Paul McCartney Marries Nancy Shevell
Paul McCartney walked down the aisle for the third time on Sunday to wed New York business woman and heiress Nancy Shevell. The ceremony took place at London’s Westminster registry office at The Old Marylebone Town Hall. The venue is the same place that McCartney married his late wife, Linda, who tragically passed in 1998 of breast cancer. Prior to the wedding, the couple received a blessing at a local synagogue on Saturday evening as part of Shevell’s Jewish religion. The couple wed after four years of dating.
Sunday October 9, the day of the nuptuals, coincides with the date of John Lennon’s birthday. Lennon, McCartney’s former band mate, would have been 71 on the day of the ceremony.
Among the guests at the intimate ceremony were Ringo Starr, McCartney’s former bandmate, Starr’s wife Barbara Bach, and Barbara Walters, a relative of Shevell’s who is rumored to have played a role in the introduction of McCartney and Shevell.
McCartney’s daughter, fashion designer Stella McCartney was also in attendance for the ceremony. Monique Jessen of People magazine reports that both McCartney and Shevell wore outfits designed by Stella McCartney for the big day. The bride wore a long-sleeved white gown, and a white flower in her hair. McCartney wore a blue suit for the occasion.
Paul McCartney’s brother Mike was the best man, while his seven year old daughter Beatrice was the flower girl. Beatrice is McCartney’s daughter with his ex wife, model Heather Mills. Sunday’s ceremony was a much more intimate and much less lavish affair than his marriage to Mills in 2002, where the ceremony took place in an Irish castle and guests sipped on expensive vintage Cristal and Laurent Perrier champagne. McCartney’s wedding to Shevell is estimated to have cost £50,000 (approximately $68,300 USD), whereas his 2002 wedding reportedly cost a whopping £1.5million (approximately $2,048,700 USD).
The wedding reception was held at McCartney’s Paul’s St. John’s Wood home. Model and fashion icon Twiggy, model Kate Moss, Olivia Harrison, widow of former Beatles band member George Harrison, and Ronnie Wood of Rolling Stones were amongst the estimated 120 guests in attendance. The New York Post reports that McCartney performed a special original tune that he’d created for the bride, as well as “Let it Be”, and the Wings song “Let Me Roll it” one of Shevell’s favorites. Mark Ronson DJed the reception.
McCartney and Shevell announced their engagement earlier this year in May. This is Shevell’s second marriage.