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Coverage of Katie & Tom's Wedding Day/Honeymoon
Odescalchi Castle - Bracciano, Italy - November 18, 2006

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Posted 11/18/06 at 10:00am ET
Holmes, Suri Arrive at Wedding Castle


Bodyguards use umbrellas to protect U.S. actress Katie Holmes, second from left, cradling her daughter Suri, as she arrives with her mother Kathleen, right, at the 15th-century Odescalchi Castle in the lakeside town of Bracciano, 43 kilometers (27 miles) from Rome, where she is expected to marry U.S. actor Tom Cruise, Saturday, Nov.18, 2006.

From Yahoo/AP: Bracciano - Katie Holmes and her baby, Suri, arrived at a castle in the medieval town of Bracciano early Saturday afternoon, driven in a limousine through the castle gate as rain began to fall ahead of her wedding with actor Tom Cruise.

Holmes was wearing a black dress and boots, and her baby wore a white outfit.

Hours earlier, guests for the star-studded wedding began arriving at the 15th-century Odescalchi Castle as dozens of police and civil defense officials patrolled Bracciano's streets.

Hundreds of the town's residents and fans of the actors crowded the small square outside the castle, hoping to catch a glimpse of the bride and groom or one of their guests.

``I want to see at least one of them _ even if it's not Tom Cruise,'' said 15-year-old Erica Bandiera.

``I want to see Beckham's wife,'' said her friend Luca Costanzi, 15, with a huge grin. English soccer star David Beckham and his pop-star wife, Victoria, were expected to be attending the wedding.

Earlier, Cruise and Holmes were driven in a van from Rome's luxury Hassler hotel, where they have been staying, Associated Press Television News reported.

It was not immediately clear when Cruise was arriving.

The first guest to drive through the castle's gates was Roberta Armani, niece of fashion designer Giorgio Armani, who designed Holmes' wedding dress.

As the car slowed down for the gates to open, a smiling Roberta Armani lowered the window and waved at the crowd.

A couple of hours later, Italian singer Andrea Bocelli was seen being driven through the gates. Managers for Bocelli had declined to comment on speculation weeks ago that he would sing at the wedding.

Other guests were expected to include ``Mission Impossible III'' director J.J. Abrams, Brooke Shields, Jennifer Lopez and Lopez's husband, singer Marc Anthony, and Will Smith.

Security was tight, with Carbinieri paramilitary police patrolling the walls of the castle and all vehicles banned from the center of Bracciano.

The historic town's narrow streets teemed with journalists and camera crews, while the Odescalchi family flag fluttered over the castle's towers.

``This is an honor for us,'' said Marianna Riso, 31, who came to Bracciano from the nearby town of Anguillara in hopes of getting a glimpse of one of the celebrities. ``(Cruise and Holmes) really are known all over the world and they chose Bracciano. It's an honor.''

Locals found their own ways to welcome the bride and groom.

At the Il Ristorantino dining spot, Palazzini offered a ``Top Gun'' menu that included fettuccine with seafood called ``Mission Impossible'' and apple pie with cream and hot chocolate named after Suri, the couple's daughter. At the nearby Trattoria del Castello, guests could order a ``Tom e Kat'' _ a basket of parmesan cheese with truffles and mushrooms.

``Wishing you love and happiness,'' read one sign written in English and taped to the window of a coffee shop.

``Congratulations Tom and Katie,'' said a sticker on the window of a clothing store, whose two other windows displayed a wedding dress with a photograph of the couple, and a ``Top Gun'' theme with aviation outfits and jackets, and a poster of Cruise as Maverick, the pilot he played in the movie.

On Friday evening, Cruise and Holmes attended a reception at a villa on a hill overlooking the Italian capital.

Bracciano Mayor Patrizia Riccioni said the celebrity couple would wed in a Scientology ceremony at the castle, 43 kilometers (27 miles) north of Rome.

Scientology ceremonies contain many elements of traditional weddings, including rings and vows. But they also include certain Scientology fundamentals, including vowing never to go to bed without communicating about any differences.

Scientology rites are not legally recognized in Italy, and would have to be preceded or followed by a civil union.

Riccioni's office had not received a request to celebrate a civil wedding as of early Saturday.

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Posted 11/18/06 at 11:00am ET
Cruise arrives to wed Holmes in Italy

From Yahoo/AP: BRACCIANO, Italy - Tom Cruise, waving to fans, arrived in a van in this medieval town Saturday for his star-studded wedding to Katie Holmes, to be held in the 15th-century Odescalchi Castle. A few hours earlier, Holmes and their baby, Suri, were driven in a limousine through the castle gates as rain began to fall. Hundreds of the town's residents and fans of the actors crowded the small square outside the castle, hoping to catch a glimpse of the bride and groom or one of their guests.

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Posted 11/18/06 at 11:00am ET
Cruise and Holmes set to tie the knot in Italy

From Yahoo/Reuters: BRACCIANO, Italy - Actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes arrived separately at a medieval castle near Rome for their star-studded wedding on Saturday, braving hordes of paparazzi and rainy skies.

Celebrity guests also began trickling into the lakeside venue of Bracciano, a normally sleepy town 40 km (25 miles) north of the Italian capital that is now swarming with thousands of journalists and onlookers.

Cruise, wearing sunglasses, waved to the crowd as he arrived in a black Mercedes minivan. Holmes earlier arrived clutching their baby daughter Suri in her arms, local media reported.

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, expected to sing Ava Maria during the celebrations, and Roberta Armani, niece of designer Giorgio Armani were among the first of the guests to arrive, local media reported.

Several minivans with tinted windows drove up at a side entrance at the frescoed castle.

"The few cars that have arrived, we couldn't see who was inside but I'm happy anyway," said Paola Iela, a 34-year-old student. "Normally, Bracciano is a dead town, but I'm enjoying the media frenzy. I've had a crush on Tom Cruise since I was a teenager. I think he's too sexy."

Details of the ceremony have been kept mostly secret, but it is expected to be in the early evening with some 150 celebrities in attendance.

Fans started gathering in the main square facing the Odescalchi castle early in the day, though a downpour deterred some in the afternoon. Residents looked out from their balconies, some of them decorated with the American flag.

Photographers with long lenses stood perilously on window ledges at the top of a building overlooking the castle, where the mayor is charging 1,000 euros ($1,278) for each position. A helicopter carrying a TV crew clattered overhead.

But much of the action will be hidden from public view inside the fortress, surrounded by a 10-metre (yard) high wall and manned by snipers and bodyguards.

"BEAUTIFUL TIME"

Guests include footballer David Beckham and his pop star wife Victoria, Jim Carrey, Jennifer Lopez, Will Smith, Brooke Shields, and "Mission: Impossible III" director J.J. Abrams.

John Travolta, who shares Cruise's belief in Scientology, was also expected to attend.

"You know it is a beautiful time in their lives and I hope people will give them a bit of room," Smith told reporters late on Friday outside the luxurious hotel in central Rome where the pair and most of their guests have been staying.

The wedding will be celebrated by a Scientologist minister. The twice-divorced Cruise is an ardent follower of the church founded by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. Holmes was raised a Catholic.

Local authorities said this week Cruise, star of Hollywood hits like "Top Gun" and the "Mission: Impossible" trilogy, had not sought permission for a civil service, meaning the wedding could be purely ceremonial and have no legal value.

Scientologist weddings are similar to others, with rings, music and flowers. The bride wears white and the groom a dark suit.

The cost of the event is estimated at over 2 million euros ($2.5 million). The pair's outfits were designed by Giorgio Armani, who also created the bride's bouquet.

Bracciano was closed to traffic early on Saturday.

Satellite TV trucks littered the streets underneath the castle while shops put up balloons and other decorations.

"We hope everything works well and this event brings happiness and joy here," said streetcleaner Mario Nardi as he finished some last-minute tidying up.

Pictures of the pair and goodwill messages in English were displayed all over town. "Best wishes for your fairy tale," read one message in a bar. A cake shop had a wedding cake in its window with "Tom and Katie" written in icing.

Holmes, 27, gave birth to their baby daughter in April. Cruise, 44, also has two older children adopted during his marriage to Nicole Kidman.

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Posted 11/18/06 at 1:00pm ET
Cruise, Holmes enter castle for wedding

From Yahoo/AP: BRACCIANO, Italy - In a fairy-tale setting fit for royalty, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were crowning their love story with a wedding Saturday evening in a 15th-century castle in a usually sleepy, medieval lakeside town.

Oil-fed torches glowed from the battlements of Odescalchi castle towering over the town on the shores of Lake Bracciano, and tiny candles, placed in the castle windows, flickered romantically as the couple and fellow stars gathered for the ceremony in the town 43 kilometers 26 miles northwest of the Italian capital.

One of the celebrity guests was 7-month-old Suri, the couple's daughter, who, dressed in white, arrived in her arms of her mother. Holmes wore a black dress and boots before she changed into a Giorgio Armani gown for the wedding. Cruise came from Rome, where the family had been staying in a luxury hotel near the Spanish steps, in a van and, sporting dark shades, waved to fans.

When the groom drove up, Holmes, anxiously gesturing with a hand, watched from a castle window.

Other VIPs arriving in limousines or vans through the castle gates included Brooke Shields, Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez and Jim Carrey. Sky TG24 reported that Will Smith and David Beckham and his wife, Victoria, also came to the castle.

One of the VIP guests, Italian singer Andrea Bocelli, told Sky TG24 TV by telephone from inside the castle that "I will sing something as a gift to the newlyweds" after the ceremony. He said that because he was a Roman Catholic he would not sing during the wedding, which was expected to be a Scientology ceremony.

Pouring rain had forced Holmes and her baby to take shelter under large, green umbrellas as they left their limousine. But the sun was shining on the castle when Cruise arrived.

As the sun began to set, candles were placed in pots along the road to the castle. Men wearing tuxedos and women holding up the hems of their long gowns walked up the steep path to the castle.

Carabinieri paramilitary police patrolling the walls of the castle and all vehicles banned from the center of Bracciano.

