Monday, November 20, 2006

Inside Tom and Katie's Wedding

Didn’t score an invitation to the wedding? Not to worry. While it took them months to reveal baby Suri to the world, newlyweds Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes — who, it turns out, married in California before heading to Italy — are sharing the details of their nuptials right away. (In fact, the reception is currently still in progress.) The following statement is from the couple’s rep:
Rome, Italy (November 18, 2006) - Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were wed just after sunset today at Odescalchi Castle overlooking Lake Bracciano outside of Rome, Italy before more than 150 close family and friends.

The official wedding party included Cruise's children, Isabella and Connor. The Best Man was Cruise's best friend David Miscavige and the Matron of Honor was Holmes' sister Nancy Blaylock. Also in attendance were Holmes' two older sisters, her brother, her mother Kathleen and her father Martin Holmes, who walked her down the aisle, as well as Cruise's three sisters and mother Mary Lee South and Cruise and Holmes' seven month old daughter Suri. The traditional marriage ceremony was performed by a Scientology minister.

The bride carried a bouquet of flowers made by Giorgio Armani including calla lilies wrapped in leaves of galax and steelgrass while the wedding reception included colorful and elegant floral décor accented with red roses.

Giorgio Armani created unique custom-designed attire for the bride, groom, wedding party and immediate family.

Katie Holmes wore a fitted Armani off-the-shoulder bridal gown with a train in ivory silk cadis adorned in Valenciennes lace and Swarovski beaded crystal embroidery, featuring a delicate crinoline frill at the shoulders and a silk soleil border around the hem. The gown was complemented by an ivory tulle floor length veil and ivory silk shoes.

Tom Cruise wore a navy blue two-button satin peak lapel single breasted Armani handmade tuxedo with flat front trousers and matching four-button vest. The tuxedo was complemented by an ivory silk French collar shirt, of the same fabric as the bride's gown.

For the wedding reception the bride wore an asymmetric champagne Giorgio Armani Privé evening dress of silk organza decorated in Swarovski crystal beads. The groom wore a two-button navy blue suit also made by Armani.

Holmes' and Cruise's wedding rings were made by Cartier and are white gold with diamonds.

Following the ceremony, guests were treated to cocktails featuring specially prepared Italian hors d'oeuvres followed by a multi-course meal. As the evening winded down, the bride and groom cut the five-tiered white chocolate wedding cake which was decorated with marzipan roses, and was studded with white chocolate chips and featured white chocolate mouse and white chocolate cream filling.

The couple was serenaded at the wedding reception with a special performance by world-renowned Italian vocalist Andrea Bocelli.

The wedding ceremony capped a three day celebration in which invited guests participated in a welcome dinner on the first night at Nino's Ristorante in Rome hosted by the bride and groom and a rehearsal dinner on the second night at the Villa Aurelia hosted by Martin and Kathleen Holmes.

Rome is where Cruise and Holmes' relationship first became public and holds particular significance for the couple.

As is customary for couples marrying outside of the United States, Cruise and Holmes officialized their marriage in Los Angeles prior to their departure for Italy.


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