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George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin's wedding last weekend at the Aman Canal Grande in Venice, Italy was not only extremely elegant but also a full-on family affair. The high-profile newlyweds asked family-friend Nora Sagal to sing during the ceremony and for their first dance, they had four speakers at the reception, one of which, was Clooney's father, Nick, a journalist and former TV news anchor.
What makes his speech even more special — besides he and his beloved son's close relationship — is the fact that the younger Clooney has referred to his parents loving marriage many times as a model and hope for his a lasting relationship of his own one day. So it's no wonder that his dad's words meant a lot to the groom, and, thanks to People, we have excerpts from the heartwarming speech
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First, the elder Clooney listed all of the amazing things about that evening: "The loveliest, most intriguing city on the planet. CHECK. A glittering assembly of accomplished people. CHECK. A beautiful bride. CHECK. A nervous groom. CHECK."
"We are deep in the age of irony. ... We cherish our guilty pleasure of skepticism," Clooney continued. "Then here comes George, the crown prince of irony, getting down on one basketball-battered knee and asking the savvy Amal to marry him. And if you think that's crazy, Amal said 'YES!' "
"In their tidal wave of generosity," the beaming father went on, "Amal and George present us with one more gift. Hope. No, it's more than hope. Hope is too ephemeral. ... It is belief that in this place and at this moment, love is alive and well."
How sweet! From Clooney and Alamuddin's romance it's clear to see that love really is alive and well.