LONDON (AP) — Dozens of paparazzi crowded the steps of a central London town hall Sunday in anticipation that former Beatle Paul McCartney was getting married to American heiress Nancy Shevell.
A tent has also been set up at McCartney’s house nearby in the St. John’s Wood neighborhood, and party decorations and champagne were delivered.
At about 3 p.m., the couple was greeted by photographers and fans as they left their home for Old Marylebone Town Hall in central London for the wedding. Shevell was wearing a white dress designed by McCartney’s daughter Stella.
Shevell, 51, is to become McCartney’s third wife. They were engaged earlier this year.
McCartney, 69, is one of the most successful singer-songwriters of all time. He married his first wife Linda Eastman at the same town hall in 1969. She died of breast cancer in 1998.
His second marriage to model Heather Mills ended in divorce in 2008.
The former Beatle and Shevell announced their engagement earlier this year, and it will be her second marriage.
McCartney’s spokesman has not commented on the reported wedding plans. British press reports indicate the singer’s daughter Stella, a top fashion designer, has fashioned Shevell’s dress for the big event.
They also say McCartney’s younger brother Mike will serve as best man and his young daughter Beatrice will be flower girl.
Shevell was married for more than 20 years to attorney Bruce Blakeman and serves on the board of New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
She also is a vice president of a New Jersey-based trucking company owned by her father.
Paul and Nancy head to the gym for a workout on the morning of their wedding!
09 OCTOBER 2011
Armfuls of delicate blush-coloured roses and white hydrangeas have been delivered. The marquee has been erected and bottles of bubbly are chilling.
And if there was any doubt that Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell were planning to seal their four-year courtship by tying the knot on Sunday then you only had to look at the couple’s giddy smiles for confirmation.
No official statement was released. But on Saturday the Beatles legend did tell wellwishers outside his home in London’s upmarket St John’s Wood district: “Hi guys. Thanks for coming. We’re looking forward to it. See you guys.”
Macca and his bride spent the day before their wedding at a local synagogue marking Yom Kippur - the elegant brunette is Jewish.
The ceremony was due to take place, with just 30 family members and close friends present, at Marylebone Register Office, a short distance away from the three-storey pad the pop star bought for £40,000 in 1965.
After a service costing just £1,540, a reception will be held at his home.
Dumagin Grande, a little known but delicious brand of champagne, will be served at a cost of £26.50 a bottle.
Some hundred chairs are now standing in the marquee and an awning has been erected at the entrance to the property. Guests making their way through this will, of course, include the happy couple’s children.
Nancy has a 19-year-old son named Arlen from her first marriage. Meanwhile, the groom is father to adopted daughter Heather, Linda’s daughter from a previous relationship, photographer Mary, fashion designer Stella, musician James and Beatrice, his seven-year-old girl with Heather.
(excerpted from Hello magazine)
McCartney attends Yom Kippur service
Former Beatle spends day before wedding with Jewish American fiancée Nancy Shevell at London synagogue but goes largely unnoticed
10.12.11, 08:27 / Israel Culture
The day before tying the knot with his third wife on Sunday in London, Beatle legend Sir Paul McCartney decided to spend the day with his then still-fiancée at shul.
McCartney married Jewish American heiress Nancy Shevell, 51, the day after attending Yom Kippur services at St. John’s Wood’s Liberal Jewish Synagogue where, despite some 900 shul-goers present, McCartney, arguably the most popular of the Beatles, went largely unnoticed.
Only a few shul officials knew about the visit after McCartney’s office ordered 15 tickets for Shevell and members of her family, who were over for the wedding.
“We knew her family were coming,” said head of shul security, Peter Abrahams, “but we weren’t sure if he was coming until an hour before he arrived.”
Not even the synagogue’s Emeritus Rabbi David Goldberg knew about the famous singer’s presence in the balcony when he officiated at the service. “I’ve got to the stage of eyesight when I am grateful to see beyond the third row, never mind the balcony,” said Rabbi Goldberg.
The entourage left the shul after just more than an hour, deciding to turn down a breakfast invitation at the synagogue.
