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1. Classic Chelsea: Wearing a cloudlike ball gown, her blonde hair pulled into an updo, and a sheer cage veil covering her head to toe, the former first daughter illustrated what a princess bride looks like circa 2010. Chelsea's alabaster skin and wide smile outshone her simple drop earrings and pearl bracelet, as well as her clean, all-white bouquet (looks like there was some ranunculus mixed in with the roses). Nice going, Chels!
2. Friends & Family: With more BFFs than BF names in the crowd, the day really was a family wedding—albeit a biggie. With the exception of Clinton-administration buds like Madeleine Albright and longtime Arkansas pal Mary Steenbergen, the celeb factor was zero. Were we disappointed not to see what Oprah would wear? Maybe. Were we happy to see two world leaders take a backseat to their child's big moment? You betcha!
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3. The Rite Stuff: You only have to glance at the photos to see that the groom's Jewish background played a major role in the ceremony. Wearing a yarmulke and a prayer shawl, Marc stood with Chelsea under a huppah (wedding canopy) made of entwined branches festooned with pale green hydrangeas. Prominently displayed in the background, a framed ketubah—the wedding contract—made it clear that though this was billed as the Clinton wedding, the Mezvinsky family had its game on, too.
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4. Hillary! Allow us to say, Madame Secretary, that you have never looked as gorgeous as you did on Friday evening, when you stepped out of the car wearing that fluttery green dress. And though we've glimpsed your MOB ensemble only from the waist up, we're crazy about the plum, the crystals, and the hair.
5. Bill! The weight loss has been widely commented on, but here's what got to us: The way President Clinton walked his daughter down the aisle, supporting her with his left arm and right hand. Not only was this a sweet way to soothe a daughter's nerves, but it effectively prevented him from waving to the assembly.
6. Nice Day for a...: Recently couples have rethought the classic white wedding, stringing up curtains of Mardi Gras beads or going all Twilight on us, but wedding planner Bryan Rafenelli seems to have taken his cue from a more subdued playbook. A few rows of the white folding chairs were decorated with cream-colored ribbons (probably set aside for close family), the bride walked down a pristine white aisle runner, guests were handed white paper fans to temper the July heat, and the guys wore white freesia boutonnieres with their Burberry tuxedos. And is it just us, or do Astor Court's white columns and balcony seem a little White-House-on-the-Hudson?
7. True Love: Even the biggest cynic can't look at the photo of Marc and Chelsea clasping hands, smiling, and looking into each other's eyes and doubt that for this couple, the wedding wasn't a finish line—it marked the start of a new adventure. Congratulations!
—Sally Kilbridge, BRIDES magazine