After an 18-month-long engagement – one which spawned an SNL parody – TV news’ most recognizable on-air duo is now officially husband and wife.
MSNBC Morning Joe co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski tied the knot this past Saturday in a ceremony at the National Archives in Washington.
Vanity Fair’s Emily Jane Fox (who’s also an MSNBC contributor) described the scene:
The monsoon-like weather made the secret easier to keep: the sidewalks were almost entirely clear and most people in the city were huddled inside. Brzezinski had absconded from the nearby Ritz Carlton sheathed in a bathrobe to keep dry and keep her dress hidden. The Archives, closed to the public on Saturday evening and almost entirely empty apart from security and staff, were opened to accommodate the couple and five guests, plus their children. It was the first time a wedding has ever been held there.
Brzezinski wore a stark-white, tea-length Milly dress, with delicate, polka-dotted lace sleeves that swept into a sweetheart neckline, created by her friend, designer Michelle Smith. Her shoes were custom-made by designer Layla-Joy Williams, who flew to her factory in Brazil with fabric from the dress to make sure the pointy-toed stilettos were just right. Scarborough, for his part, wore a black Zegna suit from his on-air rotation, what he called a Robert Mueller-approved white shirt, and a traditional black wedding tie. He affixed a boutonniere with a white orchid and green sprigs to his lapel.
The guests included four of the couple’s closest friends, and family members, including the couple’s six children from previous marriages.
Congressman Elijah Cummings officiated the ceremony, which was co-written by Scarborough. This was reportedly the first time the National Archives, home to documents such as the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence, had hosted a wedding.
Journalist Michael Wolff wrote in his book Fire and Fury in 2017 that Pres. Trump offered to officiate the wedding and host it at Mar-A-Lago, a gig that eventually went to the longtime Democratic congressman from Maryland.
“He’s a representative of the movement forward, of getting the country back,” Brzezinski said to Fox of Rep. Cummings.
The couple will return to the program in December.