Aw, there's nothing that warms Grazia Daily's heart quite like a wedding. So how happy are we to see Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell tie the knot this weekend in an intimate ceremony? Well, very. Holding hands, the Beatle and his bride emerged from Old Marylebone Town Hall in central London yesterday through a cloud of confetti to greet cheering fans. 'I feel absolutely wonderful,' Sir Paul said as he raised his bride's hand in triumph before the couple headed to a star-studded reception at his nearby mansion.
Nancy looked gorgeously elegant and enviably youthful in a long-sleeved, knee-length ivory dress designed, naturallement, by Stella McCartney. The 51-year-old American heiress teamed her simple dress with silver peep-toe sandals and wore a delicate ivory flower in her brunette hair, which was left loose in a K-Middy stylee. Meanwhile, the groom - married for the third time - wore a dark blue suit and tie, also created by his designer daughter. And keeping it in the family, his seven-year-old daughter Beatrice, from his second marriage to Heather Mills, acted as the adorable bridesmaid.
As for the rings, the pair exchanged designs from LA jeweller Neil Lane. The bride was given a vintage-style diamond eternity band encrusted with five carats of square cut diamonds set in platinum to sit alongside her £400,000 engagement sparkler.
Paul and Nancy's ceremony cost a reported £1,500 and before the service, they asked their 30 guests if they would 'politely refrain' from sharing their pictures on social networking sites. Barbara Walters, the bride's second cousin, described the wedding ceremony as 'beautiful and wonderful' and the day was filled with touching tributes. Not only is the venue the very same that Sir Paul wed his first wife Linda, who died in 1998, more than forty years ago, but the couple chose to get hitched on what would have been the 71st birthday of John Lennon, who was shot dead in 1980.
The low-key celebrations continued at the marquee reception held in the groom's garden last night. Around 100 guests, including Kate Moss, Twiggy and Ronnie Wood watched as the music legend serenaded his new wife with a ballad he had written for her. Then Mark Ronson, best friend of Lennon's son Sean, took over DJ duty as the newly weds enjoyed their first dance. Attendees tucked into salmon and truffle risotto, washed down with Dumangin Grande Reserve champagne at £26.50 a bottle, a stark contrast to the vintage Cristal and Laurent Perrier bubbly at £180 a pop that guests quaffed at Paul's nuptials to his second wife, Heather.
But what did the party goers WEAR? Stella chose a monochrome frock covered in a floral design and swept her hair into a sleek pony tail while her sister, Mary, opted for a retro stripey dress with nude heels. As for Stella's BFF, Mossy looked ready to party, flashing her leggy legs in a metallic mini-dress topped off with her fave Louboutins. Twiggy chose a dress adorned with black lace panels, snug tights and sunnies to match her man's while Joséphine de La Baume, fresh from her own wedding, looked typically divine in a flowing gown funked up by bold pink lippy and that suave hubby of hers.
Oh, to be a fly on the wall at THAT party...
- Jessica Vince