KIDMAN’S SENSE AND SENSIBILITY: For wedding number one to Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman married in a hush-hush ceremony, into a church few understand and a long way from home. Little wonder then perhaps why she opted to shout out to the world with the full-on bridal fantasy Sunday in Sydney when it came to wedding number two to Keith Urban, with the veil, the froufrou and a 50-strong media pack, seven security guards, 12 police, a score of well-wishers and four circling choppers — and that was just the throng camped outside her Darling Point home.

The entire bridal party was kitted out in Balenciaga: four custom-fit adaptations, apparently, of the rococo-esque silk organza eveningwear from Nicolas Ghesquière‘s spring summer 2006 collection for the Paris fashion house. Opting for Jane Austen romance, Kidman wore a one-shouldered, Empire line ivory silk organza and lace sheath with asymmetric, micropleated puff on one shoulder and cascades of silk tulle for a veil — the latter so voluminous it filled the backseat of the ivory vintage Rolls Royce in which she left home with father Antony. The veil later doubled as a train down the aisle of the Cardinal Cerretti Memorial Chapel at Manly Beach. Hair was by Kerry Warn, makeup by Angela Levin and shoes by Christian Louboutin.

The Balenciaga bridesmaids — sister Antonia, daughter Isabella and niece Lucia — giggled and waved from the back of their own vintage Rolls, ensconced in yet more frothy ivory silk organza, lace and tulle, this time with soupçons of salmon pink. The bouquets were fresh posies of white roses; the jewelry, strands and drop earrings of pearls; with white rose buttonholes for the groomsmen. Reportedly, Kidman cried all the way to the church and down the aisle and as she drove past an estimated additional 1,000 fans gathered outside the wedding venue, with children calling out to tell her how beautiful she looked.

Kidman was overheard calling back to them: “You are all beautiful.”

This story first appeared in the June 26, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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