The flag of the Odescalchi family, whose ancestors include Benedetto Odescalchi, the 17th century pope Innocent XI, fluttered over the castle's towers.

"When I first walked here, I didn't know why they chose this place," said Emily Roeder, 19, from Atchison, Kansas, who came to Bracciano for the day from Florence, where she is studying. "Then I saw the castle and the streets all around, and it's really romantic."

Hundreds of the town's 14,000 residents and fans of the stars braved intermittent rain to catch a glimpse of the arrivals.

"I want to see at least one of them — even if it's not Tom Cruise," said 15-year-old Erica Bandiera.

"I want to see Beckham's wife," said her friend Luca Costanzi, 15, with a huge grin.

The first guest to drive through the castle's gates was Roberta Armani, niece of the fashion designer.

Holmes was giving Cruise a wedding gift of a Vacheron Constantin watch engraved simply, "I Love You," the watch company said in a statement. It said she bought the gift in Los Angeles last week.

Scientology ceremonies contain many elements of traditional weddings, including rings and vows. But they also include certain Scientology fundamentals, including vowing never to go to bed without communicating about any differences.

A spokesman for the Church of Scientology for Rome, Fabrizio D'Agostino, said an exchange of vows with a Scientology rite was not legally recognized in Italy, and would have to be preceded or followed by a civil union.

Bracciano Mayor Patrizia Riccioni said her office had not received a request to celebrate a civil wedding as of midday Friday.

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Posted 11/18/06 at 2:00pm ET
They're Married!

From PEOPLE: This just in: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are now husband and wife, their rep, Arnold Robinson, confirms to PEOPLE.

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Posted 11/18/06 at 4:00pm ET
Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes Marry!

From PEOPLE: It's official: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are now husband and wife. The couple exchanged vows Saturday in front of more than 150 guests at the Odescalchi Castle in Lake Bracciano, Italy, their rep, Arnold Robinson, confirms to PEOPLE.

"The wedding was absolutely beautiful," a guest tells PEOPLE.

With thousands of fans, photographers and TV cameras watching from afar, Cruise and Holmes were joined by family – Katie's dad Martin walked her down the aisle – and a slew of celeb pals, including Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, Brooke Shields and Chris Henchy, Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, and Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy, among others. (For complete coverage of the ceremony, check out PEOPLE's Tom & Katie Wedding Blog.)

The sunset ceremony was performed by a Scientology minister, according to a statement from their reps. The wedding party included Cruise's children, Isabella and Connor, the best man was Cruise's best friend, David Miscavige – the head of the Church of Scientology – and Katie's sister Nancy Blaylock served as the matron of honor.

Though initially there were questions about whether Cruise and Holmes's marriage on Saturday was official – the Mayor of Bracciano, Italy, said the couple needed to have a civil ceremony in town in order to make it legal – Cruise's reps say Tom and Katie took care of everything beforehand.

"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," according to the statement.

Other details released Saturday by the newlyweds:

• The bride: Holmes wore an off-the-shoulder Armani gown with a train in ivory silk cadis adorned in Valenciennes lace and Swarovski beaded crystal embroidery. Holmes also wore an ivory tulle floor-length veil and ivory silk shoes. Armani, which outfitted the entire wedding, also supplied Katie's bouquet of calla lilies, as well as a champagne evening gown, which she wore at the reception.

• The groom: Cruise wore a navy blue Armani tux.

• The couple's rings: white gold Cartier with diamonds.

• The meal: After cocktails, guests were served Italian hors d'oeuvres, followed by a multi-course meal.

• The cake: Five-tiered white chocolate, decorated with marzipan roses, and studded with white chocolate chips.

• The entertainment: Italian singer Andrea Bocelli.

Saturday's wedding started on a damp note, with scattered rain throughout the morning. Holmes and 7-month-old daughter Suri were escorted into the castle under a cluster of green umbrellas. A little over an hour later, the groom was escorted from the Hassler hotel in Rome to Lake Bracciano 18 miles away. With the sun going down, candles lit up the perimeter of the 15th-century castle as limousines carrying the guests drove through the gates.

Fans and media were kept at a safe distance from the castle: Police checkpoints prevented anyone unauthorized from getting too close, and journalists were stationed in the nearby town square.

Saturday's ceremony brought the couple's 19-month romance full circle: Cruise and Holmes first stepped out as a couple in Rome in April 2005, with Cruise already referring to Holmes as "amore mio" just a few weeks after their first date (sushi, a private plane ride and a motorcycle trip to the beach).

Holmes wasn't shy about her feelings either. "(I'm) totally in love. He's amazing, he's kind, he's generous. He made me laugh like I've never laughed," she gushed two months later. "I feel like he's made my life."

Life changed even more in mid-June 2005. During a late-night candlelit dinner at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Cruise proposed with a five-carat diamond ring. "I want to marry her as soon as possible," Cruise announced. "You have to do what you feel is right," he told PEOPLE at the time. "It's (about) your own integrity and how you want to live your life."

The pair had another reason to celebrate in October, when they announced they were expecting a baby. Holmes "almost seems born for motherhood," her pal and former Dawson's Creek costar Oliver Hudson told PEOPLE. "She's a nurturer."

The pair welcomed 7-lb., 7-oz. Suri on April 18. "The moment I looked in her eyes I felt like ... Mom," Holmes told the magazine of her new bundle of joy. "She's the miracle of our life."

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Posted 11/18/06 at 6:00pm ET
Cruise, Holmes marry in Italian castle

From Yahoo/AP: BRACCIANO, Italy - In a fairy-tale setting, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes exchanged wedding vows Saturday in a glowing 15th-century castle in this medieval lakeside town.

The evening ceremony was performed by a Scientology minister in front of more than 150 relatives and friends, the couple's publicists said.

Oil-fed torches and tiny candles flickered from the battlements and windows of the Odescalchi castle as the couple and fellow celebrities gathered for the ceremony in the town about 27 miles northwest of Rome.

One of the guests was the couple's daughter, 7-month-old Suri, who was dressed in white and arrived in her mother's arms.

The wedding party included Cruise's two children, Isabella and Connor, from his previous marriage to Nicole Kidman, the publicists said in a statement. The best man was Cruise's best friend David Miscavige and the matron of honor was Holmes' sister Nancy Blaylock.

Holmes wore a black dress and boots before she changed into an off-the-shoulder ivory silk gown designed by Giorgio Armani for the ceremony. Her father, Martin Holmes, walked her down the aisle and she carried a bouquet of flowers made by Armani including calla lilies.

Cruise, who sported dark shades and waved to fans as he rode through the castle gates in a van, wore a single breasted navy blue Armani handmade suit, with an ivory silk French collar shirt of the same fabric as the bride's gown for the wedding.

Armani, who was among the guests, told The Associated Press that Cruise, then Holmes, walked down a stone ramp lined with flag bearers in medieval costumes and to the roll of drums.

They exchanged vows in a former stable decorated simply with white flowers.

"For the Americans this was very special, because Americans do not have this kind of thing back home, and they dream of such things in our beautiful country, and you can see the surprise and the awe on their faces," Armani said.

He added that the 20-minute ceremony ended with "a never-ending kiss" that prompted some of the guests to shout "stop, stop!"

Italian singer Andrea Bocelli serenaded the couple at the reception and the bride and groom cut a five-tiered white chocolate wedding cake. Fireworks later burst above the castle, but the view was marred by a foggy night.

Other famous guests included Brooke Shields, Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez, Jim Carrey, soccer star David Beckham and his pop-star wife, Victoria, and Roberta Armani, the designer's niece.

The two stars arrived separately to the castle earlier Saturday, with pouring rain forcing Holmes and her daughter to take shelter under large, green umbrellas as they left their limousine. The sun was shining on the castle when Cruise arrived in a van from Rome, where the family had been staying in a luxury hotel near the Spanish Steps, with some fans shouting, "Tom, Tom!"

When the groom drove up, Holmes watched from a castle window and anxiously gestured with her hand. Holmes was giving Cruise a Vacheron Constantin watch engraved simply, "I Love You," as a wedding gift, the company said. It said she bought the gift in Los Angeles last week.

As the sun began to set, candles were placed in pots along the road to the castle and in some of the windows. Men wearing tuxedos and women holding up the hems of their long gowns walked up the steep path to the castle.

Security was tight, with Carbinieri paramilitary police patrolling the walls of the castle and all vehicles banned from the center of Bracciano.

The flag of the Odescalchi family, whose ancestors include Benedetto Odescalchi, the 17th century pope Innocent XI, fluttered over the castle's towers.

"When I first walked here, I didn't know why they chose this place," said Emily Roeder, 19, of Atchison, Kan., who came to Bracciano for the day from Florence, where she is studying. "Then I saw the castle and the streets all around, and it's really romantic."

Hundreds of the town's 14,000 residents and fans of the stars braved intermittent rain to catch a glimpse of the arrivals.

"I want to see at least one of them — even if it's not Tom Cruise," said 15-year-old Erica Bandiera.

"I want to see Beckham's wife," said her friend Luca Costanzi, 15, with a huge grin.

Scientology ceremonies contain many elements of traditional weddings, including rings and vows. But they also include certain Scientology fundamentals, including vowing never to go to bed without communicating about any differences.

A spokesman for the Church of Scientology for Rome, Fabrizio D'Agostino, said an exchange of vows with a Scientology rite was not legally recognized in Italy, and would have to be preceded or followed by a civil union.

The publicists said Cruise and Holmes had "officialized their marriage in Los Angeles prior to their departure for Italy," saying that was customary for couples marrying outside the United States. Cruise's publicist Arnold Robinson did not immediately reply to an e-mailed question about whether that meant they had been married in a civil ceremony.

Holmes and Cruise became engaged in June 2005, about two months after they went public with their relationship, kissing and posing for photographers in Rome. Their daughter was born April 18.

Cruise, who was divorced from Kidman in 2001, also was previously married to Mimi Rogers and had a high-profile romance with Penelope Cruz. Holmes, who starred in TV's "Dawson's Creek," had been engaged to Chris Klein.

