A Weeklong Wedding

Last June, it was Nicole Kidman's wedding to Keith Urban that dominated headlines Down Under for a week.

It is believed Packer and Cruise met in 1999 in Sydney, with Packer reportedly turning to Scientology following his One.Tel business fiasco in 2001 and his separation in 2002 from his first wife, model Jodhi Meares. When Packer's father, the legendary tycoon Kerry Packer, died on Dec. 26, 2005, Cruise and Holmes flew out for the memorial service. Packer and Baxter attended the TomKat wedding, with Packer loaning the newlyweds the Arctic P for their honeymoon in the Maldives.

Other anticipated guests at the Packer wedding include his mother Ros, sister Gretel and Monte Carlo-based step-grandmother Lady Florence Packer; Lachlan and Sarah Murdoch; former Nine Network chief executive officer Eddie McGuire; broadcaster Alan Jones; cricketer Shane Warne; Baxter's parents, Michael and Sheelah Baxter; her model agent Priscilla Leighton-Clarke; makeup artist Noni Smith, and close friend, model/designer Jonathan Pease, who recently cohosted "Australia's Next Top Model" alongside Packer's ex-wife.

The whole event is expected to cost an estimated 6 million Australian dollars, or about $5 million. While that's steep, it's only about half that of Packer's first wedding in 1999, attended by 700 and at which Elton John sang.

"It's very exciting and they're a lovely couple," says Leighton-Clarke, who spotted the now 29-year-old Baxter on a train station platform 15 years ago. "I know where I'm flying to, but we're being picked up and whisked off somewhere — it's a major secret. I'm sure it will all be gorgeous."
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