Though expected to be a star-studded affair in Rhinebeck, N.Y., the wedding party mainly consisted of close family and friends—the bride wearing Vera Wang, and mother of the bride, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dressed in Oscar de la Renta.
Another man assumed the same fatherly role the next day on Aug. 1, 2010—this being the date printed on Lisa Simpson’s wedding invitation in the 19th episode of The Simpsons, when the then 8-year-old Lisa visits a fortuneteller to learn about her future. At a fictional venue called Springfield Meadow, Homer Simpson passed his cartoon daughter’s hand onto future husband Hugh Parkfield—a British student, whom she met while attending Eastern University. One of the most popular episodes in The Simpsons 20-year history, this classic from the show’s sixth season earned a primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program in 1995. (No word on which designer animated her gown.)
Also married this weekend: Singer Alicia Keys wed producer Swizz Beatz Saturday in a private ceremony on the coast of Corisica. Deepak Chopra presided over the vows. The couple is expecting their first child this fall. It was a double-Wang weekend, as Keys also tread the aisle in one of Vera’s creations.
Best wishes to the happy couples—but if the love shared on the wedding day doesn’t last forever, The New York Times reports that divorce isn’t the only option. More couples than ever are choosing long-term separations instead of fully finalizing the dissolution of the union. Citing mostly financial reasons, some well-known couples have chosen this to go this route, including Warren Buffett and his wife Susan who died in 2004, and Rolling Stone Publisher Jann Wenner, who is still legally married to his wife Jane, despite their 28-year separation.