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Posted 11/18/06 at 8:00pm ET
TomKat Ties the Knot in Italy

From Reuters: BRACCIANO, Italy - Actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were married in a medieval castle near Rome on Saturday in a much-anticipated ceremony attended by some of Hollywood's biggest stars.

Frenzied excitement in the run-up to the wedding gave away to disappointment among throngs of onlookers and paparazzi waiting outside the lakeside venue once word spread that the wedding was over.

Many left without a glimpse of the stars after braving rain in Bracciano, leaving behind bottles and litter in a square that was teeming with hopeful fans earlier in the day.

"I'm really disappointed, they came to have their wedding here and it would have been fair to say at least a little hello from far away," said Michele Pagano, who had hoped to take pictures with his mobile phone outside the venue.

Details of the ceremony presided by a Scientologist minister were kept a secret, but Cruise's spokesman confirmed the couple exchanged vows. It took place behind the walls of a fortress surrounded by a 10-metre (yard) high wall and manned by snipers and bodyguards. Candles lined the entrance to the castle, its towers and windows.

The twice-divorced Cruise is an ardent follower of the church founded by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. Holmes was raised a Catholic.

Hollywood stars including Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony , Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett and Brooke Shields were among guests in attendance.

Other celebrities who had been due to attend included "Mission: Impossible III" director J.J. Abrams and John Travolta , who shares Cruise's belief in Scientology.

RINGS, MUSIC, FLOWERS

Local authorities said this week Cruise, star of Hollywood hits like "Top Gun" and the "Mission: Impossible" trilogy, had not sought permission for a civil service, meaning the wedding could be purely ceremonial and have no legal value.

Scientologist weddings are similar to others, with rings, music and flowers. The bride wears white and the groom a dark suit. Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli was expected to sing Ava Maria during the celebrations.

The cost of the event was estimated at over 2 million euros ($2.5 million). The pair's outfits were designed by Giorgio Armani, who also created the bride's bouquet.

Cruise, wearing sunglasses, waved to the crowd as he arrived in a black Mercedes in the afternoon. Holmes earlier arrived clutching their baby daughter Suri in her arms, then briefly appeared at a castle window when Cruise's vehicle pulled up.

Holmes, 27, gave birth to their baby daughter in April. Cruise, 44, also has two older children adopted during his marriage to Nicole Kidman.

FRENZY IN BRACCIANO

The wedding ended a week of Hollywood mania that had swept Italy and transformed the sleepy town 40 km (25 miles) north of the Italian capital into a hotbed of media activity. Satellite TV trucks stood on the streets underneath the castle while shops were festooned with balloons and other decorations.

"The few cars that have arrived, we couldn't see who was inside but I'm happy anyway," said Paola Iela, a 34-year-old student. "I've had a crush on Tom Cruise since I was a teenager. I think he's too sexy." Fans started gathering in the main square facing the Odescalchi castle early in the day, though a downpour deterred some in the afternoon. Residents looked out from their balconies, from some of which hung the American flag.

Photographers with long lenses stood perilously on window ledges at the top of a building overlooking the castle, where the mayor charged 1,000 euros ($1,278) for each position. A helicopter carrying a TV crew clattered overhead.

The town was closed to traffic early on Saturday.

Pictures of the pair and goodwill messages in English were displayed all over town. "Best wishes for your fairy tale," read one message in a bar. A cake shop had a wedding cake in its window with "Tom and Katie" written in icing while restaurants named menus and dishes like risotto after the pair.

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Posted 11/18/06 at 8:00pm ET
Tom and Katie Say 'I Do'!

From Entertainment Tonight: ET has confirmed that TOM CRUISE and KATIE HOLMES were wed just after sunset Saturday at Odescalchi Castle overlooking Lake Braccino 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 SWAVORSKI 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 wound 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, and a spectacular fireworks display lit up the night for all to enjoy.

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.

Celebrity guests attending the wedding of the year and/or pre-wedding events included BROOKE SHIELDS, JENNIFER LOPEZ and hubby MARC ANTHONY, RICHARD GERE, DAVID and VICTORIA BECKHAM, WILL SMITH and wife JADA PINKETT SMITH, JIM CARREY and girlfriend JENNY McCARTHY, CATHERINE BELL and JENNA ELFMAN, along with Tom's 'M:i:III' director J.J. ABRAMS, 'Vanilla Sky'/'Jerry Maguire' director CAMERON CROWE and Tom's 'Top Gun' producer JERRY BRUCKHEIMER.

For a wedding gift, Katie reportedly gave Tom a watch from the world's oldest watchmaker, VACHERON CONSTANTIN, valued at $23,000, and she had the Malte Dual Time Regulator in Rose Gold engraved with a sentimental "I Love You" message on the back.

This is Katie's first marriage and lucky number three for Tom -- he was previously wed to actress MIMI ROGERS and then to NICOLE KIDMAN, with whom he adopted two children. Tom and Katie began dating in April of 2005 and announced Katie's pregnancy in October of the same year. On April 18, 2006, the inseparable twosome welcomed their baby daughter, Suri, and in September they revealed her to the world via a 22-page spread in Vanity Fair.

Tom proposed to Katie in Paris in June 2005. This spring, Jann Carl sat down with Tom on the set of 'Mission: Impossible 3' for some wedding dish. "I just want it to be a celebration of love and our relationship," he said.

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Posted 11/18/06 at 8:00pm ET
Tom & Katie Using Brad & Jen's Wedding Photographer

From PEOPLE: Robert Evans does weddings. Of course, not just anybody's wedding: He shot Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston's Malibu wedding in 2000. And with that kind of resume, it's probably no surprise Tom & Katie have hired him for today's Italian celebration. The couple tracked Evans down through the Bridal Bar, an L.A.-based special events referral service.

As for the pics, we're just looking forward to seeing how they come out.

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Katie's Gift to Tom
Posted 11/18/06 at 8:00pm ET

From PEOPLE: Katie was out shopping last week -- and now we know what she bought: A $23,000 watch for her new husband from Swiss watchmaker Vacheron Constantin, PEOPLE has confirmed. Holmes had the timepiece engraved with an "I love you" message on the back. A nice way to start a marriage.

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Posted 11/19/06 at 11:00am ET
Cruise, Holmes leave for honeymoon

From Yahoo/AP: BRACCIANO, Italy - Officially, they got married in Los Angeles, but the spectacle of the wedding between Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes was here, in a 15th-century castle that evoked fairy tales and lit up with red, white and green fireworks for a cheering, celebrity-laden crowd.

There were fireworks inside, too, a "never-ending kiss" between the betrothed after they exchanged vows Saturday. The kiss lasted so long it caused guests to shout "stop, stop!" said Giorgio Armani, who attended the wedding and designed the outfits of the bride, the groom and their baby, Suri.

The couple flew out of Rome Sunday for a honeymoon in the Maldives, said Ciampino airport spokesman Adriano Franceschetti. The rest of the wedding party was due to fly to Los Angeles later in the day.

The ceremony was a lavish apex to perhaps the celebrity world's most closely watched relationship, proclaimed with Cruise's leap on Oprah Winfrey's couch, bestowed with the nickname "TomKat" and raised to a new level seven months ago when Holmes gave birth to their daughter.

The evening wedding was performed by a Scientology minister in front of more than 150 relatives and friends, the couple's publicists said.

Oil-fed torches and tiny candles flickered from the battlements and windows of the Odescalchi castle in this lakeside town as the couple and guests gathered for the ceremony in the town about 45 kilometers (27 miles) northwest of Rome. Suri, dressed in white, arrived in her mother's arms.

The wedding party included Cruise's two children, Isabella and Connor, from the superstar actor's previous marriage to Nicole Kidman, the publicists said in a statement. The best man was Cruise's best friend David Miscavige and the matron of honor was Holmes' sister Nancy Blaylock.

Holmes wore a black dress and boots before she changed into Armani's off-the-shoulder ivory silk gown. Her father, Martin Holmes, walked her down the aisle and she carried a bouquet of flowers made by Armani including calla lilies.

Cruise, who sported dark shades and waved to fans as he rode through the castle gates in a van, wore a single breasted navy blue Armani handmade suit for the wedding, with an ivory silk French collar shirt of the same fabric as the bride's gown.

Armani told The Associated Press that Cruise, then Holmes, walked down a stone ramp lined with flag bearers in medieval costumes and to the roll of drums.

They exchanged vows in a former stable decorated simply with white flowers.

"For the Americans this was very special, because Americans do not have this kind of thing back home, and they dream of such things in our beautiful country, and you can see the surprise and the awe on their faces," said Armani, who also designed the clothes of the rest of the wedding party and the couple's immediate family.

Italian singer Andrea Bocelli serenaded the couple at the reception and the bride and groom cut a five-tiered white chocolate wedding cake. Fireworks later burst above the castle, but the view was marred by a foggy night.

Other famous guests included Brooke Shields, Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez, Jim Carrey and Victoria Beckham, wife of soccer star David Beckham and former Posh Spice of the Spice Girls.

The two stars arrived separately to the castle earlier Saturday, with pouring rain forcing Holmes and her daughter to take shelter under large, green umbrellas as they left their limousine. The sun was shining on the castle when Cruise arrived in a van from Rome, where the family had been staying in a luxury hotel near the Spanish Steps, with some fans shouting, "Tom, Tom!"

When the groom drove up, Holmes watched from a castle window and anxiously gestured with her hand.

Holmes was giving Cruise a Vacheron Constantin watch engraved simply, "I Love You," as a wedding gift, the company said. It said she bought the gift in Los Angeles last week.

As the sun began to set, candles were placed in pots along the road to the castle and in some of the windows. Men wearing tuxedos and women holding up the hems of their long gowns walked up the steep path to the castle.

Security was tight, with Carabinieri paramilitary police patrolling the walls of the castle and all vehicles banned from the center of Bracciano.

