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While the fans, paparazzi and TV crews outside Castello Odescalchi on Lake Bracciano, near Rome, tried Mission Impossible-worthy numbers to catch a glimpse of the Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes wedding, inside the castle fairytale festivities were underway.
Surrounded by 150 guests between family and friends, Cruise and Holmes tied the knot in front of a Scientology minister as the sun set behind the castle’s stone turrets.
A radiant Holmes donned an off-the-shoulder silk gown designed by Giorgio Armani. The ivory dress with a train featured a crinoline frill around the shoulders and was adorned in Valenciennes lace and Swarovski beaded crystal embroidery. An ivory tulle floor length veil completed the look.
“Katie wanted a simple, elegant dress that was rich in material with a slim silhouette. I couldn’t have been in more agreement,” Giorgio Armani told WWD exclusively. “I wanted to make it modern but at the same time, compliment that sweetness and energy she conveys.”
Cruise wore a navy blue two-button satin peak lapel handmade tuxedo with flat front trousers and matching four-button vest. The ivory silk French collar shirt matched Holmes’ wedding dress.
While Armani met Cruise in 1989 when the actor was in Milan after the filming of Rain Man, he was introduced to Holmes last year.
“She was in Milan and we met to discuss the possibility of my designing her dress. We clicked immediately,” said Armani. “Several fittings followed but the last few were in Los Angeles overseen by my niece Roberta and a team from my Giorgio Armani Privé and Giorgio Armani Hand Made to Measure ateliers.”
In 2005, Tom Cruise was on location in Rome filming Mission Impossible 3 when he asked Giorgio Armani to design his wedding attire. Shortly after Holmes came to Milan to meet the designer and plan the wedding in Italy.
For the wedding reception, Holmes slipped into an asymmetric champagne Giorgio Armani Privé evening dress of silk organza decorated in Swarovski crystal beads. The groom wore a two-button navy blue suit also made by Armani.
Their fingers sparkle with white gold and diamond Cartier wedding bands.