He wants to hold her hand -- forever! Beatles icon Paul McCartney married Nancy Shevell, his girlfriend of four years, in London Sunday afternoon.
The couple wed in a simple civil ceremony held at the Old Marylebone Town Hall, the same location where the musician married his first wife Linda McCartney in 1969. Linda died of breast cancer in 1998.
McCartney and Shevell's wedding was a decidedly low-key affair, attended by 30 of their family and friends, including the kids: Shevell's son Arlen and Paul's kids Heather, Mary, Stella and James, all by Linda McCartney. His seven-year-old daughter Beatrice served as flower girl; mom is Paul's ex-wife Heather Mills.
Guests also included the other surviving Beatle Ringo Starr and his wife Barbara Bach and George Harrison's widow Olivia. Perhaps not uncoincidentally, the nuptials were held on what would have been John Lennon's 71st birthday. Also in attendance was the bride's cousin Barbara Walters.
Shevell, a New York transportation heiress who met McCartney in the Hamptons in 2007, wore a simple and elegant ivory knee-length vee-neck dress with long sleeves and short standing collar with a cinched waist, accentuated by silk-covered buttons down the front and on the cuffs. The lovely frock is believed to have been designed by her new stepdaughter, fashion designer Stella McCartney.
The couple exchanged Neil Lane wedding bands, with Shevell's eternity band set with five carats of diamonds made to match her five carat art deco engagement ring.
Fans greeted the happy couple outside the town hall after the ceremony by throwing rose petals. "It was terrific -- thank you!" McCartney told the crowd.
The newlyweds celebrated with a small reception held at McCartney's London area home. Guests enjoyed a vegetarian feast and two wedding cakes -- one vegan -- with a second party planned for the exclusive New York vacation enclave at the Hamptons later this month.
The engagement of McCartney and Shevell was announced in May.
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