rep. Norman Dicks (D-Wash.), one of the dozens of high-powered guests, said cheers greeted the father of the bride when he shouted "God bless America" as the wedding party made its way out of the cathedral.

Agents shoo away a raccoon

Moments before the bride and groom emerged, Secret Service agents had to shoo away a curious raccoon that had bolted out of bushes in the park-like setting, past a clutch of reporters and photographers gathered outside and up the steps toward the doors of the church.

Stymied by the clutch of bodyguards, the frightened critter scurried back into the woods.

After the ceremony, the bride, wearing a gown custom-made by N