Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and Lady Nancy Shevell married on Sunday 9th October at the Old Marylebone Town Hall in central London,in a simple low-keyceremony which saw just 30 close friends and family members invited.It was also the setting for the former Beatle’s marriage to his first wife, Linda Eastman, in 1969, Meanwhile outside several hundred fans and dozens of television crew and press photographers had been waiting since the early morning for the couple to arrive. No one knew when the wedding was scheduled to begin, and the fact that it was even totake place at Marylebone Town Hall was only confirmed when police arrived to clear the steps.
On the day that, coincidentally, would have marked John Lennon’s 71st birthday, the couple eventually arrived in a burgundy Lexus shortly after three o’clock, emerging together to cheers and a flurry of flashes. Ms Shevell, an American businesswoman and heir to a freight empire, wore an elegant ivory dress said to have been designed by Sir Paul’s daughter, fashion designer Stella McCartney. The only other surviving Beatle, Ringo Starr, and his wife Barbara Bach also attended, as did Sir Paul’s five children. Beatrice, his seven-year-old daughter by his second wife, Heather Mills, acted as flower girl, though her mother, Heather, whom Sir Paul divorced in 2006 , did not make the list of invitees. Ms Shevell, 51, and Sir Paul, 69, first announced their relationship in 2007, and were engaged in May this year.
The wedding was followed by a lavish reception last night in the garden of SirPaul’s St John’s Wood home, where Around 150 chairs were seen being wheeled into a specially erected marquee, as well as vast bouquets of flowers, temporary ornaments and fridges full of champagne. During the Reception Guests were served a three-course vegetarian organic meal, an acknowledgment of Paul’s first wife Linda, However The biggest treat of the night was expected to be a performance from the groom himself of a new song penned especially for the occasion, together with performances of “Let It Be”, and “Let Me Roll It”, a Wings track on which Ms Shevell is particularly keen.
The Reception was attended by, among others supermodel Kate Moss and Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood, who were also joined a host of other celebrities, including Mary and Stella McCartney and their brother, musician James McCartney, 37, as well as Paul’s former Beatle band mate Ringo Starr, 71, Artist Tracey Emin and American broadcast journalist Barbara Walters. Former model Twiggy, also attended with her husband Leigh Lawson, as did musicians Jeff Beck, who came with his wife Sandra Cash, and Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, who came with his wife, Polly Samson. Other guests included Jools Holland, Mark Ronson and his wife Joséphine de La Baume, hairstylist John Frieda and his wife Avery Agnell, actor Aaron Johnson and his older filmmaker girlfriend Sam Taylor-Wood, Sir David Frost and his wife Lady Carina Fitzalan-Howard.The couple are now expected to honeymoon in the Caribbean, and then divide theirtime between London and New York.