Victoria Adams and David Beckham were married on July 4, 1999 at the 560-acre Luttrellstown Castle, just outside of Dublin, Ireland. Twenty-nine close friends and family witnessed the event, which was held in a private room of the castle decorated with rose petals and silver birch trees. Victoria arrived at the castle in a burgundy vintage Bentley, with her sister and maid of honor, Louise, and David’s two nieces who were flower girls.
The bride walked down a 60-foot walkway covered in flowers, as a harp and violin duo played Mozart, Bach and Handel. She made her grand entrance wearing a champagne colored strapless Vera Wang gown with a 20-foot train. In her hair, she wore an 18-carat gold crown encrusted with diamonds by jeweler Slim Barrett. The groom wore an ivory and cream suit. Brooklyn, the couple’s baby son, wore a white suit by Antonio Berardi and slept peacefully through the ceremony.
The wedding was officiated by the Bishop of Cork, Paul Colton, and at the conclusion of the tearful vows, a single white dove was released. In celebration, a purple heraldic flag was raised above the castle with the letters ‘V.B.D.’ — for Victoria, Brooklyn and David.
A reception was held for 230 guests, all of whom were asked to wear black and white, including Spice Girls Geri Halliwell, Melanie Chisholm and Melanie Brown, and Sir Bobby Charlton. The affair itself employed 400 staff members and was coordinated by Bentley’s Entertainment and Sternberg Clarke. The reception room was filled with cushions the size of double beds, purple carpets and two golden thrones for the newlyweds. A crib for baby Brooklyn was set up at their side.
For the reception, the couple changed into party outfits by Antonio Berardi. David wore a purple suit, and his son wore a purple cowboy hat.
Dinner was catered by chef Jason Reynolds and included red pepper soup, turkey breast, grilled Mediterranean vegetables, and Beckham’s favorite — sticky toffee pudding with a terrine of summer berries. For dessert, a wedding cake was served with a nude sculpture of the couple on top.
The couple shared their first dance to “It Had To Be You,” performed by The Starlight Orchestra. At the end of the evening, hundreds of red balloons were released into the air, and a fireworks display lit up the sky.
The couple spent their wedding night in the castle’s Royal Suite before honeymooning in a villa in the South of France.