With three rollicking days of wedding festivities behind them and all the tuxes, tequila and tagliolini a joyful memory, George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin had just one more loose end to tie up: Make their union official under Italian law.
So, on Monday, the Oscar winner and his barrister bride boated once more up Venice's Grand Canal – with the now-familiar throngs of waving well-wishers cheering them on – to Ca'Farsetti, a stunning 14th-century palazzo that houses Venice's town hall, and held a short civil ceremony.
Conducted by close friend and former Rome mayor Walter Veltroni, who also officiated at their wedding ceremony on Saturday, this event was markedly lower-key than the spirited celebrations surrounding the couple's three-day wedding weekend. Clooney's longtime Venetian boat driver, Alessandro Greco, joined them to serve as a witness.
So how does it feel to be married? "Nice!" Clooney, in a gray suit, told waiting fans as he walked out of Ca'Farsetti with Alamuddin, who wore a cream-colored pantsuit and hat. Chimed in the new (Stella McCarney-clad) Mrs. Clooney: "Amazing!"
Not long afterward, the newlyweds headed to the airport for their departure from Venice.
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