Paul McCartney toasts John Lennon at wedding says Barbara Walters on ‘The View’ — Returning to her morning talk show, The View, on Tuesday, co-host and journalist Barbara Walters talked about the wedding she attended over the weekend — the nuptials of Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell. According to Ms. Walters, Paul McCartney made a toast to his late songwriting partner, John Lennon, at the wedding reception.
Ms. Walters told details about the wedding as well as the reception. As a cousin of Nancy Shevell, she was one of the few people invited. Ms. Shevell is the daughter of Ms. Walters’s first cousin, who passed away from cancer. On the show, Ms. Walters said that Nancy is like a second daughter to her, and they are very close. Reports elsewhere have suggested that Ms. Walters may have introduced her cousin to Mr. McCartney.
Barbara Walters showed a photograph of Nancy Shevell in her wedding dress which she said was designed by Stella McCartney, the Beatle’s daughter. Alongside that picture, she showed a photo of the Duchess of Windsor on her wedding day. The dresses were very similar, and Ms. Walters said that Stella McCartney “redid it for her [Nancy].” She said only the children who were in the ceremony were dressed formally; everyone else wore “day clothes.”
The invitations, she said, were very simple, just a card with “Paul and Nancy” written on it inviting guests to the registrar’s office in London for the civil ceremony and to a celebration afterwards under a tent in the backyard of Paul McCartney’s home. The only photographs taken to be viewed by the public were taken outside. Inside, Mary McCartney, another daughter of Paul’s, took photographs for the families only. Ms. Walters showed the photo of her side of the family. She said Paul had many more family members, including grandchildren who called him “Granddaddy,” which she wasn’t used to hearing.
The night before, both families went to a vegetarian Chinese restaurant. The wedding on Sunday took place at the Marylebone Registry Office in London, the same location where Mr. McCartney married his first wife. Among others attending the wedding was Beatle, Ringo Starr, who shouted out, according to Ms. Walters, “You know your lines, Paul?” before the ceremony. “Only Ringo would say that,” she said. She noted the large crowds outside the registrar’s office when they threw flower petals at the couple as they emerged after the ceremony.
At the reception, said Ms. Walters, Paul McCartney made a toast to the late John Lennon, whose 71st birthday was also that day. The songwriting team of Lennon and McCartney was the driving force behind many of the Beatles’s hits of the 1960s and 1970s. Paul’s son, James McCartney, also made a toast, she said, as did Nancy’s son, then the families started dancing. For the first dance, she said, Paul McCartney sang a song he wrote for his new bride, whom he called “my Valentine.”
This is the third marriage for the singer/songwriter and the second for Nancy Shevell. In 1969, Mr. McCartney married Linda Eastman, and the couple remained together until her death from cancer in 1998. His second marriage was to Heather Mills in 2002; the couple divorced in 2008.
Though the world knows Paul McCartney as the songwriter, performer, and Beatle, Barbara Walters said she would use two words to describe him, “family man.” She said it appeared to her that Nancy was well liked by the songwriters’ family.
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