VENICE: Hollywood actor George Clooney and Lebanese-British lawyer Amal Alamuddin got married in Venice before celebrating a superb soirée at the Aman hotel last Saturday. Their A-list friends made a perfect guest list in one of the most high-profile celebrity weddings in years.
The announcement came as a surprise as the pair was not expected to officially get married until Monday, though they are still tipped for a civil ceremony at the town hall to officialise the marriage under Italian law.
The Italian city of gondolas and palazzi looked like Hollywood on the Adriatic as A-list guests cruised between luxury hotels for the extravaganza, which has been declared as the party of the year even as details were kept secret.
Earlier in the evening, a euphoric-looking Clooney swept up Venice’s Grand Canal to attend his wedding party, accompanied by more than a few paparazzi and the screams of adoring fans.
Lebanese-born Alamuddin, who stayed out of sight inside the hotel, looked dazzling in a gown by red-carpet maestro Oscar de la Renta, according to a source. Matt Damon, Bono, Bill Murray, Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber – rumoured to be Clooney’s best man – glided up the canal ahead of the groom with dozens of other guests, waving to the crowd.
The Aman hotel in Venice was the perfect setting for this spectacular event and the private suites are perfect for an affair d’amour. For the weekend the hotel was privately booked by Mr. Clooney, of course!