Bride Chelsea Clinton Dazzles in Vera WangAug 1, 2010 @ 8:15 am
Chelsea Clinton is officially a married woman! Surrounded by 400 friends and family, the former First Daughter wed longtime boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky in a lavish affair yesterday held at Astor Courts (complete with a no-fly zone in order) in Rhinebeck, New York. And, as rumored she would, the bride wore a dress custom-made by Clinton family friend Vera Wang–a strapless silk organza gown with a diagonally draped silk tulle bodice and a crystal-embellished belt. The iconic bridal designer attended the ceremony and also designed the bridesmaids’ dresses, which were strapless, bias-cut lavender chiffon that had contrasting plum bows. For the reception, the new bride changed into another Vera Wang design: this time, a silk tulle Grecian gown with a criss-cross back and narrow grosgrain black belt. As for the other details? The bride had her hair pulled back to complement her long, traditional tulle veil while carrying a simple-yet-chic bouquet of white hydrangeas. The groom and his new father-in-law, President Clinton, chose custom-designed Burberry tuxedos (Creative Director Christopher Bailey also attended the affair), while the mother of the bride Hillary Clinton opted for perennially favorite Oscar de la Renta. The guest list was relatively celebrity free, without rumored guest Oprah Winfrey, but included Mary Steenburgen, Diane Sawyer, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and actor Ted Danson. In a statement, the Clintons said, “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.” Click through our photo gallery to see more of Chelsea and Marc’s wedding photos and share your congratulations for the newlyweds in the comments below.