Saturday, 10 May 2008

Celebrity Wedding Locations

Hot spots where famous couples got hitched

Princess Diana & Prince Charles, July 29, 1981: The "fairytale wedding" of Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles took place at London's St. Paul's Cathedral, a departure from the traditional location of royal weddings, Westminster Abbey. Famous for its magnificent Baroque architecture by Sir Christopher Wren, St. Paul’s is notable for having survived the bombings of World War II virtually undamaged.

Michael Douglas & Catherine Zeta-Jones, Nov. 18, 2000: One of Hollywood's power couples, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones tied the knot at The Plaza Hotel, a New York City landmark that hosts numerous lavish weddings and high-society social events. After the star-studded party, Douglas and Zeta-Jones reportedly spent their wedding night in the Astor Suite, overlooking Central Park.

Madonna & Guy Ritchie, Dec. 22, 2000: Away from the prying lenses of the paparazzi, pop icon Madonna and movie director Guy Ritchie exchanged their vows at secluded Skibo Castle in the romantic Scottish Highlands. Formerly owned by Andrew Carnegie, the 200-room estate is home to one of the world’s most exclusive private clubs — the Carnegie Club. The happy couple is set to renew their wedding vows this summer in a ceremony at their estate in Wiltshire, England.

Donald Trump & Melania Knauss, Jan. 22, 2005: After a ceremony at Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Palm Beach, Fla., real-estate magnate Donald Trump and his bride Melania Knauss moved the party to Trump's world-famous Mar-a-Lago Club, an 18-acre golf resort. A National Historic Landmark, the former Marjorie Merriweather Post estate was acquired by Trump in 1985 and restored to its original splendor.

Tori Spelling & Dean McDermott, May 7, 2006: After eloping to Fiji, Hollywood couple Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott held an extremely small ceremony with no guests in attendance. The wedding for two took place on the beach of the exclusive Wakaya Club, an idyllic island hideaway. After exchanging their vows, the two reportedly built sand castles to kick off their honeymoon at the resort.

Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban, June 25, 2006: Actress Nicole Kidman and country music singer Keith Urban exchanged vows at sunset during a traditional Catholic ceremony in Sydney’s Cardinal Cerretti Chapel. The Aussie power couple’s reception was held on the grounds of the former St. Patrick's Seminary, overlooking iconic Manly beach.

Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes, Nov. 18, 2006: Since the media-darling couple was first photographed together in Rome in 2005, the ancient city was a likely spot for their wedding location. The 15th-century Odescalchi castle offered a fairy-tale setting for the highly publicized union, which brought A-list celebrities to the shores of Lake Bracciano, a short distance from Rome. After the spectacular wedding, Tom and Katie traveled to the Maldives for a dream honeymoon.

Elizabeth Hurley & Arun Nayar, March 2, 2007: A grand party at Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, India, marked the culmination of a weeklong celebration of the marriage of actress Elizabeth Hurley to businessman Arun Nayar. The couple first exchanged vows at Sudeley Castle in the English countryside, before heading to Nayar’s native India to finalize the union with a traditional Hindu ceremony.

Eva Longoria & Tony Parker, July 7, 2007: “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria became a newlywed when she and NBA champion Tony Parker were pronounced man and wife in France, the country in which Parker was raised. They exchanged vows during a Catholic wedding ceremony at the Saint Germain l'Auxerrois church across from the Louvre, which was followed by a reception at Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, a 17th-century villa on the outskirts of Paris.

Kate Walsh & Alex Young, Sept. 1, 2007: “Grey's Anatomy” star Kate Walsh and movie executive Alex Young were married in Ojai, Calif. The tranquil crescent-shaped valley just north of Los Angeles is famous for representing Shangri-La, the legendary utopia, in the classic movie "Lost Horizon". Walsh and Young’s post-ceremony reception was held at Casa Elar, a Spanish-style estate at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa.

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