June 26, 2006--The Associated Press reports that country superstar Keith Urban married Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman at a clifftop chapel Sunday in an intimate ceremony attended by close family and a smattering of A-list Hollywood stars. The beaming actress arrived at the church in flowing white Balenciaga gown and veil, clutching a bouquet of white roses. Church bells pealed 90 minutes later, indicating the service was over.
The couple released a photograph (at right) of Nicole in her gown and Keith in a black suit and tie with a white rose on his lapel, both smiling. "We just want to thank everyone in Australia and around the world who have sent us their warm wishes," the couple said in a brief statement released with the photo.
According to X Radio, a beaming Nicole, accompanied by her father, Antony, arrived at the church in Manly in a cream Rolls Royce limousine. Helicopters buzzed overhead and hundreds of peopleincluding a throng of paparazzilined the streets outside the compound, with some climbing trees to see what was happening inside.
Keiths manager said Saturday that the couple had wanted a "normal" wedding. The Rev. Paul Coleman, who conducted the ceremony, said earlier that Nicole and Keith were "totally focused on their commitment." The Melbourne Herald Sun reports that at the black-tie reception, jazz music played as guests were served hors d'oeuvres and champagne. At 7.10 p.m.a huge cheer went up from the crowd after Keith and Nicole were introduced to the guests as husband and wife.
The reception is believed to have had a Moulin Rouge-style theme. Guests were served tuna as part of entree, salmon or lamb for main course, with baby carrots and a potato mash on the side. And the dessert was a raspberry and mascarpone creation. The flowers, which included gardenias, lilies and orchids, and were later donated to the Sydney Children's Hospital. The couple was expected to spend their wedding night in Sydney before leaving for their honeymoon at a Fiji resort. Keith and Nicole will reportedly set up home in Nashville when they return to the United States.