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Here Comes the Bride…and Groom…

In Mr and Mrs Marc and Chelsea Mezvinsky, wedding bells on July 31, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Proud father: Bill Clinton leads his daughter down the aisle in front of 500 guests who had gathered in Rhinebeck for the occasion

The couple had an interdenominational service as Marc is Jewish and Chelsea is a practising Methodist

Perfect day: Chelsea and Marc's big day.

The Hudson River behind them. Chelsea Clinton and husband Marc Mezvinsky pose for photographs after getting married at Astor Courts, in New York state

Happy family: (left to right) Marc Mezvinsky with Hillary Clinton, his bride Chelsea and father-in-law Bill Clinton after the couple's wedding

When Bill Clinton was seen in Rhinebeck earlier this week, someone asked him if his daughter was going to look beautiful on Saturday.

“She looks beautiful every day to me,” the beaming father said.

Earlier in July, Hillary Clinton told Polish media that she was enjoying taking part in her daughter’s wedding planning.

“It’s a very happy time for my family,” she said. “It truly is the most important thing in my life right now.”

Steenburgen, who told CNN that she has known the Clintons for 30 years, predicted tears from the former president by the end of the night.

“Knowing my friend Bill … I can honestly tell you that I’m sure he’ll be crying his eyes out,” she said.


The bride and groom look like a perfect match. Best Wishes for their happiness ever more.


UPdated: New Wedding Pics…

In Bill and Hillary Clinton, Mr and Mrs Marc and Chelsea Mezvinsky, wedding bells on July 31, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Wedding guests wait for a bus to depart the Delamater Inn to go to Chelsea Clinton's and Marc Mezvinsky's wedding in Rhinebeck, N.Y., on Saturday, July 31. (Mike Groll / AP)

Vera Wang, Bridal Couture to the Wedding Party

You all know who these people are- They are YOUR nosey neighbors. 🙂


“With “great pride and overwhelming emotion,” Bill and Hillary Clinton announced that Chelsea and Marc Mezvinsky were officially wed.”

Everything went according to plan—and it has been an impressively prepared quasi-military operation: nuptials as the Normandy Invasion. They are now officially husband and wife.

Investment banker Marc Mezvinsky (this will be a rare mention of the groom in this story, and the only time he’ll get top billing) married former presidential daughter Chelsea Clinton in the sleepy upstate New York village of Rhinebeck, on the banks of the Hudson River. Accounting for the bride and groom’s disparate religious heritage, Rabbi James Ponet and Reverend William Shillady conducted the interfaith ceremony.

“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,” Bill and Hillary Clinton said Saturday night in a joint statement. “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.”

Check back later on…. there will be new postings and  new pics as they become available…

Chelsea’s and Marc’s Royal Wedding Day is here….

In Bill and Hillary Clinton, wedding bells on July 31, 2010 at 3:46 pm

RHINEBECK, N.Y. — Chelsea Clinton is poised to marry her longtime boyfriend at an exclusive estate along New York’s Hudson River after weeks of secrecy and buildup that had celebrity watchers flocking to the small village for the Saturday evening nuptials.

The crowd began forming midmorning after weeks of intrigue and secrecy about a ceremony with a VIP guest list said to include such luminaries as TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey and filmmaker Steven Spielberg.

The 30-year-old daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was expected to wed her boyfriend, investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, at a ceremony with 400 to 500 guests. Details of the wedding were kept fanatically close to the vest, with shopkeepers, innkeepers, vendors and restaurateurs sworn to secrecy. Roads were blocked off, the skies were closed over the estate and inconvenienced neighbors were soothed with a complimentary bottle of wine.

Donna Vena drove 50 miles to Rhinebeck from her home of Mount Kisco, New York, 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.

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.,last night, 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.

We’ve Got Pictures

These two look familiar... as they are caught leaving their daughter's rehersal dinner..

