Chelsea Clinton got hitched, no word on whether Bubba cried


So, apparently we don’t have access to any photos of Chelsea Clinton in her strapless Vera Wang wedding gown, which is unfortunate. Chelsea was a very pretty bride, and if you go to MSNBC here, you can see Bubba walking her down the aisle. He looks like he’s about to cry, but to Bubba’s credit, he didn’t make the walk all about him, you know. He seems like he’s really trying (just by reading his body language, so this is subjective) to make sure the day is all about Chelsea. Good dad. Anyway, it seems like the wedding went off without a hitch and everyone had a great time. And of course, there were plenty of A-List guests (no Oprah, though):

RHINEBECK, N.Y. — Chelsea Clinton wed her longtime boyfriend under extraordinary security in an interfaith ceremony at an elegant Hudson River estate late Saturday.

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 Vera Wang 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 dress designed by Oscar de la Renta.

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 honored both Christian and Jewish traditions as Chelsea Clinton is Methodist and Mezvinsky is Jewish.

The New York Times reported that the ceremony was conducted by Rabbi James Ponet, a Jewish chaplain at Yale University, and the Rev. William Shillady, executive director of the United Methodist City Society, and included friends and family reading the Seven Blessings, often recited at Jewish weddings after the vows and exchange of rings. The couple read 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 chairman. The former president’s half brother, Roger Clinton, was spotted early Saturday afternoon with his son Tyler, picking up food at a restaurant.

Danson and Steenburgen said they were excited about the upcoming ceremony as they strolled through Rhinebeck toward one of the hotels being used for the wedding.

“I knew her since she was a baby so this is a big moment,” said Steenburgen, who wed Danson in 1995. “She’s a lovely, lovely girl.”

Reporters, who had been searching for celebrities in vain for most of the day, quickly zeroed in on the couple, prompting Danson to ask, “Are we the only celebrities in town?”

Celebrity seekers jockeyed with reporters for sidewalk space over most of the day too. Donna Vena drove 50 miles to Rhinebeck from her home of Mount Kisco, N.Y., in the hopes of spotting a celebrity.

“Why not?” she asked Saturday morning, a camera slung over her shoulder. “Big story. Maybe see Oprah.”

Nearby, two young women passed out slices of pizza with “I do” written in pepperoni.
Meanwhile, a longtime Clinton family friend denied that the wedding would cost more than $1 million. The friend, who spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with the family’s desire for privacy, said the cost will not exceed six figures. Wedding experts told The Associated Press the wedding could cost $2 million to $3 million, while other outlets said it could hit $5 million.

Hundreds of people gathered outside the hotel where many of the guests are staying were rewarded Friday night when the Clintons exited a van arm-in-arm outside the Beekman Arms Hotel.

Shortly before 11 p.m., the former first lady, wearing a long green dress, waved to the cheering crowd waiting behind metal barricades and quickly went into the hotel. She left with the former president about a half-hour later.

Earlier Friday, Bill Clinton made an appearance around lunchtime, popping out of a car and walking a few blocks, greeting people on his way to a restaurant. Looking fit and relaxed in blue jeans and a black knit shirt, he gave easy answers to questions shouted by well-wishers and reporters.

“We’re all fine. We love it here,” he said, when asked how he was. “Chelsea loves the area as well.”

And what do you think of Mr. Mezvinsky, Mr. President, someone asked.

“I like him very much,” Clinton said. “I really do. I admire him. Hillary feels the same way.”

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.

Clinton completed her master’s degree in public health earlier this year at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Mezvinsky is a son of former U.S. Reps. Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky of Pennsylvania and Ed Mezvinsky of Iowa, longtime friends of the Clintons. His parents are divorced.

[From MSNBC]

You know what I like? That even though Chelsea likes things very private, and that her parents really fight to maintain her sense of privacy, that Chelsea didn’t get too overwrought with wedding details and photos and everyone paying attention to her. Her wedding became a public event, but in a really nice, respectful way. Congratulations and Mazel tov to the happy couple. Here are some additional photos from Rhinebeck of all of the town’s festivities and some more photos of Bubba and Hillary out and about for the pre-wedding festivities (check out Hillary’s muu-muu!):

RHINEBECK, NY - JULY 30: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former U.S. President Bill Clinton attend Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky's pre-wedding dinner at the Beekman Arms Inn on July 30, 2010 in Rhinebeck, New York. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

The display windows of retail stores set a wedding atmosphere for Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky in Rhinebeck New York City on July 31, 2010.    UPI/John Angelillo Photo via Newscom

RHINEBECK, NY - JULY 31: Dogs Trixie and Ellie wear are dressed in costumes suited for the occasion hours befor the wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky on July 31, 2010 in Rhinebeck, New York. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

RHINEBECK, NY - JULY 30: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former U.S. President Bill Clinton attend Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky's pre-wedding party at the Beekman Arms Inn on July 30, 2010 in Rhinebeck, New York. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

43124, NEW YORK, NEW YORK - Friday July 30, 2010. Bill Clinton attracts quite a bit of attention outside of Gigi's Trattoria in Rhinebeck, NY, a day before his daughter Chelsea's wedding. The father and former president looked excited to meet with fans, as he prepares for the nuptials that will reportedly take place saturday. Photograph:

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waves beside her husband former U.S. President Bill Clinton as they arrive for an after-party for their daughter Chelsea in Rhinebeck, New York July 30, 2010. Tourists and reporters from all over the world have descended on the picturesque Hudson River Valley village to catch a glimpse of Chelsea, the former first daughter, who is set to marry longtime beau Marc Mezvinsky on Saturday. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Header: Chelsea & her now-husband Marc on September 25, 2009. Credit: WENN.

