Longest wedding ever! Clooneys' juicy wedding details revealed

Published October 2nd, 2014 - 07:41 GMT
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Al Bawaba

He has a reputation as one of the smoothest, most suave and confident actors in Hollywood. 

But George Clooney was apparently rather a 'nervous' groom on his wedding day, according to his father Nick, who gave a heartfelt speech at the actor's lavish weekend nuptials 

As new details emerged about the Italian wedding between Amal Alamuddin and the Oscar-winning star, it was revealed the British-based human rights lawyer went 'cold turkey' after giving up smoking for the actor.

The stunning brunette's close friend Jae Kim revealed in her wedding day speech that Amal had changed after meeting George. 

'She quit smoking and ever since she met George she has been on time. I had never seen her smile like that.  She has had that smile for almost a year straight,' she said, according to the new report in People magazine.

However, that's not to say that Amal's friends didn't have concerns about George's ladies man reputation.

'I have to admit, that caused some motherly panic,' Kim said in her speech. 'Is she going to get hurt? He isn't exactly Mr. Commitment, I thought.'

But George's obvious love and regard for 36-year-old Amal won them over. 

'You could see in the way he held himself, treated her and others, and enjoyed life that his heart was big and he loved her with all of it,' she said.

And Kim believes Amal has met Mr Right after apparently trying and failing to find 'Mr Perfect.' 

'[We] stayed up talking late into the night about relationships and whether she would ever meet her partner in life,' she recalled. 'She had just been picked the "Hottest Barrister in London," and I was concerned that this would not work in her favour, as most men found her intimidating already. 

'The list of things she was looking for in this man, she readily admitted, could not realistically be found in one person. She was looking for Mr. Perfect, and he was nowhere to be found."

But she clearly found him in George, with the Venice nuptials the culmination of a whirlwind romance. 'I am happy to say Amal, you found your match,' Kim said at the end of her speech.

Speeches were also made by George's father Nick, whose handwritten notes mentions a 'beautiful bride' and 'nervous groom.' 

'The loveliest, most intriguing city on the planet, check; a glittering assembly of accomplished people;  check,' the note read, before recalling the actor's proposal. 'George getting down on one basketball battered knee and asking the savvy Amal to marry him.

He added: 'George and Amal present us with belief that in this place and at this moment, love is alive and well.'

Both sets of parents are thrilled by the union with Amal's mother Baria Alamuddin opening up to People about the special day. 

'Family and friends danced the wedding night away,' she said. 'Congratulating each other and expressing the extreme joy at a union that gave all joy and hope of what true love is.'

During her speech, Baria, who works as foreign editor of the pan-Arab newspaper Al-Hayat, told the congregation: 'I welcomes the Clooney family into ours, I said "George, we love you truly, deeply and sincerely. We enjoy your charm, your wit, intelligent conversation and generosity. You are simply perfect."'

The stunning 36-year-old bride wore a custom-made off-the-shoulder Oscar de la Renta French lace wedding dress with a veil while George, 53, chose his favourite designer, Giorgio Armani, to create his tuxedo. 

George also wore special cuff links - a gift from Amal - which read 'George' in Arabic.

The pictures, which were sold exclusively to HELLO! and People for charity, show the outfits, the cake and the famous guests, with George telling People that 'marriage feels pretty damn great'.

The publication reported those assembled broke out into spontaneous applause when George walked down the aisle, accompanied by his mother Nina.

Amal and her father Ramzi entered to the tune of Here Comes The Bride, played by a string ensemble, with the pair exchanging vows in a traditional 30 minute ceremony presided over by Rome mayor Walter Veltroni. The website reports the couple celebrated being declared man and wife with a lengthy kiss.

Family were heavily involved in the occasion, with the couple's wedding bands being presented by Amal's twin nephews Jad and Sari.

According to reports, the service was incredibly romantic. The couple held hands as they exchanged vows they had written themselves as they stood underneath a beautiful arch made from imported white roses.

The happy couple were watched by approximately 100 guests - including family, friends and famous faces such as Matt Damon and his wife Luciana, Cindy Crawford and her husband, George's best man Rande Gerber, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, Vogue's Anna Wintour and Bill Murray, at Italy's historic Aman Canal Grande Venice.

Nora Sagal, the daughter of friends, sang Irving Berlin's Always, the same song George's parents Nick and NIna danced to at their wedding, while Cole Porter's Why Shouldn't I? was chosen for the first dance at the reception.

People reports that guests were gifted with iPods which held playlists chosen by George and Amal, but when asked if they had given the guests anything to take home, George replied: 'Other than a hangover, yes!' 

Following the ceremony, guests were met with champagne and canapes including polenta with wild mushrooms and prosciutto ham with figs. 

They then tucked into a delicious five-course gourmet dinner consisting of lobster with lemon risotto, sea bass, and Chianina beef with porcini mushrooms while listening to music performed by a small string orchestra, while napkins were placed on tables featuring the couple's monogram sewn in gold.

The couple cut into a giant chocolate four tiered cake which was decorated in art deco style to match the hotel's dining room while the wine - and Casamigos tequila from George and Rande Gerber's company -  flowed.

'It's Italy so of course we had wine,' George told People. 'But we thought we'd fly a little of our own tequila out as well.'

The party kicked-off on the other side of the hotel in the Venetian Republic room, where guests ate, drank and danced until the early hours of Sunday morning, with some not retiring to their beds until 5am.