The flag of the Odescalchi family, whose ancestors include Benedetto Odescalchi, the 17th century pope Innocent XI, fluttered over the castle's towers.

"When I first walked here, I didn't know why they chose this place," said Emily Roeder, 19, an American who came to Bracciano for the day from Florence, where she is studying. "Then I saw the castle and the streets all around, and it's really romantic."

Hundreds of the town's 14,000 residents and fans of the stars braved intermittent rain to catch a glimpse of the arrivals.

"I want to see at least one of them — even if it's not Tom Cruise," said 15-year-old Erica Bandiera.

"I want to see Beckham's wife," said her friend Luca Costanzi, 15, with a huge grin.

There was even a bit of stargazing on at least one Seville-to-Rome flight when the pilot pointed out to passengers the castle where the wedding was taking place.

Scientology ceremonies contain many elements of traditional weddings, including rings and vows. But they also include certain Scientology fundamentals, including vowing never to go to bed without communicating about any differences.

A spokesman for the Church of Scientology for Rome, Fabrizio D'Agostino, said an exchange of vows with a Scientology rite was not legally recognized in Italy, and would have to be preceded or followed by a civil union.

The publicists said Cruise and Holmes had "officialized their marriage in Los Angeles prior to their departure for Italy," saying that was customary for couples marrying outside the United States. Cruise's publicist Arnold Robinson wrote in response to an e-mailed question about whether that meant they had been married in a civil ceremony that "the required steps were taken for the marriage to be legal."

Holmes and Cruise became engaged in June 2005, about two months after they went public with their relationship, kissing and posing for photographers in Rome. Their daughter was born April 18.

Much of the attention given to Cruise since their relationship began has been negative. He was mocked for the couch-jumping episode, criticized for his comments about Shields' use of prescription drugs to treat postpartum depression and questioned about his embrace of Scientology, the religion founded by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard that holds an opposition to psychiatry and related medication among its tenets.

Cruise, star of the "Mission: Impossible" series and "War of the Worlds," was divorced from Kidman in 2001, was previously married to Mimi Rogers and had a high-profile romance with Penelope Cruz. Holmes, who starred in TV's "Dawson's Creek," and last year in "Batman Begins," had been engaged to Chris Klein.

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Posted 11/19/06 at 11:00am ET
Tom & Katie's Armani Wedding: Who Wore What

From PEOPLE: From the moment they arrived in Rome to the moment they left for their honeymoon, Giorgio Armani was the man behind everything that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes wore throughout the week.

And when it came to designing Katie's bridal gown, Armani tells PEOPLE exclusively that he wanted the dress to match Holmes's personality.

"Katie wanted a simple, elegant dress that was rich in material with a slim silhouette," he says. "I couldn't have been more in agreement. I wanted to make it modern but at the same time, complement the sweetness and energy she conveys."

The result? An off-the-shoulder Armani gown with an ivory silk train adorned in Valenciennes lace and Swarovski beaded crystal embroidery. She accessorized her gown with an ivory tulle floor-length veil and ivory silk shoes.

As for Cruise, Armani outfitted him with a navy blue tuxedo from the Giorgio Armani Hand Made to Measure collection. The jacket label read, "Giorgio Armani for Tom Cruise."

Armani also dressed the rest of Cruise & Holmes's family. Here are all the details:

• Holmes's mom, Kathleen, put on a Giorgio Armani Privé evening dress in rose silk; Her neckline was trimmed with tulle and black embroidery.

• Holmes's sister and bridesmaid, Nancy Holmes, wore a black charmeuse, silk-layered evening dress, with an empire waist and floor-length skirt. Her off-the-shoulder neckline was made of black lace.

• Cruise's mother Mary Lee Cruise wore a silver silk Giorgio Armani Privé evening dress with rose appliqué detail at the waist and shoulders.

• Cruise's sister Cass Cruise wore a deep blue velvet suit with a fitted jacket featuring black taffeta plisse details at the waist.

Cruise's kids, Connor and Isabella, also wore Armani during the week. In addition to her satin pale pink dress worn earlier in the week, Isabella wore a sleeveless, ice-colored dress for the rehearsal dinner. Connor, meanwhile, matched his dad, dressing in a navy blue single-breasted suit.

Finally, there's Suri. For the wedding, Tom & Katie's 7-month-old daughter wore various layers of organza and chiffon, which, according to Armani, was "inspired by her mother's bridal grown."

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Posted 11/19/06 at 8:00pm ET
Cruise, Holmes marry in Italian castle

From Reuters: BRACCIANO, Italy - Actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were married in a medieval castle near Rome on Saturday in a Scientology ceremony attended by a galaxy of Hollywood stars.

With torches burning from the battlements of the 15th- century castle, the couple exchanged vows out of sight of the thousands of onlookers and paparazzi camped outside or perched on window ledges and balconies.

A fireworks display from a castle tower later lit up the sky, winning applause from those who had braved rain to stay to the end.

The bride and groom wore Giorgio Armani, Holmes in an ivory silk crystal-studded gown and Cruise in a dark suit for the ceremony presided by a Scientologist minister and later cut a five-tier white chocolate cake, according to Cruise's publicist, Arnold Robinson.

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli serenaded the couple at the wedding reception, according to a statement issued by Robinson. The celebrations, which were estimated to cost over 2 million euros ($2.5 million).

"Entertainment Tonight," quoting Robinson, said the couple shared their first dance while Fleetwood Mac's "Songbird" played. It also said guests danced past 1 a.m.

Robinson said in a statement the couple officially tied the knot last week.

"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," the statement said.

The twice-divorced Cruise is an ardent follower of the church founded by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. Holmes, 17 years his junior, was raised a Catholic.

Hollywood stars including Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony, Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett and Brooke Shields were among 150 guests in attendance. Local media reported Victoria Beckham arrived at the wedding alone, wearing a black dress and slanted hat, after soccer star husband David was called away to Spain to play for Real Madrid.

Other celebrities who had been due to attend included "Mission: Impossible III" director J.J. Abrams and John Travolta, who shares Cruise's belief in Scientology.

Shields, in a red evening gown, and Lopez, sporting a dusty pink floor-sweeping gown and white fur wrap, were among stars who posed for cameras when they left their hotel in Rome.

'HELLO FROM FAR'

Fans in Bracciano, however, saw little more than dark Mercedes with tinted windows whizzing past to a side entrance.

Frenzied excitement in the run-up to the wedding gave away to disappointment among the throngs waiting outside once word spread the wedding was over. Bottles and litter were left behind in a square teeming with hopeful fans earlier in the day.

"I'm really disappointed, they came to have their wedding here and it would have been fair to say at least a little hello from far away," said Michele Pagano, who had hoped to take pictures with his mobile phone outside the venue.

Most missed Cruise's wave to the crowd as he arrived in a black Mercedes in the afternoon. Holmes earlier arrived clutching their baby daughter, Suri, in her arms, then briefly appeared at a castle window when Cruise's vehicle pulled up.

Holmes, 27, gave birth to their daughter in April. Cruise, 44, also has two older children adopted during his marriage to Nicole Kidman.

Local authorities said this week Cruise, star of Hollywood hits like "Top Gun" and the "Mission: Impossible" trilogy, had not sought permission for a civil service, meaning the wedding could be purely ceremonial and have no legal value.

FRENZY IN BRACCIANO

The wedding ended a week of Hollywood mania that had swept Italy and transformed the sleepy town 40 km (25 miles) north of the Italian capital into a hotbed of media activity. Satellite TV trucks stood on the streets underneath the castle while shops were festooned with balloons and other decorations.

"The few cars that have arrived, we couldn't see who was inside but I'm happy anyway," said Paola Iela, a 34-year-old student. "I've had a crush on Tom Cruise since I was a teenager. I think he's too sexy."

Fans started gathering in the main square facing the Odescalchi castle early in the day, though a downpour deterred some in the afternoon. Residents looked out from their balconies, from some of which hung the American flag.

Photographers with long lenses stood perilously on window ledges at the top of a building overlooking the castle, where the mayor charged 1,000 euros ($1,278) for each position. A helicopter carrying a TV crew clattered overhead.

The town was closed to traffic early Saturday.

Pictures of the pair and goodwill messages in English were displayed all over town. "Best wishes for your fairy tale," read one message in a bar. A cake shop showed off a wedding cake with "Tom and Katie" penciled in icing in its window while restaurants named menus and dishes like risotto after the pair.

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Posted 11/19/06 at 8:00pm ET
Bocelli Performs for Cruise and Holmes after all

From ContactMusic: Opera star ANDREA BOCELLI thrilled newlyweds TOM CRUISE and KATIE HOLMES at their nuptials in his native Italy on Saturday by deciding to perform at the last minute. The blind singer turned down an offer to perform at the Braggiano wedding last week, insisting he'd only be at the Castello Odescalchi event as a guest. But he couldn't resist serenading the couple and their guests with a special performance.

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Posted 11/19/06 at 8:00pm ET
TomKat Memories

Video from X17: Sights from Italy.

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Posted 11/19/06 at 8:00pm ET
Wedding caps 18-month Holmes-Cruise saga

From Yahoo/AP: NEW YORK - The lavish weekend wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes bore many symbols of the singular 18-month relationship between the two stars.

The decorous, romantic setting of a 15th-century castle in Bracciano, Italy, was reminiscent of the fairy-tale quality of the actors' courtship. The much younger Holmes, 27, had once remarked that she grew up wanting to wed the "Risky Business" star.

"I used to think I was going to marry Tom Cruise," Holmes told Seventeen magazine before she and Cruise, 44, began dating.

But the young-girl fantasy theme to TomKat has never been the dominant one. They have instead been renown for extreme publicness and perceived peculiarity. In short, it is not a relationship that anyone has ever really understood.

After exchanging vows before a Scientology minister Saturday, Cruise and Holmes engaged in a "never-ending kiss," according to Giorgio Armani, who attended the wedding outside Rome and designed the outfits of the bride, the groom and their baby, Suri.

