LAST UPDATED: 20th May 2015 at 11:42am
George Clooney revealed he had to wait "about 28 minutes" for Amal to reply to his proposal!
In an interview with "CBS This Morning" co-host Charlie Rose, the Tomorrowland actor opened up about popping the question in April 2014.
"It happened pretty quickly. I knew fairly quickly that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with Amal. But, you know, I have to say, when I asked her, you know, we had never talked about it. So it was all, there was, you know, there wasn't, like, 'Hey, maybe we should get married.' I literally, I dropped it on her," he said.
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He put together a playlist of songs by his aunt Rosemary Clooney before proposing to the human rights lawyer at his home.
The star continued; "And I asked her. And she just kept saying, 'Oh my God' and 'Wow.' And we just sat there."
Amal created quite the moment of suspence. George commented; "Finally, I just said, 'Listen.' You know, I'm 53, at the time, or 52, I think, at the time, and I said, 'You know, I've been on my knee now for about 28 minutes. So I gotta get an answer out of this, 'cause I'm gonna throw a hip out'"
And married life? The pair vowed to never spend more than a week apart. Aww!
They seem like the perfect match; "I have someone who I can talk to about anything and someone who I care more about than I've cared about anybody. So it's really nice."
What a sweet couple! SH
LAST UPDATED: 5th December 2014 at 9:00am
New pictures from George and Amal Clooney's beautiful Italian wedding have been released, giving us a close-up look at their big day.
Not only is can we get a closer look at those beautiful Oscar de la Renta gowns (yes, even her fringed party dress!) but we can also appreciate the feel of their reception even more.
Judging from the pictures, one of which shows the couple enjoying their first dance (so sweet!) and a cheeky snap where the bride poses with the groomsmen, it was one heck of a party.
LAST UPDATED: 27th October 2014 at 9:00am
If there was ever any doubt about their love of a party, the Clooneys have well and truly put it to rest.
The couple celebrated their union at the grand Danesfield House on Saturday, as previously reported.
Attending the bash were more than 200 friends and family members - more than attended the wedding itself - many of whom traveled from Amal's native Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Among them were CNN's Hala Gorani, former Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri, government ministers and ambassadors from several Middle Eastern nations and colleagues from Amal's legal firm, Doughty Street Chambers.
Amal, 36, was seen arriving in a gold metallic Donna Karan dress, her long locks stylishly blow-dried and lips coated in a bold berry-red lipstick. George, as ever, looked dapper in a suit.
According to People, Amal's father, Ramzi Alamuddin, spoke first to welcome guests and thank them for making the trip to London. He then introduced George, who joked to the crowd: "Being Irish, I'm used to large families but this is the first time in my life I've seen a family as big as this one."
George went from table to table to meet everyone, topping up drinks as he went along. He and Amal were said to appear very much in love.
Spicing up the evening were his-and-hers signature drinks: a cocktail made with tequila, citron vodka, lime juice and ginger ale for him; one with vanilla vodka, passion fruit liqueur and lime juice for her.
No celebrity guests attended the soiree, but it all reports suggest it was a lovely family affair. SR
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LAST UPDATED: 24th October 2014 at 2:20pm
It's almost a month since Amal and George tied the knot in Venice and the new Mr and Mrs Clooney aren't easing up on the celebrations yet!
E! News has reportedly obtained an invitation that reveals Amal's parents, Ramzi and Baria Alamuddin, are hosting a dinner party at the Danesfield House Hotel and Spa in Marlow-on-Thames, Buckinghamshire, this Saturday.
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With an award-winning spa, 65 acre setting, and Nicole Kidman and Tom Hanks among previous guests, Danesfield House will be a sumptuous setting for the weekend celebrations (yep, that's right - Hello Magazine reports Amal's folks have booked the house for the whole weekend!). And let's not forget the Michelin-starred kitchen, which serves a classically British assortment including sirloin of beef, duck breast and corn-fed chicken. Delicious!
The luxury hotel is also conveniently located near the £10million Grade II-listed mansion house that the couple have allegedly purchased in the quaint riverside village of Sonning.
The question is, what will the ever-stylish Amal wear to the latest wedding festivites? Something utterly fabulous, we're sure! SH
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LAST UPDATED: 30th September 2014 at 5:20pm
The wedding that just keeps on giving. That is how we will always think of Mr and Mrs Clooney's lavish do. Four days, two world exclusives later and seemingly there is still more to come.
American Vogue may not have gained the publishing rights of the wedding pictures (HELLO! and People claimed that crown earlier today) but it seems the fashion title has the exclusive on Amal's wedding dress.
