Inside David and Victoria Beckham's Robin Hood-themed wedding in 1999
David and Victoria Beckham’s wedding: As Brooklyn and his fiancée Nicola Peltz prepare to get hitched, MailOnline takes a look at his parents’ Robin Hood-themed extravaganza in 1999… where they sat on crushed velvet thrones in ‘ridiculous’ purple outfits
Brooklyn Beckham and his fiancée Nicola Peltz are set to have all eyes on them this Saturday as they marry in a lavish £3.5 million Florida ceremony at her billionaire father Nelson’s £76 million family estate.
And with just hours to go until they exchange nuptials after a three year romance, MailOnline takes a look at his parents David and Victoria’s own big day back in 1999, which the budding chef attended at just three months old.
Posh and Becks opted for a Robin Hood-themed wedding when they got hitched at Dublin’s Luttrellstown Castle and stared down at their very star-studded guests from giant golden thrones while wearing matching purple outfits – which David later called ‘ridiculous’ and likened to Dumb & Dumber.
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Sparing no expense, the power couple hired Bentley’s Entertainments, organisers of Elton John’s birthday as well as Princess Anne’s 40th, to mastermind the highly-publicised showbiz event.
While Brooklyn and Nicola’s ceremony is rumoured to grace the pages of fashion bible Vogue magazine, his mum and dad sold the rights to their own matrimony to OK! magazine for £1 million at the time – an unprecedented move which broke all previous records for celebrity photoshoots.
Their picturesque Irish venue sat on 560 acres and dated back to the 18th century, with organsier Peregrine Armstrong-Jones telling OK! how ‘Victoria wanted somewhere really private and unique, somewhere leafy and green’.
She had hired Simon Lycett, who worked on the 90s rom-com Four Weddings And A Funeral, to set up the floral arrangements – complete with fresh apples which had been pierced and dotted around the castle in order to discharge the scent of fruit.
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With David rocking up in a £230,000 Bentley Azure wearing a cream suit designed by Timothy Everett, Victoria sported a Vera Wang dress as she rode in style in a Bentley Arnage.
She commanded attention in a diamond-and-gold crown, which was custom-built by Slim Barrett who had previously crafted accessories for Princess Diana.
After the Manchester United player and his girlfriend made their mutual promises – with a special license by the Archbishop of Dublin – a leafy walkway guided guests to into the 226-strong reception inspired by the historic fable.
Still a member of the Spice Girls, the future fashion designer invited each of her bandmates to listen on as an 18-piece string orchestra played their own renditions of the group’s chart-topping hits during a three-course meal.
Loved up: With David rocking up in a £230,000 Bentley Azure wearing a cream suit designed by Timothy Everett, Victoria sported a Vera Wang dress as she rode in style in a Bentley Arnage (pictured with a sleepy Brooklyn at three months)
Cutting into a three-tiered Rachel Mount cake at 10pm, speeches from their loved ones were made before Posh and Becks performed their first dance to Frank Sinatra’s It Had To Be You.
Having made a quick outfit change into the Antonia Beradi-designed attire, David admitted years later to Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs: ‘I look like the guys out of Dumb & Dumber when they went to that party and wore those ridiculous outfits. I even had a top hat in purple. Unbelievable. What was I thinking?’
Finishing touches were being made to Brooklyn and Nicola’s extravagant £3million Palm Beach wedding on Saturday morning.
Exclusive new photographs taken just hours before the son of David and Victoria, and the actress, will tie the knot show huge white marquees being decked out with chic gold and white tables and seating.
Grand: Posh and Becks opted for a Robin Hood-themed wedding when they got hitched at Dublin’s Luttrellstown Castle. Their picturesque Irish venue sat on 560 acres and dated back to the 18th century (pictured in 1999)
The three lavish tents overlook stunning sea views at Nicola’s father Nelson’s £76million ($103million) family estate where a star-studded group of guests – including Eva Longoria, Gordon Ramsay and Serena Williams – will soon be arriving.
Members of staff were busy setting up lighting and flooring at the edges of the tent while a bar area and comfy white seating sections were also visible.
Grey drapes were hanging from the sides of the marquee with open sections looking out onto the nearby beach so guests will be able to look at the views and take steps down to the sand, while speakers and a drums set were set up in the corner ready for dancing.
The oceanfront estate, owned by Nicola’s parents Nelson and Claudia, boasts two large properties and a sprawling driveway leading to a courtyard lined with palm trees.
