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Chelsea Clinton, Marc Mezvinsky Finally Married. Mazel Tov!

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They're married. Yes they are.

So let's cut straight to the chase.

Chelsea Victoria Clinton's bridal gown. Designed by Vera Wang. Strapless. Silk organza and tulle. Fitted bodice with beading at the waist. Voluminous skirt that looked perfectly proportioned on her ballet-trained frame. Blond hair in an up-do under a long veil. A bouquet of white moth orchids.

A father walking her down an aisle between rows of white chairs, trying to keep it together. Then the paternal hand-off to her intended, Marc Mezvinsky, who wore a white tallit, the traditional Jewish prayer shawl around his custom Burberry suit. Behind them a sweeping expanse of Hudson River, evoking countless 19th-century romantic landscape paintings. The couple met as teenagers and began a long and deep friendship that over the past five years turned into love.
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Chelsea Clintons Wedding

Former President Bill Clinton walks his daughter down the aisle at her wedding ceremony on Saturday in Rhinebeck, N.Y. Chelsea Clinton married longtime beau Marc Mezvinsky in an interfaith ceremony at an exclusive estate on the Hudson River.

Chelsea Clintons Wedding

The bride wore an ivory colored strapless Vera Wang dress with a bejeweled waistband. The groom wore a white tallit, the traditional Jewish prayer shawl around his custom Burberry suit.

Chelsea Clintons Wedding

The couple met as teenagers in Washington in 1996, and later attended Stanford together. They now live in New York, where Mezvinsky works at G3 Capital, a Manhattan hedge fund. Clinton recently received a master's degree, her second, in public health at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

Chelsea Clintons Wedding

The couple chose to wed at Astor Courts, an opulent private Beaux-Arts mansion on 50 wooded acres just outside the village of Rhinebeck.

Chelsea Clintons Wedding

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former president Bill Clinton pose with the couple. "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," Bill and Hillary Clinton said in a statement. Continue clicking for more photos from the wedding weekend. Note: AOL does not control the content of the following captions.

Chelsea Clintons Wedding


As the sun inched toward the horizon on a clear and glorious late afternoon, Clinton, 30, and Mezvinsky, 32, exchanged vows in an interfaith ceremony. They had chosen to wed at Astor Courts, an opulent private Beaux-Arts mansion on 50 wooded acres just outside the village of Rhinebeck, ending weeks of speculation and rumor about every little detail of the nuptials. Security could not have been tighter, with both airspace and nearby roads closed off, and guests under strict orders not to blab.

Because the bride's parents are Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton -- who wore a full-skirted, ombre-plum Oscar de la Renta gown -- and former President Bill Clinton, the first official word came by emailed press release, shortly before 7:30 p.m.

"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. 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."

Rabbi James Ponet, Yale University's Jewish chaplain (for the groom's side) and the Rev. William Shillady of New York's Park Avenue Methodist Church (for the bride's side) performed the interfaith ceremony, The New York Times reported. Borrowing from traditional Jewish weddings, friends and relatives read the Seven Blessings after the couple exchanged vows and rings.

They stood under an arch of twigs and vines and the palest of flowers, in a nod to the Jewish chuppah, or wedding canopy.

A ClintVinsky guest read aloud a brief love poem, "The Life That I Have," by Leo Marks, according to The Associated Press.

The late British codebreaker wrote, short and so very sweet: "The life that I have, Is all that I have, And the life that I have, Is yours. The love that I have, Of the life that I have, Is yours and yours and yours. A sleep I shall have, A rest I shall have, Yet death will be but a pause, For the peace of my years, In the long green grass, Will be yours and yours and yours."

Finally, Chelsea, the Clintons' only child, and Marc, one of 11 biological and adopted children of former U.S. Reps. Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky and her then-spouse, Edward Mezvinsky, were declared husband and wife. Some 400 guests rose and applauded.

Mazel Tov!

