Australia called it their own royal wedding when country superstar Keith Urban and Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman were married Sunday (June 25) at Cardinal Cerretti Memorial Chapel at St. Patrick’s College in Manly, a suburb of Sydney.
Following their honeymoon, rumored to be in Fiji and Bora Bora, the couple will live in Nashville, where Urban has a home.
“Nicole looked amazing,” a source who attended the wedding told me. “She cried throughout the ceremony, and Keith wept when Nicole came down the aisle. It was quite beautiful and very emotional.”
Scores of photographers and journalists, dozens of security guards and police officers, four helicopters and thousands of well-wishers from around the world gathered outside the chapel.
The bride’s gown was an ivory empire line silk organza and lace designed by Nicolas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga, Kidman’s favorite designer. A long veil covered her blonde curls. She carried a bouquet of white roses.
Escorted by her father Antony, Kidman’s sister Antonia was matron of honor. Kidman’s 13-year-old daughter Isabella served as bridesmaid, and her niece Lucia was flower girl. The bridal party arrived in two cream-colored vintage Rolls-Royces with clear glass windows decked in white ribbons.
When onlookers screamed to Kidman, “You are beautiful,” she answered back, “You are all beautiful!”
Urban was handsome in his black tuxedo with a white vest and a white rose in his lapel. He arrived at 5 p.m. in a silver BMW with his brother Shane Urban, who served as best man. Six minibuses carrying Urban’s parents and family and Kidman’s mother Janelle arrived 15 minutes earlier. His dad Bob wore a black suit with ruffled shirt and a black bow tie while mom Marienne was dressed in an olive suit.
The chapel was small and beautifully decorated with thousands of lighted candles and white lilies and white orchids. The ceremony was simple, elegant and very intimate. “So much so it seemed ethereal to the 230 invited guests,” my source told me. Father Paul Coleman, a longtime friend of Kidman’s family, married the couple.
At 6:25 p.m., the bells of the chapel tolled for five minutes to signal the couple were married.
According to my source, “The reception was an amazing tented area of the church with chandeliers and carpet flooring. They had a big band, part of the symphony — think Lawrence Welk — for dancing.”
An opera singer performed during the wedding ceremony. During the reception, Urban accompanied himself on guitar and serenaded his new bride with “Making Memories of Us,” his No. 1 hit written by Rodney Crowell.
“It was very special,” said my friend. “I’m so glad that I was able to be a part of it.”
Several of Urban’s friends and business associates from Nashville attended the wedding, but it wasn’t an easy journey for some of them. Capitol Records Nashville president Mike Dungan and wife Jane boarded a plane in Nashville but kept running into flight delays because of bad weather. As a result, it took them 54 hours to arrive — and the airline lost their luggage. They had to buy clothes to wear to the wedding after they arrived in Sydney.
Other from Capitol attended the ceremony included Fletcher Foster, Joanna Carter, Emma Grandillo and Dennis Johnson. Gary Borman, the groom’s personal manager, and Borman Entertainment’s Betsy Cook were in attendance. Two of Urban’s co-writers — Darrell Brown and Monty Powell — made the trip, as did Urban’s attorney Ansel Davis, Universal South Records executive Tony Brown and wife Anastasia Brown, who was Urban’s former manager. The guest list also included business manager Mary Ann McCready and husband Roy Wunsch, record producer Dann Huff, recording engineer Justin Niebank, band member Chris McHugh, guitar tech Steve Law, booking agent Darin Murphy, hair and makeup stylist Deborah Wingo and music publisher Joe Fisher.