The couple marry at the Aman Canal Grande Hotel in Venice, Italy, surrounded by their families and many A-list guests, including Matt Damon, Bono and Cindy Crawford. The ceremony is conducted by Walter Veltroni, the former mayor of Rome and Clooney’s close friend. Press and paparazzi followed the wedding party and guests, as they sailed around the canals on boats. Today’s ceremony is symbolic, with a civil ceremony is expected to take place on Monday (spet 29). A 50-foot stretch of the Grand Canal waterway in front of the 16th-century Cavalli Palace will be closed for two hours that day.
Every wedding guests receives a page containing the wedding event itinerary, as well as a few specific rules to follow. To protect the couple’s privacy, and ensure that no wedding photos leak to the press, every guest receives a “burner phone” with a special code to use during the wedding weekend, and are asked to leave their personal phones in their hotel rooms during the ceremony and reception. The couple writes:
We have to work very hard to keep our pictures OUR pictures. If you see someone taking a photo with a phone … you can help by notifying security.