HONEY LOON; EXCLUSIVE the Weird Wedding of Mr and Mrs Cruise Tom Takes Scientologist Best Man Away to Maldives Pounds 5.3m Ceremony Follows Their 'Official' Wedding in LA ..and the Fireworks Weren't Much Cop

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HONEY LOON; EXCLUSIVE the Weird Wedding of Mr and Mrs Cruise Tom Takes Scientologist Best Man Away to Maldives Pounds 5.3m Ceremony Follows Their 'Official' Wedding in LA ..and the Fireworks Weren't Much Cop


Byline: GRAHAM BROUGH in Rome

TOM Cruise yesterday took his best man on honeymoon with him and new wife Katie Holmes after their lavish but bizarre wedding in Italy.

The 44-year-old star was allegedly spotted hopping on a private jet to the Maldives with senior Scientologist David Miscavige, 46, as other boozed-up guests headed for the US.

Cruise and Katie, 27, were already at Rome's Ciampino airport with the cult boss at 6am after leaving the pounds 5.3million lakeside ceremony in a medieval castle at Bracciano - laid on by owner Princess Maria Pace Odescalchi. The last of the guests left at 3am.

The couple, who had already tied the knot in an official ceremony at Los Angeles, were wearing overcoats in a military zone.

One official at VIP flight handlers Universal, who provided the jets, said: "There must have been 50 of his friends and family here early this morning, a lot of them still drunk.

"Tom, Katie and friends including the Scientologist best man left for the Maldives and the rest left on other aircraft to LA, Detroit and New York. They looked tired and tipsy and some were noisy."

One of the last to leave the 11-hour party at castle Odeleschi was 36-year-old heiress Princess Maria.

Cruise forked out the pounds 5.3million for her to put on the weird Scientology event -despite already tying the knot in LA.

A member of her staff told how the cash went on the three days of partying in Rome that led up to the event, the cake, costumes, food and booze, security and limos. Other luxuries included a red carpet stretching 130 metres over lawns and steps into the castle, a cascade of rose petals falling on the 150 guests, gold and diamond Cartier wedding rings and 6,000 red and white roses decorating rooms and among the silver place settings.

Cruise and Katie were kitted out in Giorgio Armani outfits as was their baby daughter Suri.

Page boys were ordered to shave and have sunbed sessions to look good for the magazine pictures. Guest Brooke Shields described the event as "wonderful" as she stumbled back to her hotel in Rome.

She added: "It was more than we could have ever imagined."

Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez and Jim Carrey were also among the celebrity guests.

Katie's father Martin walked her down the aisle. She carried a bouquet of flowers made by Armani, whose niece Roberta helped organise the event.

One guest said: "When she looked at Tom the biggest smile came over her face. It was incredible. Suddenly everyone started clapping. I've never seen anything happen like that at a wedding before."

Scientology "auditors" or advisers were even sprinkled among guests, serving up their views on life along with the champagne.

The couple will have taken the marriage vows laid down by the secretive church, which include pledging to resolve any arguments before going to sleep.

There is a passage that says "young girls need dresses, food, affectionate happiness, little details, pots, little combs. perhaps even a cat". But it is not known whether the vow was included in their service.

Armani said the 20-minute ceremony ended with a "never-ending kiss" that had some cringing guests yelling: "Stop, stop."

Cruise and Katie's LA publicist Arnold Robinson confessed after the party that they had already wed in a civil service.

In a statement, he said the couple had "officialised their marriage" before flying to Italy for the second ceremony. The sparkling party and wedding may have impressed the celeb guests, but locals were less than happy, complaining that the couple had blanked them despite turning out in the pouring rain to get a glimpse of Tom and Katie.

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