The world’s most famous bachelor, George Clooney, has finally tied the knot with human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin during a weekend of lavish celebrations in Venice.
His spokesman Stan Rosenfield said: “George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin were married today (September 27) in a private ceremony in Venice, Italy.”
According to People magazine the happy couple exchanged their vows at the Aman Canal Grande luxury resort, where they were married by Walter Veltroni, the former mayor of Rome.
Venice city officials have announced the closure of a 50-metre length of pedestrian way along the Grand Canal near the 16th-century Cavalli Palace, used for civil marriage ceremonies, for two hours on Monday, citing the Clooney nuptials. The Cavalli Palace is just opposite the Aman hotel.
Clooney, who owns a villa on Lake Como, arrived in Venice with his fiancée on Thursday, for what the Italian press called “the wedding of the year”, and as their motor launch – named Amore or Love – swept past the city’s famous gondolas to the Hotel Cipriani, fans gathered on bridges to wave to the couple.
The highly anticipated wedding was attended by the newlyweds’ family members and closest friends among whom were George’s mother Nina and sister Adelia, actor Matt Damon, model Cindy Crawford, singer Bono and actress Emily Blunt.
Anna Wintour, the editor of American Vogue, is also attending the weekend festivities. Her magazine has reportedly bought the rights to the pictures of the ceremony, in return for a fee to be donated to charity.
The Aman’s restaurant was transformed into a nightclub where they were set to dance the night away, with Clooney dedicating the song “When I fall in Love” to Alamuddin. A string orchestra and jazz trio are also expected to perform a number of songs, including the uber-romantic “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”, a ballad made famous by The Platters in 1958.
After the ceremony, guests were met with champagne and canapés including polenta with wild mushrooms and prosciutto ham with figs, according to a source. And the wedding celebrations are reportedly continuing the next day, when the newlyweds will sit down for lunch with their guests.
The future Mrs. Clooney was last seen publicly on Friday riding a water-taxi down the Grand Canal with Clooney’s arm resting comfortably around her. The bride, wearing a bold black-and-white striped Dolce & Gabbana dress, beamed.
The excited 53-year-old groom shared wedding details while accepting a Humanitarian Award at Celebrity Fight Night in Tuscany earlier this month. “I met my lovely bride-to-be here in Italy, whom I will be marrying, in a couple of weeks, in Venice, of all places,” he said.
Clooney then proclaimed his love for Alamuddin: “I would just like to say to my bride-to-be, Amal, that I love you very much and I can’t wait to be your husband.”
It is the first marriage for attorney and activist Alamuddin and the second for Clooney, who was married to actress Talia Balsam from 1989 to 1993, and then vowed to never marry again.