- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 25, 2006

Nicole, Keith say ‘I do’

Nicole Kidman yesterday married country music star Keith Urban at an Australian cliff-top chapel in an intimate ceremony attended by close family and a smattering of A-list stars, Associated Press reports.

The beaming Oscar-winning actress, 39, arrived at the Roman Catholic church in flowing white Balenciaga gown and veil, clutching a bouquet of white roses. Church bells pealed 90 minutes later, indicating the service was over.

The Gothic-style St. Patrick’s College building was dramatically floodlit for the dusk-to-evening ceremony, held in a small chapel on the compound. Guests — including Australian movie stars Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman and Naomi Watts, and media mogul Rupert Murdock — then moved to a marquee erected on the grounds for the reception.

Accompanied by her father, Antony, Miss Kidman arrived at the church in a cream Rolls Royce limousine after driving from her harborside mansion across the iconic Sydney Harbor Bridge — followed all the way by media helicopters. Isabella, the actress’s 13-year-old adopted daughter with ex-husband Tom Cruise, and her sister Antonia arrived in a separate limousine dressed as bridesmaids. Mr. Cruise and Miss Kidman’s adopted son, Connor, 11, also was expected to participate in the ceremony.

Mr. Urban, 38, who was not seen arriving at the church, reportedly was attended by his brother Shane and friend Marlon Holden.

The event was in contrast to Miss Kidman and Mr. Cruise’s marriage ceremony, which was held in private according to the rites of the Church of Scientology, to which Mr. Cruise belongs. The couple divorced in 2001 after 10 years of marriage. It is Mr. Urban’s first marriage.

News surfaced yesterday, however, that the newlyweds recently signed a prenuptial agreement that reportedly includes an escape clause for Miss Kidman should Mr. Urban revert to excessive drug or alcohol abuse, although details of such an agreement could not be confirmed. Mr. Urban, a Grammy-winner this year for best male country vocalist, has publicly acknowledged his former cocaine addiction.

Cross also a bride

In other celebrity wedding news, “Desperate Housewives” star Marcia Cross and stockbroker Tom Mahoney were married Saturday in San Gabriel, Calif., according to AP.

People magazine said about 200 guests attended the wedding at the Church of Our Savior Episcopal Parish. The children of some of Miss Cross’ closest friends served as the seven flower girls, the magazine reported.

Miss Cross, 44, and Mr. Mahoney, 48, got engaged in August.

Before being cast as Bree Van De Kamp on ABC’s “Housewives,” Miss Cross had roles on “Everwood” and “Melrose Place.”

Baby on the way

Diana Krall and husband Elvis Costello yesterday announced that they’re about to be parents. The Canadian-born jazz singer is pregnant and due in December — just in time for the couple’s third wedding anniversary.

A spokesman for the duo confirmed the pregnancy to AP.

Mr. Costello, 51, is touring with Allen Toussaint in support of their album, “The River in Reverse.” The veteran British rocker’s songs include “Veronica,” “Pump It Up” and “Alison.” The Grammy-winning Miss Krall, 41, will release a new album in September.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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