People stand outside the Delamater Inn waiting for guests to arrive in Rhinebeck, N.Y., for the wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky on on Saturday, July 31. (Mike Groll / AP)

ctor Ted Danson and wife Mary Steenburgen arrive at the Delamater Inn. (Mike Groll / AP)

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright waves as she leaves a party for Chelsea Clinton in Rhinebeck, N.Y., on July 30. (Jessica Rinaldi / Reuters)

Former President Bill Clinton walks down the streets of Rhinebeck, N.Y., on July 30, 2010, the day before his daughter Chelsea's wedding. (Andrew Gombert / EPA)

A man walks on East Market Street in Rhinebeck, where a sign hangs congratulating the couple. (Mike Groll / AP)

Earlier Friday, Bill Clinton made an appearance around lunchtime Friday, 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.

The former president’s half brother, Roger Clinton, was spotted early Saturday afternoon with his son Tyler, picking up food at the same restaurant. When asked by reporters if he was excited, Roger Clinton said, “Yes, very excited” as they slipped into a waiting SUV.

The wedding is set to take place at Astor Courts, a secluded estate along the Hudson River built as a Beaux Arts style playground for John Jacob Astor IV more than a century ago. The estate features the sort of commanding view that once inspired Hudson River School painters, as well as 50 acres of buffer space to shield the party from prying eyes.

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.

Clinton/ Mezvinsky Rehearsal Dinner To Be Held At Grasmere

In Bill and Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, wedding bells on July 29, 2010 at 2:07 am

The Hudson Valley News has confirmed the rehearsal dinner for the marriage of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky will take place at Grasmere, a magnificent 500-acre estate that traces it’s roots to the 19th century in Rhinebeck, New York.

The dinner will take place in the spectacularly refurbished barn on the property with a breathtaking view of hayfields and a Hudson Valley sunset.

The barn itself has a completely open southern exposure. Grasmere is owned by architect and philanthropist Steve Mensch and his wife. It has been the site of numerous charity benefits and is located on at the end of a secluded dirt road.

Our reporter visited the location and was told any further information would have to come from the Secret Service.

More information on the venue for the rehearsal dinner,  see link below:

NY Town Expecting Clinton Wedding Approves X-tra Police

In Bill and Hillary Clinton, wedding bells on July 27, 2010 at 12:55 pm

But Not Before Rhinebeck Residents Shout Demands That Former First Family Pay For All The Extra Security

and they will…. gladly!


Wedding bell buzz is kicking into high gear in Rhinebeck, and as the town prepares for Chelsea Clinton’s big day more details are emerging about the groom.

Clinton’s fiancĂ©, investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, is about to become the man of the hour.

The daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to marry Mezvinsky on a private estate on the river on Saturday.

The two met as teenagers at a leadership retreat in 1993, both went to Stanford and, like Chelsea, Mezvinky has dealt with adversity — his father, a former congressman, served time in prison for fraud.

Town officials in the Hudson Valley bracing for Clinton’s wedding this weekend approved spending $2,500 for extra police coverage.

The Rhinebeck Town Council authorized the spending during a meeting Monday.

The Clintons have refused to disclose the location of the wedding. But Rhinebeck Supervisor Thomas Traudt said based on his conversations with state and county police, the extra service this weekend will be helpful.

One resident at the council meeting shouted that the extra expenses should be paid for by the father of the bride.

Rhinebeck, a town of about 8,000 residents, is just 75 miles from the Chappaqua, N.Y., home the former president and first lady bought before her successful run for the U.S. Senate in 2000. The Clintons have passed through the town a number of times.

Wedding presents rolling in for Chelsea from ALL over the World!

In Bill and Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Global News on July 22, 2010 at 10:37 pm

Hillary Clinton given wedding presents for Chelsea

The wedding presents are rolling in from around the world.
Today, while in Hanoi for diplomatic meetings a little over a week before the July 31 wedding of Chelsea Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State and mother-of-the-bride Hillary Clinton was given a wedding present — a white tablecloth — for her daughter by the Vietnamese government. She was also given a gemstone mosaic portrait of her with Chelsea during their 2000 visit to the country.

“Very nice,” Clinton said when Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem presented her with the gifts, reports AP. Clinton is on the last leg of a four-nation tour that also took her to Afghanistan, Pakistan and South Korea — all while helping to plan the wedding. Clinton said that traveling while “trying to help organize my daughter’s wedding is proof … that I may be lacking in common sense.”

