Sir Paul McCartney marries Nancy Shevell at Marylebone Registry Office

Date: Oct 10, 2011

Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney has married New York heiress Nancy Shevell at a simple civil ceremony in London, UK, at 16:30 on October 9 (local time).

Friends and family are reportedly delighted by the union, which comes almost a year after the Beatle's very public separation from model Heather Mills - which included divorce financial settlements worth around £24.3 million (approximately AU$38.6 million as of October 10).

The Marylbone Registry Office - where McCartney married his first wife Linda McCartney in 1969 - was attended once again by close family and friends of the happy couple, including fellow musician Ringo Starr, Stella McCartney and Barbara Walters, a cousin of the bride.

From the steps of the town hall, the newlyweds rushed home to host a marquee reception for 100 guests held at Sir Paul's property in St John's Wood, where a three course vegetarian meal was served before guests were allowed to sample the two wedding cakes - one traditional and one vegan-friendly.

On exiting from the ceremony, Sir Paul was asked by nearby reporters how he felt about tying the knot for the third time.

The former Beatle replied, "Terrific, thank you. I feel married," before adding "I feel absolutely wonderful," as he raised his bride's hand in a triumphant gesture.

Before the wedding, McCartney and Shevell had posed outside the town hall for official photos. Guests who attended the event were politely asked to not share any pictures taken privately through any social networks or online venues.

As such, the details of the ceremony itself is something of a mystery - with some media reports claiming that the 69-year-old's brother Mike McCartney had served as best man and his young daughter Beatrice McCartney as flower girl.

The date of the wedding is not a coincidence - several sources have pointed out that former bandmate John Lennon would be celebrating his 71st birthday on the same day.

Apparently the couple had to apply for special dispensation from the local council to marry on Sunday - with services normally performed at the special venue at other times throughout the week.

In what has been seen as a break with tradition, the couple were seen in each other's company hours before the ceremony, leaving their residence nearby in casual clothing for a session at the gym then hosting a private lunchtime barbecue before heading to the wedding together by limousine.

It is unknown at this point if the newlyweds had a prenuptial agreement in place or if they have contacted a family lawyer for assistance in drawing up these important documents.