VENICE, Italy — George Clooney married human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin on Saturday, the actor’s representative said, out of sight of pursuing paparazzi and adoring crowds.

A smiling Clooney traveled up the spectacular Grand Canal to his wedding standing coolly aboard a water-taxi, waving to hundreds of well-wishers on shore and a flotilla of photographers chasing for a glimpse of his final moments of bachelorhood.

With the pink sunset casting a gleam on Venice’s most picturesque canal, Clooney rubbed his hands in sweet anticipation and disappeared into the luxury Aman hotel’s tent-covered pier, where celebrity friends including Cindy Crawford and Matt Damon had passed moments earlier.

The bride was nowhere to be seen.

Clooney’s longtime representative Stan Rosenfield announced in one sentence some 2 1/2 hours later that the wedding had taken place. It’s expected to be the only communication on the much-anticipated marriage of the actor who long reigned as Hollywood’s most-eligible bachelor.