George Clooney Wedding The Countdown Begins! [Photos]

9/26/2014 7:00 AM PDT

George Clooney Wedding -- Let the Countdown Begin! (PHOTOS)

George Clooney and fiancée Amal Alamuddin arrived in Venice, Italy Friday as they prepare to get married this weekend, and they brought a fleet of friends along for the ride ... as in, the paparazzi!

As Clooney and Alamuddin cruised through the canals (with pals Rande Gerber and Cindy Crawford on board) they were surrounded by more than half a dozen boats filled with multiple photogs. 

They won't be hurting for wedding photos.

FUN FACT: Clooney looks genuinely happy. And they said it wouldn't happen.