#TBT: Commemorating Victoria and David Beckham’s iconic Irish wedding

They may all be Scandi-chic these days, but back when Victoria and David Beckham tied the knot in a Clonsilla castle in 1999, they were Posh and Becks; beloved ’90s style icons and darlings of a nation.

Hotos from their 1999 wedding at Luttrellstown Castle are almost iconic now, with the then-pixie-haired couple posing for their “world exclusive” in OK! Magazine on a set of thrones that would (almost) make the Queen of England blush.

Let’s take a look back at their nuptials in all their ’90s glory…

The engagement


British footballer David Beckham and engaged ‘Spice Girls’ singer Victoria Adams pose for photographers outside their hotel after announcing their engagement January 25, 1998 in Chester, Britain. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

David and Vicky became engaged at the Rookery Hall Hotel in Cheshire in 1998 after David proposed to the Spice Girl with a marquise diamond engagement ring valued at €88,000. David has reportedly “gifted” Victoria a further 13 engagement rings since then (her first “trade up” just four years after the first diamond).


David and Victoria after their engagement

After informing their families of the news, the couple revealed their exciting news to the media during a press conference — of course. Photos of the day show a radiant Victoria in a black turtleneck sweater underneath a fur-trimmed black leather jacket while proudly showing off her skirt with a two-tone black turtleneck sweater and David by her side.

The castle


LUXURY: David and Victoria Beckham, left, held their wedding reception at Luttrellstown Castle, Co Dublin, above.

Victoria and David Beckham’s favorite wedding venue was Luttrellstown Castle in Clonsilla, on the outskirts of Dublin. The wedding is said to have cost the couple over a million euros.

video of the day

Victoria was reportedly quite hands-on with the planning and took 14 months to pull everything together with the help of her London-based events coordinator. “Victoria and David had tremendous input from the start,” coordinator Peregrine Armstrong-Jones said at the time, explaining how they opted for a ‘Robin Hood’ theme for their facility, using burgundy, dark green and cardinal purple to create their color scheme.

the look


The lavish party took place at Luttrellstown Castle near Dublin in 1999. Victoria wore a Vera Wang dress. The pair famously posed on thrones for their exclusive deal with ‘OK!’ Magazine and their young son Brooklyn were in attendance.

Victoria wore then-bridal designer of the moment (thanks to the equally iconic ’90s show Sex and the City) Vera Wang, while David opted for a white suit and tie and a full head with blonde highlights. Victoria wore a short, spiky ‘do and accessorised with a diamond and gold tiara by Irish designer Slim Barrett and a diamond crucifix that David had bought her for Christmas earlier. Underneath her Vera Wang, Victoria wore a fitted corset by English corsetier Mr. Pearl and her petticoat included 50 yards of Clerici Duchess satin. Her shoes were a prototype of Vera Wang.

For the reception, Victoria donned her “Jessica Rabbit” dress – a skin-tight purple stretch-satin fishtail dress with a thigh-split dress and red lining – paired with silver straps by Manolo Blahniks, while David wore a matching purple Saturday Night Fever- Suit also with red lining and purple suede Manolo shoes (in an Instagram post celebrating the couple’s 19th wedding anniversary, David joked, “WOW…19 years ago I was dressed head to toe in purple”).

The guests


Former England soccer captain David Beckham’s son, Brooklyn Beckham, poses for a photo upon his arrival at the European premiere of ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ on May 10, 2017 in London. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP /Getty Images

Victoria and David’s son, Brooklyn, was four months old at the time and was by his parents’ side as they said “yes”. Sir Bobby Charlton was in attendance with his wife Lady Norma Charlton, as were Vicky’s Spice Girls pals.

Just 29 guests witnessed the couple exchange vows at their “secret ceremony,” held in a small chapel set back from the castle. For the reception, men were asked to wear morning suits, while female guests were asked to wear black, white, or a combination of both. They danced to 60’s and 70’s music before being treated to a four and a half minute fireworks finale at the end of the evening.

Facts from the Beckhams’ wedding you may not know


The gold and diamond tiara east of Paris was worn by Victoria Beckham

1. Victoria’s bridesmaids consisted of her then 22-year-old sister Louise, Louise’s daughter Liberty, then 13-months-old, and David’s niece Georgina, then 16-months-old. The flower girls were dressed as woodland fairies in Angels & Bermans dresses, while Louise wore a dress designed by Chloe, then led by the bride’s friend Stella McCartney.

2. David arrived at the ceremony in a silver Bentley Azure convertible while Victoria was driven in a silver Bentley Arnage.

3. Gary Neville acted as best man for the groom and gave a sweet speech about his and David’s longstanding friendship and David’s first days with Victoria; “He would come to training every day like a little schoolboy,” he said in his speech, “it would go a long way to find two people more in love.”

4. He also tried to get a laugh with some risqué gags. As for why the Spice Girls wanted the Bayern Munich team to be there after their last-minute European Cup defeat to Man Utd earlier in the year, he said; “She [the Spice Girls] said they wanted to meet any man who could stay in the lead for 90 minutes and still finish second!”

5. David told Victoria’s parents he would “treat her like a princess, like she always wanted to be treated,” and has some lovely words about love in his speech – “Victoria wakes up every day and seems to get more beautiful each time I do it.” see her. I know a lot of people say we got it wrong — had Brooklyn and then got married — but when you have love, nothing else matters.”

David Beckham and Victoria Beckham arrive at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. PRESS ASSOCIATION photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

6. Sir Alex Ferguson was unable to attend the wedding as he was attending another friend’s wedding in England at the time.

7. For some reason, the orchestra played the Spice Girls’ Christmas hit “Goodbye.”

8. Victoria wore a gold and diamond tiara designed by Irish designer Slim Barrett for her wedding. The tiara was sold at a fine jewelery auction at Bonhams in London in December 2013. It was titled “East Of Paris” and had a value of between 22,000 and 30,000 euros. It failed to sell at this auction but enjoyed the period that the Victoria and Albert Museum displayed it in its 100 Tiaras, Past and Present exhibition.

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