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Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky are seen during their wedding, Saturday, July 31, 2010 in Rhinebeck, N.Y.

Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky are seen during their wedding, Saturday, July 31, 2010 in Rhinebeck, N.Y.

Genevieve de Manio

Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky are seen during their wedding, Saturday, July 31, 2010

Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky are seen during their wedding, Saturday, July 31, 2010

Genevieve de Manio

Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky are seen during their wedding, Saturday, July 31, 2010

Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky are seen during their wedding, Saturday, July 31, 2010

Genevieve de Manio

Bill Clinton walking his daughter Chelsea down the isle for her wedding Saturday July 31, 2010 in Rhinebeck,N.Y.

Bill Clinton walking his daughter Chelsea down the isle for her wedding Saturday July 31, 2010 in Rhinebeck,N.Y.

Genevieve de Manio

Marc Mezvinsky,left with his new mother-in-law Hillary Rodham Clinton, his bride Chelsea and father-in-law former President Bill Clinton after the couples wedding Saturday July 31, 2010 in Rhinebeck,N.Y.

Marc Mezvinsky,left with his new mother-in-law Hillary Rodham Clinton, his bride Chelsea and father-in-law former President Bill Clinton after the couples wedding Saturday July 31, 2010 in Rhinebeck,N.Y.

Barbara Kinney

Tents are seen at Astor Courts in Rhinebeck, N.Y., right, as a sail boat moves along the Hudson River past the Rondout Lighthouse in Port Ewen, N.Y., on Saturday, July 31, 2010.

Tents are seen at Astor Courts in Rhinebeck, N.Y., right, as a sail boat moves along the Hudson River past the Rondout Lighthouse in Port Ewen, N.Y., on Saturday, July 31, 2010.

Mike Groll

The Clinton motorcade travels along River Road in Rhinebeck, N.Y. on the way to Chelsea Clinton's wedding

The Clinton motorcade travels along River Road in Rhinebeck, N.Y. on the way to Chelsea Clinton's wedding

Craig Ruttle

Wedding guests load a shuttle bus at the Delamater Inn heading to the wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky on July 31, 2010

Wedding guests load a shuttle bus at the Delamater Inn heading to the wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky on July 31, 2010

Bryan Bedder

A New York State Trooper clears spectators and journalists from the driveway for a shuttle bus with wedding guests

A New York State Trooper clears spectators and journalists from the driveway for a shuttle bus with wedding guests

Bryan Bedder

A couple wearing a Bill Clinton mask and Hillary Clinton mask drive by as the town prepares for the wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky on July 31, 2010

A couple wearing a Bill Clinton mask and Hillary Clinton mask drive by as the town prepares for the wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky on July 31, 2010

Michael Loccisano

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright greets people on the street hours before the wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky on July 31, 2010 in Rhinebeck, New York.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright greets people on the street hours before the wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky on July 31, 2010 in Rhinebeck, New York.

Bryan Bedder

Guests line up at the Delamater Inn to be checked on a list before boarding a shuttle for the wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky

Guests line up at the Delamater Inn to be checked on a list before boarding a shuttle for the wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky

David Goldman

Actor Ted Dansen is seen hours before the wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky

Actor Ted Dansen is seen hours before the wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky

Bryan Bedder

Former US President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attend daughter Chelsea Clinton and her fiance Marc Mezvinsky's pre-wedding party at the Beekman Arms Inn on July 30, 2010

Former US President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attend daughter Chelsea Clinton and her fiance Marc Mezvinsky's pre-wedding party at the Beekman Arms Inn on July 30, 2010

Michael Loccisano

Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky during their wedding (AP)

Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky during their wedding (AP)

Bill and Hillary Clinton arrive for a party in honor of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky

Bill and Hillary Clinton arrive for a party in honor of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky

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Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky are seen during their wedding, Saturday, July 31, 2010 in Rhinebeck, N.Y.

It was the US version of a royal wedding: lavish, complicated -- and at the centre of a huge security operation.

Chelsea Clinton married her boyfriend, Marc Mezvinsky, in a Beaux Arts estate near the village of Rhinebeck, on the upper Hudson River 90 miles north of New York on Saturday afternoon.

The happy couple were surrounded by several hundred guests under an anti-terrorist no-fly zone that extended thirty miles.

Though the event was surrounded in secrecy, Bill and Hillary Clinton released photographs of the big day, together with a statement expressing their happiness that the “special” occasion had passed off according to their daughter's best-laid plans.

“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,” it read.

“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.”

A family spokesman added that the wedding ceremony was conducted by both a rabbi and a reverend, since the Clintons are Methodists while Mr Mezvinsky, an investment banker, is Jewish. It included the reading of a poem by the English writer, Leo Marks, The Life That I Have.

Roads immediately surrounding the event were closed to traffic. Hundreds of well-wishers who travelled to the small town for the day were, however, rewarded with glimpses of at least six busloads of guests being shipped to the event, most of them in black tie.

Ms Clinton, 30, wore a Vera Wang gown, while her mother went for a fuchsia dress by Oscar de la Renta.

The groom and Mr Clinton — who said he had had shed fifteen pounds for the occasion — were less formally attired than most of the guests, choosing dark lounge suits. The couple said their vows under a gazebo made from white flowers.

In keeping with Ms Clinton's apparent desire not to turn the event into a celebrity circus, many of the famous people who had been tipped to show up were conspicuous by their absence.

There was no Oprah Winfrey, the Obamas were not invited, and even Mr Clinton's former deputy, Al Gore, was otherwise engaged.

The biggest “names” the awaiting press corps got to see were Madeleine Albright, Clinton's former Secretary of State, together with the actor Ted Danson, who jokingly asked reporters: “Am I the only celebrity in town?”

Belfast Telegraph


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