George and Amal Clooney will spend their anniversary at Jerry Weintraub s memorial service
This time last summer, Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor tied the knot with the beautiful human-rights attorney in a star-studded Venetian ceremony.
After the wedding mania subsided, the couple began enjoying their new life together, which an insider described as “definitely quieter, more family-oriented” than Clooney’s single days.
In contrast to last year’s hectic wedding planning, this summer was spent relaxing in their Italian villa in Lake Como, where they played host to family and famous friends like Julia Roberts and Edward Norton.
On date nights, “they have small romantic gestures for each other,” Paolo Quarantotto, who owns Il Gatto Nero restaurant in Cernobbio told PEOPLE. “Amal will reach out often to caress his face, and he never forgets to offer a forkful of whatever he has ordered for her to taste.”
But the summer vacation hasn’t stopped their work. Clooney is currently promoting his new film, Our Brand Is Crisis, while Amal embarked on another high profile, and potentially dangerous legal case: defending former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed.
Speaking on the case, her concerned husband told Entertainment Tonight, “It’s tough when they’re stabbing her co-counselor [defense lawyer Mahfooz Saeed] in the head a couple days before she gets there. It’s a little nerve-racking. But she’s doing the right thing and she’s doing it for the right reasons.”
“Amal is in a pretty rough spot right now in the Maldives,” a source close to the London-based barrister previously told PEOPLE. “President Nasheed is a really good, forward-thinking man, in a really dangerous situation, and Amal being there is really tricky and really dangerous.”
Sadly, the couple’s plans for their anniversary day aren’t shaping up to be as glamorous as the rest of their year.
Weintraub, the esteemed Hollywood power player who executive-produced Ocean’s Eleven and its sequels was a close friend of Clooney’s. He died earlier this summer at the age of 77.
“This is his last producorial way of screwing me over, that on my anniversary, I have to go to his memorial,” Clooney joked.
Looking forward to next year, the happy couple will add the finishing touches to the $12 million historic estate they’re renovating near London, where a family friend says they will continue to be “a normal and very discreet couple, trying to live a very normal life together, given the circumstances.”
One thing’s for sure, according to friend Kathy Lette, “They are mad about each other, they really are.”