November 21, 2006 01:23am
Critics labelled the lavish ceremony a sham intended to promote the Church of Scientology.
Bracciano Mayor Patrizia Riccioni is considering taking back the honorary citizenship she offered the couple before they wed because the small village was so offended by the behaviour of Mr and Mrs Cruise.
“It would have been nice for them to stop and wave,” she said.
A Catholic priest in the village, Father Nicola Fiorentini, said the town felt insulted.
“It wasn’t a wedding at all. It was just for publicity,” he said.
The bride and groom are believed to be honeymooning in the Maldives – joined by best man David Miscavige, who is the head of Scientology in the US.
It has emerged a Scientology adviser sat at every table during the reception at the Odescalchi Castle to answer questions guests had about the unusual ceremony.
A more puzzling question has popped up in the wake of the release of the wedding photo – how is it that it appears to show Cruise, 44, looking taller than his third wife? In most photos before the wedding, Holmes appears to be taller than the Mission Impossible star.
The happy couple were seen boarding a plane about 6am (Rome time) after the wedding, sent off by wedding guests looking tipsy and still dressed in their formal attire.
Jennifer Lopez reportedly ordered 12 pizzas at her hotel after the wedding.
Hudson, Fiona (2006, 21 November) Wedding a ‘Scientology Stunt’. news.com.au. Retrieved 21 November 2006 from http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,20793606-2,00.html