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  • Matt and Lucy renewed their wedding vows in front of friends and family in St Lucia over the weekend. Reports are at E Online, Us Magazine, People and the Boston Globe.

    Matt Damon and his wife Luciana renewed their wedding vows on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia Saturday, PEOPLE confirms.

    The couple exchanged vows at sunset as their 50 guests, including their four daughters and actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, as well as Ocean's costars Casey Affleck and Don Cheadle looked on.

    "It was a very family-oriented and happy celebration," a source tells PEOPLE. "Many guests brought their children (although Ben and Jen did not). After the ceremony, guests enjoyed an evening cocktail reception on the beach. Children were running around and playing with white parasols."

    Earlier Saturday, the actor appeared relaxed and happy as he paddle boarded in the crystalline blue waters near the resort.

    E Online
    The ceremony took place Saturday on the beach in front of a star-studded gathering of family and friends. The Bride wore a custom made Naeem Khan gown, and the men in the wedding party were all decked out in white.

    Sources say the Elysium star and his ladylove where joined by Matt's BFF Ben Affleck, his wife Jennifer Garner, Chelsea Clinton, Robert DeNiro & Grace Hightower, Emily Blunt & John Krasinski, Don Cheadle & Brigid Coulter, Chris Hemsworth & Elsa Pataky, Stanley & Felicity Tucci, Casey Affleck & family and Terry Kinney.

    It's no surprise that the guest list was star-studded. But a source tells E! News exclusively that all the guests were stunned to discover that Jimmy Kimmel was officiating the ceremony, a secret that Matt and Luciana reportedly kept from everyone until the last moment.

    A source on the island says that the ceremony was held under huts covered in creamy white material that looked like silk. And the whole top-secret renewal getaway was reportedly orchestrated for the bride and groom by celebrity event planner Bryan Rafanelli.

    Us magazine
    An eyewitness tells Us that Damon and the bride exchanged vows under thatched roofs right at sunset -- with the groom wearing a tan-colored suit and flip-flops, and the bride, 36, donning a cream-colored gown featuring a sequined belt at the waist. The couple's daughters -- Isabella, 6, Gia, 4, Stella, 2, and Alexia, Luciana's daughter from a previous marriage -- wore light-colored dresses to match their mom. After the 15-minute ceremony, guests (all of them wearing shades of cream and ivory) were escorted onto the beach for a cocktail reception (completely with Tiki torches).

    "This isn't a 'Hollywood' wedding," one insider tells Us. "Matt wanted it to be fun, happy and private. He felt like Luciana deserves this, first and foremost."

    "They've wanted to do it for a long time," another pal says of the vow renewal. "They had a tiny ceremony the first time, and wanted to celebrate with family and friends."

    Boston Globe
    Security was tight at Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso’s vow renewal celebration in St. Lucia over the weekend, but we managed to get some details about the A-list affair. We hear that guests included Newton’s John Krasinski and his wife, Emily Blunt; Boston’s favorite director Ben Affleck and his wife, Jennifer Garner; actor Chris Messina, of “Argo” and Mindy Kaling’s “The Mindy Project,” and his wife, Jennifer Todd, who runs Affleck and Damon’s production company; “Thor” star Chris Hemsworth and his wife, Elsa Pataky; “Good Will Hunting” director Gus Van Sant; actor Stanley Tucci and his wife, Felicity Blunt (Emily’s sister); Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky; and late night guy Jimmy Kimmel, who apparently officiated the ceremony. We’re also hearing that the weekend ceremony was orchestrated by Boston’s own celebrity event planner Bryan Rafanelli, but not surprisingly, he hasn’t confirmed a thing.

  • Photos of some of the guests leaving St Lucia on Sunday are at the Daily Mail. Photos of John Krasinski and Chris Messina waterskiing near the resort are at JKrasweb.tumblr.com.

