The biggest wedding of the year is in full swing in the romantic city of Venice, Italy.
On Saturday, the 54-year-old groom was spotted relaxing with friends ahead of his wedding to human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin.
Enjoying a late-morning coffee with Cindy Crawford and her husband, reported best man Rande Gerber, Clooney was even gracious enough to interact with paparazzi, despite his reputation for wanting to keep his private life private.
After someone yelled “Is this really happening, George?” the actor pretended to look at a non-existent watch on his bare wrist and yelled back: “Yeah, right now.”
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Singer Bono and his wife are among the celebrities in town for the nuptials, which also include Clooney’s parents and cousin Miguel Ferrer, Matt Damon, Ellen Barkin, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Anna Wintour and Richard Kind.
Although Clooney and Alamuddin, 36, have never publicly disclosed the details of their wedding, speculation has been rampant.
Guests are reportedly forbidden to bring cellphones. But don’t worry. The world will get to see pics of the wedding soon as Vogue magazine has apparently been given exclusive rights to cover the wedding.
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The luxurious Aman hotel overlooking the Grand Canal is the likely site of the ceremony. All 44 rooms have been exclusively booked for the weekend.
Venice city officials have announced the closure of a 50-meter (yard) length of pedestrian way along the Grand Canal near the 16th-century Cavalli Palace, used for civil marriage ceremonies and right across the street from the Aman hotel, for two hours on Monday. The reason announced was for the Clooney civil ceremony.
It is believed the couple will have two ceremonies — one on Saturday followed by a civil ceremony Monday. They will not be legally wed until after the civil ceremony.