Bill and Hillary’s run up to Chelsea’s Wedding…

In wedding bells on July 19, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Personally, I would rather be working too than planning a Wedding! It;s what Wedding Planners are for! 🙂

Notice Hillary’s new do…. I like her better in her short and spiffy, sun streaked primary do… Thacheresqe for high society weddings? Ok- but thats it… Stately an adjective for the old.. regal and elegant (Grace Kelleyesque) is for the MOB at Chelsea’s Wedding 🙂

Daily Juice: Another day closer to Chelsea’s BIG Day!

In Chelsea Clinton, wedding bells on July 15, 2010 at 6:12 pm

NEW YORK – If Chelsea Clinton gets a migraine during the final fitting for her custom Oscar de la Renta wedding gown, she’ll have a stylish new place to rest her cerebral head.

Clinton recently bought two cream, lavender, and taupe sofa pillows at Hammertown, a tony home-furnishings store in Rhinebeck, New York, the quaint village on the Hudson River where she is marrying private-banker boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky this month.

Rhonda Cayea, manager of Hammertown, described the $178 pillows as “understated”—an adjective that doesn’t apply to much in Rhinebeck.

[In Photos: Chelsea Clinton Through the Years]

Take Astor Courts, where Clinton and Mezvinsky will tie the knot July 31. The turn-of-the-century 26,000-square-foot mansion, built to resemble the Grand Trianon at Versailles, has five bedrooms, seven fireplaces, indoor clay tennis courts, and an indoor Mediterranean-style pool. A few months ago, the photographer Annie Leibovitz, who lives in the grand dairy barn on the estate, gave David Bowie and his wife Iman a tour of her multimillion-dollar digs as they were house-hunting. The $12 million mansion has since been taken temporarily off the market—until the wedding drama is over.

The Beaux Arts mansion, built by Gilded Age tycoon John Jacob Astor IV, sits high on a bluff, surrounded by 3,500 bucolic acres and dense forest that, these days, are crawling with Secret Service agents—all in Defcon 1-style security mode for the closest thing America gets to a royal wedding.

“Get out of here,” a tall, blond, and very fit Secret Service agent wearing shorts and an azure “Cape Cod” T-shirt laughingly told an intruder, who had taken the half-mile walk up the gravel toward Astor Court’s iron gate. “I have nothing to tell you,” the agent added.

To the intruder on the gravel path, the scene in the forest evoked Errol Flynn in tights as Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men hiding among the maples and oaks. Along the borders of the estate, workmen were busy repairing crumbling stone walls.

The locals call it “The Wedding of the Century.” But it’s so private, so shrouded in secrecy, neither the local sheriff’s office nor the town police have been given any details about how to deploy, said Tom Traudt, the Rhinebeck town supervisor. “I expect we’ll get a head’s up 10 days or two weeks before the event,” he told The Daily Beast.

Secret Service agents aren’t the only ones in lockdown.

Josh Kroner, the affable owner and chef of Terrapin Restaurant, an upscale eatery in town that’s catering the rehearsal dinner, is spending the entire week out of his kitchen to deal with security, White House staffers, local farm suppliers, and the event’s quasi-celebrity planner, Bryan Rafanelli, in Boston. On his plate: how to make the dinner at Grasmere, a Revolutionary War-era private estate with a Georgian brick manor and Edwardian stone barns, all spread out over 525 acres of farmland, hayfields, and forest, feel cozy and intimate.

This week, Kroner’s longtime catering director, Hugh Piney, a chatty Brit, is busy fielding phone calls from reporters and making sure there’s enough horseradish-encrusted Ahi tuna with miso aioli—Terrapin’s signature dish—to feed Chelsea’s nearest and dearest. “We use all the local farmers,” Piney said. “We can get everything here—except fish.”

