The wedding date was booked two years in advance, the dress purchased, the expenses covered. Nothing was going to rain on Emn Haddad-Friedman’s wedding day. Except Chelsea Clinton.
The other bride getting married on July 31st in the Rhinebeck area has a message for the former first daughter: It’s her day too. But to Rhinebeck and the rest of the world, it’s not. “I know she’s not doing it on purpose,” says the Brooklyn-based school teacher. “But Chelsea Clinton has taken what was supposed to be a special day for me turned it into hell.”
Chelsea Clinton and boyfriend, Marc Mezvinsky, an investment banker, got engaged in 2009 and speculation about their wedding details have been escalating exponentially ever since. In April, the close-knit upstate town, made the short-list for the affair. This past week, when the 50-acre estate, Astor Court, was named as the likely site, and a rumored guest list of prime ministers and superstars was leaked, Emn saw her wedding virtually disappear.
“We never considered changing the date because all our deposits were in,” says Emn, who first learned about the Clinton fiasco July 3rd. “All our invitations were sent and many of our vendors were booked on the other dates. Now I’m freaking out, and my mom is going nuts.”
She’s not being a Bridezilla. Her concern isn’t about lack of attention, it’s about getting herself and her guests to the event so there can be a wedding at all.