Then came the reception, and the part of the story where I'm supposed to describe how beautifully Rafanelli Events of Boston and superstar florist Jeff Leatham -- artistic director of the Four Seasons George V Hotel in Paris, where that V means five and is pronounced "sank" -- and others too numerous to mention transformed a massive white weather-proof tent into a spectacular fairyland using divine chandeliers, real glass windows, fabric-draped ceilings and walls, flower-festooned support poles and 40 or 50 beautifully dressed, set and decorated tables.

But I know squat. Nada. Guests were not allowed to bring devices capable of Tweeting, texting, taking pictures or transmitting conversations, lest they be tempted to reveal secret details to journos like me. We'll have to wait for a few mercifully indiscreet (translate tipsy?) guests to break the families' rigid cone of silence.

Celebs? Many of the guests, per the wishes of the bridal couple, were simply family and friends, and thus unrecognizable to the gawkers and global media scrum that converged on Rhinebeck. Live sightings were reported of bridal gown designer and family chum Wang; former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; actors Ted Danson and his wife Mary Steenburgen, an Arkansan who's known Chelsea since she was 10; Bill Clinton confidant Vernon Jordan and his wife Ann; former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe and movie producer Steve Bing.

On Friday night, some 125 of those guests attended the rehearsal dinner at Grasmere, a 525-acre Revolutionary era-estate nearby.

The NupCouple's table was in the center of the stone barn there, flanked by those of their parents. One was anchored by the mother of the groom, Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, another by Bill and Hill. The groom's father, Ed Mezvinsky was seated elsewhere in the barn, with his four daughters from a previous marriage. His most recent claim to fame, alas, is that he spent five years in federal prison for bilking hundreds of unsuspecting investors, including family members, out of $10 million in an elaborate fraud scheme. He was released in November 2008 but remains on parole. There is, not surprisingly, lingering bad blood in the family.

One partisan of the groom's mother described him as a "mini-Bernie Madoff," but don't ask who told me this; my lips are also sealed.

Fashion was much on the mind of Rhinebeck locals, curious tourists and a certain segment of the American population who couldn't resist critiquing the invitees' attire. By Saturday afternoon, Hillary Clinton's rehearsal dinner ensemble -- a caftan-cocoon-like blue-green Oscar de la Renta number -- was the talk of the Internet. The discussion was particularly pointed at the People magazine site:
OMG...What was she thinking???? and who the heck is her clothes advisor?????
- debbie hulles on July 31st, 2010
Gorgeous! Fantastic! Ethnic! She is a true woman of the world!
- Natalie Thunberg on July 31st, 2010
She really needs to do something with that hair of hers, with all her money you would think she could find a hair stylist that could do something better with it....and that "tent" go figure
- Sandy on July 31st, 2010
Yeah, it's not that great – ok not great at all I don't consider that stylish or figure flattering. I hope she wears something better at the wedding.
- JustASmallTownGirl on July 31st, 2010
I agree, not flattering. But at least it's more feminine than she usually is seen wearing.
- R on July 31st, 2010
By Sunday, the whole elaborate production will be taken down and carted away. The happy couple will go off to a secure, undisclosed location for their honeymoon, then settle into the $4 million Flatiron District condo the groom bought in 2008. He'll return to hedge funding. It's not clear what she will do, having just earned a Columbia University master's degree in public health.

And the question I first raised several weeks back still bears pondering.

What names will the newlywed answer to? Chelsea Clinton Mezvinsky, with or without the hyphen preferred by her mother-in-law? Or just Chelsea Clinton. Marc Mezvinsky Clinton, with or without a hyphen? Or just Marc Mezvinsky. Mr. & Mrs? Mr. and Ms?

Still so many questions.
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Chelsea Clinton Through the Years

Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton is set to marry longtime beau Marc Mezvinsky Saturday in what's been dubbed the "wedding of the decade." Here, the couple attend the 5th Annual Clinton Global Initiative in New York in September. Click for a look at Chelsea Clinton through the years.

Chelsea Clinton Through the Years

Press-shy Chelsea Clinton stepped into the spotlight to campaign for her mother during Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2008 presidential bid. Here, she appears with then-Sen. Clinton during the Democratic National Convention in August 2008, after Barack Obama had clinched the nomination.

