"Together I think they can do some incredible things," Gerber says of the newlyweds

By Tim Nudd
Updated October 24, 2014 01:20 PM
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Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber spent a raucous three days in Italy celebrating George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin’s wedding. And by the end of it, they knew they were looking at a couple of soul mates.

“I’ve been friends with George probably half my life. And it’s just great that he found someone,” Gerber told PEOPLE Thursday at the opening of photographer Brian Bowen Smith’s first solo show at De Re Gallery in West Hollywood.

Gerber, 52, and Crawford, 48, married since 1998, looked like a couple of newlyweds themselves as they stole kisses on their way into the show. And Gerber – longtime BFFs with Clooney, and vacation neighbors in Mexico – also expounded on why he thinks Amal is so great for George.

“She’s really perfect for him,” he said. “She’s smart and she’s beautiful, engaging. She is, again … smart, but she doesn’t make you feel stupid! She’s a great girl, and together I think they can do some incredible things.”

As for their own storybook romance, Gerber and Crawford said every night is date night. “I would say that is a ‘public date night,’ ” Crawford added of their outing that evening.

And what does a regular old date night look like? Well, it often involves their son Presley, 15, and daughter Kaia, 13.

“We live in Malibu, Rande has a restaurant there, so I would say, normally, we’ll just go grab a bite to eat and just have time to connect,” says Crawford. “We’re lucky because we have time, but our best date night is with the kids.”

Reporting by REAGAN ALEXANDER

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