Captured by Annie Leibovitz for the October issue, Amal tells all about her wedding dress fittings with the one and only Oscar de la Renta.
"George and I wanted a wedding that was romantic and elegant," she says. "I can't imagine anyone more able than Oscar to capture this mood in a dress. Meeting him made the design process all the more magical, as he is so warm and such a gentleman." We couldn't agree more.
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As well as the gorgeous gown - an exquisite mille-feuille of ivory tulle appliquéd with fourteen yards of Chantilly lace, its bodice hand embroidered with beading and crystals - de la Renta is providing a second gown: a Gatsby-style party frock for the second act of the evening from his fall 2014 collection. This, we suggest, should be the next boon to emerge from the Clooney wedding... SR
LAST UPDATED: 30th September 2014 at 8:10am
Well that didn't take long! Pictures of George Clooney's wedding are here - in the form of a joint world exclusive for HELLO! and People magazine.
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Both covers feature the bride and groom, looking absolutely stunning. Amal is pictured for the first time in her wedding dress - an exquisite custom-made off-the-shoulder Oscar de la Renta gown in French lace and hand-embroidered with pearls and diamante accents.
"He's such an elegant designer and such an elegant man," Amal told People.
Clooney, as we already knew, wore a bespoke suit from Giorgio Armani's Made to Measure collection. The black tuxedo in ultra-fine wool/cashmere was paired with a white shirt, black bow tie and oxfords in smooth, brushed black leather. Clooney finished off his look with a pair of customized cufflinks, a gift from his bride, with "George" inscribed in Arabic.
100 guests joined the couple at their romantic Venetian ceremony. They exchanged traditional vows and platinum bands which they were seen wearing the next day.
The speeches are said to have been one of the highlights of the do, with Alamuddin's mother Baria, an editor at the Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat, telling People: "George and Amal radiated love all night. The wedding was so unbelievably special, it was legendary. These three days - the friends, the families, the atmosphere, everything - will stay with me all the rest of my life."
Nick Clooney's speech included the words: "George and Amal present us with ... belief that in this place and at this moment, love is alive and well."
In terms of favours, the couple gave their guests iPods loaded with a playlist chosen by them - no doubt including their first dance tune which was Cole Porter's "Why Shouldn't I?"
And what's next for the newlyweds after a brief honeymoon? Quite simply, Clooney tells People: "We're looking forward to everything." We're looking forward to seeing more pictures! SR
LAST UPDATED: 29th September 2014 at 2:00pm
After all the extravagance of the weekend, George and Amal made their union official in a 10-minute €600 civil ceremony in the Italian city.
Amal followed her Giambattista Valli dress from yesterday with a very chic monochrome outfit from Stella McCartney which she teamed with a large floppy hat.
The city's council had closed of the streets around the 13th century city hall building which hosted the legal ceremony. A small part of the area near to the famous Rialto Bridge was brought to a virtual standstill as the newlyweds arrived at the venue in a chauffeur-driven taxi boat flanked by police boats.
Plenty of well-wishers gathered too to cheer on Mr and Mrs Clooney. SR
LAST UPDATED: 29th September 2014 at 8:00am
Hollywood star George Clooney and British human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin are officially man and wife.
Their union has been confirmed by Clooney's reps and widely reported on.
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A four day-long celebration, the ceremony itself took place on Saturday night and was officiated by the couple's close friend and ex-mayor of Rome Walter Veltroni. As you'd imagine, it was a rather romantic affair: a sunset ceremony at the seven-star Aman Canal Grande Hotel. Naturally, Clooney looked beyond dapper in an Armani suit but the bride's dress (and the designer behind it) remains a secret. So far, the strongest contenders include the Duchess of Cambridge's dress designer, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen; Amal was seen visiting the designer in London days before the wedding and wore a scarlet evening gown on Friday night. Armani, having dressed the groom, is also said to be in the running, as is Australian designer Johanna Johnson, whom dressed Amal's best friend and suspected bridesmaid.
Crowds gathered to cheer on the groom-to-be as he went from the Cipriani where he was staying to the Aman resort which hosted the big day on Saturday. His excitement was clear to see and he could be seen smiling from ear to ear.
Guest - including Matt Damon, Cindy Crawford, Bono, Emily Blunt and American Vogue editor Anna Wintour - were seen being carried away from the luxe hotel on a flotilla of vintage water taxis later on in the evening.
Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro and Cate Blanchett are said to have also been among the guests, although they were not seen entering the 16th century palazzo.
