The civil ceremony was held up for almost an hour-and-a-half, after bitter arguments between Mr Jagger’s spokesman and the police over the number of reporters and photographers in the wedding chamber. A pool of four photographers had been invited to the town hall, but as the time of the ceremony approached about 100 cameramen and other journalists packed the chamber. At first, Mr Jagger refused to come to the town hall – the message which was delivered by his spokesman said he did not wish to get married in a “goldfish bowl.” But the police insisted the media had the right to stay – and they, in turn, threatened to cancel the wedding unless the couple put in an appearance.
Mick Jagger and his Nicaraguan-born wife-to-be eventually arrived at 1700. Although four months into her pregnancy with daughter Jade, the bride’s body-conscious Yves Saint Laurent pantsuit gave no indication of her baby bump as she arrived at the Saint-Tropez Town Hall. Projecting an image more of a businessman than rock’s reigning bad boy, the groom donned a three-piece suit for the occasion, which he paired with tennis shoes, allowing a touch of his rebellious spirit to shine through. Police and journalists exchanged blows in the frenzy. Hippies turned up on foot and bicycles, mingling with members of the international jet set, who arrived in Rolls Royces for the wedding.
After the brief civil service, the couple left for the St Anne chapel for a religious ceremony.
Students gave the wedding party a noisy reception at the chapel. During the simple service, Father Lucien Baud recalled the groom had been born on St Anne’s day, which is why he had chosen to be married in her chapel. Bach’s wedding march was played as the couple exchanged rings. A medley of themes from the film Love Story was also played at the request of the bride. The couple left by a side door in an attempt to dodge the journalists who had followed them to the chapel.
The reception in the Café des Arts was attended by 200 guests – 70 of whom had been flown from London on a chartered Comet paid for by the groom. The party went on into the early hours of the morning when the newlyweds left on the yacht Romeang, with a six-man crew for a 10-day honeymoon around Corsica and Sardinia.
Mick Jagger met Bianca Perez Morena de Macias at a party after a Rolling Stones’ concert where she apparently impressed him with her French. She had left Nicaragua to study political science in Paris.
When they married, she was already pregnant with their daughter, Jade. Eight years later they divorced. The ageing rocker is now grandfather to Jade’s children, Assisi and Amba.
Since the marriage ended, Bianca has become a campaigner for human rights, as well as on environmental issues. She moved to London when George Bush was elected president of the United States and became an outspoken critic of the war in Iraq.
While time wasn’t on their side, the eight-year marriage of Rolling Stones flamboyant frontman Mick Jagger and first wife Bianca Perez Morena de Macias left a lasting impression on the world of rock and roll.