Wednesday 17 January 2018

The new Mr and Mrs Clooney bring Venice to a standstill

Nick Squires

Newlyweds George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin emerged from the Aman hotel on the Grand Canal in Venice yesterday and cruised through the heart of the floating city in a wooden motor launch, in their first public appearance since they exchanged vows at a star-studded party on Saturday.

Ms Alamuddin looked every inch the movie star, while her husband had the assured look of a leading man in one of his romantic comedies. Wearing a lacy white dress embroidered with pink and red floral motifs by the Italian designer Giambattista Valli, Mrs Clooney, a renowned 36-year-old human rights lawyer, waved to the crowds. She wore a diamond-encrusted ring on her finger.

By her side stood Gorgeous George, in a grey suit, and a blue and silver tie.

The couple's water taxi was surrounded by a small armada of craft, including police patrol boats and motor launches carrying paparazzi and television crews. They swept down the Grand Canal towards the Hotel Cipriani, where they were to host a lunch for their friends and family, including celebrities Matt Damon, Cindy Crawford and Bill Murray.

The procession along the Grand Canal came the day after the 53-year-old Monuments Men actor exchanged vows with Ms Alamuddin. Alamuddin wore a white wedding dress designed by Alexander McQueen's Sarah Burton, who also created Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton's bridal gown.

Today the couple are expected to travel back up the Grand Canal for a formal civil wedding ceremony at Venice's 13th-century town hall, Ca' Farsetti, in order to make the union legal under Italian law.

The boat carrying George Clooney and his wife Amal Alamuddin, centre, is surrounded by media and security boats as they cruise the Grand Canal after leaving the Aman luxury Hotel in Venice
The boat carrying George Clooney and his wife Amal Alamuddin, centre, is surrounded by media and security boats as they cruise the Grand Canal after leaving the Aman luxury Hotel in Venice

Irish Independent

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