‘The View’s’ Meghan McCain Had Her Wedding Officiated by This CBS News Correspondent
Meghan McCain of The View worked within the political arena before she manned her post on the ABC daytime talk show. Well connected in political circles, the television co-host knows her share of heavy hitters in the news industry, as well as Washington, D.C.
Few may be aware that her family is so close to one news anchor in particular, she requested that he officiate her wedding to Ben Domenech.
McCain tied the knot with Domenech, writer and publisher for The Federalist, in November 2017. McCain announced her engagement to Domenech on The View earlier that month. “You may have read something about me on the Internet last night. I’m engaged!” she shared, according to Us Weekly. “We’ve been together for years. We’ve been engaged for a while and it’s a secret. I was hoping to get married and people wouldn’t find out, but people talk sometimes… I love him very much, I’m very happy.”
At the time, McCain revealed that Domenech proposed to her in a not-so-typical setting, during the time her father, the late Senator John McCain, was battling stage 4 brain cancer. “Everybody keeps asking me, ‘How’d you get engaged?’ We were at Mayo Clinic, and my father had his scan, and we got engaged because we decided to sort of celebrate life and celebrate being alive,” she said. “It’s not the most romantic story, but he is my partner.”
While McCain held to some traditions when planning her wedding such as wearing a long white dress and having her father walk her down the aisle, she opted to go full-blown country for the event. “We got married at our ranch in Sedona, and it was real country, McCain said, as reported by E! Online. “I wanted a western country wedding.”
The television personality described some elements from her special day, underscoring her choice of theme. “My aisle was cowhide,” she revealed. “I want to give a big special shout out to Shooter Jennings… he sang the entire time. I pulled Clay Aiken out of retirement to sing and got my dad crying because he sang a beautiful song for us.”
According to People, McCain hired wedding planner Jim Bullock from Events by Showstoppers, who gave the event a ‘Western hunting lodge’ look that offered guests a cigar bar and gambling casino with roulette tables, poker tables and slot machines. “Meghan is very cool and she just kind of didn’t say no to anything,” Bullock said. “She really went 100 percent with everything.”
Calling on a special friend
The View co-host chose to enlist a person close to her family to have the honor of officiating the nuptials. Seasoned journalist and current correspondent of CBS’ iconic news magazine show 60 Minutes, John Dickerson has a long history with the McCain family. During the 2000 presidential election, Dickerson covered Senator McCain, even traveling with the senator on his campaign.
“The reporters were there on the bus dubbed ‘the Straight Talk Express’ because it was one of the most entertaining shows in politics,” Dickerson recalled on his Slate podcast Whistlestop in 2016, according to The New Republic. Dickerson described John McCain’s primary battle with Bush as “a historic moment—not just for the rags to riches political story of a long-shot insurgent taking on the establishment. It was the last gasp of a pre-internet age without tweeting and instantaneous blogging—where a candidate could offer some semblance of their actual self on the campaign trail without being plunged into instantaneous controversy by a constantly needy machine of fresh hot takes, partisanship, and permanent warfare that’s all required to keep the money, clicks, and adrenaline flowing.”
After her wedding, McCain posted a special shout out to Dickerson for his role in her special day. “Thank you to John Dickerson @jfdickerson for marrying us – it was absolutely perfect! 🇺🇸🌵❤️💍” she wrote on Instagram.
McCain has been vocal in the past on not being a fan of overblown weddings, but commented that she could see the meaning behind all the planning. “I think we sort of overdo it with weddings in general… but I understand why people do this,” she said. “It’s a beautiful celebration of love, and I think the meaningful experience of doing it in front of friends and family.”
The View airs weekdays on ABC.