Ghostbusters star Bill Murray was said to be having a particularly good time, especially when a jazz trio took to the stage with a jazz pianist.

'He loved the music and put his thumbs up when it started,' a source told the magazine.

Matt Damon's wife Luciana is pictured in People posing with a shot glass, while the couple are 'photobombed' by actress Emily Blunt.

And the actor's friends shared their happiness for the previously long-term bachelor. John Lamos said it was 'an enormous understatement' when asked by People if George's pals had been waiting for Amal for a while.

And guest Bono described the ceremony as 'very emotional and lovely.'

Meanwhile, now he's a married man, the pressure is on George to start a family with his stunning wife Amal Alamuddin.

Just hours after getting hitched, her father Ramzi  reportedly made his feelings pretty clear on the subject at the wedding reception.

'Now it's time for grandchildren,' he announced during his speech, according to US Weekly.

Following his father-in-law’s speech, messages from a few of George's pals, including Dan Aykroyd and Sandra Bullock, who sadly couldn't make it to his big day, were then read aloud, putting a smile on the actor’s face.

George, who owns a villa in Lake Como, revealed he and Amal had always planned to marry in Italy - where they first met. 'We have a home there,' he said. 'We knew that was where we wanted to get married.'

A picture of Amal's dress fitting with Oscar de la Renta was taken by famed photographer Annie Leibowitz for US Vogue magazine and the acclaimed barrister tells the fashion bible: 'George and I wanted a wedding that was romantic and elegant, and I can’t imagine anyone more able than Oscar to capture this mood in a dress.

'Meeting him made the design process all the more magical, as he is so warm and such a gentleman.'

Amal was pictured being attended to by de la Renta and head tailor Raffaele Ilardo, who helped her into the gown made of ivory tulle and appliquéd with fourteen yards of Chantilly lace, its bodice hand embroidered with beading and crystals. 

As her mother Baria and sister Tala watched on, it was  decided the dress was so heavy that Tala's 12-year-old daughter Mia - who was Amal's only flower girl - would have to be helped in her train-carrying duties by Tala.

The dress was so gorgeous that both Baria and Tamal broke down in tears as Amal tried on the gown, Vogue reports, as de la Renta told the magazine: 'It’s the most important dress in the life of a woman.

'Any girl from any walk of life dreams of that special dress, and I try to make that dream a reality for her. Amal and I looked at a lot of evening dresses and wedding dresses together, and we discussed what she liked. That gave me the idea of what she wanted.'

The pair had a quick chat about veils - Amal debated whether she needs a shorter veil for the reception - and de la Renta told her: 'No, I think after the wedding you take off the veil altogether; you don’t need it anymore. Once you are married, you are married.'

The magazine reports that like the dress, the cathedral veil was adorned with Chantilly lace and bead-and-crystal embroidery; it descends all the way down the back of the dress almost to the floor.

And it was not just the wedding gown that de la Renta created, it turns out, as he also made a 'Gatsby-style party frock' for the 'second act' of the evening. It's a dress covered with all-over silver and pearl beading and a beaded fringe hem from de la Renta’s fall 2014 collection.  

Amal's 'reedlike' frame fit effortlessly into the runway sample, which had been shortened from ankle to mid-thigh, the better to 'show off her endless legs and to make it a true dancing dress', according to Vogue. The dress was teamed with a pair of hand-embroidered beaded silver pumps for de la Renta’s spring 2015 show and as he looked on, the designer declared: 'You look hot!'

Amal wore her long dark hair - which was styled by Michaeljohn creative director Max Coles - loose over her shoulders with a stunning veil for her big day.

Speaking about the wedding, Max exclusively told MailOnline: 'The whole experience was incredible. The epitome of a fairy tale wedding. It was an honour to be there.'

Her dress was hand-embroidered with pearls and diamanté and featured a large circular train.

George, meanwhile was no slouch in the wardrobe department, sporting an Armani tuxedo made out of an 'ultrafine wool-cashmere blend according to People.

'George is genuinely charismatic and eclectic,' the Italian designer said. 'One minute he is a prankster who enjoys joking around, while the next an authoritative spokesman for philanthropic organisations. It was a great honour to dress him for his next big role: that of husband.'

On Monday as many of their guests left the city, George and Amal made a trip to Venice City Hall where they made their union official with a 10-minute, €600 civil ceremony.

Amal was stunning in a pair of cream wide-legged trousers and a hat, while her husband chose a dapper grey suit. 

Ever the prankster, George kept the crowd entertained en route to his wedding, pulling a series of humorous expressions as he headed to meet his bride-to-be. But one thing he couldn't hide was his excitement, grinning from ear-to-ear as he made his way along the Grand Canal.

But there will be no resting on their laurels for the bride and groom - they plan on a quick honeymoon before 'we both go right back to work,' according to Clooney. And when asked what he and Amal were most looking forward to in their married life, George replied: 'We're looking forward to everything.'

Read the special 40-page report – including insider details from the ceremony – in the new edition of HELLO! magazine, on sale from Wednesday 1 October.

For George and Amal's wedding album, all the details of their intimate ceremony and more of the exclusive interview, pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands starting Wednesday.

All money from the magazine deals with go to human rights charities, with the lion share going to Satellite Sentinel Project - a charity that monitors the Sudan for war crimes which was co-founded by Clooney in 2010.

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