Longtime bachelor George Clooney has conceded married life feels “pretty great” after wedding British lawyer Amal Alamuddin in Italy over the weekend.
The Hollywood actor, who swore off marriage after his first union to Talia Balsam crumbled in 1993, walked down the aisle again in Venice, hosting a star-studded wedding gala on Saturday and tying the knot officially in a civil ceremony on Monday.
The lavish reception at the Aman Canal Grande resort has been detailed in People magazine, and pictures show guests including Matt Damon partying. Other snaps show Clooney and Alamuddin cutting their huge wedding cake and posing together as newlyweds with the bride showing off her Oscar de la Renta gown.
Clooney, 53, tells the magazine that marriage “feels pretty damn great,” adding that Italy was the perfect location for the nuptials: “(Venice is) the most romantic city in the world… We met in Italy. We have a home there. We knew that was where we wanted to get married.”
The Oscar-winner adds of the future, “We’re looking forward to everything.”
The article also reveals that Irving Berlin standard “Always” was sung at the ceremony because it was the track Clooney’s parents danced to at their own wedding, while the newly-weds chose Cole Porter’s “Why Shouldn’t I?” for their first dance. Wedding favors for the guests included iPods loaded with the couple’s favorite music.