Chelsea Clinton Wedding Shines Limelight on Town

Rhinebeck, N.Y., resident Andrea Lavin holds a special pass she needs to get past security guards and access her house during Chelsea Clinton's wedding.
Rhinebeck, N.Y., resident Andrea Lavin holds a special pass she needs to get past security guards and access her house during Chelsea Clinton's wedding.
It's been called the "wedding of the century." With 90 years left, that might be slightly ambitious, but the union of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky has clearly captured the nation's attention.

The daughter of President Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tied the knot Saturday evening in Rhinebeck, N.Y., with a very select gathering invited, CBS News Correspondent Elaine Quijano reports.

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All week, rumors swirled about an A-list guest list. So far, former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, former Clinton adviser Vernon Jordan and actor Ted Danson are the most recognizable.

While the wedding party has not yet been spotted, the current secretary of state and a noticeably thinner former president made an appearance at an afterparty last night. Also Friday, Mr. Clinton showed up downtown unannounced. He reportedly lost 20 pounds, 5 pounds more than his daughter's pre-wedding request.

Most of the guests CBS News spotted were in their 20s and 30s, friends of the bride and groom.

One recognizable face: Chelsea Clinton's uncle Roger Clinton. He said his family feels blessed.

"I think we're very fortunate to join these two families like this," Roger Clinton said.

The ceremony and reception under tents at the majestic Astor Courts estate could mean a not-so-quiet night for neighbor Andrea Lavin.

Two days ago, Lavin found a bottle of wine from the conveniently named Clinton Vineyards on her porch along with a note from wedding planners apologizing for blocked roads and security checkpoints.

As for the hassle?

"It's only for a couple of days," Lavin said.

But on Saturday, with added security to make way for wedding guests, Lavin can't go home without a special pass.

"That's my ticket into the driveway to my own house," Lavin said, referring to a brightly colored sheet of paper she displays on her dashboard.

In a weekend of events executed with campaign-like efficiency and Code Orange-level security, wedding crashers seemed unlikely.

"This is a massive, massive event to throw," said Millie Martini Bratten, editor in chief of Brides Magazine. "500 people, big, big tents, lots of VIPs, dignitaries, people who have to be kept safe."

Back in town, hundreds of the uninvited gathered to gawk near the Beekman Arms Inn, where some wedding guests are staying.

"We want to enjoy it," said one wedding fan. "We want to celebrate with them!"

Just how long might the party last Saturday night? The Federal Aviation Administation has imposed temporary flight restrictions in the airspace over the wedding venue, Astor Courts. That lasts until 3:30 Sunday morning.

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