Sir Paul returned to the same venue 42 years later to make US heiress Nancy Shevell his wife number three. The couple were greeted on the steps of the building by friends and family who covered the newlyweds in rose petals.
And the Beatles singer and songwriter looked equally as ecstatic as they waved to the crowds of fans and well wishers. “I feel absolutely wonderful,” Sir Paul said as he hugged his new bride. “I feel terrific. I feel married.”
The bride wore an elegant long-sleeved dress in ivory silk, with a single bloom in her hair and a bouquet of pink and crean tea roses.
The dress was designed by McCartney’s daughter, Stella, a star in the fashion world who also helped concoct the three-course vegetarian feast served to guests at the reception at McCartney’s home in St. John’s Wood, a property he bought in 1965, when the Beatles were topping the charts with metronomic regularity.
The bridesmaid was Sir Paul’s youngest daughter, seven-year-old Beatrice, from his marriage to Heather Mills. She arrived with the couple, wearing a floral headdress and pink princess coat.
The registrar who conducted the ceremony, Alison Cathcart, said: “I’m overjoyed to have played a part in bringing these two wonderful people together in marriage.”
Mike McCartney, Sir Paul’s younger brother, fulfilled best man duties, just as he did when the star married Linda. On that occasion, he held up the ceremony by an hour because his train was delayed. This time he arrived in plenty of time.
Two dozen guests attended the intimate ceremony on Sunday including Ringo Starr, there with his wife Barbara Bach, who came casually dressed in black jeans and trainers. George Harrison’s widow, Olivia, was there but Yoko Ono was not.
Guests who arrived at the 7pm reception included Ronnie Wood, the Rolling Stone; Jools Holland, the television presenter and musician; and Sir Peter Blake, the artist.
Twiggy was also among the guests. “I’m going to go in and give them a big kiss. I love them to bits andNancyis gorgeous,” she said.
The ceremony Sunday afternoon was everything his wedding to Heather Mills was not: simple, understated, almost matter of fact. By contrast, McCartney and Mills married in an over-the-top lavish spectacle at a remote Irish castle that was disrupted several times by news helicopters flying overhead, hoping for a glimpse of the A-list guests.
Sir Paul reportedly performed a song he composed especially for the occasion, along with Let Me Roll It, Miss Shevell’s favourite Wings record.
Shevell, who was married for more than 20 years to attorney Bruce Blakeman and serves on the board ofNew York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, is also a vice president of a lucrative New Jersey-based trucking company owned by her father.
She has stayed out of the public eye since taking up with McCartney, refraining from commenting on her relationship with the man once known as “the cute one” in the world’s most popular band.
She joined a pantheon of “Beatle wives” – each band member married more than once, and many of the unions were troubled.
John Lennon abruptly left his first wife for Yoko Ono, and Cynthia Lennon has complained in print about his abusive treatment of her and his neglect of their son, Julian.
Ringo Starr’s first marriage also ended in divorce, but he has had a long, stable union with his second wife, the actress Barbara Bach, who joined him at Sunday’s ceremony.
Harrison’s first marriage – to the model Pattie Boyd – ended in divorce when she left him for guitarist Eric Clapton. He had a long happy marriage to Olivia Harrison, who plays an important role in the recently released Martin Scorsese film about Harrison. [via The Telegraph, Daily Mail and Huff Post]