Chelsea Wedding 311.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
RHINEBECK, New York — Chelsea Clinton wed her longtime boyfriend under extraordinary security at an elegant Hudson River estate late Saturday.
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Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton announced in a statement that their daughter wed investment banker Marc Mezvinsky after weeks of secrecy and buildup that had celebrity watchers flocking to the small village of Rhinebeck for the evening nuptials. The site of the wedding, a Beaux Arts riverside estate called Astor Courts, was sealed off from the general public.
"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," the Clintons said. "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."
Chelsea Clinton, wearing a strapless white gown with a full skirt and
silver beading around the waist and carrying a bouquet of white flowers,
was escorted down the aisle by her father. The former president and the
groom wore dark suits, while the mother of the bride wore a fuchsia
It is estimated that hundreds of guests gathered at the historic estate
near the end of a near-perfect summer day of warm temperatures, blue
skies and cottony clouds. The ceremony was conducted by Rabbi James Ponet, head of the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale and Rev. William Shillady, a Methodist minister as Chelsea Clinton is Methodist and Mezvinsky is Jewish, The ceremony also
included a poem by Leo Marks titled, "The Life That I Have," according
to the family.
The wedding was a mix of high society and high security. The road to
Astor Courts was blocked off Saturday — neighbors received bottles of
wine for their troubles — and the sky above was declared a no-fly zone
by federal aviation officials. Police and security guards fanned out
around this usually sleepy town.
Consistent with Chelsea Clinton's desire for privacy, the family had
released no details of the wedding beyond the date. But the scope of the
event became apparent when more than a half-dozen busloads of wedding
guests — men in black tie, women in dresses — were transported from a
hotel in the village to the riverside ceremony as gawkers looked on.
Celebrities spotted in Rhinebeck for the event included actors Ted
Danson and Mary Steenburgen, fashion designer Vera Wang, Madeleine
Albright, who was secretary of state during Bill Clinton's second term
as president and Terry McAuliffe, former Democratic National Committee