The couple, who boast a combined fortune of £700 million, will marry in a low-key ceremony in front of just 30 guests at Marylebone Register Office – where Sir Paul married Linda in March 1969.
Miss Shevell, 51, is independently wealthy, being heir to a haulage firm run by her father which is valued at £250 million. Although she is 18 years younger than Sir Paul, the age gap is less than the quarter of a century which separated Sir Paul from Miss Mills.
The date the couple has chosen – October 9 – is particularly poignant because it would have been John Lennon’s 71st birthday.
The couple is expected to exchange rings from Los Angeles jeweller Neil Lane, before returning to Sir Paul’s home for the reception.
A marquee had been erected on the drive of the three-storey detached property, which is hidden from the street by a 6ft wall, while an awning had been erected on the pavement at the gates to the property.
“The wedding is in keeping with the way Paul and Nancy have conducted their entire relationship – low-key, understated and fueled by goodwill. Neither of them wanted a huge fuss made and the main priority, for both, was family,” said a source close to the star, the Daily Mirror reported.
“It will be a really special, intimate ceremony followed by a fun do under a marquee in the garden. They have chosen a fairly spectacular wedding cake, and ordered a chocolate one for the younger guests. Paul’s daughter, Stella, was instrumental in helping choose an entirely vegetarian, mostly organic, three-course sit-down meal,” source added.
This will be McCartney’s third marriage. He married the late Linda Eastman in 1969, who died of breast cancer in 1998.
Four years later, he married former model Heather Mills, but it ended in a bitter split in 2006. At the time, his family had expressed their concern that he was rushing into marriage with a woman he had first met in1999, ayear after the death of Linda McCartney.
Miss Mills, who had part of one leg amuptated after she was knocked over by a police motorbike in 1993, was villified by the media and variously called a ‘gold digger’- an allegation she strongly denied – or else referred to as Lady Mucca, a label she fiercely objected to.
McCartney was introduced to Shevell by mutual friends a year later. The marriage to Miss Shevell, is being warmly welcomed. Sir Paul’s daughter Stella McCartney, who had made no secret of her dislike for Miss Mills, is understood to have designed the dress. [via The Telegraph, Daily Mail, International Business Times and ABC]