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2002-Jun-11: Best Wishes to Sir Paul and Heather McCartney

Updated throughout the day on June 12.  At about 5:20 this evening, the wedding bells began to chime in Glaslough, Ireland for Sir Paul and Heather McCartney.  Two and a half hours later, Sir Paul's spokesman, Geoff Baker, emerged from the Castle to share some of the details of the ceremony with the press.

 The ceremony had originally been scheduled for 3:00, but was delayed so that everyone could watch the Irish team play in the World Cup match. Sir Paul took the time to send a message to the team that read, "Good luck to the boys and all the best for this crucial World Cup game. Will be rooting for you. "

Following tradition, the bride arrived at the church slightly late (8 minutes) for the 4:30 p.m. ceremony having been transported across the lake to the church on a barge strewn with white lilies. She was helped from the boat by her sister Fiona, her matron-of-honour, who then escorted her into the church. Heather marched down the aisle of San Salvator's church to the tune of "Heather", the song Sir Paul composed for her,  dressed in a fitted ecru lace dress of her own design, and carrying a bouquet of  2 peonies and 11 McCartney roses (a flower named for Sir Paul). She was given away by her maid of honor, her sister Fiona.

Sir McCartney looked smart in a chocolate brown wool three-piece hand-finished suit with deep purple silk lining designed by Richard James of Britain with a pink- red McCartney rose pinned to the lapel. His brother Mike served as his best man.  All the McCartney children, Heather, Mary, Stella, and James, witnessed the ceremony along with 300 other guests.

Mr. Baker reported that Heather faltered a bit with emotion as she spoke her wedding vows:

"The ceremony was joyful and moving.  Heather captured the hearts of the congregation when, overcome by the emotion of the occasion, she briefly faltered and wept tears of joy whilst making her vows."
The ceremony was conducted by the Venerable Cecil Pringle, Archdeacon of Clogher.  In place of a traditional reading, Sir Paul's friend the poet Adrian Mitchell, read a poem he had composed for the couple called "Roses in the Summertime" .  Two hymns were played during the 30 minute ceremony, "Praise My Soul The King of Heaven" and "Lord Of All Hopefulness".  Sir Paul presented his bride with a stunning white gold ring inset with 6 white and yellow diamonds.

At the close of the ceremony, the wedding bells chimed and the happy couple walked down the aisle as the organ played Sir Paul's "Wedding March" from the soundtrack of the film "The Family Way".  As the newly-weds emerged from the church there was an abrupt change in the weather.  The rain stopped falling, the sun shone, and a rainbow appeared over the castle tower.

Later in the evening, a single photo of the couple was released to media outlets prepared to pay the $2,500 fee which will be donated to the Adopt-A-Minefield charity.

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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