George Clooney cruises up the Grand Canal to wed Amal Alamuddin in Venice

Since their arrival yesterday afternoon Venice has been buzzing with journalists, TV crews, fans and paparazzi trying, mostly in vain, to catch a glimpse of George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin ahead of their wedding today.

Italian press on stand-by

Italian press on stand-by

And this evening after a long wait, and just as the sun started to set, the waiting crowds were rewarded as George and his armada of guests cruised across St Mark’s Basin and up the Grand Canal towards the 7 star Aman Hotel where Amal and her family had spent the day.

Anna Wintour in her trademark sunglasses

Anna Wintour in her trademark sunglasses, plus Ellen Birkin travelling inside

The wedding party included a number of A-list names who disembarked from the flotilla of water taxis to the crowd’s delight. First to arrive was Anna Wintour, English editor-in-chief of American Vogue.

Anna Wintour disembarks

Anna Wintour waiting to disembark

Travelling with Anna Wintour was American actress Ellen Barkin sporting a blonde pixie-cut and full length nude-coloured dress.

Ellen Barkin disembarks

Ellen Barkin disembarks

Next to arrive was super model Cindy Crawford accompanied by husband Rande Gerber. The couple rode up front and Cindy wore a beautiful royal purple full length pleated dress which caught the crowd’s attention.

Cindy Crawford and husband Rande Gerber

Cindy Crawford and husband Rande Gerber

The steady procession of A-listers continued with U2 lead-singer Bono and his wife Ali Hewson, dressed in black, next in the queue.

Bono

Ali Hewson disembarks while Bono works the crowd

The paparazzi were great at announcing who was next in the queue shouting names out to grab stars’ attention. In some cases it was just as well as I’d never have recognised Ghostbusters star Bill Murray from the back of his head but I can assure you that it was him!

Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day and Monuments Men actor Bill Murray travels at the back of the taxi (honest!)

Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day and Monuments Men actor Bill Murray travels at the back of the taxi (honestly!)

British actress and star of The Devil Wears Prada (allegedly based on Vogue Editor Anna Wintour – awkward!), Emily Blunt stepped lightly onto the Aman jetty in a beautiful full-length teal halter neck.

Actress Emily Blunt

Actress Emily Blunt

Before Good Will Hunting star Matt Damon and his Argentinian wife Luciana Bozán Barroso, in a stunning low-backed lilac gown, joined the party guests.

Matt Damon and wife Luciana Bozon Barroso

Matt Damon and wife Luciana Bozán Barroso

And finally Toto guitarist Steven Lukather brought up the rear.

Toto guitarist Steven Lukather shunned the cameras remaining inside his taxi

Toto guitarist Steven Lukather shunned the cameras remaining inside his taxi

And as if that were not enough to satiate the Venetian crowds, the groom’s taxi, appropriately named Amore finally glided up the Grand Canal carrying the Hollywood actor and members of his family.

Clooney's Senior (white haired) and Junior (silver haired) together with other family members

Clooneys Senior (white haired) and Junior (silver haired) together with other family members

Driven by his friend and regular water-taxi driver Alessandro Greco, whom Clooney calls Sandro, George, his Dad and the rest of his clan docked at the Aman surrounded by 20 or more taxis filled with press photographers and TV cameramen clamouring for a shot.

George acknowledges the crowds before heading inside to marry Amal

George acknowledges the crowds before heading inside to marry Amal

The actor helped his family onto the jetty and then finally, after a quick rub of his hands and a relaxed smile to the crowds, he ducked under the canopy covering the jetty and disappeared into the hotel.

The drones are taking over!

The drones are taking over!

If you want to see how the rest of the day went, you’ll need to track down US Vogue who apparently have the exclusive rights to the wedding photos in return for a rumoured 7 figure sum which will go to a charity of the couple’s choice. Or maybe you could trace the owner of the drone camera which buzzed around the guests on their arrival like a bee around honey! I for one, though, am off to bed to recharge my batteries before I venture out to see what delights Venice has to offer an A-lister like me in the morning! Buona notte!

Blue A-G monogramed pennants fluttered from all the water taxis

Blue A-G monogramed pennants fluttered from all the water taxis

Useful information

Apparently today’s wedding was based on American marital traditions and not legally binding in Italy so the couple will have an Italian civil ceremony on Monday in the Palazzo Farsetti. Streets around the building will be closed between 12pm and 2pm so I’m guessing that might be a clue to the time of the ceremony!! See you there!!

Website link –http://www.comune.venezia.it/flex/cm/pages/ServeBLOB.php/L/IT/IDPagina/77241

Street closures for Monday

Street closures for Monday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7 Responses to George Clooney cruises up the Grand Canal to wed Amal Alamuddin in Venice

  1. Great job…..pictures turned out really well !!

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    • lizbert1 says:

      Wow Lynn, Thank you so much for giving me a boost with your blog!! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed my posts so far and its good to hear about which ones people particularly like so I can make sure I do more!! BTW I’ve got another Italian 101 in the pipeline so watch out for that and in the meantime, thanks again and I hope I can return the favour!! :o)

  3. Wow! These are great shots! I feel as if I were there! I guess my invitation got lost in the mail…
    Thanks for sharing…Venezia is such an amazing city!

    • lizbert1 says:

      Thank you very much!! It was great fun being a paparazzo for the weekend and I really enjoyed celebrity spotting with this beautiful city as the backdrop! What could be better! And I think they must have had a problem with lots of invitations as mine went missing too but never mind, it was fun anyway!! Thanks for popping by, hope you come back soon! :o)

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