Even more Chelsea Clinton wedding details: Presidential moonwalking, the gift bags, the friend's band -- and where'd that crazy Oprah rumor get started?
Another memorable moment from Chelsea Clinton's wedding: Bill Clinton, on the dance floor Saturday night, making a very proud attempt at the moonwalk.
See? We knew we could cadge a few more details from the guests, once they'd recovered from a three-day weekend of festivities that didn't end until Sunday afternoon, with brunch for all 400 at a restored barn outside of Rhinebeck, N.Y.
And how about those guests? Ever more indication that this truly was Chelsea and Marc Mezvinsky's wedding, not a fundraising opportunity or Renaissance Weekend Redux. The only Cabinet-level guests from the White House years appeared to be Madeleine Albright and John Podesta. Podesta's predecessors as chief of staff, like Mack McLarty and Erskine Bowles, not in evidence. Instead: Many lesser-known staffers who'd spent more time with Chelsea, including two White House butlers. And Chelsea's spinning instructor, manicurist, family doctor. And scads of 30-something friends of the bride and groom.
Out of that category came Friday's rehearsal-dinner entertainment: Tim Blane, a Boston-based singer-songwriter, whose band has a jazzy pop sound. The Potomac native was a Sidwell Friends classmate of the bride's. In an e-mail he told us it was an "absolute joy" and honor to play for his friend -- but sorry, no other details, out of respect for their privacy.
Guests got gift bags that included pretzels, peaches and bottles of wine from the fortuitously named Clinton Vineyards in nearby Clinton Corners, N.Y.
Oh, and so you know, turns out that the jewelry Hillary Clinton wore with her Oscar de la Renta dress -- a pink crystal necklace and earrings -- was custom-made by D.C.'s Ann Hand store.
As a month of speculative frenzy finally quieted, we checked in with Jim Langan, editor of the Hudson Valley News, which had the biggest hit of the news cycle -- but also the biggest miss. The small-town weekly broke the news that this super-secret wedding would happen in Rhinebeck. But it also trumpeted a scoop -- echoed across the mainstream media -- that guests would include Oprah Winfrey, President Obama, Steven Spielberg and Ted Turner. None of it true.
Regarding the first story, Langan said, "We're pretty pleased. ... It certainly raised our visibility." As for the second, he wouldn't say what went so wrong, but "I can think of a couple sources I won't use again."
He added: "There was a palpable disappointment around town when they realized the biggest celebrity was going to be Ted Danson."
Finally, guests had barely cleared out of the wedding reception when the grand estate where it was held -- Astor Courts, the beaux-arts mansion built for John Jacob Astor IV -- was put on the market for $12.million. The headline on the ad in Sunday's New York Post: "Yes, It's for Sale. Home of the Recent Celebrity Wedding."
Read our earlier story about Chelsea Clinton's secret wedding details.
All Chelsea Clinton wedding coverage here.
See an extensive gallery of Chelsea Clinton wedding photos.
The Reliable Source
August 3, 2010; 1:05 AM ET
Categories: Chelsea Clinton wedding
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