Chelsea weds at exclusive estate
Chelsea Clinton wed her long-time boyfriend under extraordinary security at an elegant Hudson River estate late on Saturday.
Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton announced in a statement that their daughter wed investment banker Marc Mezvinsky after weeks of secrecy and build-up 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."
It is estimated that hundreds of guests gathered at the historic estate near the end of a near-perfect summer day. The ceremony was conducted by a rabbi and a reverend as Chelsea Clinton is Methodist and Mezvinsky is Jewish. The couple read a poem by Leo Marks titled The Life 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 on Saturday - neighbours received a bottle 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 ties, women in dresses - were transported from a hotel in the village to the riverside ceremony.
Celebrities spotted in Rhinebeck for the event included actors Ted Danson and wife 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 chairman. The former president's half brother, Roger Clinton, was spotted early on Saturday afternoon with his son Tyler, picking up food at a restaurant.
Chelsea Clinton and Mezvinsky were friends as teenagers in Washington, and both attended Stanford University. They now live in New York, where Mezvinsky works at G3 Capital, a Manhattan hedge fund. Mezvinsky worked previously at Goldman Sachs as an investment banker.