Nicole’s romantic gift
Keith Urban told friends he and Nicole Kidman had “nothing special” planned ahead of his 50th birthday. But little did he know, his lovely wife, together with the couple’s daughters Sunday, nine, and six-year-old Faith, had cooked up the perfect birthday surprise. Nicole asked Keith to marry her – again!
“Nicole wanted to do something special for Keith for his 50th, and she knew popping the question and proposing a second wedding would make him smile,” a source close to the pair tells Woman’s Day of the moment the actress
revealed her plan to him on his birthday, October 26. “She told friends afterwards that it’s something she’d been planning for months.”
With family first and foremost in the couple’s life, Woman’s Day has learned Nicole chose Hawaii, where she was born, as the idyllic destination for their romantic second wedding. Not only have they travelled there on numerous occasions, but in April, Keith reportedly bought Nicole’s childhood home as a surprise for her own 50th birthday.
It’s also believed that he calls his wife Hokulani, the Hawaiian name she was given after her birth, as a term of endearment. “It means heavenly star,” the actress has explained.
While their first wedding, on June 25, 2006, was a huge affair in Sydney with a big bridal party and A-list guests, Nicole and Keith want to keep things far less flashy the second time around.
They plan to return to Hawaii with a small group of family and friends in attendance. For now, the date and the exact location are being kept under wraps, but Nicole is said to be busy planning the perfect day.
She’s making it all very personal – from the cake to her dress, which will be far more casual than the gown she wore to her first wedding – and she’s writing her own vows, which will no doubt be incredibly heartfelt and emotional.
Having celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary this year, Nicole and Keith both believe now is the perfect time to renew their vows.
“She’s hoping this second wedding will only make them stronger,” says a friend, adding that Nicole knows all the ups and downs they’ve faced have brought them closer together. “She wants the day to be even more special than their first wedding – especially as their girls will be there too.”
Despite regular whispers over the state of their union, our insider insists the couple are enjoying some of the best years of their marriage. Nicole has been particularly effusive about her husband in recent times, calling him “the
greatest man in the world” in a social media post on his birthday.
“Keith always says to me, ‘You stay raw and sensitive, and I’ll buffer things for you,’ which is a beautiful offering,” she revealed in an interview just days later. “He is always told, ‘You’re so tough.’ And he says, ‘That’s not what I want for you, Nicole. You don’t need to get a thick skin.’”
The Aussie star says she’s delighted she and Keith can set a shining example of a strong, loving partnership for their girls. “My big passion is just my family ... my love,” she has said. “My daughter said to me, ‘You and Daddy kiss all the time.’ I thought, ‘That’s such a fantastic thing for your daughter to say to you.’”
The icing on the cake! Devoted Nicole is set to celebrate Keith’s milestone with a second wedding.
Sunday (left) and Faith will be joining their folks in Hawaii for the big day. “We are so lucky that you are ours,” Nicole posted on Keith’s 50th.