That kiss could be seen a sweet gesture or as a reminder of the hyper-love the couple (or at least Cruise) has openly displayed since they first announced their relationship in April 2005 in Rome. Just a month later, Cruise was hopping on Oprah Winfrey's couch.

"I can't be cool. I can't be laid-back," a starry-eyed Cruise said on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." "Something happened and I want to celebrate it."

Many were skeptical of the over-the-top emotion, suspicious that it was an act to help publicize each star's then-current movies: "War of the Worlds" and "Batman Returns." But those critics were temporarily silenced when, in June 2005, the couple became engaged at Paris' Eiffel Tower — happily posing for photographers and reporters immediately afterward.

The relationship, People magazine deputy editor Larry Hackett remarked at the time, "was presented fully baked for public consumption."

In stark contrast, the couple did not provide the public a peek of Suri until 4 1/2 months after her April 18 birth, leading to fevered speculation that she didn't even exist. The couple finally unveiled her, true to megastar form, on the cover of Vanity Fair.

Many celebrities attended the Cruise-Holmes nuptials, but the most symbolic attendee was Brooke Shields. Cruise had very publicly criticized Shields for taking antidepressants after the birth of her first daughter; he apologized to her in person a few months ago.

The actor's perspective on antidepressants echoes that of Scientology, and Cruise became more vocal about his religion after firing longtime publicist Pat Kingsley. Cruise's sister, Lee Anne DeVette, took over as his publicist in March 2004, but was replaced last November after Cruise's image seemed in decline.

The practices and beliefs of Scientology — a religion many other celebrities practice with less scrutiny — are unfamiliar and strange to much of the public.

The birth of the Cruise-Holmes baby, Suri, was surrounded by reports that the couple would have a "silent birth," in which no one surrounding the mother speaks. And the couple's vows Saturday included certain Scientology fundamentals, such as promising never to go to bed without communicating about any differences.

Cruise's aggressive defense of Scientology was one of the reasons Sumner Redstone, chairman of Paramount Pictures parent company Viacom Inc., claimed was behind Paramount's decision to break ties with Cruise after a long and lucrative relationship. The "Mission: Impossible" star quickly rebounded when his company, Cruise/Wagner Productions, signed a two-year financing deal with First & Goal LLC.

The legal circumstances of the couple's Italian wedding weren't clear, since it was performed by a Scientology minister. Cruise's publicist, Arnold Robinson, said the couple had "officiated their marriage in Los Angeles before their departure for Italy," calling that customary for couples marrying outside the United States.

The public, of course, loves a big movie-star marriage. But will the castle ceremony help Cruise and Holmes restore a measure of normalcy to their relationship, or serve as yet another unique spectacle?

With neither star expected back on the big screen soon (Cruise is slated to begin shooting "Lions for Lambs" with Robert Redford in January; Holmes has nothing planned) it will be a while before the box office provides an answer.

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Posted 11/19/06 at 8:00pm ET
Jann's Blog: Wedding Bells Ring in Italy

From Entertainment Tonight: Well, it's official! TOM and KATIE have said "I do" in perfect, fairy-tale fashion and I was there as the wedding of the year happened in the tiny medieval town of Bracciano.

My day started at 8 a.m. as I sat in the lobby of the Hotel Hassler -- having some breakfast and watching Tom and Katie's famous friends hit the streets for a few last items before the main event. BROOKE SHIELDS went shopping for baby clothes at Baby DIOR and took us along.

At about 4:30 -- the stars began leaving the hotel. WILL and JADA told me that they had no idea what to expect from a castle wedding but were very excited. They planned on leaving immediately after because, as Jada told me, "Will's gotta get back to work." Brooke Shields, looking ravishing in cranberry OSCAR DE LA RENTA, said it was the first time she and husband CHRIS had been away from the kids but were so honored to receive the invitation that they wanted to be here. She also told us she got Tom and Katie a blender as a wedding gift!

It was limo lock from the hotel to Bracciano at about 4:30 as all the celebrity guests left for the wedding. In the town square it was madness as thousands of fans gathered to take pictures and scream their well wishes to the couple throughout the afternoon. Media crews from around the world crammed into the square hoping for a shot of Tom and Katie and one picture was finally taken of Katie leaning out a castle window holding baby SURI.

Just before 6 p.m., the castle bells rang out for about two minutes, signifying the couple had finally said "I do." Later on, all of us outside of the castle walls were treated to a serenade by ANDREA BOCELLI -- speakers were placed outside of the castle so that everyone could hear the music... it was quite magical. Hours later as a thick, thick fog rolled in -- fireworks went off celebrating the official union of Tom and Katie -- now Mr. and Mrs. Cruise.

It has been a remarkable week for myself and the entire "Entertainment Tonight" crew. My deepest thanks to the greatest producer I have ever known -- ET Executive Producer LINDA BELL BLUE -- without her we would not have been able to bring you all of this exclusive coverage.

So -- it's back to Hollywood for me! See you on the air from Los Angeles!!! Jann

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Posted 11/19/06 at 8:00pm ET
TomKat fans irked by 'invisible wedding'

From Tonight/Reuters: Bracciano, Italy - It may have been the celebrity wedding of the year, but people in the Italian medieval town that hosted Tom Cruise's star-studded marriage to Katie Holmes saw none of it - and they are not happy.

Cruise and Holmes wed on Saturday in a Scientology ceremony whose details were kept secret until Cruise's US-based publicist released a statement.

By then, residents of Bracciano, the lakeside venue near Rome picked by the couple for the wedding, were fast asleep.

"The invisible wedding" and "Tom & Katie: the newly-wed ghosts" read the headlines in Italian newspapers on Sunday, reflecting the frustration of residents and the hordes of paparazzi who descended on Bracciano for the event.

Throngs of fans and onlookers had gathered since the early hours of Saturday outside the 15th-century castle where the much-anticipated evening ceremony took place, hoping to catch a glimpse of the galaxy of Hollywood stars attending.

But virtually all they could see from behind the barriers keeping them at a distance was a parade of black Mercedes minivans and limousines with tinted windows, driving the couple and their 150 guests through the castle's iron gate.

As darkness fell, the candles flickering from the castle's battlements did little to help identify the silhouettes of those inside as they waved from the windows from time to time.

The couple left Italy on Sunday for a honeymoon in the Maldives.

"It's a huge disappointment. After all the hype and the publicity, nobody has seen anything of this wedding. They did not even come out to say hello," said Sergio Pagliaro, a 76-year-old pensioner who had waited for hours with his wife.

Town Hall officials, who had basked in Bracciano's moment of glory and charged photographers and TV crews 1000 euros for positions overlooking the castle, were more scathing.

"I feel they should have showed more respect for the people of Bracciano who waited to see them for so long," said Armando Tondinelli, Bracciano's councillor for public works.

"These people behave as if they are above these things, they don't look at what is important in life. A greeting would have been right, it's a matter of politeness," he said.

The town, taken over for the past four days by the world's media and their satellite trucks, had put on a show for the ceremony. Pictures of the couple were put up all over the place, including on ornate brass clocks sold by an antique shop.

Restaurants had "Tom & Katie" menus, clothing retailers offered "Top Gun" outfits, and many shop windows had good will messages such as "Forever" and "Best wishes for your fairy tale" on display.

But with intermittent rain falling and the celebrities nowhere to be seen, the crowd dwindled to a few hundreds die-hard fans, some of whom had come from Rome for the event but had to content themselves with a midnight display of fireworks.

"This is just like a bad movie," said 19-year-old Barbara Giuri as the evening fog shrouded the castle. "And now my feet hurt."

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Posted 11/19/06 at 8:00pm ET
Fans lament access to Cruise wedding

From Yahoo/AP: BRACCIANO, Italy - In the end, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' "wedding of the year" in this lakeside Italian town gave little satisfaction to fans closest to it.

Fans and residents who assembled under the walls of the 15th-century Odescalchi castle where the celebrities exchanged vows in a Scientology ceremony got to see none of it.

"Tom and Katie, the invisible newlyweds" read the headline in Sunday's Corriere della Sera daily.

"I was hoping they would decide to show themselves," said Daniela Garroni, a 60-year-old resident of Bracciano. "After all, that would have been a courtesy."

Cruise and Holmes, who arrived in separate vehicles Saturday, drove past the hundreds of fans gathered outside the castle's gates without stopping or even cracking open a car window. Holmes was briefly spotted standing at a castle window, but drew back immediately as soon as people began to notice.

Still, fans including families with small children, teenagers and the elderly persevered. Some even chose to get drenched rather than leave their spot in the middle of an afternoon downpour.

All to no avail. Even celebrity guests, who included Brooke Shields, Richard Gere, and Jennifer Lopez, stayed away from the public eye.

"It would have been nice for the young ones," to see them, said Mirella Flamini, 62.

Late night green, white and red fireworks from the top of the castle offered some entertainment to the town of 14,000 residents. The lavish display prompted cheers among the crowd and culminated with a cascade of white lights that poured down the castle's walls.

"I thought they would be nice for the town," said Maria Pace Odescalchi, who owns the castle about 27 miles northwest of Rome.

By early Sunday, all was quiet again and Cruise, Holmes and their guests had left, flying out of Rome for a honeymoon in the Maldives, Ciampino airport spokesman Adriano Franceschetti said.

Holmes and Cruise became engaged in June 2005, about two months after they went public with their relationship, kissing and posing for photographers in Rome. Their daughter Suri was born April 18.

Cruise, star of "Top Gun" and more recently the "Mission: Impossible" series and "War of the Worlds," was divorced from actress Nicole Kidman in 2001. He was previously married to Mimi Rogers and had a high-profile romance with Penelope Cruz. Holmes, who starred in TV's "Dawson's Creek," and last year in "Batman Begins," had been engaged to Chris Klein.

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Posted 11/19/06 at 8:00pm ET
Video - First Photo of Cruise, Holmes Wedding
Plus other wedding news-related videos

From Reuters
Various videos from Yahoo!

