Monday, October 10, 2011
Paul McCartney Marries Jersey Girl
Paul McCartney and New Jersey born trucking heiress Nancy Shevell exchanged "Love Me Do" vows Sunday in London.
Hundreds of fans showered the newlyweds with cheers and flower petals after their modest civil ceremony at Old Marylebone Town Hall.
The 69-year-old pop icon wed the 51-year-old New Jersey-born Metropolitan Transportation Authority board member in the same municipal building where McCartney married his first wife, the late Linda Eastman, in 1969.
There were only 30 guests.
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"I feel absolutely wonderful," McCartney said of his long and winding road that led him back to the altar of love after settling his bitter divorce from his second wife, Heather Mills, in 2008 for more than $37 million.
"I feel terrific. I feel married," added McCartney, as his blissful bride, the daughter of New Jersey trucking magnate Myron (Mike) Shevell, looked on.
Shevell wore an ivory silk long-sleeved gown designed by McCartney's daughter Stella, with a white flower tucked into her long, chestnut hair. McCartney donned a blue suit that was also designed by his daughter.
Sir Paul's brother Mike served as the best man, and McCartney's 7-year-old daughter, Beatrice, his child with Mills, was a flower girl. She was dressed in a pink wool coat.
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Shevell is an Edison, N.J., native who lives on the upper East Side. She has served on the MTA board since being appointed in 2001 by then-Gov. George Pataki, and is also a vice president of New England Motor Freight Inc., her family's trucking company.
A divorcee, Shevell was married to attorney Bruce Blakeman - a Republican who made unsuccessful bids for state controller and U.S. senator - for more than 20 years. They have a son, Arlen, 19.
But Sunday, Shevell only had eyes for her new man: McCartney, one of the most successful and celebrated musicians in the world. In a flashback to the days of Beatlemania, the couple waved and blew kisses outside the town hall before hopping into a burgundy Lexus for a garden reception and all-vegan meal at McCartney's home in the St. John's Wood neighborhood.
Shevell and McCartney have known each other for years - she has a summer home in East Hampton, L.I., and he has a place in Amagansett, L.I.
They were first spotted being lovey-dovey in 2007, when he and Mills were already separated, at a South Fork sushi joint. They got engaged in May, sealing the deal with a hefty 1925 Cartier solitaire sparkler.
Beatles drummer Ringo Starr - the only other surviving member of the Fab Four - attended the afternoon wedding ceremony, as did George Harrison's widow, Olivia. Other guests included Barbara Walters, Ronnie Wood from the Rolling Stones and Twiggy, the iconic 1960s supermodel.
The celebration was held on what would have been the 71st birthday of John Lennon, who was gunned down in 1980 outside the Dakota on the upper West Side. His widow, Yoko Ono, did not attend the wedding.
With News Wire Services