George Clooney's Father-in-Law: Wedding "Very Good News" for Middle East
Amal Alamuddin's father says the wedding was "more than perfect"
George Clooney's new father-in-law says the wedding between the actor and Amal Alamuddin is "very good news" — not just for his family but also for the Middle East.
"The wedding was more than perfect," Ramzi Alamuddin told AFP in a telephone interview from Venice, Italy, where the ceremony took place Saturday between Clooney and Amal Alamuddin, a Lebanese-British lawyer who was very young when her family moved from Lebanon to Britain amid a lengthy civil war.
"It was grand, simple and perfect. The couple really do match," he said of the ceremony, adding: "It is very good news among the bad news we are living now."
The wedding comes amid a U.S.-led military campaign against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.
The couple were wed at the Aman Canal Grande resort by Clooney's pal Walter Veltroni, the former mayor of Rome. The marriage is expected to be made legal Monday.
"The couple was very happy about how they were welcomed in Venice," Ramzi Alamuddin told AFP.
A number of celebrities were on hand for the nuptials, including Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Bono and Anna Wintour. Many of the guests arrived at the ceremony in taxi boats.
This is the longtime bachelor's second marriage. He was previously married to actress Talia Balsam for four years until their divorce in 1993.
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Amal's father taught tourism at the prestigious American University of Beirut. Her mother, Baria, heads the international section at London-based pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat.