Clooney and Alamuddin cap weekend nuptials with civil ceremony
By Antonio Denti and Cristiano Corvino
VENICE (Reuters) - American screen idol George Clooney and Lebanese-born human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin formalized their marriage in a civil ceremony in Venice on Monday, after a weekend of celebrations attended by Hollywood stars.
The couple, who married at a lavish party on Saturday night, spent about 10 minutes inside the lagoon city's 14th century city hall for a civil service registering their marriage.
It was presided over by former Rome mayor and close friend, Walter Veltroni.
Alamuddin, 36, wore a white trouser suit with a crop top and a wide-brimmed white hat with a black ribbon. The 53-year-old Clooney, dubbed until now as the world's most famous bachelor, wore a light gray suit.
A black cat lingered on the wharf in front of city hall, worrying some on-lookers who feared it could be a bad omen for the couple. It tip-toed away minutes before the bride and groom arrived, bringing sighs of relief to the superstitious.
The couple arrived and left aboard the speedboat water taxi "Amore" they have used all weekend. They waved and smiled at photographers in other boats and well-wishers on bridges along the Grand Canal.
The brief service ended the single status of the two-time Oscar winner who several years ago reportedly made a $100,000 bet with actress Michelle Pfeiffer that he would never remarry after his 1993 divorce from actress Talia Balsam.
"She's one very lucky woman. She is beautiful and he is very good looking, a man all women go crazy for," said Gaia Balika, a Russian woman who watched the celebrity couple arrive. "Everything was beautiful." Continued...