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Last Updated: Monday, 7 April, 2003, 17:09 GMT 18:09 UK
Sunset wedding for Crowe
Russell Crowe
The wedding took place in a chapel at Crowe's ranch
Actor Russell Crowe has married girlfriend Danielle Spencer in an evening ceremony at his ranch in Australia.

The bride was whisked to the ceremony in a motorcade of two black Mercedes, a black pick-up truck and two police cars, led by three motorcyclists in waistcoats.

Spencer, 32, wore a cream wedding dress and white veil designed by Giorgio Armani, who was at the ceremony.

About 80 guests attended the ceremony at Crowe's estate near Coff's Harbour, halfway between Sydney and Brisbane in New South Wales.

The guest list was mainly family, with a few well-known names joining the celebrations.

Ridley Scott, who directed the movie Gladiator for which Crowe won a best actor Oscar in 2001, was the best-known guest.

He was joined by cricket hero Shane Warne, businessman Peter Holmes a Court and New Zealand singer Wendy Matthews, who sang The Water Is Wide during the ceremony.

US President George W Bush, media magnate Kerry Packer, singers Sting and Elton John, and actress Catherine Zeta Jones sent messages of goodwill.

Bride Danielle Spencer (rear car) was driven in a motorcade
The bride (rear car) was driven in a motorcade
Members of Crowe's rock band 30 Odd Foot of Grunts were present for the service, held on Crowe's 39th birthday.

The nuptials were held inside a renovated chapel on Crowe's estate.

Spencer, an actress and singer, waved and smiled at the waiting paparazzi as she drove onto the property.

"She's a princess," said one fan as some 30 locals cheered her arrival on Monday afternoon.

'Sacre Crowe' basilica

The bride was clad in a floor-length figure-hugging satin Armani dress with a plunging back, high split and tiny straps.

The gown was entirely covered by cream-coloured Valencien lace embroidered with ivory and silver pearls. Completing the look was a translucent organza veil and satin sandals.

Crowe was dressed in a morning suit consisting of a light black wool jacket, black single-breasted waistcoat with five buttons, white shirt and black bow tie.

The chapel - which cost A$240,000 ($142,000, 92,200) - was first used for the wedding of Crowe's brother Terry last year.

The basilica, with images from a variety of faiths, has been dubbed "Sacre Crowe" by the media.

Celebrations got under way over the weekend as the Crowe and Spencer families played a game of cricket on Saturday, with Crowe's team emerging victorious.

'No-fly zone'

During the week, Crowe tried and failed to impose a no-fly zone over the ranch. He claimed there were security fears, and was said to be concerned because of the attendance of Rick Perry, governor of the US state of Texas.

The actor also attempted to limit press intrusion.

But Crowe's publicist Wendy Day said news crews' attempts to cover the nuptials were "over the top".

Reporters and photographers had been trying to get a look at preparations for the wedding by hovering over the Oscar-winner's ranch in helicopters, Day said.

Crowe agreed to release a photograph of the wedding, and two were later given to the media.

Crowe had been dating Spencer since meeting her on the set of the film The Crossing in 1990.

They split five years later when Crowe left Australia for Hollywood.

He had a high-profile relationship with Proof of Life co-star Meg Ryan, but then returned to Spencer.

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