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Newlyweds Barbara Bush and husband Craig Coyne step out in NYC

EXCLUSIVE: Smiling Newlyweds Barbara Bush and Craig Coyne step out in NYC after surprise wedding, as twin sister Jenna Hager prepares to host a party in their honor

  • Barbara Bush, 36, and Craig Coyne, 37, have been spotted in NYC four days after their wedding in Maine
  • The two are set to attend a party hosted by family and friends in their honor on Friday night in New York
  • The party will be held in a Tribeca loft hosted by Barbara's twin Jenna Bush Hager and her husband
  • Bride wore a custom Vera Wang gown and was walked down the aisle by George W. Bush, 72, Sunday
  • Her 94-year-old grandfather, former president George H.W., was also a part of the celebration
  • Barbara's wedding comes just six months after her grandmother, former first lady Barbara Bush, passed away

By Marlene Lenthang For Dailymail.com

Published: 18:36 EDT, 11 October 2018 | Updated: 21:55 EDT, 11 October 2018

Newlyweds Barbara Bush and husband Craig Coyne have been spotted out and about in New York City for the first time since the lovebirds tied the knot in an intimate Maine wedding four days ago.

The two smiled and held hands as walked through Manhattan, a day before they're set to attend a party hosted by family and friends in their honor.

Barbara and Craig kept their secret five-week engagement under wraps and got married in a small ceremony on Sunday at her family's estate in Kennebunkport, Maine where the blushing bride was walked down the aisle by her beaming father George W. Bush as her proud grandfather George H. W. Bush watched on.

The couple seemed loved up as ever as they strolled through New York City on Thursday. Barbara sported sunglasses, a black sweater, blue jeans, and Nike sneakers and flaunted her wedding ring as she traipsed the city hand-in-hand with husband Craig.

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Lovebirds: Barbara Bush, 36, and Craig Coyne, 37, have been spotted in NYC four days after their intimate wedding ceremony in Kennebunkport, Maine on Sunday

Lovebirds: Barbara Bush, 36, and Craig Coyne, 37, have been spotted in NYC four days after their intimate wedding ceremony in Kennebunkport, Maine on Sunday

Newlyweds: The couple were all smiles as they held hands in Manhattan and entered Tribeca Grand Hotel on Thursday

Newlyweds: The couple were all smiles as they held hands in Manhattan and entered Tribeca Grand Hotel on Thursday

Barbara kept it cool with sunglasses, a black sweater and sneakers as her husband Craig opted for a blue baseball cap, a polo and jeans

Barbara kept it cool with sunglasses, a black sweater and sneakers as her husband Craig opted for a blue baseball cap, a polo and jeans

Craig grinned ear-to-ear and sported a blue baseball cap, gray polo and jeans as the two entered the Tribeca Grand Hotel on Thursday afternoon.

Page Six reported that Barbara and Craig would be the guests of honor at a fête at a Tribeca loft this Friday, five days after the wedding,hosted by twin sister Jenna and her husband Henry Chase Hager.

An invite sent out via Paperless Post reads 'Join us to toast Barbara and Craig' and instructed guests that 'sequins [are] highly encouraged to get your groove on'.

A friend told the site that only about 20 people were invited to the intimate event.

Craig, a 37-year-old writer and Vanderbilt graduate, popped the big question August 25 on the Maine estate and in the same spot where Barbara's grandparents got engaged.

He is a writer and former actor who has appeared in a handful of movies, including Jarhead (2005), and Unlovable (2018), as well as the web series Lonelygirl15 (2006). He also formerly worked as a page in the U.S. House of Representatives before moving to Los Angeles.

His writing career has seen him work on a live-action show for Comedy Central, pen the play Delusions of Grammar, and create web content and series with producers located in Los Angeles and the UK.

The couple revealed they rushed the wedding to make sure that Barbara's 94-year-old grandfather, former president George H. W. Bush could see her walk down the aisle. Her grandmother Barbara Bush passed away in her Houston home surrounded by family in April of this year.

Getting ready for the party: The newlyweds are set to attend a fête at a Tribeca loft this Friday,  hosted by Barbara's twin sister Jenna and her husband Henry Chase Hager

Getting ready for the party: The newlyweds are set to attend a fête at a Tribeca loft this Friday, hosted by Barbara's twin sister Jenna and her husband Henry Chase Hager

Bling Bling: Barbara couldn't help but flaunt her engagement and wedding rings as she strolled through Manhattan on Thursday afternoon

Bling Bling: Barbara couldn't help but flaunt her engagement and wedding rings as she strolled through Manhattan on Thursday afternoon

'We actually would have gotten married the next week if we could have,' Barbara said in an interview with People Magazine. 'We knew we wanted to be married — we’d already made that decision — so we didn’t need months of an engagement.'

'Craig didn’t get to meet my grandmother,' she added. 'I thought there would be plenty of time for that to happen.'

At the start of the summer, the secretly engaged couple spent some time alone with Barbara's grandfather, consoling the recently widowed former president and enjoying dinners of oysters and martinis together.

They decided to push the wedding to take place in Kennebunkpot – her 'happy place' – before her grandfather made his annual return to Houston for the winter.

