After a short courtship that seemed to last quite a while, the hotly anticipated wedding of 53-year-old movie star George Clooney and his lovely bride-to-be, International lawyer and human rights activist Amal Alamuddin, 36, is now just around the corner.
Let's take a look back over the last 12 months and see the twists and turns this whirlwind romance took.
September – George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin met – reportedly through a mutual friend – at a charity fundraiser.
October 24 – George and Amal are first seen together publicly. They have dinner together in London, however Clooney's rep denies that they are dating.
February 18 – The couple are seen holding hands at the White House screening of Clooney's movie The Monuments Men.
March 13 – George and Amal take a romantic trip to the Seychelles, a gorgeous tropical island nation off the coast of Southeast Africa. Soon after that lovey jaunt, the couple flew to Tanzania for a fun wildlife watching safari trip.
April 22 – Clooney pops the question. According to reports, George made Amal a home-cooked meal and asked her for her hand in marriage during a small, intimate meal at his house.
May 1 – Amal is seen sporting the insanely expensive engagement ring around town. The ring is reported to have cost over $750,000. It is a 7-carat, emerald cut diamond set in a platinum band.
May 11 – Amal and George make their first major appearance after the engagement when they attend U2 front man Bono's birthday at a party in Malibu.
June 21 – George spends time with Amal and her mother Baria at his home on Lake Cuomo, Italy over the weekend. It was around this time that word began to spread that the couple were planning on having their wedding in Italy in September.
July 8 – Clooney goes to war with Daily Mail. The newspaper published an article online that claimed Amal's mother didn't approve of her daughter's impending marriage due to Clooney's religion. Clooney write an editorial for USA Today refuting the story and claiming the article was entirely "fabricated" and even "dangerous." Daily Mail ended up pulling down the story and halfheartedly apologizing.
August 6 – George and Amal took the mandatory first steps towards tying the knot by filing for their marriage license. The notice had to, by English law, be posted on a public board on Chelsea Town Hall.
August 23 – George Clooney's close friend and occasional co-star Brad Pitt marries his long-time partner Angelina Jolie in a secret wedding in France. Clooney later responded to the news, telling ET, " How great is that?! I'm really happy for Brad and Angie and their whole family."
September 9 – George and Amal finally make their stunning red carpet debut at the Celebrity Fight Night charity event in Tuscany. Dressed to the nines, George repeatedly professed his love for Amal, and at one point he even took to the stage and toasted, "I met my lovely bride-to-be here in Italy, whom I will be marrying, in a couple of weeks, in Venice, of all places… I would just like to say to my bride-to-be, Amal, that I love you very much and I can't wait to be your husband."
September 27 – George and Amal are set to wed at a lavish and star-studded ceremony in Italy.
Before the wedding, check out the timeline of Clooney's long and well-publicized relationship history in the video below.