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Vice President's Daughter To Wed

Private ceremony to be held Saturday at Washington's National Cathedral

WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, July 11) -- Vice President Al Gore will take a break from his duties this weekend to walk his eldest daughter down the aisle.

Karenna Gore is getting married on Saturday at the Washington National Cathedral, where her parents exchanged their vows twenty-seven years ago.

Karenna, 23, is marrying Andrew Schiff, 31, a New York physician. They were introduced last year by Chris Downey, the wife of former congressman Tom Downey, at the Downey's home.

Most of the event's details have remained under wraps, and family members have said they are attempting to keep the wedding private and low-key. Caterers and other staff were reportedly asked to sign confidentiality agreements.

But a few tidbits have emerged.

Aretha Franklin will be singing at the wedding ceremony. Then, more than 300 hundred invited guests will gather at a black-tie reception at the vice-presidential mansion on Embassy Row. Dinner will include a favorite of the bride -- minted lamb in tomato cups. Her dress is a Vera Wang that, according to the designer's spokeswoman, Tony Burch, was "made specifically for her."

The Gores are reportedly happy about their daughter's match, and get along well with the Schiff family despite the fact that they are -- gasp -- Republicans.

"Tipper and I are very happy and very proud of Karenna and thrilled about her marriage to Drew," Gore told the Washington Post in an interview published Friday. "It's my first time to be father of the bride, and I'm seeking advice by watching the Steve Martin movie, 'Father of the Bride.'"

The couple plan to move to New York City where Karenna will begin graduate studies at Columbia University. She received her bachelor's degree from Harvard University and has been working in Seattle as an editorial assistant at Microsoft Corporation's online magazine, Slate.

The groom graduated from Brown University and received his medical degree from Cornell Medical School. He currently works as a primary care physician at New York Hospital. His father, David Schiff, is managing director of the investment banking firm Kuhn, Loeb & Co.

President Bill Clinton, returning from the NATO summit on Saturday night, plans to attend the reception, according to White House aides. Hillary Clinton will not be there, however, since she will still be in Europe.

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