By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated June 12, 2002 12:00 PM
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The Paul McCartney-Heather Mills nuptials took place in secret Tuesday afternoon, though the veil was being lifted by Wednesday morning with worldwide press reports. When the couple completed their vows, reports the Associated Press, the church bells within the walls of the 17th century Castle Leslie in Glaslough, Ireland, rang out for all to hear. The bride, 34, wore a fitted ecru lace dress designed by her own hand, says the news service, and carried a bouquet of 11 pink McCartney roses (named for her husband, 56), and two peonies, according to McCartney spokesman Geoff Baker. Mills entered the church to the strains of a song McCartney wrote for her, “Heather.” According to the AP, Baker said the bride cried during the ceremony — which took place in St. Salvator’s chapel on the grounds of Castle Leslie — because she was “overcome by the emotion of the occasion.” Of the 300 guests, besides the children from McCartney’s first marriage, to the late Linda Eastman (Stella, Mary and James as well as a stepdaughter, also named Heather, who was Eastman’s daughter), reports listed Michael Jackson, Elton John, Sting, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and Bill Clinton as having been there. “The ceremony was joyful and moving,” said Baker, according to the AP. Shortly before the ceremony, Baker confirmed for the news service that Beatles producer George Martin and Pink Floyd frontman David Gilmour were among the invitees. “Among the guests there are some well-known musicians, so maybe they will have an impromptu performance. There are no plans, but at parties like this it’s possible they could all get up on stage,” said Baker, adding that the dress code was casual and the menu was strictly vegetarian.