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Lake wedding, Rome bash

Rome, Nov. 17 (AP): Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes will most likely wed tomorrow in a Scientology ceremony held at a 15th-century Italian castle in a lakeside town near Rome, the town’s mayor said.

The wedding party, along with guests, are then expected to attend a banquet the same day in Rome, Bracciano mayor Patrizia Riccioni said.

For weeks, rumours have focused on Odescalchi castle in the sleepy town of Bracciano as the likely venue for the celebrity wedding.

Riccioni told a media conference yesterday that she had met the couple the day before somewhere outside her town, but she would not say where.

She was coy about other details, too, saying only that she expected the couple to arrive tomorrow morning at the castle, which overlooks Lake Bracciano, for what she believed would be a Scientology wedding ceremony, followed by a banquet. She said she expected the couple to return to the Italian capital the same day.

Cruise and Holmes have been staying this week at a luxury hotel near the Spanish Steps in Rome.

“I want to thank Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes for choosing this venue for such an important event,” Riccioni said, showing reporters a congratulations card she had for the couple.

“When we met, they seemed to me to be far more normal people than what I believed. I think all this secrecy depends on them wanting to keep their marriage private and intimate,” the mayor said, sparking laughter in the room filled with journalists who have been trying for days to find clues about the wedding.

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