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Posted 11/20/06 at 9:00pm ET
WWD Exclusive: Giorgio Armani Dishes on TomKat Wedding Designs

From WWD: While the fans, paparazzi and TV crews outside Castello Odescalchi on Lake Bracciano, near Rome, tried Mission Impossible-worthy numbers to catch a glimpse of the Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes wedding, inside the castle fairytale festivities were underway.

Surrounded by 150 guests between family and friends, Cruise and Holmes tied the knot in front of a Scientology minister as the sun set behind the castle’s stone turrets.

A radiant Holmes donned an off-the-shoulder silk gown designed by Giorgio Armani. The ivory dress with a train featured a crinoline frill around the shoulders and was adorned in Valenciennes lace and Swarovski beaded crystal embroidery. An ivory tulle floor length veil completed the look.

“Katie wanted a simple, elegant dress that was rich in material with a slim silhouette. I couldn’t have been in more agreement,” Giorgio Armani told WWD exclusively. “I wanted to make it modern but at the same time, compliment that sweetness and energy she conveys.”

Cruise wore a navy blue two-button satin peak lapel handmade tuxedo with flat front trousers and matching four-button vest. The ivory silk French collar shirt matched Holmes’ wedding dress.

While Armani met Cruise in 1989 when the actor was in Milan after the filming of Rain Man, he was introduced to Holmes last year.

“She was in Milan and we met to discuss the possibility of my designing her dress. We clicked immediately,” said Armani. “Several fittings followed but the last few were in Los Angeles overseen by my niece Roberta and a team from my Giorgio Armani Privé and Giorgio Armani Hand Made to Measure ateliers.”

In 2005, Tom Cruise was on location in Rome filming Mission Impossible 3 when he asked Giorgio Armani to design his wedding attire. Shortly after Holmes came to Milan to meet the designer and plan the wedding in Italy.

For the wedding reception, Holmes slipped into 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.

Their fingers sparkle with white gold and diamond Cartier wedding bands.

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Posted 11/20/06 at 9:00pm ET
Mr. and Mrs. TomKat: Inside their fairy-tale wedding

From USA Today: BRACCIANO, Italy — After pulling off their fairy-tale wedding in a castle outside Rome Saturday, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have moved on to their honeymoon destination.

The couple left Rome Sunday for the Maldives in the Indian Ocean, Ciampino airport spokesman Adriano Franceschetti told the Associated Press. The departure followed Saturday night's wedding, an affair befitting Hollywood royalty. Details of the nuptials:

Bride. Holmes, 27, wore a Giorgio Armani off-the-shoulder gown featuring an ivory silk train adorned with lace and Swarovski beaded crystals. Holmes had on a tulle floor-length veil and silk shoes, and she carried a bouquet of calla lilies.

Groom. Cruise, 44, wore a navy-blue tuxedo from the Giorgio Armani Hand Made to Measure collection.

Rings. Cartier designed the rings, which were made of white gold with diamonds.

Children. The couple's daughter, Suri, 7 months, and Cruise's children with ex-wife Nicole Kidman, Isabella, 13, and Connor, 11, were present. Us Weekly reports that Connor carried Suri down the aisle.

Reception. The couple's five-tiered white-chocolate wedding cake was decorated with marzipan roses.

Us Weekly and TV's Entertainment Tonight report that Holmes' first dance was with her dad to "What a Wonderful World" and that the newlyweds' first dance was to "Songbird" by Fleetwood Mac. ET also reports that Holmes did not toss her bouquet.

Guests. Among the stars attending the Scientology ceremony were Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, Jim Carrey, Brooke Shields, Jenna Elfman, Victoria Beckham, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Mission: Impossible III director J.J. Abrams.

"It was fabulous. Katie looked beautiful," Cruise's CAA agent Rick Nicita told Us Weekly. Added his wife and longtime Cruise business partner Paula Wagner: "We had an absolutely wonderful time."

Legal matters. Bracciano Mayor Patrizia Riccioni said the couple had not taken out a marriage license.

"As far as we know, we never received a request for a marriage license," she said. "As far as Italian law is concerned, it is not a legal marriage."

Reps said the couple had "officialized their marriage in Los Angeles" before leaving for Italy. Cruise's publicist, Arnold Robinson, told the Associated Press that "the required steps were taken for the marriage to be legal."

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Posted 11/20/06 at 9:00pm ET
Tom's Top Gun Serenade

From PEOPLE: For Tom Cruise, words weren't enough to express his feelings for Katie Holmes. He had to do it in song -- and a familiar one at that.

When, L.A. deejay Mark Ronson played the Righteous Brothers tune "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" during the reception for the couple's wedding, Cruise serenaded his bride by singing along with the record.

"She was completely touched -- laughing, loving him and enjoying him," guest Leah Remini tells PEOPLE.

Cruise's impromptu serenade, of course, hearkens back to his performance of the same song in Top Gun. In the movie his character, Maverick, attempted to woo Kelly McGillis with the song. As for Katie, her heart already belongs to Tom.

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Posted 11/20/06 at 9:00pm ET
Tom and Katie splash around in the Maldives

From Tonight: Male - Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise and actress Katie Holmes have jetted into the island nation of the Maldives for their honeymoon.

The newlyweds arrived at Hululle International airport on Sunday night and remained aboard their private jet while immigration formalities were completed, airport officials said.

"They went past me, and I didn't really feel like photographing them. I'm not very interested in them," the immigration officer who stamped their passports, Mohamed Amir, told the Haveeru news service.

The two are honeymooning in the low-lying, atoll nation of 1 192 tiny coral islands scattered some 850km (528 miles) across the equator, after their wedding in a 15th-century Odescalchi castle near Rome.

It is Cruise's third marriage and Holmes' first.

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Posted 11/20/06 at 9:00pm ET
Tom and Katie Say 'I Do'!

From Entertainment Tonight: ET has confirmed that TOM CRUISE and KATIE HOLMES were wed just after sunset Saturday at Castle Odescalchi, 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.

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 caddis 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.

The guests all arrived at about 5:15 p.m. in a caravan of blacked-out SUVs, and, at about 5:45, a cacophony of bells from the castle erupted, signaling that it was official... there was now a new Mr. and Mrs. Cruise.

After the ceremony, guests were treated to cocktails featuring specially prepared Italian hors d'oeuvres followed by a multi-course meal. As the evening wound 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; it also featured white-chocolate mousse and a white-chocolate cream filling.

The couple was serenaded at the wedding reception with a special performance by world-renowned Italian vocalist ANDREA BOCELLI, and, though a thick fog rolled in around 10 p.m., a spectacular fireworks display lit up the night for all to enjoy around 11:30. Official wedding photographs were taken by ROBERT EVANS through The Bridal Bar, who also snapped the photos at the BRAD PITT/JENNIFER ANISTON nuptials.

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 holds particular significance for the couple, as it is where Tom and Katie's relationship first became public.

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.

Celebrity guests attending the wedding of the year and/or pre-wedding events included BROOKE SHIELDS, JENNIFER LOPEZ and hubby MARC ANTHONY, DAVID and VICTORIA BECKHAM, WILL SMITH and wife JADA PINKETT SMITH, JIM CARREY and girlfriend JENNY McCARTHY, CATHERINE BELL and JENNA ELFMAN, along with Tom's 'M:i:III' director J.J. ABRAMS, 'Vanilla Sky'/'Jerry Maguire' director CAMERON CROWE and Tom's 'Top Gun' producer JERRY BRUCKHEIMER.

For a wedding gift, Katie reportedly gave Tom a watch from the world's oldest watchmaker, VACHERON CONSTANTIN, valued at $23,000, and she had the Malte Dual Time Regulator in Rose Gold engraved with a sentimental "I Love You" message on the back.

This is Katie's first marriage and lucky number three for Tom -- he was previously wed to actress MIMI ROGERS and then to NICOLE KIDMAN, with whom he adopted two children. Tom and Katie began dating in April of 2005 and announced Katie's pregnancy in October of the same year. On April 18, 2006, the inseparable twosome welcomed their baby daughter, Suri, and in September they revealed her to the world via a 22-page spread in Vanity Fair.

Tom proposed to Katie in Paris in June 2005. This spring, Jann Carl sat down with Tom on the set of 'Mission: Impossible 3' for some wedding dish. "I just want it to be a celebration of love and our relationship," he said.

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Posted 11/20/06 at 9:00pm ET

For complete coverage of Tom & Katie's wedding, pick up the new issue of Us Weekly, on newsstands Wednesday.

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Posted 11/21/06 at 2:00pm ET
More Details on Tom & Katie's Honeymoon

From PEOPLE: The day after their wedding in Italy, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, with baby Suri in tow, hopped a private jet and traveled 4,500 miles to the Maldives, a remote archipelago of coral islands in the Indian Ocean.

"Mr. and Mrs. Cruise were smiling so much," says a source who spotted the honeymooners at the Maldives airport, adding that they brought about 40 pieces of luggage and lots of toys. "They looked very happy."

The jet that carried the newlyweds was owned by one of their wedding guests, Australian media mogul James Packer.

A Cruise friend for several years, Packer was an extra in the actor's 2003 drama The Last Samurai; Cruise and Holmes flew to Australia to attend the memorial service of Packer's billionaire father, Kerry, in February.

Situated on the equator southwest of Sri Lanka, the Maldives consist of more than 1190 small islands. Star Jones and Al Reynolds visited the country following their 2004 wedding.

The tiny nation was devastated by the 2004 tsunami but has rebuilt much of its tourist infrastructure since then.

For complete coverage of the big day, including exclusive photos, Katie's dad's wedding toast and more, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Wednesday.

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Posted 11/21/06 at 2:00pm ET
Cruise, Holmes island hopping in Maldives

From Yahoo/AFP: MALE, Maldives - Newly married Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise and actress Katie Holmes were island hopping in South Asia's most exotic holiday destination, the Maldives, an official source said.

The couple arrived at Hululle International airport on Sunday night and left aboard a luxury yacht named Arctic to explore outlying islands.

"They arrived with their baby and are island hopping," said the source, who requested anonymity as part of official policy, adding that they were due to visit an undersea aquarium-style restaurant with a 360 degree view of reef and marine life.

