The bride, groom and the ex-president

See photo gallery of Chelsea Clinton's wedding.

August 1, 2010 13:49
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Chelsea Wedding 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)

The dress, the food, the guests, the party - every wedding is a big hoopla. But when you're also the daughter of the US secretary of state and a former president - the excitement is on a different scale.

After weeks of clandestine planning, Chelsea Clinton and her husband Marc Mezvinsky wed Saturday at a riverside estate in the small village of Rhinebeck, New York.

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Rabbi James Ponet, head of the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale, was joined by Rev. William Shillady, a Methodist minister. Clinton and Mezvinsky were reportedly married under a chuppa, in a ceremony that featured friends and family reciting the seven traditional blessings and a ketuba, the traditional Jewish wedding contract. The event took place before the end of Shabbat.

Mezvinsky, who is Jewish, wore a yarmulke and prayer shawl.

Ponet, a Reform rabbi, has been the Jewish chaplain at Yale since 1981. He currently teaches a college seminar with Dr. Ruth Westheimer on “The Family in the Jewish Tradition," according to the bio on the Slifka Center website. He and his wife, Elana, also "lead a weekly discussion in Slifka Dining Room on the value of peace in Jewish life and thought."

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