Stars turn out for Cruise's Scientology wedding

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes staged the celebrity wedding of the year tonight as the Hollywood pair tied the knot at a star-studded ceremony.

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes staged the celebrity wedding of the year tonight as the Hollywood pair tied the knot at a star-studded ceremony.

The couple exchanged vows in front of a host of A-list stars including David and Victoria Beckham, Brooke Shields, Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez, Jim Carrey and Will Smith who flew into Italy for the event.

The Scientology ceremony was held at a 15th-century Italian lakeside castle in Bracciano near Rome amid tight security and was followed by a lavish reception.

The bride and groom wore outfits by Giorgio Armani for the wedding and the actress gave her husband a Vacheron Constantin watch engraved simply “I Love You”.

Holmes wore a fitted off-the-shoulder bridal gown with a train in ivory silk cadis adorned in Valenciennes lace and Swarovski beaded crystal embrodery, and Cruise also wore a handmade, Armani tuxedo.

Cruise publicist Arnold Robinson said the ceremony was performed by a Scientology minister before more than 150 relatives and friends.

The newlyweds are both Scientologists and weddings within the religion are said to often include a reminder to the groom to provide the bride with “clothes and food and tender happiness and frills, a pan, a comb, perhaps a cat“.

Elements of a traditional ceremony are present like exchanging rings and vows.

But they also include certain Scientology fundamentals like vowing never to go to bed without communicating about any differences.

Italian singer Andrea Bocelli performed a song for the newlyweds following their nuptials.

Throughout the day a fleet of cars ferried the celebrities to the castle past hundreds of local residents and as many media camped in the Italy town.

After a whirlwind romance the couple got engaged in June last year at the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

In September they showed off their new baby Suri, scotching rumours that their relationship was a publicity stunt.

But Cruise, 44, found his declarations of love for Holmes, 2, backfired when he was sacked by Viacom boss Sumner Redstone, who accused him of “creative suicide” with his outlandish behaviour.

The Hollywood megastar has been married twice before, to Mimi Rogers and Nicole Kidman, with whom he adopted two children.

Footballer Beckham’s decision to attend the lavish event appears to have incurred the wrath of his Real Madrid bosses.

Manager Fabio Capello said he had ordered the former England captain to remain in Spain, but the soccer star jetted to Italy.

The Beckhams have grown close to Cruise and Holmes in recent months, with Victoria even helping the bride-to-be pick her dress.

A spokesman for the Church of Scientology for Rome, Fabrizio D’Agostino, said an exchange of vows with a Scientology rite was not legally recognised in Italy, and would have to be preceded or followed by a civil union.

Bracciano Mayor Patrizia Riccioni said her office had not received a request to celebrate a civil wedding.

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