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Obama family walks to Jarrett wedding

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

President Barack Obama, wearing a tan suit and First Lady Michelle Obama, glowing in a green sleeveless top and ivory pleated skirt, along with daughters Sasha and Malia walked one block to Laura Jarrett's grandmother's home. The Kenwood estate is the where Jarrett wed fellow Harvard University Law School graduate Tony Balkissoon.

Jarrett is the daughter of President Obama's friend and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett.

"I think it's fantastic. Any young people getting married today and staying together, I'm excited for them, very happy," said Diane Dinkins-Carr, a neighbor.

Guests would only say off camera the ceremony is a celebration of love for the bride, groom and their families.

The guest list included a who's who of politics, family and friends, including Attorney General Eric Holder who arrived Saturday afternoon.

About 200 police officers were deployed to the Hyde Park and Kenwood neighborhoods to assist the Secret Service with enhanced security measures. Neighbors were stopped and required to show identification to access their homes and guests were subject to search.

The nuptials are being described as the wedding of the year.

In a Vanity Fair article, Jarrett was quoted as saying her favorite spot in the world is "Chicago in the summertime."

On a picture perfect Saturday, she'll become Mrs. Balkissoon, surrounded by family, friends and loved ones.

White tents filled the backyard of the Jarrett family home. For neighbors, it's an added bonus to catch a glimpse of the Obamas who haven't been home as a foursome in two years.

"I'm always happy to see him walk the neighborhood because that's good for the neighborhood, good that he's from Chicago, Hyde Park/ Kenwood. This is the second time they've been my neighbors," said Dinkins-Carr.

"I think it's great. He lives in the neighborhood and I think it's fantastic that he's going to a friend's wedding, it's really neat," said Carol Gilmore.

And the extra layers of security is to be expected.

"It is, what it is. He's the President, he needs his security and if you live in the area you just go with it," said Gilmore.

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