Nicole Kidman married Keith Urban on June 25, 2006 at Cardinal Ceretti Memorial Chapel in Manly, Australia, just outside of Sydney. Over 200 guests were in attendance for the tearful vows, including Russell Crowe, Naomi Watts and Hugh Jackman.
The bride arrived at the church in a vintage Rolls-Royce, waving to onlookers who had crowded in the streets. Organist Gerard Patterson played Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus,” as Kidman walked down the aisle on the arm of her father. She wore a silk-chiffon gown by Nicolas Ghesquière for Balenciaga paired with diamond and pearl earrings by Fred Leighton. One ivory rose rested behind her loose curls, which matched her bridal bouquet of white roses and gardenias arranged by florist Simone Gooch of Grandiflora.
Antonia Hawley, sister of the bride, served as matron of honor. Daughter of the bride, Isabella Cruise, was a bridesmaid.
The church, located on the campus of St. Patrick’s Estate, was filled with more than 1,000 flickering white candles. The one-hour Catholic service was officiated by Kidman’s family priest, Father Paul Coleman.
During the ceremony, the mothers of the couple lit a unity candle and “Moulin Rouge” director Baz Luhrmann read a Joy Crowley psalm about love. After being pronounced husband and wife, the newlyweds walked up the aisle to Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” and ringing church bells. Guests showered them with white rose petals.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held in an adjoining tent filled with red roses, red carpet and red carnations strung from crystal chandeliers. Guests feasted on a menu prepared by chef Luke Mangan. It included pumpkin ravioli, grain-fed beef with salsa verde and poached Tasmanian salmon. For dessert, Sweet Art Bakery created a three-tier raspberry and mascarpone wedding cake, with rose scented raspberry syrup and organic rose petals.
The couple shared their first dance to “At Last” by Etta James but broke into the more upbeat “You Just Like Me ‘Cos I’m Good In Bed,” by the Skyhooks, in the middle. Several musical performances followed, including an Australian tune sung by Hugh Jackman, a song by former Crowded House singer Neil Finn, and a set by the 16-piece Sydney All-Star Big Band.
The highlight of the night came when the groom serenaded his bride with his hit “Making Memories of Us.”
At the end of the evening, guests took home Tiffany & Co. desk clocks engraved with “A Moment in Time, June 25, 2006, Nicole & Keith.”