George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin, seen Sunday in Venice the day after their wedding. | Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images
“Clearly, George and Amal planned this down to every detail, and enjoyed their wedding weekend the way THEY wanted it to be,” said a guest and longtime good pal of the Oscar-winning Hollywood superstar Saturday. Of course, he was referring to George Clooney’s Venice nuptials with his now-wife, Amal Alamuddin, which the Tinseltown insider called, “one of the most beautiful, magical weddings I’ve ever attended.”
While widely-reported expected attendees Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (filming “By the Sea” in nearby Malta) were not spotted at the event, the estimated 150 guests at the wedding and reception held along Venice’s famed Grand Canal included a true Who’s Who of Hollywood and New York star power including Matt Damon, Richard Kind, Bono, Bill Murray, uber-agent Bryan Lourd, Vogue magazine’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, John Krasinski and wife Emily Blunt, Cindy Crawford and husband Rande Gerber and Ellen Barkin. Another no-show was Clooney’s “Gravity” co-star Sandra Bullock, but she’s busy filming on this side of the Atlantic.
A special security note: All the guests were given specially-coded cell phones, after being instructed to leave their own phones and cameras back in their hotel room. Clooney and Alamuddin’s instructions included their desire to “keep our photos for ourselves.”