George Clooney and bride greet well-wishers day after Venice nuptials

Written By kolimtiga on Senin, 29 September 2014 | 12.56

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin sported their new wedding rings Sunday on this city's storied Grand Canal and waved at well-wishers, some of whom threw flowers from a bridge — all part of a weekend of celebration that matched Hollywood glamour with Venetian history.

Guests including Matt Damon, singer Bono, Cindy Crawford, Bill Murray and Vogue editor Anna Wintour arrived by motor launch for a spectacular wedding party held Saturday in a 16th century palazzo.

It was the second marriage for Clooney, 53, and the first for London-based Alamuddin, 36, a human-rights lawyer who has represented former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, as well as advised former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan on Syria.

The couple, who met at a charity fundraising event last September, made a memorable entrance into Venice on Friday, waving to onlookers from a launch named Amore.

On Saturday, as Clooney traveled by launch to the party, boats loaded with photographers gave chase, stopping only when their path was barred by a cruise ship.

As the party got underway, Clooney and Alamuddin reportedly entered the palazzo through an archway of white roses before exchanging vows in a ceremony officiated by Walter Veltroni, formerly mayor of Rome.

At the dinner, waiters wearing fezzes served lobster. Clooney's hand was shaking badly from nerves as he cut the cake, AFP reported. A jazz trio and string quartet played before guests danced into the small hours.

Clooney's spokesman, Stan Rosenfield, announced that the couple had tied the knot while the party was underway. However, the couple need to visit Venice town hall Monday to sign documents to make the marriage legal under Italian law.

After staying overnight at the palazzo, which has been converted into the Aman Canal Grande luxury hotel, Clooney and Alamuddin were back on their launch Sunday. Although locals were impressed by Alamuddin's frequent changes in outfits, saying she recalled the style of Audrey Hepburn and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Venice's gondoliers were less impressed by the wedding, complaining that the heavy traffic of launches was kicking up waves in the city's narrow canals.

The festivities had started Friday, when bride and groom split up for separate dinners. Alamuddin headed out with about a dozen close friends and family members, while Clooney took six male friends to a local restaurant, Da Ivo, where they ate fresh crab, white truffle pasta and mushroom risotto under the gaze of photographers parked outside the restaurant on a wooden barge.

Clooney did not shy away from publicity during the festivities, joking on Friday with journalists staking him out as he ate in a hotel garden, sending one journalist a bottle of Clooney's own brand of tequila.

Times staff writer Christie D'Zurilla contributed to this article reporting from Los Angeles.

Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times

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