Newlywed Clooneys show off rings after 'perfect' wedding

VENICE - Newlyweds George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin delighted crowds of onlookers as they took to the waters of Venice on Sunday, a day after a wedding described as "more than perfect" by the bride's father.

The Hollywood heartthrob and his wife cut an elegant pair at the prow of a vintage water taxi as they led a flotilla of boats down the Grand Canal, after dancing nearly till dawn during a star-studded overnight ceremony and party.

"The wedding was more than perfect," Amal's father Ramzi Alamuddin told AFP, describing the festivities as both "grand" and "simple".

He added that the couple were a great match and "very happy" about how they were welcomed in Venice.

"It is very good news among the bad news we are living now," he said, referring to the unrest in the Middle East and on the borders of Lebanon, where the bride was born.

The human rights lawyer, who moved to Britain when she was three, looked effortlessly graceful in a long-sleeved white lace dress covered with pink and red flowers in her first public appearance as Mrs Clooney, while the US actor was suave as ever in a finely cut grey suit.

During their brief public outing the 53-year-old was begged by the crowd to show off his ring, a wide band in white gold, but jokingly looked at his right hand in surprise - after so many years as a bachelor, you could forgive him for taking a while to get used to being married.

Alamuddin's ring was more delicate and looked like it featured a band of small diamonds.

They are expected to spend their honeymoon in Morocco's former imperial city of Marrakech, according to a source.

The pair said "I do" late Saturday at a private ceremony in Venice's palatial Aman Canal Grande hotel, before celebrating with a star-strewn guestlist in one of the eagerly awaited celebrity weddings in years.

There were wolf-whistles and cheers as the actor scooped his new wife into his arms for a nuptial kiss, and his hands were shaking so much that he did a botched job cutting the wedding cake, a source close to the hotel said.

Attendees including Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber - rumoured to be Clooney's best man - reportedly boogied well into the early hours to hit tracks by Blondie, Jackson 5 and Daft Punk.

Those not sleeping off a hangover on Sunday were tipped to have met for a lavish late lunch in the garden of the luxurious Cipriani resort, before relaxing with Bloody Mary cocktails on sun loungers by the hotel's Olympic size, waterfront pool.

Rumours among paparazzi staking out the hotel in speed boats were that the Clooneys may ditch their guests at some point for a romantic gondola ride through the City of Canals, with a possible stop at the historic Bridge of Sighs, where legend has it lovers secure themselves eternal bliss with a kiss.

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