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2003-Aug-30: Best Wishes Stella and Alasdhair

Although there has been no formal announcement, it has been widely reported that Stella McCartney wed Alasdhair Willis today on the Isle of Bute, an island 5 miles south of Rothesay off the west coast of Scotland.

Two hours before the ceremony, Sir Paul and Coldplay frontman, Chris Martin, were spotted with a group of gentlemen enjoying a meal in a Kingarth pub. Mr. Martin arrived by private jet at Prestwick airport from London yesterday with Heather and Sir Paul. They were taken to the island of Bute by helicopter. As Sir Paul took leave of the pub after finishing his meal, he paused for a moment at the table of 12-year-old Jennifer Dougal who said:

"There were some chips in some tinfoil on the table and he nicked one of them and as he was leaving he said 'See you later, gang'."

The wedding was believed to have taken place at Mount Stuart, a Victorian Gothic stately home owned by Stella's close friends Serena Dumfries and her husband, former Formula 1 racing driver Johnny Dumfries, the Marquis of Bute. This morning, a dozen Clydesdale horses arrived at Mount Stuart to ferry the bridal party by open-top carriages through the 300-acre estate to the ceremony. The simple wedding ceremony is believed to have taken place at 4:00 this afternoon in the Mount Stuart Chapel. Cheers were heard coming from inside the estate shortly before 5:00 indicating that couple had been pronounced man and wife. After the ceremony, the guests where shown into the Grand Hall for the wedding reception where they were greeted by the Rothesay Pipe band. The marble hall was decked with heather thistle and lit with lime incense candles, Linda McCartney's favorite scent and flowers.

The Sunday Mirror reports that the veggie wedding feast was prepared by the top London based catering firm, Rhubarb. The menu included a included a starter of artichoke souffle with artichoke puree with bay leaves and truffle buerre blanc, a main course of mushroom vol-au-vent (organic puff pastry filled with wild mushrooms and truffle cream) with beans and parmesan mash, followed by a dessert of wild strawberries and berries with cream.

The Sunday Times reports that Sir Paul paid £2 million ($4.9 million) for his daughter's closely guarded wedding. The flowers, specially flown in for the occasion, cost an estimated £100,000. The army of 50 security guards cost another £100,000. The newspaper quotes a friend as saying:

"Paul is paying for it. We wouldn't do anything with the celebrity magazines. That would be Stella's shout but she wouldn't do that in a month of Sundays."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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