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George Clooney, Amal Alamuddin make their marriage legal, leave Venice

George Clooney, Amal Alamuddin make their marriage legal, leave Venice
George Clooney, 53, and his new wife, Amal Alamuddin, 36, leave city hall after their civil marriage ceremony in Venice, Italy, on Monday. (Luigi Costantini / Associated Press)

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin made it official Monday in Venice, Italy, doing what the law required to make their Saturday night wedding a legal marriage.

The newlyweds showed up at the Ca' Farsetti palace on the Grand Canal for a brief ceremony officiated by friend and former mayor of Rome Walter Veltroni, the Associated Press reported.

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Veltroni also did the honors Saturday night at the Aman Canal Grande hotel, but unlike at that presumably lavish party, Oscar winner Clooney and human rights lawyer Alamuddin were in and out of what's now a municipal building in about 20 minutes. Ca' Farsetti is next to the Cavalli palace.

Their trip to and from the venue, which was built in the 13th century, provided another opportunity for locals, fans and photographers to catch sight of the couple as they motored along the Grand Canal in the "Amore," the boat they used during the wedding weekend.

After the ceremony, they were on the Grand Canal again, with cheers of "George, George" greeting them as they passed underneath the Rialto Bridge on their way into a one-way canal, the AP said. Clooney's regular water-taxi driver was spotted later at the airport and indicated the two had departed.

He should know: Alessandro Greco, who shuttles the actor around Venice regularly when Clooney is in town for events such as the Venice Film Festival, was the witness as the couple made it legal, according to People.

The civil ceremony capped festivities that started Friday with arrivals and men's and women's separate pre-wedding dinners, moved to the big event Saturday and included two celebrations on Sunday.

Sunday lunch included funk music and popping Champagne corks, E! News reported, while the dinner included speeches and music from a French cover band.

Ramzi Alamuddin, father of the bride, told AFP on Sunday that the three-day affair was "grand" but "simple."

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