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  1. purelife says:

    wow, upon seeing pics emotions hit me. i cen see love in their eyes and smiles. at the same time i can feel bill’s feelings too… by giving your daughter to her man. makes me feel sad. i may get married one day without dad giving me away..

    pictures alone made me feel that this is a solemn and wonderful wedding.

    congrats to the new couple!

  2. flutters says:

    Congrats and best wishes to the happy couple.

  3. mslewis says:

    Why don’t you have access to the pictures? I thought they were released by the Clintons to everybody, without charge. I’ve seen the exact same four pics on just about every site everywhere.

    Anyway, Chelsea was a beautiful bride and her dress was just lovely and perfect for her. I’m really glad she didn’t have a bunch of celebrities as guests. Only the people she and Marc knew were there with the only “stars” being Danson and Steenburgen. It was truly a wedding for the bride and groom and not payback to a bunch of political contributors.

  4. Dhavy says:

    I saw pictures of her in her dress and the dress is stunning! Anyway, even though we don’t know all details of the wedding, the pictures of her wedding dress were available (the groom and father of the bride wore ties). This was a private event not something of a freak celebrity who’s who show. For the little bit shown so far it was very elegant and they had a lot of veggan food (Chelsea is a vegetarian) inlcuding the gluten-free cake.

    This is the first time Hillary looks young! The fuchsia dress looked very nice on her too

  5. happymom says:

    She looked radiant. The pictures of them are really touching And I love that they had an interfaith service. It makes me remember my own wedding-and look forward someday to my daughter’s big day!

  6. Kayla says:

    Mazel tov! What a beautiful bride.

  7. hellen says:

    Here’s a link to a lot of photos:

    Yes, the dress was stunning and Chelsea looked gorgeous. And you KNOW that Bubba blubbered.

  8. snappyfish says:

    She looked lovely. I thought the photo on BBC of the two of them sitting together as teenagers was very sweet.

    Best Wishes and Mazel Tov to the new couple

  9. Just a Poster says:


    Gosh, how many here remember when she was just romping around the White House?

    And Hilary looks lovely!

  10. Vee says:

    I wish them well, she looks gorgeous! It’s a shame her parents did not set a better example of love and commitment for her, I hope Chelsea can have a more fulfilling marriage.

  11. Feebee says:

    Hilary looks great… they’re both bursting with pride and love and it’s awesome to see.

    Sounds like Chelsea pulled off an amazing day. Good luck to her and Marc.

  12. emma says:

    love her dress! she looked gorgeous.

    you can see some pictures here as well:

  13. Eden says:

    Hillary and Bill both look great and so proud and Chelsea and Marc look great too!
    Everyone so happy and genuinely loving life.
    I don’t recall ever seeing Hillary in a flowing dress, and it really softens her whole vibe.
    She looks like a mom.
    That Picture of Bill where it looks like his hand is on his heart and he has that emotional look on his face is awesome…the photographer seems to have caught a moment.
    He’s still a sexy beast in my opinion.

  14. kaligula says:

    does anyone else think he resembles Peter Krause a little bit?

    oh and, mazeltov!

  15. Kazoo81 says:

    wow, hillary has a nice body, especially for her age. weird that i noticed that, but it’s probably because this is the least formal clothing i’ve ever seen her in.

    anyway, i love chelsea’s dress! i’m not even a fan of the big wedding dresses, but if you’re going to do one, this is perfect. i do wish her wedding bouquet had been a different color, though.

    bill looks olddddddd.

  16. jane16 says:

    Chelsea looks beautiful and sweet on her wedding day. Her dress is dreamy. Hillary did look great also. I think Hillary is that rare type of woman that is more attractive in middle age than she was when she was young. This makes me nostalgic for the 90’s. The 90’s seem like Happy Days next to the 2000’s.

  17. Kevin says:

    10 Bucs says Bill probably tried to hump one of the bridesmaids.

  18. LolaBella says:

    Congrats and best wishes to them.

  19. paranel says:

    Oh wow President Clinton ( I wish ) looks so well and healthy having lost all that weight and kept it off.

  20. nnn says:

    I thought that the groom would dress better for his wedding than just a second pieces dark suit and a tie, just like a banker on his way to work. I thought a tux or fitted coat, or three peices swith a bow tie uit was the CHOICE for a groom

    But anyway. Congrats to the both of them.

