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Bill Clinton Gets Emotional at Chelsea Clinton's Wedding

By Della Hasselle

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN – Former President Bill Clinton was overwhelmed with emotion at his daughter Chelsea’s wedding in Rhineback, N.Y., on Saturday, the New York Daily News reported.

The normally poised 63-year-old politician shed tears while dancing with Chelsea to Jerome Kern’s “The Way You Look Tonight,” witnesses told the News.

“Bill’s chin began quivering and he tried to fake a smile as a tear came down his cheek,” a guest told the News about the father-daughter dance. “He whispered something into Chelsea’s ear, and she wiped the tear off his face. It was so touching. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.”

Chelsea and Marc Mezvinksy, 32, exchanged vows before 500 guests at the exclusive ceremony.

Chelsea wore a strapless Vera Wang dress with silver beading around the waist and was walked down the aisle by her father. The former president and the groom wore dark suits, while Secretary of State Clinton wore a fuchsia Oscar de la Renta dress.

The former president was more composed as he praised his 30-year-old daughter’s new husband during a speech at the reception.

“Bill’s toast was vintage Bill Clinton,” a wedding guest told the News. “He spoke quite eloquently about what it was like to welcome Marc into the family.”

“It hit all the right marks. It was perfect,” another guest said to the News.

The mother of the bride, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, also looked like she was in a dream state, the paper reported.

“Hillary was always laughing,” a guest said to the News. “I’ve never seen her look more beautiful or more relaxed. She looked like the proudest of parents.”

The lavish wedding cost an estimated $12 million, according to several reports. The site of the wedding, a Beaux Arts riverside estate called Astor Courts, was sealed off from the general public.

Guests reportedly danced until 4 a.m., then dined at a family brunch before heading out of town Sunday.

“We could not have asked for a more perfect day to celebrate the beginning of their life together, and we are so happy to welcome Marc into our family," the Clintons said in a statement released to the press. "On behalf of the newlyweds, we want to give special thanks to the people of Rhinebeck for welcoming us and to everyone for their well-wishes on this special day.”