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Last Updated: Sunday, 25 June 2006, 11:59 GMT 12:59 UK
Kidman marries singer Keith Urban
Photo: Cath Muscat

Actress Nicole Kidman has married her singer boyfriend Keith Urban at an evening ceremony in Sydney.

The Moulin Rouge star arrived at the cliff-top gothic church in Manly dressed in a flowing white gown and veil and clutching a posy of roses.

X-Men actor Hugh Jackman, media magnate Rupert Murdoch and King Kong actress Naomi Watts were among the guests at the service in a suburb of the city.

A statement released by the couple thanked everyone for their best wishes.

It said: "We just want to thank everone in Australia and around the world who have sent us their warm wishes."

A crowd of well-wishers gathered outside the St Patrick's estate before the wedding.

The onlookers cheered when Kidman's Rolls Royce limousine came past and had to slow down to avoid hitting anyone.

Waved

Police moved in to clear a path for the car.

Nicole Kidman
A relaxed Kidman waved to the crowds as she arrived

Kidman smiled and waved to the crowd as the car pulled into the estate of the former seminary.

The star accompanied by father Antony, arrived in a cream limousine after driving from her harbour side mansion in another part of the city - followed all the way by media helicopters.

She held a long-stemmed posy and wore drop pearl earrings and a willowy veil.

Some of the observers climbed trees and the stone wall outside the compound trying to catch a glimpse of activity inside

Guards were positioned around the church compound, which is surrounded by a stone wall and a high-wire fence.

Ninety minutes after the Oscar-winning actress entered the church its bells rang out, signalling the end of the service and the start of her marriage to Urban.

A photograph of the couple enjoying a dance at their wedding was later released showing the pair holding hands and looking relaxed.

On Saturday Urban's manager said the couple wanted "a normal wedding with their friends and family" - among them movie stars Naomi Watts and Russell Crowe.


He added: "They're both just happy to have their family around them at this time and both are really excited."

The wedding venue saw a frenzy of activity in the days before the wedding, with a marquee erected outside.

Local newspapers reported on the event with gusto, with headlines heralding "Kidmania" in Manly.

Pupils at a Catholic College opposite the Estate have erected a sign welcoming the couple.

Locals described the venue as romantic, with an atmospheric gravelled carriageway approaching the cathedral.

Engagement

Urban, 38, and Kidman, who turned 39 this week, confirmed their engagement in May.

It will be Urban's first marriage. Kidman was married to Hollywood actor Tom Cruise for a decade and adopted two children, Connor and Isabelle, with him.

Both children have travelled to Australia for the wedding.

Jesuit father Paul Coleman met the couple earlier this week to discuss their marriage, and is tipped to be conducting the wedding ceremony.

The priest said he had a "good feeling about their chances".

"You've got to rely on their maturity and knowledge of each other and I'm impressed," he told members of the Australian media.

Kidman was born in Hawaii while Urban was born in New Zealand. Both were brought up in Australia.

The actress won an Oscar in 2003 for her role as Virginia Woolf in The Hours. Recent projects include Fur, in which she plays photographer Diane Arbus, and thriller The Visiting.

Country star Urban won a Grammy Award for best male country vocal performance last year.

Asked what advice he would give the couple for their marriage, Father Coleman said: "Make time for each other, do romantic things together and never part without kissing."


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