It is said over 400 extra security staff were on hand to keep unwanted guests (ie. paparazzi) away. It is rumoured that American Vogue will feature the stylish wedding, too.
The celebrations began on Friday, as the bride- and groom-to-be were seen arriving at Venice. Later on that evening George and a six of his closest friends went to famous local restaurant Da Ivo for a mini-stag do fuelled by two bottles of his own brand of tequila. That was said to have been polished off quickly, before staring on a magnum of Sassicaia, the famed Tuscan red wine.
Despite the rather toxic mix, George looked dapper and ready for the ceremony on the Saturday, and Sunday hosted a leisurely lunch with the bride and groom.
The newlyweds - who are expected to register their marriage with Venice City Hall today - stepped out yesterday showing off their new wedding rings. Amal looked stunning in a Giambattista Valli gown, while Clooney wow-ed in another Armani suit. SR
LAST UPDATED: 22nd September 2014 at 11:30am
All is set for George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin's wedding, apparently.
The couple are said to be exchanging vows this Saturday, 27 September, in Venice.
It's believed there will be just 60 guests in attendance and Andrea Bocelli - who performed at Kimye's wedding earlier this year - is also set to perform for George and his soon-to-be wife.
Officiating the ceremony will be former mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni. Clooney and the ex-politician and journalist met in 2007 when Veltroni presented the actor with a human rights award for his activism on behalf of refugees in Darfur.
For the maid of honour role, Amal has chosen her younger sister Tala. Although we wished Brad would do the best man honours for George, it would seem he has chosen Rande Gerber, supermodel Cindy Crawford's husband, for the role.
Gerber was spotted loading 100 cases of their award-winning Casamigos Tequila (the restauranteur and the Oscar winner co-founded the brand and continue to own it) onto a private jet from California to Italy, so it would seem tequila cocktails will be on the menu. As far as the cost of the do, apparently the couple have chosen to stick with tradition, so Amal's parents, Ramzi and Baria Alamuddin, will be footing the bill.
As to who will design Amal's dress, well, that is still a secret! SR
LAST UPDATED: 12th September 2014 at 3:30pm
The secret of being wanted is to keep them wanting more, isn't it George? Despite the press anxiously gathering at the registry office at Chelsea Old Town Hall today in a bid to see Hollywood's favourite bachelor tie the knot, the groom-to-be and his fiancé failed to show.
Despite having obtained their wedding license from Kensington and Chelsea register office, the venue has a notice claiming the ceremony will not take place there.
According to the MailOnline, George and Amal are planning to celebrate their nuptials at Danesfield House in Buckinghamshire, near where Amal grew up.
According to their source the couple will hold 'a huge bash' at the end of October for family and friends, including those who are not at the London civil ceremony or the lavish Italian bash.
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So, a third wedding? We love the sound of that! SR
LAST UPDATED: 11th September 2014 at 9:10am
Is George Clooney getting married tomorrow?!
According to UsWeekly he is! The American publication claims George and Amal will marry in a civil ceremony in London ahead of their Venice-based celebrations in a few weeks time.
The London do is rumoured to be taking place on September 12 with only their parents present, while their Venice celebrations - hosted at Hotel Cipriani - will take place on September 27.
"Sixty of their nearest and dearest will converge on Venice's Hotel Cipriani," according to UsWeekly's source. Among the celebrity guests to join the couple will be John Krasinski and his wife Emily Blunt, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, as well as George's ex-ER co-star Julianna Margulies. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have not been mentioned as possible guests, not as Matt Damon.
Oscar de la Renta - who only just showed his latest ready-to-wear collection in New York - remains one of the big names in the running to dress Amal on the big day, but she has been spotted in Alexander McQueen recently and is said to be a huge fan of the brand. Either way she will certainly look stunning.
Good luck, George and Amal! SR
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LAST UPDATED: 9th September 2014 at 10:30am
If there is one thing we know about George Clooney it is that he likes to toy with us. (And yes, we rather like it…)
His latest trick: yet another wedding confession, or confirmation if you like. Turns out he will marry in Italy.
The Oceans Eleven star was attending a charity even in Tuscany over the weekend to receive a humanitarian award when he let yet another detail of his upcoming do slip: "I met my lovely bride-to-be here in Italy, whom I will be marrying, in a couple of weeks, in Venice, of all places," he said during his acceptance speech.
Amal, who attended the event with her fiancé looking stunning in a strapless black gown, was pictured beaming with pride and joy nearby.