'That's the one thing about waiting,' Barbara said. 'You can have this great career and this great life. But, of course, the older you get, you lose people that you love.'

The Sunday wedding was a grand family affair.

Barbara was a blushing bride in a custom Vera Wang gown and walked down the aisle with her beaming father former president George W. Bush.

The wedding was officiated by Barbara's aunt Dorothy Bush Koch.

Celebration! Barbara Bush and fiance Craig Louis Coyne tied the knot at her family's Maine estate over the weekend (pictured), after keeping their engagement under wraps

Celebration! Barbara Bush and fiance Craig Louis Coyne tied the knot at her family's Maine estate over the weekend (pictured), after keeping their engagement under wraps

Turn to a bridal classic, Vera Wang, like Barbara

Barbara Bush, daughter of George W. and Laura, tied the knot over the weekend to Craig Louis Coyne at the Bush's compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. For the occasion, which was kept secret, Barbara turned to the bridal master, Vera Wang, for a custom-made creation. The dress itself was very simple — spaghetti straps, a draped cowl neck and a veil which Barbara later let fall to her shoulders.

We love the lack of bells and whistles on this dress; it brings to mind another iconic political image of Carolyn Bessette's marriage to JFK Jr., in the '90s in a pared-down Narciso Rodriguez gown.

Click to the right to browse Vera Wang's current bridal collection as well as one of our favorite fall fashion ranges.

Otherwise, see our roundup of Barbara lookalikes below. The Tara bridal gown at Nicole Miller is a dead ringer.

* PRICES MAY NOT BE AS ADVERTISED …NOW GET ONE LIKE IT FOR LESS Proud father: A beaming George Bush walked Barbara down the aisle during the intimate ceremony that took place at the family's compound in Maine

Proud father: A beaming George Bush walked Barbara down the aisle during the intimate ceremony that took place at the family's compound in Maine

Family: Barbara's twin sister Jenna Bush Hager (second from left), 36, was Barbara's matron of honor. Her daughters Mila (front, left), five, and Poppy (front, right), three, were both flower girls. Pictured left is Jenna's husband Henry Chase Hager, 40, center are Laura Bush, 71, and George W. Bush, 72

Family: Barbara's twin sister Jenna Bush Hager (second from left), 36, was Barbara's matron of honor. Her daughters Mila (front, left), five, and Poppy (front, right), three, were both flower girls. Pictured left is Jenna's husband Henry Chase Hager, 40, center are Laura Bush, 71, and George W. Bush, 72

Reunited: The bride and groom (center) posed for a group photo with their loved ones, including Laura, George H.W., George W., Jenna, Henry, as well as some of Craig's family members. Pictured back row, right is Craig's brother Edward Coyne III, who served as the groom's best man, and his wife Amanda, while Craig's mother Darlene, 63, is pictured in the blue dress sitting next to George W., his father Edward James Jr., 65, is pictured sitting to the left of Laura, and his sister Katie, 32, is pictured back row, third from left 

Reunited: The bride and groom (center) posed for a group photo with their loved ones, including Laura, George H.W., George W., Jenna, Henry, as well as some of Craig's family members. Pictured back row, right is Craig's brother Edward Coyne III, who served as the groom's best man, and his wife Amanda, while Craig's mother Darlene, 63, is pictured in the blue dress sitting next to George W., his father Edward James Jr., 65, is pictured sitting to the left of Laura, and his sister Katie, 32, is pictured back row, third from left

Together: Barbara posed for a sweet photo with her grandfather George H. W. Bush, 94. Barbara and Craig decided to have the wedding so soon to assure that the former president could be there for the momentous occasion 

Together: Barbara posed for a sweet photo with her grandfather George H. W. Bush, 94. Barbara and Craig decided to have the wedding so soon to assure that the former president could be there for the momentous occasion

The nuptials took place just six months after First Lady Barbara Bush passed away at the age of 92. To pay tribute to her grandmother, Barbara wore a bracelet that George H. W. gifted his late wife on their 70th wedding anniversary as her 'something borrowed'.

Barbara's mother and twin sister Jenna, who served as the matron of honor, wore green at the wedding.

The groom had his brother Edward Coyne III at his side during the ceremony as the best man. His parents Darlene, 63, and Edward James Jr., 65, were also in attendance – as was his sister Kathleen, 32, who is known as Katie.

Both of Barbara's nieces, five-year-old Mila and three-year-old Poppy, the daughters of Barbara's twin sister Jenna, participated in the ceremony as flower girls, with Poppy also acting as the ring bearer – and stealing the show in the process.

'Poppy realized that the box was empty so she ran to the front and she kept holding it open, like 'This is fake, this is fake,' Jenna told her Today colleagues on Monday morning over the phone. 'And at one point we were all praying and Poppy ran and almost tackled Barbara and gave her a huge hug.'

Jenna said she couldn't contain her tears at the emotional and family-focused wedding.

'I'm crying 24 hours later,' Jenna said on Today on Monday. 'There were so many happy tears.'

'It was a very secret wedding, a little bit like my elusive sister,' Jenna added between tears. 'But also, just family in a place that means family love, and it was just beautiful.'

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