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The Wedding Of Chelsea Clinton

The Chuppah.
The Chuppah was amazing.. It was constructed out of willow branches and decorated with white roses and hydrangeas. It was shaped like a dome, almost like a pavilion, and in the evening, after the ceremony during the dinner dance, it was lit up so we could see it.

The Ceremony.
It was all outside and the weather was great. Yarmulkes for the men, and fans for everyone in case it got hot. The Ceremony was very Jewish, about 80%. The rabbi did most of the talking and they had a nice Ketubah on display. They had a Sheva Brachot whereby the Rabbi read each one in Hebrew, and then a reader repeated it English. At the end when Marc broke the glass, the Rabbi told us that they would use the broken pieces and put them back together to make a Mezuzah for their apartment. Chelsea told a friend it was her idea, and that she researched it and bought it at the Jewish Museum. Clearly a lot of thought had gone into the ceremony and it was really lovely right at sunset.

The Ketubah.
The ketubah is a special type of Jewish prenuptial agreement. It is considered an integral part of a traditional Jewish marriage, and outlines the rights and responsibilities of the groom, in relation to the bride.

The Wedding Gown.
As has been reported Chelsea was in Vera Wang, She really looked lovely, and it had a long train. Hillary really looked spectacular in a beautiful red dress with embroidered flowers and she was so attractive. Bill looked great and had lost over 20 pounds for the wedding. Both of them were beaming throughout the whole ceremony.

The Bridesmaids Dresses.
The bridesmaids also wore Vera Wang in a soft purple (one of a kind, because they had white dresses dyed to the right color). After the ceremony Chelsea changed into another white dress (Vera Wang again). Needless to say Vera was in attendance.

The Flowers.
The main house was decorated in large bouquets of white hydrangeas and roses and over the fireplaces were long displays of white Lilies (like they have at the Hotel George V in Paris where they arc across the room). In the main reception area (a tented construction behind the house), there were a variety of arrangements but the tables had a minimum of 3 to 4 different arrangements, this time in purple/pink roses and hydrangeas again. I mean a minimum of 100/150 roses per table.

The Reception.
A marquee was set up in the back behind the tennis courts. It was an amazing sight. Chandeliers, air conditioning and a huge dance-floor. There were about 450 people but it didn't feel that big. The tables were mixed arrangements in shape – some round, some square; a very long dais (where Chelsea/Marc/Bridal Party/Family were). The flowers were arranged mixed, some high, some low, with a variety of candle/water arrangements. The color palette was a soft lilac/white. We were seated at each table, with a personalized printed menu for each person (instead of a name card). Of course everyone was split up so couples were separated.

The Band.
The band was amazing, about 20/25 people with a full string section, as well as a standard band. They could play anything and did, really leading the crowd through the entire festive night. The first dance was great and Marc and Chelsea did a pretty sexy tango style which was showed how much in love they were. Bill was crying when he danced with Chelsea. They did a Hora, and yes, both Bill and Hillary were raised on the chairs and carried around the room. Hilarious.

The Food.
Very good (and now I know that Chelsea is a Vegan – there were gluten free breads and the huge wedding cake was gluten free as well). Salad, Risotto, choice of Arctic Char, Angus Steak or Vegetarian, plus Desert and Cake. We didn't finish eating until 1am or so.

After Party.
The band wrapped up at 1:30, and then we went into the Tennis Court which was converted into a lounge, with different flowers (this time red hydrangeas and roses everywhere) and a dance floor surrounded by couches, etc. Then came the comfort food: Grilled Cheese with Truffle, Seared Tuna, Red Velvet Cupcakes, Mini burgers etc). They had a DJ playing, as well as someone playing the electric violin. It was really great fun, and we headed back on the buses at 3am, and got back to the hotel at 4am. We had started the night at 4pm, so it was a long night.

Gift Bag.
Last but not least they had a great gift bag (again with the same logo/writing as the invitations/save the date) – with wine, maps, sweets, pen, stationary, all local things sourced at Rhinebeck as a tribute to the Wedding.

via New York Social Diary