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Clapton Ties the Knot

Guitar legend surprises family and friends with wedding

January 3, 2002 12:00 AM ET

Eric Clapton was married on New Year's Day to Melia McEnry, the mother of his six-month-old daughter Julie Rose.

The nuptials came as a surprise to the couple's family and friends who had gathered at St. Mary Magdalen Church in Ripley, England, near Clapton's home, for the baptism of Julie Rose as well as Clapton's sixteen-year-old daughter Ruth from a relationship with Yvonne Kelly.

Reverend Christopher Elson called the couple forward after the baptisms to exchange their wedding vows. Clapton, fifty-six, met McEnery, a twenty-five-year-old graphic artist from Columbus, Ohio, on a trip to Los Angeles.

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