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Knot, tied

Scenes from George Clooney's low-key, high-wattage wedding weekend in Venice

George Clooney is officially off the market. The longtime Hollywood bachelor married Lebanese-British human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin on Saturday evening, in a private ceremony at the Aman Canal Grande in Venice, reportedly officiated by former Rome mayor Walter Veltroni. The ceremony was followed by a night of cocktails and dancing with friends close and/or famous.

On Sunday, the pair left their hotel for a well-viewed ride down the Grand Canal, Clooney in Cary Grant sunglasses and a grey suit, Alamuddin in a short lacy white dress by Italian designer Giambattista Valli Couture. They hosted a lunch for their guests at the Cipriani, and dinner at the nearby Antichi Granai, a former granary. A source, possibly not a native English speaker, tells E! that the day's festivities were "super chilled without anyone over doing it." Father of the bride Ramzi Alamuddin tells AFP that "the wedding was more than perfect," both "grand" and "simple."

Officially, Clooney, 53, and Alamuddin, 36, will wed on Monday in a civil ceremony at Venice's 16th century Cavalli Palace. Enough with the words. Here are some photos from Clooney and Alamuddin's Italian wedding weekend.

Clooney, entering his wedding party, wearing an Armani tux. Alamuddin, who did not appear in public, was reportedly wearing a white white wedding gown designed by Sarah Burton:

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The guests included Cindy Crawford and her husband, reputed best man Rande Gerber, Bono, Anna Wintour, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, and Matt Damon:

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And the ubiquitous Bill Murray cameo (invited guest, not welcome wedding crasher):

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Married, Sunday:

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Her ring, a thin band with diamonds:

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The newlyweds, on their way to Sunday lunch:

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Not pictured: The flotilla of police boats, paparazzi boats, and hundreds of waving onlookers from the side of the canal.