The Maldives government does not normally keep track of Hollywood stars or other famous visitors who seek privacy in the remote Indian Ocean archipelago of 1,192 coral islands along the Equator, he said.

"We have quite a lot of international celebrities visiting the Maldives, but we don't make a song and dance about that," the source said. "We had the entire Italian football team just after the World Cup."

He said celebrities normally use luxury yachts to travel between a cluster of coral islands near the capital Male in the low-lying ocean nation which has lead a campaign against the perils of a sea rise from global warming.

The couple were married last week in the 15th-century Odescalchi castle near Rome. It is Cruise's third marriage and Holmes' first.

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Posted 11/21/06 at 2:00pm ET
Honeymooning Tom, Katie cruise around the Maldives

From Yahoo/Reuters: COLOMBO - Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are spending their honeymoon yachting around the Maldives, a source in the idyllic Indian Ocean island chain said on Tuesday, but it won't all be smooth sailing.

The couple are anchored off the island capital Male aboard luxury yacht the Arctic P and plan to visit a host of the tiny palm-fringed islands, the source told Reuters.

"The yacht they're in is anchored within sight of Male," said one source familiar with the couple's itinerary who declined to be named because of strict privacy policies.

"The yacht is not far from the main resorts in the Male area... They are going to stay on board and visit various islands."

The Maldives is a chain of 1,200 mostly uninhabited islands renowned for its luxury resorts, sun-kissed beaches and world class scuba diving.

The skies were cloudy however on Tuesday, and Website www.weather.com forecast scattered thunderstorms for the archipelago until the Cruises' departure on November 28.

Government officials said they were not keeping tabs on the couple during their stay.

"Is there a reason why we should be doing this? If someone wants their privacy and if there's no particular reason why we should be invading their privacy, we shouldn't," said Chief Government Spokesman Mohamed Shareef.

The Arctic P is a former ice-breaker rebuilt into a super-yacht by late Australian media moghul Kerry Packer. It now belongs to his son, James Packer, a close friend of Cruise who attended the couple's star-studded wedding in Italy on Saturday.

Twice-divorced Cruise belongs to the Church of Scientology and the ceremony was dubbed the "invisible wedding" by Italian newspapers because of the lack of public access to the event.

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Posted 11/21/06 at 2:00pm ET
Cruise, Holmes arrive in Maldives

From USA Today/AP: Hollywood stars Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes began a honeymoon in the Maldives, a government official said Tuesday, after the couple married in a 15th-century castle in Italy over the weekend.

"Yes, they are here, I can confirm that," chief government spokesman Mohamed Hussain Shareef told The Associated Press by telephone from the capital, Male.

"They have gone to one of the islands, but this is very, very secret," he said.

The couple may face bad weather.

"It has been raining heavily the past week and there are predictions of scattered showers," Shareef said. "However, right now there is sunshine."

Cruise, 44, and Holmes, 27, are on one of the Indian Ocean country's 1,192 tiny coral islands after arriving by private jet, the local Haveeru newspaper said, citing witnesses.

Since their arrival, rumors have gripped the Muslim-majority archipelago of about 350,000 people that a VIP couple is visiting.

An official from the Tourism Department said speculation was swirling on the couple's whereabouts. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said there was a rush for bookings at an underwater restaurant after rumors spread that the duo will have dinner there Tuesday.

"At the moment, we hear that they are cruising on the yacht and that they are expected to visit some of the island resorts at least one exclusive and expensive one with its underwater restaurant," said another government official declining to give his name because he was speaking about a private matter.

Ali Siraj, a local journalist in Male, said he heard that the couple was staying in a yacht.

"There are many big boats here, which are like floating resorts and I have heard a rumor that they are staying in one of them," he said.

Shareef said all the resorts were fully booked.

"There is 100 percent occupancy and we are hopeful that we will break the record of 2004," when 615,000 tourists visited. Most resorts damaged by the 2004 tsunami have been refurbished.

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Posted 11/22/06 at 1:00pm ET
Maldivians want to say `hello' to TomKat

From Yahoo/AP: COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Residents of the Maldives want to say "hello" to newlyweds Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.

The Hollywood couple arrived this week in the Indian Ocean island chain after exchanging wedding vows Saturday in a 15th-century castle in Bracciano, Italy, outside Rome.

Cruise, 44, and Holmes, 27, are staying on a yacht near the capital of Male, chief government spokesman Mohamed Hussain Shareef told The Associated Press by phone Wednesday.

"People would really love to meet them, show their culture and say `hello' at the least," Shareef said.

It wasn't immediately known if the couple had been formally asked to meet with local people.

"People are really curious and they feel they should show some of their culture, especially dancing," Shareef said.

The Maldives, an archipelago of 1,192 islands, is famed for its beaches and luxury resorts.

"We understand they may be planning to do island hopping," Shareef said.

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Posted 11/22/06 at 6:00pm ET
Tom & Katie's Thanksgiving Plans!

From Entertainment Tonight: The recently wed power couple TOM CRUISE and KATIE HOLMES are, you guessed it, cruising on a yacht around the Maldives in the Indian Ocean. They're on the luxury vessel The Arctic P, which is a former icebreaker rebuilt into a super-yacht by the late Australian mogul -- and Tom's friend -- KERRY PACKER.

Tom and Katie are reportedly renting one of the 1200 islands in the Maldives for their Thanksgiving honeymoon.

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Posted 11/23/06 at 11:00am ET
Wedding to Remember
Sparing no expense, Tom and Katie treat their families and famous friends to a spectacular affair in Italy, complete with a medieval castle, fireworks – and an awww-inspiring Suri


For her big day, "Katie wanted a simple, elegant dress," says Giorgio Armani. The Italian designer, who outfitted the entire wedding party, created an ivory silk wedding gown adorned with Valenciennes lace.

From PEOPLE: The first of many stunning moments at Tom Cruise's wedding to Katie Holmes came early: As guests – seated inside a converted 15th-century armory in Italy's majestic Odescalchi Castle – waited for the bride to walk down the aisle, the entire candle-filled room fell silent. "It was, by far, the most charged moment of the evening," says designer Giorgio Armani, who created Holmes's romantic off-the-shoulder gown. When the bride appeared on the arm of her father, Martin Holmes, "I saw the look on Tom's face and on her face," says actress Jenna Elfman, who was among the evening's more than 150 guests. "He was very proud. Her father looked so proud too."

While the groom, in a navy two-button Armani tux, "was beaming that Tom smile," there was someone else who couldn't conceal her delight: the couple's 7-month-old daughter Suri, dressed in an ivory silk tulle Armani frock to match her mom's and carried down the aisle by her 11-year-old brother Connor. "There were several choruses of 'Awww!' from the crowd," says Cruise's cousin, actor William Mapother. "And some wet eyes." At one point during a pause in the ceremony, "it was quiet, and then Suri cooed loudly," says a guest. "It was so sweet."


The pair's first kiss and first dance as husband and wife were captured by photographer Robert Evans, who shot Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston's wedding.

As breathtaking as it was joyful, the Nov. 18 union of Cruise, 44, and Holmes, 27, combined Hollywood glitz, old-world grandeur and the warmth of an all-in-the-famiglia Italian wedding – albeit one that included celebrity couples like Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, Brooke Shields and Chris Henchy, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith and Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy. Held shortly after sunset within the medieval Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy, the extravagant bash capped three days of festivities that briefly transformed much of nearby Rome into a rolling red carpet. "It's nutty – nutty in a good way!" said Elfman, speaking to PEOPLE by cell phone from inside the reception at 3 a.m. Mapother describes the vibe of the entire affair as "celebratory, family-oriented, like a reunion of old friends getting together." As for the couple of the hour, "they did not seem nervous at all. It was more joyous, as in, 'Bring it on!' "

So how did the new Mr. and Mrs. Cruise – who famously debuted their romance in Rome in April 2005 and were engaged in Paris six weeks later – pull it all off? "It was all Katie," a guest says of the wedding planning, which was co-coordinated by Roberta Armani (Giorgio's niece). "It was the wedding every little girl dreams of." Particularly "after this crazy year," says Elfman, alluding to the intense scrutiny of the couple's relationship. "I've known how genuine their love has been, but it was nice to see them share it in this way." (Hoping to pull off a similarly sprawling extravaganza? Better budget in the ballpark of $3.5 million, say several top celebrity wedding planners – though Tom and Katie's star power may have helped lower costs.)


The newlyweds exchanged vows at the Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy. The former fortress's main Hall of the Caesars was decorated with thousands of red and white roses to match the red and gold tablecloths at the reception dinner.

Although the pair – who exchanged platinum-and-diamond Cartier Dia Eternity bands – opted not to submit the paperwork necessary to have the ceremony recognized by Italian law, they "officialized their marriage" in L.A. prior to leaving for Italy, they said in a statement. At Odescalchi, guests were greeted by flag bearers dressed in colorful Renaissance garb – a scene that proved irresistible to prankster Carrey. "When they were waiting to start, Jim walked from behind one of the flag guys with his hand over his eye and said, 'Owww!' to make the guy think he had poked him in the eye," says Mapother. "Jim smiled immediately, so the guy knew he was joking. But it was very funny."

During the 20-minute "double ring" Scientology ceremony, the couple agreed to a traditional Scientology wedding pledge – along with vows to love, honor and cherish – "to never close their eyes in sleep on a disagreement or an upset." Among the official wedding party: Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, Cruise's best friend and best man; Cruise's daughter Isabella, 13, and son Connor; and Holmes's sister and matron of honor Nancy Blaylock. Following a sweet kiss, Cruise and Holmes "looked at each other for a long moment," says Armani, "as if letting the importance of that moment sink in."

And then – what else? – it was time to celebrate. After the ceremony, guests made their way to a reception in the castle's grand Hall of the Caesars, where the party kicked off with toasts from the best man and matron of honor. Then the bride joined her father on the dance floor to Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World." After that it was the newlyweds' turn to take a spin, to Fleetwood Mac's "Songbird" ("For you, there'll be no more crying/ For you, the sun will be shining/ And I feel that when I'm with you/ It's all right, I know it's right"). "The first dance – I was bawling," says Elfman. "They were just looking into each other's eyes. It was amazing."


