Love, politics and marriage! CNN correspondent Brianna Keilar married fiance Fernando Lujan in Las Vegas this weekend, The Knot can confirm.
Keilar’s spokesperson tells The Knot that the journalist wed Lujan on December 30. The CNN senior political correspondent was celebrated at the nuptials by several of her close colleagues, including Wolf Blitzer and Dana Bash.
“Starting off 2017 with a lot of blessings after getting married and ringing in the new year surrounded by friends and family,” Keilar shared on Instagram. “Big XO to my husband, Fernando, and his groomsmen for serenading me and the bridesmaids with a little help from mariachis.”
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The couple got engaged on July 4, on the couple’s balcony. Lujan, a Director on the National Security Council at the White House, timed the proposal to go perfectly with the fireworks bursting through the night sky.
“It was just the two of us,” Keilar subsequently told The Knot in an exclusive interview. “On our terrace during the fireworks. And yes, he did get down on one knee! We celebrated afterward at Fiola Mare in Georgetown. He had asked them to keep the kitchen open late and the chefs graciously agreed.”
Lujan wanted the entire family to be involved in the process, but Keilar’s mother sadly passed away a few months prior to the proposal.
“The day she died, I asked him what they’d been talking about,” Keilar recalled to The Knot. “He told me that — although it would ruin the surprise — he wanted to tell me that they had been conspiring for his proposal in June … It was tough for Fernando too. They texted all the time. Probably more than she and I did. They were always joking around.”
The couple first met four years ago during a post-work happy hour. “I was covering the White House at the time and he was working at a defense think tank in Washington between deployments to Afghanistan,” she revealed. “Thus started my trying – and his rebuffing my attempts – to set him up with my girlfriends. I tried to get him to go on a date with one of my best friends and it went nowhere, so I didn’t press it.”