Saturday, November 18, 2006
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes exchanged wedding vows Saturday in a glowing 15th-century castle in this medieval lakeside town.
Cruise's publicist, Arnold Robinson, confirmed that the evening ceremony had taken place and said he would release details later. It was expected to be a Scientology ceremony.
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.
Holmes wore a black dress and boots before she changed into a Giorgio Armani gown for the ceremony.
Cruise came from Rome, where the family had been staying in a luxury hotel near the Spanish Steps. He arrived 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 driven through the castle gates included Brooke Shields, Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez, Jim Carrey and Roberta Armani, the designer's niece.
People magazine also reported that Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, came to the castle. And "Entertainment Tonight" said Italian singer Andrea Bocelli serenaded the couple after the ceremony.
Pouring rain forced Holmes and her daughter to take shelter under large, green umbrellas as they left their limousine. But the sun was shining on the castle when Cruise arrived, with some fans shouting, "Tom, Tom!"
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.
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.
Security was tight, with Carbinieri paramilitary police patrolling the walls of the castle and all vehicles banned from the center of Bracciano.