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(E) McCartney ties knot at rock 'n' roll wedding - June 11, 2002
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  06/11/2002 | Friends | Unrated
(E) McCartney ties knot at rock 'n' roll wedding - June 11, 2002

 

McCartney ties knot at rock 'n' roll weddingJune 11, 2002 

Sir Paul and Lady Heather leave the chapel after the ceremony. 


Heather's tireless work to clear land mines in Croatia earned her a humanitarian award in December 2001. Part of the money she raised helped pay for new limbs for child war victims. 

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We congratulate Paul and Heather. Croatiaand all Croatians around the world can only be happy to have such, kind andauthentic artists, for friends. Even photos from the wedding will benefitclearing landmines in the world, as well as Croatian land from this silent anddeadly killer. I hope that we will know how to appreciate this.

NB

Sir Paul McCartney, Nenad Bach, LadyHeather McCartney-Mills


GLASLOUGH, Republic of Ireland -- Flowers petals fluttered and bells 
pealed as ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and his bride Heather Mills 
departed St. Salvator's church Tuesday after their wedding ceremony. 
The bride wore a lace dress designed with the help of two London 
designers, who did not include McCartney's designer daughter, Stella. The 
groom wore a three-piece brown suit. It was the second marriage for both. 
A local priest presided over the Church of Ireland service, which was 
closed to the press. 
Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr is believed to have given a reading 
during the ceremony based on the group's song, "All You Need is Love." 
Sir Paul's children, Stella, James, Mary and stepdaughter Heather, are 
believed to have attended, despite reports of a rift between them and the 
bride. 
A single official wedding photo was made available to publications that 
made a £1,000 ($1,471 US) an anti-landmine charity, Adopt A Minefield UK. 
The couple turned down a £1.5 million ($2.2. million US) offer from a 
celebrity magazine for exclusive coverage of the wedding. "An occasion 
like this is for everyone," Sir Paul's spokesman Geoff Baker said. 
The bride, who was by tradition slightly late for the ceremony, faltered 
as she spoke in front of family, friends and celebrities, McCartney's 
spokesman said. She carried a bouquet of 11 McCartney roses -- named in 
honor of her new husband -- and two peonies, he said. 

Mills entered the church to the strains of the song "Heather," which 
McCartney wrote for his recent album. As the two walked back down the 
aisle after exchanging vows, the organ played the "Wedding March" 
McCartney wrote for the 1966 movie "The Family Way." 
With reporters and camera kept out of the church, commentators took the 
sound of ringing bells at the 300-year-old St Salvator's church as a sign 
that the 34-year-old ex-model and the 59-year-old former Beatle were wed. 
CNN's Richard Quest said the marriage was delayed by about 30 minutes on 
Tuesday after a helicopter was heard hovering low over the church as Mills 
was supposed to have approached. 
"Organisers -- and we can only assume that is McCartney and Mills -- 
became very annoyed," he said. "It is said to have left a bad taste in the 
mouth." (Full story) 
Stars from the music and fashion world began flying into Belfast from 
Heathrow, London, and Liverpool just hours before the ceremony. 
Musicians Chrissie Hynde and Jools Holland and former model Twiggy and her 
husband Leigh Lawson flew over on a chartered Airbus A-330. Other guests 
thought to have attended are guitarist Eric Clapton, former U.S. President 
Bill Clinton and John Eastman, brother of Sir Paul's late wife, Linda. 
After the ceremony, the 300 guests moved from the church into three 
marquees by the side of the lake to tuck into a vegetarian Indian banquet 
and Champagne on the banks of the lake on the enclosed 1,000-acre estate 
at Castle Leslie, Glaslough, in County Monaghan. 
A covered walkway had been custom built between the chapel and the 
marquees to prevent the possibility of the heavy rainfall of previous days 
dampening the celebrations. 
The guests were treated to a band playing Indian and Celtic music under 
the strict instructions that mobile phones should be switched off or left 
behind. 
McCartney had said earlier that no dress code would be required and that 
while the menu was vegetarian it would also be "very liquid and 
alcoholic." 
"It's a rock 'n' roll wedding," Sir Paul said. "We are going to have 
family and friends and a lot of fun." 
Thousands of flowers, including lilies and roses, had been delivered to 
the site. Lighting effects were put in trees and floating pontoons laid 
along the banks of the lake, possibly for a spectacular fireworks display 
expected to round off the wedding, estimated to have cost $3 million. 

Ringo Starr heads to Ireland for McCartney's wedding  At some point McCartney and Mills are expected to take to a 40-foot yacht on the lake. McCartney and Mills arrived at the 17th-century estate on Sunday night by helicopter. Castle Leslie has no phones, clocks or televisions in its 14 rooms. McCartney and Mills, a model who lost a leg in a motorcycle accident nine 
years ago, met at a charity function where she was raising money to oppose 
the use of land mines. The couple announced their engagement last July. 

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