Paul McCartney attends Neil Aspinall’s wedding

Friday, August 30, 1968
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At a restaurant just a bit further down King’s Road, London, UK

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On this day, Neil Aspinall, managing director of Apple Corps Limited, married Suzy Ornstein, in a hastily organized wedding. Paul McCartney was among the guests at the reception.

From The Beatles Monthly Book N°63, October 1968:

Neil’s wedding took place at Chelsea Register Office in London’s famous King’s Road. Best Man was Alexis Mardas and the bride was given away by Peter Brown, a Beatle executive who is also a director of NEMS and was formerly personal assistant to the late Brian Epstein.

Neil had known Suzy for just over a year. They met at a party last year and if you have spotted Neil amongst a Beatle crowd at discotheques or film premieres in the last few months the very pretty little girl with the long, straight, dark hair at his side was certainly Miss Susan Ornstein. […]

If it hadn’t been for Peter Brown there wouldn’t even have been a reception after Neil and Suzy had been through their brief Register Office ceremony. Neil was all for keeping things nice and quiet and just getting the marriage over without a lot of fuss. But Peter organized a secret reception, an afternoon party at a restaurant just a bit further down King’s Road. There, to Neil’s total surprise, all his closest friends and business buddies assembled to toast the bride and groom with champagne and to enjoy a splendid salad-type lunch which was served at tea-time! Amongst the guests were Paul, Ringo and Maureen, most of the top Apple people like records boss Ron Kass, films chief Dennis O’Dell, Mal Evans, record producer Peter Asher, Alistair Taylor, Derek Taylor, Terry Doran and Tony Bramwell, plus Beatles’ Press office Tony Barrow and the group’s American representative Nat Weiss from New York.   

From Wikipedia:

[…] On 30 August 1968, Aspinall married Suzy Ornstein at the Chelsea Register Office, London, with Magic Alex as best man. McCartney, Starr and his wife attended, and were also at a surprise party held later in the King’s Road, London. Suzy Aspinall is the daughter of Bud Ornstein, the late chief executive of United Artists Pictures (UK). Aspinall had met her during 1964/1965 when her father was the United Artists representative overseeing the production of the first two Beatles’ films: A Hard Day’s Night and Help!. They went on to have four children: daughters Gayla, Dhara, Mandy and son Julian. […]

From The Beatles Monthly Book N°63, October 1968

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