TODAY   |  August 02, 2010

Clintons celebrate Chelsea’s ‘perfect day’

Amid a media frenzy, nearly 500 guests showed up at Astor Courts in Rhinebeck, N.Y., to witness the interfaith nuptials of former first daughter Chelsea Clinton and Mark Mezvinsky. TODAY’s Natalie Morales reports.

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>>> after a frenzy of anticipation, chelsea clinton tied the knot over the weekend. today natalie morales has details of the lavish, closely guarded wedding. good morning to you.

>> that it was, matt. after weeks of speculation and secrets we are told it went off without a hitch saturday in rhinebeck, new york. a beaming bride, a handsome groom, proud parents and a spectacular event. by all accounts it was an affair to remember.

>> about 500 guests showed up to astor courts for a magical evening.

>> reporter: just before sun set chelsea clinton and marc mezvinsky tied the knot on a beautiful sprawling estate overlooking the hudson river .

>> bill walked his daughter down the aisle in front of a home that looked like the white house .

>> reporter: the methodist bride and jewish groom opted for an interfaith ceremony.

>> there was a rabbi and a minister in attendance. the couple were married under a beautiful chuppah made out of branches and flowers.

>> reporter: chelsea wore an elegant strapless vera wang gown with beads. the mother-of-the-bride chose a fuscia-colored oscar de la renta guest. the couple read a short poem about enduring love called "the life that i have."

>> bill gave a touching toast but held it together and didn't break down.

>> reporter: most of the guests weren't the a-list celebrities many speculated, but those who personally know the couple. among the big names, madeline al bright, mary steenburgen and ted danson .

>> i imagine they felt what we felt, joy.

>> reporter: the clintons couldn't have asked for a more perfect day and they are happy to welcome marc to the family.

>> chelsea and marc are so in love. you can see from the wedding photos that she's beaming. president clinton looked fit and trim. apparently chelsea encouraged her dad to lose 15 or 20 pounds before the big day . looks like he did just that.

>> the clinton women looked fantastic.

>> great, natalie. thank you very much. in the paper the next day reminding people the estate is for sale. if you want to grab a piece of history, you can do that.