Inside George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin's Wedding

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10/05/2014 AT 07:35 PM EDT

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George Clooney doesn't get upstaged much, but he gladly ceded the spotlight on his wedding day.

On Sept. 27 the dashing Oscar winner slipped on a Giorgio Armani tuxedo and, escorted by his mom, Nina, walked down the aisle in a gilded hall at Venice's historic Aman Canal Grande hotel.

The groom's entrance was greeted by enthusiastic clapping from about 100 close friends and family gathered for the (epically) romantic occasion.

But it was hardly the main event.

That came when a string ensemble struck up "Here Comes the Bride" and the day's real star took center stage: Amal Alamuddin, the British human rights lawyer who has made an honest man of one of the world's most famously single guys, walked in on the arm of her father, Ramzi, looking stunning in a French lace Oscar de la Renta gown.



The crowd went wild and then watched as the pair exchanged vows in a traditional ceremony presided over by their friend, former Rome mayor Walter Veltroni, and sealed with a lengthy kiss.

Cue more cheers from the guests, who were matched in their enthusiasm by the blissful groom.

So, what's it like to be George Clooney, husband? "It feels," the star tells PEOPLE, "pretty damn great."

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