George Clooney: Marriage Minded

George Clooney
George Clooney has been marriage minded ever since proposing to his girlfriend, Amal Alamuddin, 36, in April 2014. As of Saturday, he is once again a married man. One of the world’s premiere eligible and sexy bachelors, Clooney, 53, tied the knot with his British human rights lawyer companion in a twilight ceremony in Venice, Italy on Saturday, sources confirmed.

Clooney looked overjoyed as he arrived in a water-taxi filled with family, including father Nick Clooney, at the wedding venue. The groom was dressed in formal tuxedo wear and grinning from ear to ear, as he waved to photographers in boats and onlookers who lined the Grand Canal and its bridges.

Clooney was marriage minded on Saturday as he embarked on his second walk down the aisle. The actor-director-producer was previously married to actress Talia Balsam (1989-1993). After their divorce, “Gorgeous George,” as he is nicknamed, swore off matrimony and vowed he would never take the plunge again. Over the years, he has remained a consummate bachelor and had many highly publicized relationships with notable women, such as Krista Allen, Elisabeth Canalis, and actress Kelly Preston, who later married fellow actor John Travolta.

The couple’s evening wedding ceremony, which occurred at the Aman Canal Grande Hotel, was the symbolic ceremony. The civil ceremony is expected to take place on Monday at the Venice town hall where civil weddings routinely take place. It was widely speculated that Clooney and Alamuddin would wed at his Lake Como estate. However, Venice is a favorite destination for the thespian, who is a regular attendee at the Venice Film Festival. Moreover, it is widely considered one of the most romantic cities in the world.

Alamuddin is of Lebanese origin and her wedding to Clooney was also being celebrated Saturday in her family’s village of origin, Baakline, which is located in the Chouf district of Lebanon. Alamuddin left Lebanon during the civil war and was raised in the United Kingdom. She met Clooney, who is active in many political causes, in Rome in 2007, when the actor-activist received a Peace Summit Award for promoting peace in Darfur.

According to sources, Clooney and Alamuddin are among thousands of non-Venetian couples–foreign and Italian–who choose each year to marry in Venice, and the city officials have expedited the process with an on-line application form and list of documents needed to make the ceremony legally binding.has turned marriage minded, wedding guests descended upon Venice in anticipation of the happy couple’s nuptials. The guest list included high-profile names, such as U2 Singer Bono, Clooney’s cousin Miguel Ferrer, Matt Damon, Ellen Barkin, as well as many others. According to reports, the bachelor and bachelorette parties took place Friday night. The pre-wedding festivities caused a traffic jam in the Canal, as boats crowded the canal to get a glimpse of bride. She wore a red and black Alexander McQueen gown as she stepped off her water taxi, followed by an entourage of 14 women, including her sister and mother.

As the longtime divorcee and lady’s man turned marriage minded, wedding guests descended upon Venice in anticipation of the happy couple’s nuptials. The guest list included high-profile names, such as U2 Singer Bono, Clooney’s cousin Miguel Ferrer, Matt Damon, Ellen Barkin, as well as many others. According to reports, the bachelor and bachelorette parties took place Friday night. The pre-wedding festivities caused a traffic jam in the Canal, as boats crowded the canal to get a glimpse of the bride. She wore a red and black Alexander McQueen gown as she stepped off her water taxi, followed by an entourage of 14 women, including her sister and mother.

On Saturday, it became official as George Clooney is off the market and marriage minded after he tied the knot with his girlfriend, Amal Alamuddin, in epic fashion. After years of bachelorhood, the actor is once again a married man, as one of the world’s most eligible and noteworthy bachelors sealed the deal with his British human rights lawyer companion in a twilight ceremony in Venice, Italy.

By Leigh Haugh

Sources:
USA TODAY
New York Daily News
Fox News

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