It is estimated that hundreds of guests gathered at the historic estate near the end of a near-perfect summer day of warm temperatures, blue skies and cottony clouds. The ceremony was conducted by a rabbi and a reverend as Chelsea Clinton is Methodist and Mezvinsky is Jewish, and included a poem by Leo Marks titled, “The Life That I Have,” according to the family.
The road to Astor Courts was blocked off Saturday neighbors received bottle of wine for their troubles and the sky above was declared a no-fly zone by federal aviation officials. Police and security guards fanned out around this usually sleepy town.
Consistent with Chelsea Clinton’s desire for privacy, the family had released no details of the wedding beyond the date. But the scope of the event became apparent when more than a half-dozen busloads of wedding guests men in black tie, women in dresses were transported from a hotel in the village to the riverside ceremony as gawkers looked on.
Celebrities spotted in Rhinebeck for the event included actors Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen; Wang, a longtime family friend; Madeleine Albright, who was secretary of state during Bill Clinton’s second term as president; and Terry McAuliffe, former Democratic National Committee chairman. The former president’s half brother, Roger Clinton, was spotted early Saturday afternoon with his son Tyler, picking up food at a restaurant.
Reporters, who had been searching for celebrities in vain for most of the day, quickly zeroed in on Danson and Steenburgen, prompting Danson to ask, “Are we the only celebrities in town?”
Celebrity seekers jockeyed with reporters for sidewalk space over most of the day too. Donna Vena drove 50 miles to Rhinebeck from her home of Mount Kisco, N.Y., in the hopes of spotting a celebrity.
“Why not?” she asked Saturday morning, a camera slung over her shoulder. “Big story. Maybe see Oprah.”
Nearby, two young women passed out slices of pizza with “I do” written in pepperoni.
On Friday, there were sightings of Bill Clinton and his wife, a former U.S. senator from New York and current secretary of state.