  • Scans of an Entertainment Weekly article on Elysium in the current issue are at Matt Damon Fan.net.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 15th, 2013 12:40 pm (UTC) (Link)


    The wedding guests appear to be wearing a necklace that was probably a gift (Daily Mail/Zimbio photos) - seen on Chris Hemsworth and Ted Waitt (Michele Merkin's husband).

    Any comments on the guests? Most were not a surprise (including Robert De Niro and Terry Kinney), but unexpected guests to me were Michael Douglas, Stanley Tucci, Chelsea Clinton and Jimmy Kimmel. Gus Van Sant was there, but not Soderbergh or Paul Greengrass.

    Edited at 2013-04-15 12:42 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 15th, 2013 01:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Gift

    Maybe soderbergh & greengrass couldn't make it. Of course maybe they are not mentioned. The article above is the first I hear of deniro and his wife. I suspect they have become close with Stanley tucci because of Emily. It was said that they have become close with jimmy kimmel over the years since his running joke. But I am surprised he officiated. Didn't Chelsea call matt a good friend? And like you had said she's good friends with Simone. I am surprised by Michael d. Maybe they became close since they just worked on the Liberace movie.

    In the John k pics that might be Emily in the water. I'm surprised there is no pics of matt paddle boarding. Or maybe I'm speaking too soon. Matt and family haven't been photographed. Good for him bad for us:).

    Do you think he's done with monuments men? Cannes is coming quick and he'll be doing press for behind the candelabra and before you you know it Elysium. Not to mention he's moving this summer. We should be getting a lot of articles soon.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 15th, 2013 02:41 pm (UTC) (Link)


    I just found this; Looks like Matt, Alexia and Isabella,walking to the aisle. Do you think is legit?

    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 15th, 2013 06:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photo

    I definitely spoke too soon. (Referring to my no pics comment above) as much as I love reading the details I feel bad that they are coming out. I can't believe e! Got a copy of the invitation letter. I'm surprised Lucy's isn't online yet. It probably will be soon.

    In reference to daily mails article on Jen garner. Daily mail is not the most reliable when it comes to correct information. The pictures can be mislabeled. It happened once before with pics of matt Lucy and Matt's stepmom & dad. I'm sure the tabloids will love this if true.
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    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: April 15th, 2013 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
    One article said they tied the knot in Miami? I thought it was in NYC?
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 15th, 2013 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
    They met in Miami in April 2003 then had an official civil ceremony on Dec 9th, 2005, in NYC. Mayor Bloomberg officiated and the only witness was Lucy's daughter, Alexia.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 15th, 2013 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)


    just heard about the Boston Marathon - does Matt's brother run this? very sad 2 have died, we do live in a sad world
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 16th, 2013 03:07 am (UTC) (Link)


    I thought of him as well, very very sad indeed.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 15th, 2013 09:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Dress details

    Details of the Naeem Khan dresses (the kids also wore his dresses):

    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 15th, 2013 10:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

    renewal wedding

    I thought they said 'no kids' wedding celebration but, I guess at the last minute, they changed their minds so.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 15th, 2013 11:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: renewal wedding

    That media report was false. The kids were always involved (as confirmed by an early Life and Style magazine report). They also had custom Naeem Khan dresses, which was planned months in advance. Media reports were only based on gossip.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 15th, 2013 10:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

    boston explosions

    there was no mention of matts mom and brother at the wedding vow renewal . his brother is a marathon runner .l hope they are safe.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 16th, 2013 05:25 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: boston explosions

    OH yes, I think so. It's the first thing I thought when I heard this horror!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 16th, 2013 01:05 am (UTC) (Link)


    I can't see the Luciana's speech from the link above. I'd love to read it.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 16th, 2013 02:18 am (UTC) (Link)


    More photos of Matt and Lucy the day after the wedding (from the Daily Mail series). I think they're walking with Matt's assistant Colin.


    Edited at 2013-04-16 02:22 am (UTC)
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