Hilarious: Having made a quick change into matching purple ensembles, David admitted years later: ‘I look like the guys out of Dumb & Dumber when they went to that party and wore those ridiculous outfits’ (Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels pictured in 1994)
The complex also features outdoor tennis and basketball courts and a stunning pool surrounded by a large terrace with space for guests to kick back and soak up the sun.
On Friday night some of the celebrity guests were revealed as they arrived at a rehearsal dinner, including Gordon and his wife Tana and daughter Holly, Eva, Serena and Nicola’s parents.
Preparations for the £3million wedding ceremony on Saturday are well underway at the Peltz mansion, with photographs showing other finishing touches being done on Friday.
Aerial pictures showed three huge marquees erected on the beachfront, while two smaller tents were also put up elsewhere on the sprawling estate.
White orchids were also seen being delivered at the estate in a golf buggy as the excitement builds for the big day on Saturday.
The day before, event trucks were seen arriving at the property and huge marquees were erected to host the ceremony and party.
A look back at David and Victoria’s romance
The couple met at a Manchester United charity match at David’s request and started dating – they were soon dubbed Posh And Becks by the media
The couple announced their engagement, with Victoria showing off a huge diamond rock
March 4 1999
The couple welcome son Brooklyn, who acted as a ring-bearer at their wedding when he was four months old
July 4 1999
They tied the knot in a lavish £500k ceremony at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland, sitting on golden thrones. Soon after, they bought the famous Beckingham Palace in Hertfordshire, worth around £7.5 million
Victoria gave birth to the couple’s second child, Romeo. Elton John and Elizabeth Hurley are godparents
The family moved to Spain when David was transferred from Manchester United to Real Madrid
David’s personal assistant, Rebecca Loos, claimed she had an affair with David for four months. She lost her job and David has always denied the claims
Cruz David was born – his name means cross in Spanish and he was born in Madrid
The couple welcomed fourth child Harper Seven, with David saying she is ‘very feminine in every way’
Victoria broke her silence on rumours she and David had an ongoing rift, telling Grazia that she and her family have ‘nothing to prove.’
She said: ‘I am blessed to have a wonderful husband and beautiful, healthy, happy children.
Huge trucks from Thierry Isambert Culinary and Event Design, furniture rental firm Nüage Designs, and Meyer’s Turf & Landscape Nursery were seen drawing up to the property.
Brooklyn is understood to have signed a prenuptial agreement with his heiress bride-to-be Nicola. The £380million fortune of Brooklyn’s parents is dwarfed by the estimated £1.3billion wealth of Nicola’s financier father Nelson.
As wedding preparations are underway, Nicola recruited Leslie Fremar – a stylist who has worked with Hollywood A-listers Demi Moore and Charlize Theron – to help choose her dress.
The pair travelled to the headquarters of Valentino in Rome and Nicola has confirmed her gown has been designed by the fashion house’s Pierpaolo Piccioli.
‘Nicola trusts Leslie implicitly and, while her dress is being made by Valentino, Leslie is the person she has turned to help with how she will accessorise and how she will have her hair and make-up,’ a source said.
Proud parents: DailyMail.com photos show David and Victoria Beckham arriving to the Peltz family compound in Palm Beach, Florida Friday
Man of the moment: Brooklyn was seen at the estate on Friday ahead of the wedding, looking happy and relaxed
From the middle of last week, trucks started to arrive in Palm Beach, and police were patrolling the vicinity of the estate.
The marquees are of a size usually rented for trade fairs. Each could comfortably hold 1,000 people — and there are three of them on the lawn at the Peltz’s £76million estate.
The largest will apparently hold a dance floor where rapper Snoop Dogg is going to DJ.
The food is apparently being provided by Miami chef Thierry Isambert, who has previously cooked for former U.S. president Bill Clinton.
Dietary choices include the usual vegan and vegetarian options, but also stretch to allergy-specific choices and even a ‘light’ option, which comes in underneath a certain calorie-counted ceiling.
