Was it really just a year ago we were obsessing about Chelsea Clinton’s wedding? No rumor was too outlandish, no detail too small for the marriage of the former first daughter to investment banker Marc Mezvinsky.
In the end, they had their 5-foot-high gluten-free chocolate wedding cake and ate it, too: A private ceremony in Rhinebeck, N.Y. with 400 guests who were asked to leave their cell phones at home, followed by a secret honeymoon in South Africa. On Sunday, the media-shy newlyweds will celebrate their first anniversary — and probably won’t share how they marked the occasion.
Their first year of marriage passed without incident — except for Mezvinsky’s ill-timed ski break. As Clinton studied for a Ph.D. at New York University, her husband quit his hedge fund job and headed to Jackson Hole, Wyo., in January for an extended ski vacation. Tabloids speculated that the marriage of six months was already on the rocks, and Mezvinsky hightailed it back to Manhattan — where the two quickly appeared in public hand-in-hand looking appropriately lovey-dovey.
Now everything seems on track: Mezvinsky, 33, is planning to launch his own hedge fund; Clinton, 31, just joined Jill Biden on the presidential delegation to the Women’s World Cup finals. The couple are regulars at charity and cultural events; Bill Clinton is already talking about having grandchildren.
Another happy ending: Turns out Rhinebeck itself got a huge wedding bump. “That weekend was special for us,” Mayor James Reardon told us Thursday. “It’s been nothing but positive for our village.” The hoopla was worth millions in free advertising; the exposure has brought a steady stream of tourists to the historic town.
“In the fall, I got calls every day: ‘I saw it on TV, it looks so charming,’ ” said Colleen Cruikshank, director of the area’s Chamber of Commerce. “We are absolutely still reaping the benefits.” But the wedding was more than an economic boost: “It was really nice for us as a community. We really celebrated and embraced it.”
Still up for grabs: Astor Courts, the elegant Beaux Arts estate on Hudson River where the couple was married. Despite all the publicity surrounding the property, it still hasn’t found a buyer. Originally listed for $12 million in 2009, the price jumped to $13.5 million right after the wedding, but is now reduced to $8.4 million.