The Clooney’s Venetian wedding venue
For two very private people, it only made sense that George Clooney and his new wife Amal Alamuddin did everything they could to keep the paparazzi at bay on their wedding day.
Their venue is one of the most opulent palaces in Venice: the 7 star Aman Canal Grande, where the only way in is via canal. Guests arrived in water taxis, whilst the paparazzi was restricted to boats to try to catch any sight of the couple.
The palazzo in which the Aman Canal Grande is housed dates back to 1550. It underwent an ambitious renovation in 1865 by architects Girolamo Levi and Michelangelo Guggenheim. Guggenheim was a leading exponent of the Neo-Renaissance and Rococo styles. He reinvented the space, turning the palazzo into one of the most significant examples of these styles in Venice. The palazzo was reimagined as the perfect home for entertaining, with access from the side canal for all services and deliveries. It also featured one of the first elevators in Venice as well as electric powered chandeliers and an internal phone system.
Today, the main reception area features an exquisite Murano chandelier, complementing the ornate hand painted scenes and gold leaf details on the walls and ceiling. It makes a luxurious, old-worldly function space, fit for grand balls, royal ceremonies, and of course, weddings for the stars.
Photo Credits: Aman Grande Canal, Belmond Hotel Cipriani, GC and The Telegraph.