Exciting: In July 2020, Brooklyn proposed to Nicola with a £250,000 emerald and diamond ring, sharing the news online by posting: ‘I asked my soulmate to marry me, and she said yes xx’
A timeline of Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz’s romance:
- April 2017: The pair meet at Coachella music festival after being introduced by a friend. At the time Brooklyn was in a relationship with his ex girlfriend Hana Cross
- November 2019: Nicola and Brooklyn first go public with their budding relationship in November 2019 when pictures emerged of them hugging after attending a Halloween party together
- January 2020: Nicola went Instagram official with their romance, posting a bedroom selfie in a bra, with a shirtless Brooklyn in the foreground, captioned with a simple black heart
- February 2020: The next month they sat front row in coordinating outfits at the Saint Laurent show at Paris Fashion Week
- March 2020: The pair move in with each other at the Beckhams family home as the pandemic hits
- July 2020: They then got engaged in July 2020, just eight months later, with Brooklyn proposing with a $325,000 emerald and diamond ring
In true 21st-century fashion, Vogue magazine has photographers and videographers on hand to document every moment.
A source said: ‘It’s a nice event, not too big, it will be black tie.
‘There is heavy security and the hundreds of guests have been asked not to share pictures of the bride and groom as they have an exclusive arrangement with Vogue, who will put pictures up on their website.
Lots of the guests are bringing their own hair and make-up artists — it’s that sort of event.’
Along with a full flush of Spice Girls, there will David’s best friend Dave Gardner and Gordon and Tana Ramsay and their five children.
Victoria’s sister Louise and her daughter Libby are already in Miami, as are Victoria’s parents Tony and Jackie.
David’s parents Sandra and Ted will also be there, along with his sister Jo.
Brooklyn’s brothers Romeo and Cruz will be groomsmen, the bride’s brother Brandon will be ‘Man of Honour’ and Harper Beckham, ten, will be a bridesmaid.
The bride’s maternal grandmother Bunny will be Maid of Honour.
Nicola and Brooklyn enjoyed a whirlwind romance after first going public with their budding relationship in November 2019 when pictures emerged of them hugging before getting engaged in July 2020, just eight months later.
While their relationship officially began in 2019, they actually first met in 2017 – with Brooklyn revealing during an Instagram Q&A with followers that they were originally introduced at the Coachella music festival in California.
At the time of Coachella Brooklyn was dating Hana Cross, but he and Nicola reconnected two years later at a Halloween party.
In January 2020, Nicola went Instagram official with their romance, posting a bedroom selfie in a bra, with a shirtless Brooklyn in the foreground, captioned with a simple black heart.
The next month they sat front row in coordinating outfits at the Saint Laurent show at Paris Fashion Week.
In July that year, Brooklyn proposed with a £250,000 emerald and diamond ring, sharing the news online by posting: ‘I asked my soulmate to marry me, and she said yes xx I am the luckiest man in the world. I promise to be the best husband and the best daddy one day.’
In her own post, Nicola said: ‘You’ve made me the luckiest girl in the world. I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life by your side.’
Outfits: Romeo Beckham’s girlfriend Mia Regan shared a snap of the couple’s rehearsal dinner outfits, as she donned a yellow dress while Romeo wore a pink suit
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the pair’s relationship grew quickly and they were spotted taking walks together during quarantine after bubbling up together when lockdown first came into effect in March 2020.
Later in the summer, Brooklyn moved back home to quarantine with his parents, but his relationship with Nicola continued to go from strength to strength.
The pair then bought a plush £7.5m home in Beverly Hills, complete with a private yoga room, gym, outdoor infinity pool and even a juice bar.
The property that will host Saturday’s wedding has been owned for decades by investor and billionaire money manager Nelson Peltz and his wife, former model Claudia Heffner and is comprised of three separate lots for a total of 11.1 acres of beach-front land.
Family: Nicola is the daughter of billionaire businessman Nelson Peltz, 79, and model Claudia Heffner
The real estate is partly occupied by buildings boasting a total 25,000 square feet and as many as 16 bathrooms.
In size, the property is second to Trump’s 17-acre Mar-a-Lago, but the astronomic price of Peltz’s place makes it much more valuable.
According to Palm Beach County property tax records, the wedding venue has been valued at over $100,000,000 – even if local realtors claims the property could sell for twice to three times as much if it were put up for sale.
Records show Nelson Peltz’s contribution to the wealth of the area through yearly property taxes for the compound is a total $2,180,540.
Peltz is said to be worth $1.7 billion, according to Forbes.
The Peltzes, however, aren’t the only rich and famous residents of Billionaires’ Row.
Love: Brooklyn and Nicola began dating just before the start of the Covid pandemic in 2020, having met two years earlier
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