Now we'll just have to wait to find out whether he is being serious or not... SR
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LAST UPDATED: 7th August 2014 at 11:30am
Alas! George is another step closer to tying the knot...
George Clooney, 53, and his British fiancée Amal Alamuddin, 36, have taken a trip to meet the Superintendent Registrar at Chelsea Town Hall and post their wedding banns. The legal notice, which has to be displayed for 16 days, gives details about the couple and announces their intention to marry.
George Timothy Clooney's profession is listed as 'actor and director,' whilst Oxford-educated Amal, who represented WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, has given 'barrister' as her occupation. Amal is described as 'single,' whereas George's status is 'previous marriage dissolved,' referring to his split from Talia Balsam in 1993. The document also confirms the ceremony will take place in Italy.
With laws protecting his £25 million Lake Como property until 30th September, it seems we won't have long to wait for Hollywood's most famous bachelor to say 'I do'! SH
LAST UPDATED: 23rd July 2014 at 10:00am
If George Clooney can legally impose a no-go zone around his Lake Como home, then he can surely get Lana Del Rey to sing at his wedding, right?
Recent reports suggest the 53-year-old actor has approached Lana Del Rey's people about the possibility of her performing when he marries Amal Alamuddin in Italy this September.
A source revealed: "Amal is a massive fan of Lana's, which has made George determined to make this happen.
"He contacted Lana's people to see if she'll perform at their wedding in Italy."
It was only in May when Lana was singing at Kim and Kanye's wedding. Performing three songs cost the luxurious Mr West $2.8m, so George can expect a hefty fee, too. Luckily for Amal 'money is not object' for her handsome husband-to-be.
Lana's availability or inclination to perform has yet to be confirmed… SR
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LAST UPDATED: 27th June 2014 at 9:05am
It looks like George Clooney's Lake Como mansion will host his upcoming nuptials after all.
The Italian town of Laglio have imposed a no-go zone around the actor's villa in a gesture of solidarity with their most famous resident.
The new legislation, which was issued earlier this week, will ban loitering in the streets behind his property and in the waters of Lake Como immediately beyond its walled garden and stone jetty.
Gawkers and magazine reporters will not be allowed to even swim in the immediate vicinity of the Villa Oleandra, which Clooney bought in 2001.
A no-sail zone has been established too, effecting to within 100 meters of the villa. Anyone venturing closer between August 5 and the end of September will face a fine. The decrees however do not cover residents of Lagilio, they may continue to loiter and swim where they choose.
This week was also momentous for the man who was once considered the world's most eligible bachelor: Clooney hosted and officially met his prospective mother-in-law, the formidable Lebanese journalist Baria Alamuddin. Reports say it has all gone without a hitch and - as we would expect - he's charmed the socks off her.
Now then, George, September wedding? We expect our invite soon. SR
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LAST UPDATED: 20th June 2014 at 12:05pm
This is quickly shaping up to be the wedding of our dreams: George Clooney is the groom, the venue is a tossup between Downton Abbey's Highclere Castle and Italy, and now Brad Pitt is rumoured to be the best man… (Oh, if only we were the bride!)
George Clooney's (chatty) aunt Starla has been chatting the Daily Mail, dishing out the Gravity star's wedding secrets:
"I would say he'd choose Brad Pitt for his best man. They are good friends, I would think that's who he'd choose."
She also confirmed that her nephew and his blushing bride-to-be were considering Cincinnati, but are now looking into Italy as their wedding destination of choice:
"I did hear Cincinnati, since it's not that far from Kentucky - that's one of the places they were considering - but apparently Cincinnati didn't win, it's not going to be the place.
"I do know that Nick and Nina (George Clooney's parents) are planning a trip over to Italy in the next week or so to, I guess, scope out some stuff." SR
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LAST UPDATED: 28th May 2014 at 9:20am
We're still recovering from George Clooney's engagement (and the envy-induced frenzy caused by that ring). Now we have yet another reason to be upset (read: jealous) in regards to George Clooney's upcoming nuptials.
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The Gravity star and his human rights lawyer fiancé, Amal Alamuddin, are rumoured to be planning a September wedding and are said to be eyeing up Downton Abbey's Highclere Castle to host their big day!
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The blushing bride is said to be a big fan of the television programme (who isn't?) and according to the Daily Mail, George asked Lord Robert Crawley, portrayed by Hugh Bonneville, to arrange a private tour of the castle for him and his betrothed last week.
So was that George just being sweet, as we suspect he very much is, or are wedding plans truly underway?
Let's hope it is the latter! SR
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