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Originally posted 07/31/2010 07:30PM
Break out the champagne! Chelsea Clinton is a married woman.
Surrounded by 400 friends, and her parents Bill and Hillary (who wore Oscar de la Renta), the former First Daughter, 30, wed her longtime boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky, 32, in Rhinebeck, N.Y., on Saturday. She wore a dress designed by Vera Wang, a family friend, who was also in attendance.
Shortly after the ceremony, President Clinton and Secretary of State Clinton released a statement. "Today, we watched with great pride and overwhelming emotion as Chelsea and Marc wed in a beautiful ceremony at Astor Courts, surrounded by family and their close friends. We could not have asked for a more perfect day to celebrate the beginning of their life together, and we are so happy to welcome Marc into our family. On behalf of the newlyweds, we want to give special thanks to the people of Rhinebeck for welcoming us and to everyone for their well-wishes on this special day."
Originally posted 07/31/2010 08:30AM
Chelsea Clinton could have chosen just about any town for her Saturday wedding to investment banker Marc Mevinsky – but since she chose Rhinebeck, N.Y., the small town north of Manhattan is suddenly in the spotlight.
Here are five fun facts about the town where the former First Daughter will become a bride.
This Isn't the Town's First Brush with Fame
Rhinebeck, N.Y., is the birthplace of Emma Roberts, daughter of actor Eric Roberts – and niece of Eat Pray Love star Julia Roberts. Emma was born on February 10, 1991, in Northern Dutchess Hospital. Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright was also born here in 1973. And singer Natalie Merchant also has a place nearby.
Originally posted 07/30/2010 09:00PM
The town of Rhinebeck, N.Y., is abuzz with preparations and news outlets are clamoring for details, but what's really going on when it comes to the Saturday wedding of former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton and fiancé Marc Mezvinsky?
PEOPLE tracked down some of the juiciest rumors and burning questions:
1. Could it really be costing $5 million?
Not even close. Sources close to the bride's parents, who are paying for the wedding, cast recent tabloid "guesstimates" of a wedding budget between $3 million to $5 million as so grossly fabricated they are unworthy of comment. One longtime family friend said the wedding is not exceeding six figures – so in the hundreds-of-thousands dollar range, not millions.
Originally posted 07/30/2010 03:05PM
Here comes the father of the bride.
A day before his daughter's wedding, Bill Clinton arrived in Rhinebeck, N.Y., where the nuptials will reportedly take place Saturday, and was spotted grabbing lunch at a local restaurant.
The former president, 63, greeted fans after dining in a private room at Gigi's, Mid Hudson News reports.
Other members of the family are expected to arrive later, according to the local paper.
Originally posted 07/29/2010 02:50PM
With only two days until Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky tie the knot, the bride-to-be isn't the only excited one.
Ed Mezvinsky, 73, Clinton's future father-in-law and former U.S. congressman, is looking forward to Saturday's big event and was spotted getting a haircut in Rhinebeck, N.Y., where the affair will take place at the Astor Courts estate.
"These are two wonderful human beings that have sensitivity about life and have a warm regard for family, and that's what it's all about," the former Iowa Rep. tells the New York Post.
Originally posted 07/28/2010 07:30PM
Here's one less thing the Secret Service will need to worry about when Chelsea Clinton gets married this weekend.
"I was not invited to the wedding," President Barack Obama said on ABC's The View, airing Thursday, "because I think Hillary and Bill, properly, want to keep this thing for Chelsea and her soon-to-be husband."
And that'll work out well for everybody at Saturday's ceremony, he joked, MSNBC reports.
Originally posted 07/26/2010 09:00AM
As the final countdown to the wedding this weekend begins, let us welcome to the Clinton family, Marc Mezvinsky!
But who is this guy marrying former first daughter Chelsea Clinton, 30 – and can he keep up with the Clintons? Here are five things to know about the businessman.
He works on Wall Street
The Stanford alum – like Chelsea – means business: he currently works at the hedge fund G3 Capital. Before that, he was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs. This meshes well with Clinton's former job at Avenue Capital Group.
Originally posted 07/19/2010 12:40PM
When former First Daughter and current Columbia University graduate student Chelsea Clinton walks down the aisle July 31 to marry investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, the setting is expected to be the 50-acre Astor Courts Estate overlooking the Hudson River in Rhinebeck, N.Y., about two hours north of New York City.
Or is it?
There are those who insist Rhinebeck – where a rehearsal dinner reputedly has been planned inside a stone barn on the Grasmere Estate – is nothing but a decoy location.
Originally posted 07/19/2010 12:20PM
She'll wear Oscar de la Renta or possibly Vera Wang. It will be near Manhattan, perhaps at a Versailles-style mansion about two hours north of the city. Oprah Winfrey, Barbra Streisand, Steven Spielberg and Barack Obama are on the ultra-exclusive guest list, although the president likely will not attend.
These are among the few tightly held secrets that have leaked in recent days about the July 31 wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky – a ceremony that is shaping up to be a potent combination of D.C. power and Hollywood glitz.
On Friday, New York Times reporters Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Nate Schweber did some sleuthing about the wedding planning – but it wasn't easy. The process, they wrote, "is so cloaked in secrecy that … details are harder to ferret out than the president's Afghanistan strategy."
They did, however, uncover a few juicy tidbits.
Originally posted 07/01/2010 06:10PM
Will wedding bells be ringing for Chelsea Clinton at a sprawling upstate New York property?
The former first daughter, 30, will be having her summer wedding with fiancé Marc Mezvinsky at the former estate of John Jacob Astor IV in Rhinebeck, according to the Hudson Valley News.
The mansion, which sits high on a bluff and features a long winding driveway with sweeping river and mountain views, is located about 70 miles from the Clinton family home in Chappaqua.
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