Stewart marries Lancaster in Italy


SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE, Italy -- Rod Stewart married Penny Lancaster on Saturday in a low-key ceremony on Italy's Ligurian coast. Stewart and Lancaster have been together since the breakup of Stewart's second marriage in 1998 and tied the knot in a civil ceremony in a villa with only Lancaster's parents as witnesses.

"It was just a family thing," one of Stewart's bodyguards said.

Model Lancaster was dressed in a short, white satin dress and white high-heeled shoes. She arrived at the ceremony some 20 minutes before the groom, who donned blue pin-striped trousers and a white jacket.

After the wedding, the couple walked from the villa to a nearby restaurant to see their 19-month-old son, Alastair.

From there they strolled on to the harbor where they posed for photographs in a small boat before sailing to Stewart's luxury yacht "The Lady Ann Magee."

The 164-foot yacht is listed on the Internet for rent at €170,000 ($226,000) a week.

The couple let their hair down at a pre-wedding family party Friday evening, emerging from an exclusive hotel singing pub songs.