Chelsea Clinton Through the Years

Clinton recently received a master's degree, her second, in public health at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She has worked at a consulting firm and a hedge fund in New York and serves on the board of the School of American Ballet. Here, she attends a School of American Ballet event in March 2007.

Chelsea Clinton Through the Years

Clinton graduated with honors from Stanford University in 2001 with a degree in history. She then moved to England and earned a master's degree in international relations from Oxford. Above, she poses for a photo at Oxford in October 2001.

Chelsea Clinton Through the Years

Clinton has remained a devoted daughter through her parents' political and personal highs and lows. Here, the college freshman holds her parents' hands as the family leaves for vacation in August 1998 during the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal.

Chelsea Clinton Through the Years

Clinton sits with Mezvinsky in Hilton Head Island, S.C., in December 1996. Mezvinsky is son of former U.S. Reps. Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky of Pennsylvania and Ed Mezvinsky of Iowa. The young couple met as teenagers in Washington in 1996, and later attended Stanford together. They now live in New York, where Mezvinsky works at G3 Capital, a Manhattan hedge fund.

Chelsea Clinton Through the Years

Then presidential candidate Bill Clinton talks with 12-year-old Chelsea before a rally in Hot Springs, Ark., in 1992.

Chelsea Clinton Through the Years

Chelsea shares a private moment with President Clinton at the White House in 1993. Chelsea's entire teenage years were spent in the White House.

Chelsea Clinton Through the Years

As a youngster, Chelsea excelled in school and took an interest in drama and ballet. Here, then Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton and 6-year-old Chelsea leave the voting booth after the governor cast his vote during the Democratic primary in Little Rock, Ark., on May 27, 1986.

Chelsea Clinton Through the Years

Chelsea Victoria Clinton was born on Feb. 27, 1980, in Little Rock, during her father's first term as governor. She was named for one of her parents' favorite songs, Jon Mitchell's "Chelsea Morning." Here, the Clintons admire week-old baby daughter Chelsea on March 5, 1980. (Sources: AP, CBS News)

Chelsea Clinton Through the Years

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mrzuckman

I wish them well. I regret that Marc Mevinsky felt neccesary to delude himself, and presumably others that he had a "Jewish " wedding wearing a tallit and reciting the sheva brachot (seven blessings ).His decendants will most likely not be Jewish . Lost to the Jewish people .

August 04 2010 at 3:18 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
NICKIE'S PLACE

Having seen Chelsea as an awkward looking teenager (braces and curly, curly hair), it is a pleasure to see her now as a beautiful young bride. Her parents should be very proud of her. Congrats to the newlyweds.

August 01 2010 at 10:56 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
buffy29999

If
I had been Chelsea I would have told Mom no on the rehersal outfit.horrible for the former first lady. CHEALSEA LOOKED BEAUTIFUL

August 01 2010 at 10:50 PM Report abuse -11 rate up rate down Reply
Me

The dress was beautiful ...

August 01 2010 at 10:42 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
Pweggy Sue Lara

we wis them all the happiness and love as they start their life together marriage is what you want it to be prayer are with you both we are married 29 yrs

August 01 2010 at 9:56 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
bforkish

I think Chelsey looked absolutely beautiful! Good luck on your marriage Chelsey, from a Conservative Republican

August 01 2010 at 9:56 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
hunky

GOD BLESS THEM BOTH, AND MANY YEARS OF HAPPINESS.

August 01 2010 at 9:40 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
Joette

Chelsea and Marc were a beautiful couple who are very obviously in love. I wish them love, health and happiness for the rest of their lives. Anyone posting nasty, presumptuous comments about cost, who paid, etc., should learn to stifle their hateful comments.

August 01 2010 at 9:36 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
gemininanc

MUCH HAPPINESS CHELSEA AND MARC WE CELEBRATED OUR 64TH WONDERFUL WEDDING ANNIVERSARY ON JULY 13TH. WE WISH YOU BOTH EVEN MANY MORE YEARS OF WEDDED BLISS.

NAN AND WILLIAM CANAVAN

August 01 2010 at 9:21 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
mrmew

who baked the cake

August 01 2010 at 8:47 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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