With 8,300 residents, Rhinebeck is sometimes dubbed “the Hamptons of the North.” The entire town, which grew rich—and Democratic—amid the influx of wealthy Manhattanites over the past 15 years, is straight out of The Great Gatsby—with a heavy dose of liberal consciousness thrown in. (Think Pilates, organic food, and a surprising number of Tibetans.) The nearby Rhinecliff Inn serves the “Millionaire Mojito,” and Uma Thurman, Drew Barrymore, and Sarah Jessica Parker have all been spotted in town. But don’t expect locals to snap their pictures. “One thing about this town, we like to respect people’s privacy,” says Cayea.

How do you pull off sneaking hundreds of A-listers into this sleepy hamlet on the Hudson?

Still, a little digging reveals that some guests have been booked at the Beekman Arms, a favorite dining establishment of Bill and Hillary, who live in Chappaqua, which is a 90-minute drive south. Larry Cihanek, the inn’s host and a former advertising executive, once seated the two Clintons at a table near the bathroom, while five Secret Service agents covered the kitchen and lurked outside under the eaves. “I usually put children next to the bathroom because they like to play around,” Cihanek said. He paused, with a twinkle in his eye, and added, “So does Bill.”

According to The Hudson Valley News, guests invited to the wedding include President Obama (though he’s not attending), Oprah Winfrey, Barbra Streisand, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, Clinton confidant Terry McAuliffe, and media mogul Ted Turner.

But how do you pull off sneaking hundreds of A-listers into this sleepy hamlet on the Hudson?

Patricia Garofal, a neighbor and friend of Kathy Hammer and Alfred Seelbinder, the wealthy Democrats who own and live at Astor Courts, has been eyeing the helicopters flying over River Road—the entrance to the estate—for weeks. And according to a resident insider, Countess Iliana Kerckerinck van Meeteren, who lives in a nearby estate overlooking the Hudson River, has been tapped to provide use of her private helipad to certain guests.

“The security’s going to have to be intense because of the number of ways you can access the property,” said Garofal, who signed a confidentiality agreement with Hammer, a former executive at Oxygen Media, and Hammer’s property-developer husband, Seelbinder.

Given that Amtrak runs through the Hudson River side of Astor Courts, Garofal said it was likely the wedding party would rent out entire train cars to ferry guests to and from Manhattan, two hours south of Rhinebeck.

Apparently, those who make the trek will receive—spoiler alert!—gift bags that include Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market paper calendars and orange tote bags with woodcut honeybee prints. According to a resident insider, the co-owner of The Paper Trail, a chic local emporium of paper goods, jewelry and gifts, is assembling 310 gift bags.

At $2 a piece, those totes are in fact “understated.”

Just a few friends for Chelsea Clinton’s Wedding….

In United States on July 15, 2010 at 12:10 am

July 15, 2010 (3hrs ago)

And speaking of 44, Obama and his BFF – Queen of All Media Oprah Winfrey – are among the 500 A-listers invited to attend Chelsea Clinton and Mark Mezvinsky’s Wedding of the Century on July 31, Radaronline reported yesterday.

What happened to the former first daughter’s intimate wedding with family and friends??? [What you don’t know? It happens all the time. Ask any bride!]

>According to New York maggie, Chelsea instituted a “no strangers” edict when drawing up the wedding guest list with her parents, ex-President Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The over-the-top nups will be held on the grounds of the 50-acre Astor Courts in the picturesque village of Rhinebeck, chimed in the Hudson Valley News.

Obama is expected to land at Stewart Airport in Newburgh, N.Y., and shuttle across the Hudson River to Rhinebeck in his Marine One helicopter, the local rag reported.

Other boldfacers who have RSVP’d to the event orchestrated by Boston party planner Bryan Rafanelli include: diva Barbra Streisand; uberdirector Steven Spielberg and his wife, Kate Capshaw; media mogul Ted Turner; former Clinton adviser Harold Ickes, fundraiser Terry McAuliffe; former British Prime Minister John Major; historian Doris Kearns Goodwin; and big-time Bubba donor Denise Rich.

Mazel tov!


In HILLARY 2012 on July 4, 2010 at 10:43 am

I Hope So! We’re Running Away from Barack Obama before He Destroys America!

Obama speaking to a crowd without the use of a teleprompter