Sydney (Reuters): Church bells rang to mark Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman's own special love story when she married country music singer Keith Urban in a traditional Catholic ceremony at a cliff-top chapel in Sydney today. Police and private security guards held back hundreds of well-wishers and international media as Kidman arrived for the twilight ceremony at a sandstone chapel set on a sprawling estate overlooking Sydney Harbour and the Pacific Ocean. Kidman beamed and waved as she arrived in a convoy of cream Rolls Royce wedding cars just before 5:30 p.m. (1300 hrs IST). Church bells pealed across the estate about an hour later, with local media reporting the ceremony had been completed. Calls to Kidman's publicists seeking confirmation were not immediately returned.
Kidman, 39, wore an elegant ivory-coloured dress, reportedly designed by French fashion house Balenciaga, and sheer veil and carried a simple posy of white roses. Helicopters buzzed overhead as Kidman drove from her ritzy Sydney harbourside home. Well-wishers and photographers got within arms-reach of her car as she arrived for the wedding. Australian television reported that Kidman's friends, Oscar winner Russell Crowe and Broadway and film star Hugh Jackman, were among the guests. Jackman, set to star beside Kidman in an upcoming World War Two movie directed by Baz Luhrmann, was to sing at the service and a string quartet also played.
''It's a very special love story,'' Luhrmann, who directed Kidman in the Oscar-winning movie ''Moulin Rouge'', said of the wedding. Kidman was given away by her father Antony, a prominent Sydney psychologist. Her sister Antonia, 13-year-old daughter Isabella and niece Lucia were in the bridal party and her 11-year-old son Connor was an usher. Songwriter and former Crowded House singer Neil Finn was also among guests and was reportedly to sing at the reception, to be held in a white marquee built off the Gothic-style central building in the former seminary. Media have speculated that Grammy-winner Urban, who arrived more inconspicuously in a blue four-wheel drive vehicle, would serenade Kidman with his hit ''I Want to Be Your Everything''.
Kidman's friend, King Kong star Naomi Watts, also travelled to Sydney for the wedding. Other guests, sworn to secrecy in the days leading up to the ceremony, were ferried in a convoy of buses from a luxury city hotel to the Cardinal Cerretti Memorial Chapel. Kidman, who won a Academy Award for her role in the 2002 film The Hours, had a very public divorce from actor Tom Cruise in 2001, ending a 10-year marriage. They have remained friends, sharing custody of their two adopted children.
Father Paul Coleman, a Jesuit priest who was to perform the ceremony, has said Kidman, 39, and Urban, 38, have a ''mature love'', which has impressed him. Coleman said he had told them to ''make time for each other, do romantic things together and never part without kissing''.
Kidman and Urban, both Australians but born overseas, met in January 2005 at an awards dinner held by the Australian government in Los Angeles honouring the two of them. Their every move has been tracked by the media over the past week, with paparazzi camped outside Kidman's home. ''I'm so happy,'' Kidman told reporters before a quiet dinner with her parents yesterday. Urban spent the last night before his first marriage at what was described as a ''sedate'' buck's night at a trendy city bar.
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