For months Mick Jagger and pregnant girlfriend Jerry Hall have coyly played the will-we-or-won't-we marriage game, and recently Jagger seemed to be always a best man, never a groom. Under sparkling skies and in palmy ocean breezes on a Mexican hilltop, Mick smilingly bolstered Keith Richards as the Rolling Stones lead guitarist wed model-turned-actress Patti Hansen, 27, his companion for four years. Why the sudden desire for altared states? "They were down there on holiday [since November], the place is very romantic and they just thought, 'Why not?' " said one friend. "They were able to have the wedding they always wanted." (Meaning: free of paparazzi.)
Jagger, who flew in from Barbados, was the only other Stone able to maneuver to Cabo San Lucas at the tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula for the hastily planned ceremony. (Jerry Hall, due next month, chose not to make the trip.) The nuptials fell on Richards' 40th birthday—he became the fourth Stone to hit the Magic Number—and also on the fourth anniversary of his meeting Hansen, the Staten Island-born, pre-Brooke Calvin Klein jeans girl and sometime supermodel whose come-hither pout was a staple of magazine covers in the late 1970s. Among the 40 guests were Richards' children—son Marlon, 14, and daughter Angela, 11—by onetime common-law wife Anita Pallenberg. The marriage was Patti's first and Keith's first official one.
At an impromptu bachelor party the night before, Jagger and Richards pounded out on a piano Jerry Lee Lewis favorites like Great Balls of Fire and Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On, as well as Richards' favorite, Carl Perkins' Blue Suede Shoes.
Richards, in fact, bought new blue suede shoes for the rites, which he wore with his black tuxedo. Hansen remained a traditional wedding belle. She wore a white satin gown designed by New Yorker Amy Michaelson, refused to allow Richards to see her prior to the ceremony and wore something old (an antique lace veil), something new (the dress), something borrowed (a family necklace) and something blue (her underwear). Her matron of honor was childhood friend Nancy Gregory, 27, now a bookkeeper. The outdoor civil ceremony was followed by a chicken-and-ribs reception complete with flamenco dancers and mariachi band.
The honeymooners planned to stay in Mexico before heading to Richards' home in Jamaica. Friends say Keith, who seems to have kicked a 10-year heroin habit, has never looked better. In his way, he credits Hansen for the turnaround. "I know that I couldn't have made it without her," he told a reporter. "She's been of inestimable value. Nothing like a good woman. I ain't letting that bitch go." As for Jagger's marital plunge, he certainly didn't drop any clues at his pal's wedding. Said Mick, grinning, "I'm just here for this one."
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