Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski marry

\Morning Joe\ hosts Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski marry
Morning Joe Co-Hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough Got Married. Guess Who Didnt Get to Perform the Ceremony.
In this April 22, 2013 file photo, MSNBCs “Morning Joe” co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, right, attend the 2013 Matrix New York Women in Communications Awards at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK — Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski of MSNBCs "Morning Joe" are now co-hosts and spouses.

They walked past the five cameras set up to capture the ceremony, and up the four steps that brought them to their officiant, Representative Elijah Cummings, who has represented Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in the House of Representatives since 1996. Cummings started a traditional ceremony, which he and Scarborough had written together. (Along with the music and the ceremony scripting, Scarborough had a hand in planning details for the day, though he explained that he was translating Brzezinski’s wishes. “I was really Mika’s wedding planner,” he joked. “I did what she told me to do.”) The congressman talked about knowing the groom from their time together in Congress, and the bride and her family over the years in Washington. There was a reading from the Old Testament (Ruth 1:16-17), one from the New Testament (First Corinthians), the question of whether anyone objected to the union (no one did), the exchange of vows (which they each wrote themselves) and a prayer for the couple. By 6:46 p.m., Cummings pronounced them married and told Scarborough that he could kiss the bride (which he did). “My mom would always say that she loved Episcopalian services because they marry you and bury you in 15 minutes or less,” Scarborough told me earlier in the day. At that point, the couple’s children and close family came into the rotunda to greet the newlyweds and take photos (Her daughter’s chose not to be at the actual ceremony but wanted to support their mom). So, too, followed Brzezinski’s daughter Emilie’s little black rescue dog, Cali, who arrived on a Tiffany-colored leash (her traditional something blue).

It Makes Sense Now: Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski Tie the Knot in a Secret Washington D.C. Ceremony

The network says the couple wed Saturday in a small ceremony attended by family and friends in Washington.

They walked past the five cameras set up to capture the ceremony, and up the four steps that brought them to their officiant, Representative Elijah Cummings, who has represented Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in the House of Representatives since 1996. Cummings started a traditional ceremony, which he and Scarborough had written together. (Along with the music and the ceremony scripting, Scarborough had a hand in planning details for the day, though he explained that he was translating Brzezinski’s wishes. “I was really Mika’s wedding planner,” he joked. “I did what she told me to do.”) The congressman talked about knowing the groom from their time together in Congress, and the bride and her family over the years in Washington. There was a reading from the Old Testament (Ruth 1:16-17), one from the New Testament (First Corinthians), the question of whether anyone objected to the union (no one did), the exchange of vows (which they each wrote themselves) and a prayer for the couple. By 6:46 p.m., Cummings pronounced them married and told Scarborough that he could kiss the bride (which he did). “My mom would always say that she loved Episcopalian services because they marry you and bury you in 15 minutes or less,” Scarborough told me earlier in the day. At that point, the couple’s children and close family came into the rotunda to greet the newlyweds and take photos (Her daughter’s chose not to be at the actual ceremony but wanted to support their mom). So, too, followed Brzezinski’s daughter Emilie’s little black rescue dog, Cali, who arrived on a Tiffany-colored leash (her traditional something blue).

They tied the knot at the National Archives with U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, of Maryland, officiating.

We wanted it to be really small and simple and not what you expected from Mika and Joe, MSNBC presenter Brzezinski told Vanity Fair. Everything we do is exposed, and everything felt exposed every step of the way, so we want this to be private until its over. We wanted to recognize it more quietly and have the people who are most important to us around us. And you know, our show is a cocktail party every morning.

Scarborough and Brzezinski announced their engagement in May 2017. They dont talk a lot about their personal relationship on air but have relaxed about it over time.

In a September talk in New York for her book "Know Your Value," Brzezinski teased that the wedding was coming up and that it was "going to be awesome."

The on-air MSNBC couple had kept their off-screen partnership unofficial before getting engaged in May of last year (although Donald Trump tipped the public off with a signature tweet during the presidential campaign: “Some day, when things calm down, Ill tell the real story of @JoeNBC and his very insecure long-time girlfriend, @morningmika,” Trump wrote in August 2016. “Two clowns!”

It was the first time the library had ever hosted a wedding, which was performed by Rep. Elijah Cummings and not a certain former friend/current enemy of the couple who once offered to marry them at a different D.C. venue.

It makes sense now more than ever, given what we stand for as a couple, what we do for a living, and what were worried about as a country, Brzezinski said.

The bride, wearing a lace Michelle Smith dress, met the groom in the middle of the rotunda to Handels Arrival of the Queen of Sheba. They then said their vows in front of a small group of family and friends, including Scarboroughs four children from his two previous marriages and Brzezinskis two daughters with her ex-husband. Brzezinskis daughter Emilies dog was also in attendance, providing Brzezinskis “something blue” with the color of its leash.

Secrecy was of utmost importance to the pair, driving them to seal the deal when, Washington was a post-Thanksgiving ghost town: Congress was out of session and the president was in Palm Beach.

We did an event there more than a year ago, and we were just blown away, seeing all these documents and how we felt seeing them, Brzezinski said of their choice of wedding venue, a first for the institution. It makes sense now more than ever, given what we stand for as a couple, what we do for a living, and what were worried about as a country.

Congratulations, you two. Hope youve turned off your mentions for the honeymoon because theres probably some angry tweets headed your way.

“Part of the popularity of the Scarzinski relationship derives from the fact that, despite their prominent roles as hosts of perhaps the most influential news program in American politics, their romance has been handled with militant discretion… This discipline has lent the duo an unexpected celebrity air, rendering them a sort of Branjelina of the political-media in-crowd—a credential more or less certified when Donald Trump offered to have them married at the White House during a visit in 2017. They declined the offer.”