  21. Mairead says:

    I’m not a wedding person at all but:


    That was such a stunning dress! Hillary’s dress is lovely and the raspberry colour of the wedding outfit really suited her. And you know Bubba was bawling his eyes out by the time the speeches came around.

    Her parents might not have set a good example of a faithful marriage, but as partners in being supportive parents, they seem to have done a top-notch job.

    Just on the groom’s outfit, I think, to be fair it is a dress suit, which is more formal than a day suit (narrower lapels, higher-quality fabrics and the cut is different), it’s just not as formal as a tuxedo or a morning suit, to which I think your three-piece is alluding to? clinton himself is in a similar suit (with a notably narrow tie, almost like a 60s kipper tie), so I think they were going for a formal-but-not-stuffy vibe?

  22. lucy2 says:

    Gorgeous dress, she looked really beautiful.
    Kind of a shame the media went so nuts over this, as Chelsea for the most part stays out of the limelight.
    Congrats to them!

  23. Bodhi says:

    Yay!! Congrats to the happy couple! I’ve always loved Chelsea 🙂

    As to the groom’s suit: 3 piece suits & tuxes are very formal &, at least these days, are more appropriate for super-duper formal 6pm type weddings & not everyone wants to be that stuffy. I am at the age where damn near all of my friends are getting hitched & most of the weddings I’ve attended have been, as Mairead, formal but not stuffy.

    My husband wore his family tartan kilt for our wedding, so I’m fairly “everything goes” as far as non-stuffy weddings go 🙂

  24. Leek says:

    They all look happy. Hilary’s dress looks like it was awesome and she looks great. Chelsea looks beautiful and so happy. Good for them!

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  26. Whatever says:

    She is beautiful and I love the gown. People can say what they want about the Clinton’s and thier marriage, but they came together and raised a great kid.

  27. VIPER says:

    I didn’t know the Clintons were JEWISH. Why was I unde rthe impression they were CATHOLICS? Is this new to just me???

  28. original kate says:

    aw, chelsea looks very pretty. good for her.

  29. Granger says:

    Chelsea looked stunning, and Hilary looked gorgeous. I must express my dismay, however, at how many write-ups on the event describe the groom as “investment banker Mark Mezvinsky,” and the bride — an independent, educated and accomplished young woman — as simply “the daughter of Bill and Hilary Clinton” (or the like). Bugs me to my core.

    Viper, the Clintons are Methodist. The wedding ceremony was performed by a Methodist minister and a Rabbi.

  30. nnn says:

    I don’t think the Clintons are jews. I think the groom is and Chelsea has embraced the faith of her husband.

  31. RHONYC says:

    madame secretary!

    she looks absolutely radiant.

    chelsea looked beautiful. cute hubby.

    papa bubba can STILL get it. handsome devil.


  32. xxodettexx says:

    wow, hilary looks wonderful, in the muu-muu and in the dress for the wedding… and chelsea looked very radiant

    happy for the couple

  33. Cheyenne says:

    @nnn: The groom is Jewish. The Clintons are Methodist. Chelsea and her husband were married in an interfaith ceremony by a Jewish rabbi and a Methodist minister. As far as I know she has not converted to Judaism.

  34. TaylorB says:

    Congrats to the couple and their loved ones. Wishes for years of happiness.

  35. The Bobster says:

    No word? The NY Daily Snooze has a whole story about Bubba’s Blubbering.

  36. snowball says:

    Yes, I’m crass. The bride looked lovely, the family was lovely, it was all lovely.

    But I still am wondering what I did from the other day. How the hell did she spend $5 million?

  37. canadianchick says:

    Congrats and Mazel tov! She looked stunning and Bubba looked so proud.Hilary looked nice too.

  38. Jag says:

    It’s disgusting if it’s true that the wedding cost 20 million dollars, which is what I read. How many people and/or animals could be helped with that much money? Not to mention, she is so superficial that she made her dad lose 15 pounds so that he wouldn’t look bad for the wedding; why didn’t she make Hilary lose weight, too? Why make anyone lose weight for a celebration anyway? She should love her parents as they are – not for how they look. I hope that Bill was up to her “standards.” /sarcasm

    As for Bill, I’m concerned about him. He’s exhibiting signs, imo, of Alzheimer’s or some similar neurologically-based illness. Hopefully, I’m wrong about that. Good luck to him.

  39. Oxfordgrad says:

    I went to school with Ms. Clinton and know her well and I have to laugh at all the accoloades at “how sweet” she is, what she has accomplished (?????? She has been in school from age 18-30 but for managing a hedge fund very, very briefly that really was her father’s interest) and lastly, how pretty she is. (she has had multiple nose jobs, received a new chin, new cheeks, cosmetic dentistry, something done to the gums, eyebrow tatooting, something done to the forehead and hair bleached out and straightened and coloured contact lens – now, WHO is really pretty???) Given that I know the real Chelsea and 99% of the public does not, I can say that much of what has been reported about her is a fallacy and if many others knew her they would not be writing how great she is in personality, in her “altruistic” spirit or in looks.

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