Chelsea Clinton's Wedding Secrets Revealed

Family, close friends trumped celebs as former White House first daughter weds.

ByABC News via logo
August 2, 2010, 11:53 AM

Aug. 2, 2010 — -- Despite rampant speculation, there were no fireworks and few celebrities at Saturday's ceremony where Chelsea Clinton married longtime boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky. But, by all accounts, the Rhinebeck, N.Y., nuptials were a beautiful and private affair that left no guest disappointed.

In front of about 400 of their family and friends, the bride and groom tied the knot in an interfaith ceremony. The wedding photos released by the family, dotted with floral gazebos and a harp, were from the pages of a fairytale.

The former first daughter, 30, wore a strapless gown made of ivory silk with silver beading at the waist, designed by Vera Wang, a family friend. Chelsea changed into a second dress for the party.

"She looked very much a modern princess in 2010 ... the luminous skirt in organza and tulle," Brides magazine editor-and-chief Millie Martini Bratten said on "Good Morning America" today. "It was simple and chic and modern ... and will stand the test of time."

Her slimmed-down dad, former president Bill Clinton, who lost more than 15 pounds for the event, was close to tears and bit his lip as he walked his only child down the aisle. Her mother, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, beamed in a full-length Oscar de la Renta fuschia gown.

Chelsea Clinton danced with her father to Frank Sinatra's "The Way You Look Tonight," and guests were on the dance floor until about 3 a.m. Sunday.

Click here to see photos from Chelsea's big day

For such a big wedding, very few details were leaked ahead of time, thanks in part to the couple's wedding planner, Brian Rafanelli, who told the New York Times Sunday that he required confidentiality with all of his vendors.

But the tight-lipped guests have finally opened up, including the bride's uncle, Roger Clinton, who said his niece was a "beautiful woman and her husband is one of a kind."

There were several memorable toasts, including a heartfelt one from the former president, but Mezvinsky stole the show.

"Marc spoke so movingly about his love for Chelsea," Daily Beast editor-and-chief Tina Brown said on "Good Morning America" today. "He locked eyes with her the whole time."

Mezvinsky talked about how blessed he was to have met Clinton, Daily Beast reporter Jacob Bernstein said, and how she had changed his life.

Although their honeymoon destination is a closely guarded secret, the newlyweds spent Sunday night in the Pierre hotel in New York City, Brown said on "GMA."