Paul McCartney, U.S. heiress tie the knot

Former Beatle Paul McCartney and American heiress Nancy Shevell got hitched in London.

Former Beatle marries New York businesswoman

Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell dated for four years before getting married. (Danny Martindale/Getty Images)

Former Beatle Paul McCartney and American Nancy Shevell have left Old Marylebone Town Hall in central London after getting married.

They are headed to a celebration with friends and family at McCartney's house in nearby St. John's Wood. Shevell was wearing a white dress designed by McCartney's daughter Stella.

The couple announced their engagement earlier this year. Shevell, 51, would be McCartney's third wife, and it would be her second marriage.

The 69-year-old McCartney married his first wife, Linda, at the same venue in 1969. She died of cancer in 1998.

No official word from McCartney on wedding plans

Reports say McCartney's younger brother Mike served as best man and his young daughter Beatrice was flower girl.

The only other surviving Beatle, Ringo Starr, and his wife Barbara attended the nuptials. ((Luke MacGregor/Reuters))

Drummer Ringo Starr, the only other surviving member of the band, was also in attendance.

Shevell was married for more than 20 years to lawyer Bruce Blakeman and serves on the board of New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

She is a vice-president of a New Jersey-based trucking company owned by her father.

McCartney married photographer Linda Eastman at the height of the hippie era, when the Beatles were at the apex of their global fame.

The marriage of the Beatle known as "the cute one" caused young women and girls to burst into tears outside the registry office, and broke the hearts of uncounted fans throughout the world.

While many rock and roll marriages from that era broke down, the McCartneys enjoyed a long, happy marriage for many years, raising four children and spending virtually every night together except when McCartney was briefly jailed in Japan on marijuana charges.

Linda played and sang in his successful post-Beatles band Wings — even though critics thought she added little to the ensemble — and used her marriage to a Beatle to promote vegetarianism and other causes that were also backed by McCartney.

First wife died in 1998

Her life was cut short by breast cancer in 1998, leaving McCartney adrift.

Model Heather Mills then entered the picture. They married in 2002 at a gala affair at an Irish castle, and soon after had a daughter. But the marriage collapsed fairly quickly and ended with a bitter divorce in 2008.

Mills publicly accused McCartney of cruelty and sought a massive $250 million divorce settlement, but the judge sided with McCartney, calling her claims exorbitant.

The British public, enamoured of the sunny Sir Paul since his early Beatle days, also sided with the singer.

The case offered a rare glimpse into the magnitude of McCartney's fortune, which includes songwriting royalties from a raft of classic tunes, many co-written with the late John Lennon, who would have turned 71 Sunday.

Court papers filed by McCartney at the time indicated he had a net worth of approximately $800 million, including a valuable collection of art works including paintings by Picasso and Renoir along with luxury real estate holdings and sound music investments going well beyond his own works.

The impending marriage of one of the most enduring figures in British cultural life sparked Britain's fevered tabloid headline writers to try to come up with new puns on Sunday based on the Beatles' memorable song titles.

The best was probably Ticket To Bride, a play on the 1965 chart-topper Ticket To Ride.