McCartney, 67, is no stranger to Jewish traditions, as his first wife, Linda Eastman, who died in 1998, was also Jewish. He has also joined Shevell for a dinner at a New Jersey Chabad House in December, honoring her father Myron and performed in Tel Aviv in 2008.
Paul and Nancy leaving Cecconi’s Italian Restaurant in Mayfair on Friday Oct 7, where they enjoyed dinner with Nancy’s son Arlen 2 days before the wedding.
Paul arrived in Peru for his South American concert tour yesterday, and Nancy was to join him there last night.
From the Mirror
SIR Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell booked the lovers’ suite ahead of the singer’s show in Peru.
The pair are staying in the romantic £1,000-a-night room at Lima’s Miraflores Park Plaza, renowned for its views of the Pacific.
It also has a bath butler, where couples are treated to a massage and bath with rose petals, candles, champagne and fresh strawberries.
A friend of the couple said: “They are so in love and are huge fans of Latin America.”
Beatlemania has gripped Peru. Thousands of fans have camped outside the hotel to see Macca, 68, who’s dated Nancy, 51, for four years.
The friend added: “The primary reason for their visit is work but it’s an opportunity for them to spend some quality time together.
“Wherever they go, they always hire bikes to see the sights. They are down to earth. Nancy will go on to Chile with him. They will make it a trip to remember.”
Is the way to Paul McCartney’s heart through a dish of Pumpkin Ravioli?
Apparently so! According to a story in Britain’s Daily Mail, Paul proposed to Nancy about 2 weeks ago in his NY apartment, after she cooked him a dinner of Pumpkin Ravioli. (Coincidentally, on a sitcom I watched tonight, all they talked about was Pumpkin Ravioli! I really need to learn how to cook!)
She was first seen wearing her $650,000 engagement ring out in public on May 7.
It was said that when she started dating Paul, she told him that she had plenty of her own diamonds, and didn’t need him buying her any…… guess she didn’t mind making an exception for her gorgeous engagement diamond… but after all, becoming engaged to Paul McCartney is a very special occasion worthy of a very sparkly $650,000 ring!
The wedding will reportedly take place in late summer and be held in the backyard of Nancy’s estate in the Hamptons ( for photos of her estate, scroll down).
They are planning on a small, intimate wedding with close friends and family.
Although there won’t be a prenup ( Paul is such a romantic!) they reportedly did draw up a simple agreement ensuring that should the marriage not last, Nancy won’t lay claim to any of his children’s trust funds. ( I wonder about this, because being ‘trust funds’, I didn’t think anyone could lay claim to them!)
Nancy was quoted as saying, “I don’t know the exact date. And don’t ask what I’ll wear because how dressy do you get to stand before a Justice of the Peace in his chambers? Which is exactly what we’re doing.”
“I’d love to live here but it’s probably England,” explained Nancy of her and Paul’s future plans. “I still have a job here so I’ll commute once a month.”
Next Sunday, Nancy’s whole family gathers — probably to appraise the stone: Her father, his ladyfriend, her sister, brother-in-law, her son, nevviews, nieces, some cousin, the cousin’s kids. Twelve in all.
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Asked about the plans by New York Post columnist Cindy Adams, she said: “It will be small. Just our families. I don’t know the exact date.
“And don’t ask what I’ll wear because how dressy do you get to stand before a Justice of the Peace in his chambers, which is exactly what we’re going to do.”
Intimating the pair are heading for a civil ceremony, reports the Mail.
Shevell also revealed that McCartney’s proposal came as “a total surprise.” The music legend popped the question while the pair were in California.
And the ring? She described it as “vintage 1925 Cartier engagement solitaire diamond from Tate Galleries.”
The date? “Soon,” said Shevell, cryptically.
As for their future plans, Shevell said that although she’d like to remain in New York, the pair will probably end up living in England.
“I’d love to live here but it’s probably England,” she said. “I still have a job here so I’ll commute once a month.”
The engagement ring is an antique 1925 Cartier ring, from Tate Galleries, which cost Paul $650,000~ beautiful and tasteful!!
First look at Nancy’s engagement ring with exclusive photos by Life & Style.
The ring is said to be worth $650,000!!!! Wow! That’s a lotta sparkle!!
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