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Posted at 10:51 PM ET, 08/21/2011

Names and Faces: Kardashian wedding; Obama vacation; Bill Clinton goes vegan

The Reliable Source is on vacation but will return in September. The Names and Faces column will take its place in Style until then.

The second-most-anticipated wedding of the year (perhaps the closest we’ll get to an American royal wedding) took place Saturday night as Kim Kardashian said “I do” to basketball player Kris Humphries, 26, in a lavish ceremony at a Montecito, Calif., estate in front of 450 guests, People magazine reports.

The reality star and socialite was walked down the aisle by her stepfather, Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner. The Christian ceremony reportedly lasted 30 minutes and was officiated by Pastor Joel Johnson, a friend of the Humphries family.

Kardashian, 30, got married in an ivory, strapless dress with a tulle skirt and massive train by Vera Wang, who is a close family friend and attended the ceremony, E! Online reports. Her veil had a jeweled diamond headpiece. She reportedly changed into two successive ivory Vera Wang dresses after the ceremony.

The bridal party — which consisted of sisters Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, half sisters Kylie and Kendall Jenner and sister-in-law Kaela Humphries — wore ivory gowns. (This may be a growing trend: Pippa Middleton also wore ivory as maid of honor at her sister’s marriage to Prince William in April.)

Guests including stepbrother and reality star Brody Jenner with girlfriend Avril Lavigne, Demi Lovato, Carmelo Anthony, Mario Lopez, Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough, Eva Longoria and boyfriend Eduardo Cruz (Penelope’s brother), Serena Williams, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Dina, Ali and Lindsay Lohan enjoyed the catering by Wolfgang Puck and were serenaded by the night’s entertainer, Robin Thicke.

Any Washingtonians in attendance? Fox News host Greta Van Susteren and her lawyer husband John Coale. The couple became friends with Kardashian when she was their guest at the White House Correspondents’ dinner in 2010.

Coale told the Reliable Source in an e-mail that they appeared to be the only D.C. folks there, and that for all the celebrity guests, it was dominated by unfamous friends and family of the bride and groom. “It could have been a regular people’s wedding but for the security, helicopters and TV shooting,” he wrote. “High point for me, dancing with Vera Wang.”

Interested in a closer look? E! will air a two-part TV special on the wedding in October, titled “Kim’s Fairy Tale Wedding: A Kardashian Event.” People magazine reportedly bought the rights to the wedding photos for $1.5 million.

Obama hits the books

Despite taking some heat for hisvacation at a $50,000-a-week, 28-acre farm in Martha’s Vineyard, President Obama is sticking to his pattern of golfing, eating out and book-buying. The legendary Bunch of Grapes bookstore in Vineyard Haven was Obama’s first venture outside the Blue Heron Farm compound; he stopped by with his daughters on Friday for reading material, the Associated Press reported.

Wearing a navy blue polo shirt, jeans and sneakers, and accompanied by a staff member, Obama discussed his book selections with an employee: Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World,” Emma Donoghue’s “Room” and Daniel Woodrell’s “The Bayou Trilogy.” Our colleague Walter Pincus reported that the president also picked up “Rodin’s Debutante,” a Chicago-based novel by Ward Just, a novelist who was once a Washington Post foreign correspondent and national reporter.

“Brave New World” seems to have been a required-reading title for daughter Malia, 13, who like her sister, Sasha, 10, attends the Sidwell Friends School in Washington.

A group gathered outside the store during the president’s visit. One of them was Winona Lake from the District, who told the Los Angeles Times, “Every hard-working American deserves a vacation, and he works harder than most.”

From famous omnivore to vegan

Former president Bill Clinton has gone vegan, CNN reports. He now eats only fruits, vegetables and beans and has dropped more than 20 pounds. The politician, 65, has a family history of heart disease and has undergone two heart procedures, one in 2004 and another last year.

“I essentially concluded that I had played Russian roulette,” he said, “because even though I had changed my diet some and cut down on the caloric total of my ingestion and cut back on much of the cholesterol in the food I was eating, I still — without any scientific basis to support what I did — was taking in a lot of extra cholesterol without knowing if my body would produce enough of the enzyme to support it, and clearly it didn’t. . . . So that’s when I made a decision to really change.”

By Gabriela Melendez Olivera  |  10:51 PM ET, 08/21/2011

 
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