Canal cruise for the Clooneys

Women of the world — it’s over. George Clooney is off the market.

Canal cruise for the Clooneys

That, at least, was the tone of the Twitter reaction yesterday to the news that the American actor had tied the knot in Venice with his fiancee, human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin.

The couple were married in a private ceremony at 8.18pm on Saturday, and while the phalanx of waiting photographers had no access to the main event, paparazzi did manage to get shots of Clooney in black tie on a boat called Amore as he was being ferried to the luxurious Aman hotel on the banks of the city’s Grand Canal.

The ceremony was attended by a number of the actor’s celebrity friends, among them Robert De Niro, Bono and his wife Ali Hewson, Bill Murray, and Matt Damon. Another friend of Clooney’s, Brad Pitt, was reported as not having attended.

The couple made their first public appearance since their nuptials yesterday afternoon, when a motorboat picked up the newly-weds from the Aman Canal Grande resort.

The couple had been expected to formally wed today at a civil ceremony at Venice City Hall, but Clooney’s publicist released the statement on Saturday which confirmed an end to the actor’s two decades of bachelorhood.

The city council had been forced to issue an order banning pedestrian traffic outside its offices due to fears for public safety at the ceremony which was due to have taken place today.

Clooney was married once before, but that ended in divorce in 1993.

The 53-year-old actor met Ms Alamuddin, a London-based lawyer, just under a year ago and proposed last April.

Ms Alamuddin, 36, was born in Lebanon but her family moved to London when she was a baby. Her past clients include former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

Staff working at the ceremony are understood to have signed confidentiality agreements, but local media reported that Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik formed one musical interlude and that the five-course dinner included lemon risotto with lobster and a choice between sea bass and Chianina steak.

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