Bracciano, Italy - In a fairy-tale setting, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes exchanged wedding vows Saturday in a glowing 15th-century castle in this medieval lakeside town . . . .All the "big names" were there:
Oil-fed torches and tiny candles flickered from the battlements and windows of the Odescalchi castle as the couple and fellow celebrities gathered for the ceremony in the town about 27 miles northwest of Rome.
One of the guests was the couple's daughter, 7-month-old Suri, who was dressed in white and arrived in her mother's arms.
Holmes wore a black dress and boots before she changed into a Giorgio Armani gown for the ceremony. Cruise came from Rome, where the family had been staying in a luxury hotel near the Spanish Steps, in a van and, sporting dark shades, waved to fans.
When the groom drove up, Holmes, anxiously gesturing with a hand, watched from a castle window.
Oh, and the wedding "was expected to be a Scientology ceremony" (must be one of those before-the-fact stories). If you're wondering what that might entail, helpful reporter Maria Sanminiatelli elucidates:
Other VIPs driven through the castle gates included Brooke Shields, Richard Gere [and friends], Jennifer Lopez, Jim Carrey and Roberta Armani, the designer's niece.
Scientology's marriage philosophy is the bastard son of a hundred lousy sitcoms. They must become paranoid (doesn't mean nobody's out to get you™, of course) just to keep from boring themselves to death.
Scientology ceremonies contain many elements of traditional weddings, including rings and vows. But they also include certain Scientology fundamentals, including vowing never to go to bed without communicating about any differences.
Update: Maria Sanminiatelli. Say it without gesturing.