THE CAKE: Five-tiered white chocolate, decorated with marzipan roses, and studded with white chocolate chips.

As guests dined on risotto, sea bass with artichokes and parmesan-crusted fillet washed down with some 300 bottles of red Barbesco wine and champagne, Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli serenaded the couple with the Italian love songs "Occhi di fata" ("Fairy Eyes") and "La Serenata" ("The Serenade"). At the reception, the A list mingled with assorted non-famous folks, including Holmes's hometown crowd from Toledo. "There was no separation" among the groups, says a guest. "Everyone danced with everyone else. Victoria Beckham was dancing with someone who I think is Tom's chauffeur."

Sticking to tradition, the bride and groom cut the cake – five-tiered, white chocolate mousse, decorated with marzipan roses – and fed each other a piece, which they followed with "a big kiss on the lips," says the guest. Next, the entire group moved outside to a courtyard, where a fireworks display exploded in the night fog to classical music. "It was a wall of lights cascading down from the balconies like water," says actress Leah Remini. "It was so beyond what your mind could compute."

That wasn't the grand finale. Following the fireworks, guests moved into another castle hall decorated "like this sexy black-and-white nightclub," says Remini. With deejay Mark Ronson spinning tunes, "everyone was dancing all night," she says. "Tom and Katie were dancing in the middle of the crowd." At one point, Cruise sang along with the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" (the same one he croons in Top Gun!). Katie "was completely touched – laughing, loving him and enjoying him," says Remini. At another point, "everyone was dancing, and a Jennifer Lopez song came on, and then J.Lo started singing live in the center," says a guest. At 3:30 a.m., Tom, Katie, Connor and Bella were still partying. "It was the perfect night," says another guest, "a crescendo to the whole beautiful wedding experience."


Dad gave Suri a lift to restaurant Nino, where guests dined on Italian classics such as buffalo mozzarella and gnocchi.

For the bride and groom, the experience began on Nov. 13, when they hit Rome and decamped to the luxe Hotel Hassler (where the Presidential Suite runs $4,200) to await the arrival of family and friends. On Nov. 16, the Tom and Katie Wedding Express took off with a dinner for 120 guests at cozy eatery Nino, a favorite of Cruise's. While celebrants dined on ravioli with white truffles, baby Suri "spent most of the evening in her parents' laps," says head chef Camillo Colanieri. "No truffles for her – only a bottle of milk."

The next night Katie's parents, Martin and Kathleen, hosted a rehearsal dinner at the 17th-century Villa Aurelia. Martin Holmes offered a toast to his new son-in-law, and Cruise's mother, Mary Lee South, "welcomed the Holmeses into her family," says a guest. "She said, 'I've never seen Tom so happy!' "


Tom's kids Isabella and Connor visited Katie's parents at the St. Regis Grand hotel before getting party-ready.

Beyond the official celebrations, the bar at the Hassler was home to a nightly afterparty scene that could be described as Incredibly Famous People Just Chillin'. One night it was Lopez and Shields swapping stories about their first dates with their husbands; another night David Beckham cradled Suri's head while chatting with proud dad Cruise. Hanging in the bar in the early hours of Nov. 17, Cruise briefly spoke with a visiting New Jersey couple celebrating their 30th anniversary, offering his congratulations and telling them, "I hope we make it to that point."

Those who celebrated with them have no doubts. "From the second I met her and saw him looking at her and her looking back at him, I knew," says Remini. "This is a couple that really do love each other." With the sposini novelli (newlyweds) now honeymooning in the Maldive islands in the Indian Ocean, "they're probably still up!" said Remini the day after the wedding. "They can party, man! They party like nobody I have ever seen."

• By Michelle Tauber, Anne Marie Cruz and Michelle Tan. Sara Hammel, Peter Mikelbank, Pete Norman, Simon Perry, Courtney Rubin and Silvia Sansoni in Rome and Elizabeth Leonard and Alexis Chiu in Los Angeles

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Posted 12/1/06 at 11:00am ET
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes return from Maldives honeymoon

 
 

Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and Baby Suri at Male International Airport in the Maldives.

From sawfnews.com: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have returned from their honeymoon in the exotic Maldives islands. The couple got married, according to Scientology rites, on November 18, 2006 in a high profile wedding at a 15th-century Odescalchi castle near Rome and arrived in the Maldives the next day.

The honeymoon, largely spent island hopping in Tom's friend James Packer's boat, The Arctic P, was marred by rain.

On their return, the couple arrived at the Male International Airport in the Maldives with baby Suri at 7 am. Tom was dressed casually with trainers while Katie was wearing a pair of Victoria Beckham white jeans. Tom flew home with his family in his private Gulfstream jet, which was at the airport.

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Posted 12/5/06 at 1:00am ET
Katie Holmes’ Wedding Dress took 350 Hours to Sew

From ECanadaNow.com: Katie Holmes’ wedding dress was so detailed it took 350 hours just to sew on the crystals.

The ‘Batman Begins’ actress, who married Tom Cruise in Italy last month, wore a tailor-made Armani gown which took a team of seamstresses hours to make.

Designer Giorgio Armani told Grazia magazine: “It took over 350 hours just to sew on the embroidered Swarovski crystals and beading that covered the entire dress. It was all done by hand.

“The veil alone required 70 hours of work with 100 metres of crinoline and 30 metres of tulle!”

Armani also admitted he had to convince the groom to wear a traditional tuxedo on his big day.

The designer explained: “For Tom, I designed a dark, handmade-to-measure tuxedo, so the fit and shape was perfect. But he preferred a non-traditional tux. In America they use a tuxedo, but in Italy the suit is used more often. In the end he wore a normal white shirt - not a tuxedo shirt - and changed for the reception into a darker suit.”

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Posted 2/10/07 at 6:00pm ET
Pillow talk with a difference for Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise


The wedding kooshn for Katie Homes and Tom Cruise commissioned by a close friend of the couple and designed by Vivien Prideaux.

From Easier.com: Aside from a $20m aeroplane and a Vacheron Constantin watch reputed to have been the wedding gifts bestowed on one another by Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, among the more unusual presents was a beautifully crafted handmade wedding pillow.

Commissioned by a close friend of the couple for their special day, the pillow was designed and created by Cornwall-based professional dyer and embroiderer, Vivien Prideaux, who will be making her exhibition debut this Spring at the Country Living Magazine’s Spring Fair in London (14-18 March 2007).

With 28 years of dyeing, embroidering, tutoring, lecturing and writing to her name, Vivien’s passion and commitment to textiles and colour has taken her all over the world, from Russia and Siberia to India and Japan. She talks about the unusual request which brought about the ‘KT’ wedding pillow.

“I received a letter in the post back in November 2006 signed by a ‘Great Aunt Jessica’, requesting that I make one of my wedding ‘kooshns’ for the newlyweds, along with an international money order for payment.”

Vivien promptly set to work on the Kooshn, which involved three and a half days of intensive dyeing, washing, drying, stitching, pleating, clamping and embroidering. It also involved an unusual process known as ‘Shibori’, the inventive art of Japanese shaped resist dyeing.

“I worked on the fabric before I dyed it,” continues Vivien. “Generally it takes about a day to prepare the fabric for indigo dyeing, and then it’s a case of dyeing it five to six times to achieve the right depth of blue.

“I dyed Katie and Tom’s kooshn in tea following the Shibori process, then treated it to give the velvet a lacy appearance. More washing, drying and further treatment finally brought about precisely the look I was trying to create for the top fabric – champagne bubbles - it was gorgeous!”

The champagne bubbles velvet was laid over gold lurex fabric backed by wadding and cotton fabric, soon followed by the surface embroidery of hearts, giving a deep quilted effect. “I didn’t really know what to do for the embroidery,” she confesses. “It’s strange when you think about your product being held and hugged by people on the covers of magazines! In the end I opted for their initials in a simple but classic design, using metallic gold machine thread.”

For the inside, Vivien used a cambric pillow filled with goose down. “When it was finished I packaged it up and sent it off to Hollywood,” she explains.

Vivien was delighted to have been asked to make Katie and Tom’s kooshn, but, being no stranger to celebrity commissions, was far from star struck by the experience. “I’ve designed individual commissions, one-off items bought by private collectors, members of the Royal Family and ‘Fabindia’, the ethical Indian clothing company.

And if it’s quirky you’re after, Vivien’s your artist. Three years ago she dyed an entire flock of sheep multi-coloured, as part of an installation called ‘Art in the ‘Lambscape”, an exhibition celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Cornwall Craft Association.

Amid the picturesque setting of the historic town of Fowey where she lives, the artist is now focusing on creating beautiful pieces for the collection she will launch at the Country Living Fair in London in March, also renowned as a favourite hang out for many a London celebrity - previous visitors have included Helena Bonham Carter and Kate Garraway. “I’m taking a new range of hand dyed, decorative and domestic textiles incorporating natural, sustainable and synthetic dyes, shibori resists, printing and embroidery. The collection will include everything from bags and ‘dragon’ coats in linens and kimono silks, to cushions and framed art works in velvets, cashmere and hand woven hemp. Naturally I shall also be taking commissions for embroidered wedding kooshns!”

The Country Living Magazine Spring Fair takes place from 14 – 18 March 2007 at the Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1. For further information and to book tickets, call 08701 261800 or log onto countrylivingfair.com.

Tickets purchased on the door are priced at adult: £14.00, Gala Evening: £12.00, Gala & Sunday Shop: £17.00, child (5-16): £7.50, OAP: £10.50 and under 5s: free. Tickets purchased in advance are priced at adult: £10.50, Country Living subscriber adult: £9.50, Gala Evening: £10.50, Gala & Sunday Shop £14.50, child (5-16): £6.00, OAP: N/A and under 5s: free.

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