George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin Close Out Wedding Weekend with Private Civil Ceremony

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin Close Out Wedding Weekend with Private Civil Ceremony
Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney
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09/29/2014 AT 08:05 AM EDT

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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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