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.
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.
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.
Travelling with Anna Wintour was American actress Ellen Barkin sporting a blonde pixie-cut and full length nude-coloured dress.
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.
The steady procession of A-listers continued with U2 lead-singer Bono and his wife Ali Hewson, dressed in black, next in the queue.
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!
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.
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.
And finally Toto guitarist Steven Lukather brought up the rear.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!