Crowds along both banks of the Grand Canal screamed in approval as George Clooney arrived at his star-packed wedding dinner amidst a flotilla of water taxis, police launches and boats laden with paparazzi.
Celebrity friends including Bono, Anna Wintour and Cindy Crawford were seen arriving at the seven-star Aman hotel minutes earlier.
Robert De Niro, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett were among the other stars, who are thought to have slipped into the palazzo from water taxis to celebrate the two-time Oscar winner’s marriage tonight to Lebanese lawyer Amal Alamuddin.
To keep out the uninvited, 400 security staff were on hand. Hotel staff not directly involved in the party were kept away from the celebrations and asked to give up their mobile phones, according to Il Gazzettino newspaper; The presence of American Vogue’s Anna Wintour, provided a clue as to which publication had bought up the exclusive picture rights.
Matt Damon was among the stars invited to the three-day celebration.
Rande Gerber was there as Clooney's Best Man, along with his supermodel wife, Cindy Crawford.