Meadows hosted wedding despite guidelines banning gatherings of more than 10 people: report

White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsBoehner finally calls it as he sees it Stephen Miller launching group to challenge Democrats' policies through lawsuits A year with the coronavirus: How we got here MORE reportedly hosted an indoor wedding for his daughter in May in Atlanta despite city and state health protocols that prohibited gatherings of more than 10 people to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained photographs of the lavish affair, which took place on May 31 at the Biltmore Ballrooms. Approximately 70 guests wearing tuxedos and gowns were reportedly in attendance, including Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanSunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans GOP votes to replace Cheney with Stefanik after backing from Trump Roy to challenge Stefanik for Cheney's old position MORE (R-Ohio).

However, no pictures appeared to show attendees wearing masks, according to the newspaper.


The Hill has reached out to the White House and Jordan’s office for comment.

At the time of the event, Georgia Gov. Brian KempBrian KempCheney seen as merely first victim of Trump election attacks Three charged in Arbery killing plead not guilty to federal hate crimes Georgia official considering cutting federal unemployment to force people back to work MORE’s (R) emergency orders, signed on May 12, banned gatherings of more than 10 people so long as they were not “transitory or incidental” or spread out across different locations.

On June 1, the day after the wedding, another order went into effect that raised the number of people allowed at gatherings from 10 to 25.

When reached for comment, Novare Events, which hosts special events at the Biltmore Ballrooms and other venues, told The Hill that it was in compliance with the governor's order. The company said the number of guests was permissible given the square footage of the event space.

The company refused to comment on the Meadows wedding when reached by the Journal-Constitution.

Photos obtained by the paper showed groups of people closely together in the same room before dancing to a live wedding band. Guests were reportedly served a three-course seated dinner.


A website containing the wedding’s detail reportedly showed the wedding party consisting of 11 bridesmaids and eight groomsmen.

State officials told the paper that law enforcement could have written citations to the venue for hosting an event of that size. 

The Journal-Constitution noted that Kemp has defied his own coronavirus rules by hosting a campaign rally in September with hundreds of unmasked attendees when his own mandates at the time banned gatherings of more than 50 people.

At the time of the wedding, President TrumpDonald TrumpSunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans Navajo Nation president on Arizona's new voting restrictions: An 'assault' on our rights The Memo: Lawmakers on edge after Greene's spat with Ocasio-Cortez MORE was responding to massive protests against police brutality and racial injustice following the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. On June 1, Trump sparked widespread backlash for staging a photo opportunity outside St. John’s Church after having demonstrators forcibly removed from Lafayette Square.

Politico noted at the time that Meadows, a former congressman from North Carolina, "spent the weekend with family outside of Washington."

Updated at 1:33 p.m.