Kidman marries Urban as stars look on
Movie actress Nicole Kidman and country singer Keith Urban tied the knot Sunday at a church in Sydney, Australia, watched bya star-studded crowd that includedHugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Renee Zellweger.
The traditional ceremony took place five years after Kidman split with actor Tom Cruise in a high-profile divorce. It wasthe first marriage forUrban, who won a Grammy Award in 2006 for best male country vocalist.
A radiant Kidman, accompanied by her father, arrived at the clifftop Roman Catholic chapelin the city's suburbs in a cream-coloured Rolls Royce limousine.
A phalanx of media helicopters had tailed the car as it sped from Kidman's harbourside home across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and to the church.
The couple released a photograph with Kidman — in a white gown designed by French couture house Balanciaga and a veil, clasping a posy of white roses — and Urban in a black suit, white vest and black tie.
"We just want to thank everyone in Australia and around the world who have sent us their warm wishes," the couple said in a statement released with the photo.
Guardskeep outpaparazzi, fans
The traditional ceremonytook place amid heavy security.
Hundreds of people, including a horde of paparazzi, swarmed the streets outside the church compound as 230 guests — a combination of family, friends and A-list stars — arrived in luxury sedans and minibuses.A few onlookers hung from trees or climbed a high stone wall in a bid to glimpse the action.
Police and private security guards kept outsiders at bay as stars such as actors Naomi Watts, Jackman, Crowe and Zellweger, and media mogul Rupert Murdoch arrived for the nuptials at the Gothic-style former seminary overlooking Manly Beach.
Guests were banned from bringing cameras or cellphones, and asked to give gifts to charity.
150,000 roses decorate reception
Urban's manager, Rob Potts, had said the couple wanted a "normal wedding" so they kept close to Kidman's Catholic roots.
A peal of bells signaled the end of the candle-lit ceremony 90 minutes after Kidman arrived at 5:30 p.m. local time.
For the reception, the guests retired to another part of the compound, decorated with 150,000 white and pink roses flown in from Europe.
The Kidman family's priest, Father Paul Coleman, performed the ceremony and said the two were "totally focused on their commitment."
Coleman said he had told them to "make time for each other, do romantic things together, and never part without kissing."
Kidman's 13-year-old daughter Isabella, whom she adopted with ex-husband Tom Cruise, her sister Antonia and niece Lucia were in the bridal party. Her 11-year-old son Connor, also adopted while she was with Cruise, was an usher.
The couple divorced in 2001 after 10 years of marriage.
Urban serenades Kidman at reception
Local media reports say a quartet from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra performed during the ceremony and that Urban serenaded Kidman with his song Making Memories of Us at the reception.
Meanwhile, Jackman and former Crowded House singer Neil Finn also sang at the reception.
'It's a very special love story.'-Film director Baz Luhrmann
Baz Luhrmann, who directed Kidman in the film Moulin Rouge, was also a guest: "It's a very special love story," Luhrmann said.
Kidman, born in Hawaii, was raised in Australia and the 38-year-old Urban was born in New Zealand but was also raised in the country.Kidman also celebrated her June 20th birthday in Sydney, turning 39.
The couple is expected to honeymoon at the Wakaya resort in Fiji.