Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney married Heather Mills in a ceremony at San Salvator’s Church in the village of Glaslough, Co. Monaghan on June 11th, 2002 – a location which McCartney told reporters was chosen because his mother had been born in Co. Monaghan.
After the ceremony, the 300 wedding guests were entertained in lavish style in the nearby 17th century estate of Castle Leslie. As tradition dictates, Mills was slightly late for the 4:30p.m. ceremony and reportedly faltered and wept tears of joy as she uttered her vows. She wore a wedding dress she helped create with designers Eavis &Brown and carded 11 McCartney roses (named for Sir Paul) in honor of her new husband and two peonies.
Guests in attendance included McCartney’s four children as well as celebrities such as Steve Buscemi, Chrissie Hynde and Michael Jackson. Ringo Starr, the only other surviving Beatle, was also present. After the reception, which was followed by a spectacular fireworks display that the whole village was able to enjoy, 60-year-old McCartney and 34–year–old Mills left for their honeymoon at an undisclosed location. McCartney had previously been married for 30 years to Linda Eastman McCartney, the mother of his four children, who died of cancer in 1998. ♦