chelsea clinton wedding astor gawker Inside Chelsea Clinton's Rhinebeck, New York, wedding venue

Rhinebeck, New York, has been bracing itself for Chelsea Clinton’s July 31 wedding to Marc Mezvinsky — along with the rest of the country — for weeks. And with the big day at hand, photos just now emerge of the sprawling upstate venue.

Gawker reveals the first substantial collection of interior shots of Astor Court, and they didn’t come easy. The mansion has been crawling with security for weeks, and two journalists have already been arrested for trying to snap photos on the private property.

]]>The compound’s Beaux-Arts mansion, built to resemble Versailles by John Jacob Astor IV, has been getting scrubbed and renovated by owners Kathleen Hammer and Arthur Seelbinder. Gawker also reports that those preparations include a pop-up helipad in one of the properties, so guests can arrive by helicopter. A no-fly zone has been declared over the area, out of safety concerns, so if locals see anyone overhead, they’ll know where they’re going. Not that anyone in Rhineback is thinking of anything else. The town’s Clinton fever reached critical mass the night before the wedding, when media started camping out in preparation for coverage and the father and mother of the bride made a few public appearances. No, there haven’t been any Chelsea sightings, but Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Bill Clinton have been out and about, most notably departing a party and waving to onlookers. The rehearsal dinner, perhaps? Follow Zap2it and MikeyLikesTV on Twitter and Zap2it on Facebook for the latest movies, TV and celeb news. Photos: Gawker, Getty Images

Posted by:Mikey O'Connell