George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin are Married!
2014 has definitely been the year of the celebrity wedding! Now George Clooney has joined the gang of A-listers who have tied the knot this year.
Hearts broke across the globe as George married British-Lebanese human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin. We knew their wedding wasn’t going to be low key – the fairytale ceremony took place at the luxurious Aman Hotel on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy.
The couple first met in September 2013 and after a whirlwind relationship the couple were engaged in April 2014. At first they denied they were a couple, but 36-year-old Amal and 53-year-old George spent Christmas together at his home in Mexico, then went on safari in Tanzania in March.
Amal flew from London to Milan with her mom Baria on Thursday, ahead of her wedding to George. On Friday the couple took a boat ride down the Grand Canal in Venice, and hundreds of people gathered to see the glamorous couple who were more than happy to pose for photos.
George Clooney spent his final night as a single man drinking tequila and vintage red wine with his groomsmen at the Da Ivo restaurant. Best man Rande Gerber (Cindy Crawford’s husband) and George’s best friend and producing partner Grant Heslov were at the boozy night as well as some of George’s friends.
Amal didn’t stay at home, she headed on a night out in a beautiful red Alexander McQueen dress. She dined with friends and family on the second floor on a terrace overlooking the canal at the Aman Resort where she would be walking down the aisle the next day.
The wedding took place at the stunning Aman Canal Grande Hotel on Saturday night, while the ceremony was conducted by their close friend and ex-mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni.
The couple reportedly ordered decorative upgrades at the opulent venue in which some rooms cost $5,000 a night. 400 security staff were hired to keep out unwanted guests, and Aman hotel staff working on the night had to hand in their mobile phones. They also had to sign a non-disclosure agreement forbidding them from sharing any information about the wedding.
A-list guests who were spotted in chauffeur-driven speedboats on their way to the wedding included Bill Murray, Anna Wintour, Bono, Matt Damon and Emily Blunt.
According to reports, they were served an Italian feast of lobster, lemon risotto and fried polenta with mushrooms. One publication reported that the Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli serenaded the happy couple that night, while people outside the venue reported hearing songs by Blondie, The Jackson 5, Daft Punk and Amy Winehouse.
Guests were reportedly given a framed photo of the couple to take home with a letter that said: ‘We’re both so glad you’re here. You’ve come a long way so we’ll make it worth the trip. Thanks for being here. It means the world to us.’
The day after the wedding the couple made their first appearance as husband and wife when they hosted a brunch for family and friends. Crowds gathered to see the newlyweds as they jetted across Venice in a speedboat to the Belmond Hotel Cipriani.
After a 10-minute civil ceremony, the couple were made officially husband and wife today (September 29). The couple made their way to their way to the Ca' Loredan building which houses the City Hall. The council closed streets around the building, bringing a small part of the area nearby to virtual standstill as the newlyweds arrived at the venue in a chauffeur-driven taxi boat flanked by police boats.
The couple paid the €600 fee to the Municipality of Venice, which non-Italians who want to get married in the city have to pay. Proceedings were conducted in the glitzy Sala degli Stucchi reception room.
Congratulations Mr and Mrs Clooney!
Now the big question is... who takes Clooney’s place as the most eligible bachelor alive? Well we’d all be happy to become Mrs Bradley Cooper!