David Beckham ‘shed a tear’ during emotional five minute speech at son Brooklyn’s $3.5m wedding as he recalled the moment he was born – before groom urged guests to donate money for Ukrainian crisis
David Beckham “shed a tear” during an emotional speech at eldest son Brooklyn Beckham’s wedding, before the groom urged guests help war-torn Ukraine by donating money to related charities.
Former Manchester United and England star David, 46, gave a heartfelt speech as his son tied the knot with wealthy actress Nicola Peltz during a stunning ceremony at her family’s glitzy seafront estate in Palm Beach, Florida.
As part of his duties as father of the groom, the retired footballer gave a five minute speech about his son and his new wife, also recalling a special time during the first few moments of his life – leaving everyone, including himself, misty eyed.
Sources claim he was had to ‘stop to take a breather’ and also found time to praise his daughter-in-law – calling the billion dollar heiress ‘incredible’.
Emotional: David Beckham “shed a tear” during an emotional speech at son Brooklyn Beckham’s wedding, before the groom urged guests help war-torn Ukraine by donating money
A source told The Sun: ‘David’s speech went on for about five minutes and he looked to shed a tear at one point. He was talking about when Brooklyn was born and how he wanted to protect him.
‘He said he was sleeping on the hospital floor, holding the door shut because he didn’t want to let anyone get in. David got a lump in his throat and had to stop and take a breather to regain his composure, but it was a very sweet speech.’
Following the speeches, everyone was served special cocktails whilst a jazz quartet and a 12-piece live band provided the entertainment.
Old times: Former Manchester United and England star David gave a heartfelt speech as he recalled the moment Brooklyn was born (pictured with his eldest son in 1999)
Brooklyn, 23, and new bride Nicola, 27, later invited their wedding guests to donate to support Ukraine as it continues to resist the ongoing Russian invasion.
According to Vogue, the crisis in Ukraine wasn’t far from their minds as they celebrated their special day with a star-studded guest list over the weekend.
It’s understood that Brooklyn and Nicola partnered with humanitarian agency Care, and invited their guests to contribute to the efforts by the agency to support and provide aid for women, girls, families and the elderly in the war-torn country.
Happy couple: Brooklyn and American actress Nicola Peltz exchanged vows in Palm Beach on Saturday afternoon
Candid: As part of his duties as father of the groom, retired footballer David gave a five minute speech about his son and his new wife (pictured with Victoria on the day)
The bride’s parents, Claudia and financier Nelson – who is worth an estimated $1.7billion – were among those who made a significant donation to the cause.
Brooklyn shared the very first photo from his wedding to Nicola on Sunday, after they exchanged vows at her billionaire father Nelson’s $103m (£79m).
The aspiring chef shared the snap which saw his bride wow in a stunning Valentino white dress adorned with an evil eye symbol, with the accompanying caption: ‘Mr. & Mrs. Peltz Beckham.’
Gorgeous: Nicola stunned in an incredible Valentino bridal gown as she posed for her wedding photos after marrying Brooklyn – exclusive DailyMail.com pictures have revealed
Nicola’s dress included a message from her mother, former model Claudia Peltz, that the Valentino team stitched into the wedding gown using blue thread. Claudia wore custom Versace.
Her hair was styled in what Vogue termed ‘an ode to Claudia Schiffer in the ’90s’.
‘I always thought I wanted my hair half up, half down, but we’re going for long bangs with loose, natural hair,’ she told the magazine.
Adir Abergel, who styled her hair, said Brigitte Bardot’s half ponytails also served as an inspiration.
‘It was all about keeping her hair beautiful, soft and smooth,’ he said. ‘Think luxe, polished texture, but with fullness and movement to it.’
He also took her hair color lighter and brighter ahead of the big day.
Beautiful! As exclusively predicted by MailOnline, the couple wed under a flower-garlanded chuppah in traditional Jewish ceremony in honour of Nicola’s Jewish heritage (pictured after they got engaged)
Chanel make-up artist Kate Lee told Vogue she was inspired by the bride’s natural beauty.
‘We decided on a very fresh, natural look – barely-there but with a few interesting details that will pop under the veil,’ she said.
‘The intention was to accentuate her natural features, while adding a few modern, not-so-traditional details.’
The dress was the result of a year’s worth of conversations with Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli’s team; two trips to Rome; and two U.S. fittings.
‘It was the ultimate couture experience,’ said her stylist, Leslie Fremar, describing how they chose elements from various sketches, fabrics and embroideries.
Fremar said it was the most beautiful dress she had ever seen, Vogue reported.
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
- April 2022: They get married in an early-evening $4million Jewish ceremony at Nicola Peltz’s $103million family estate in Palm Beach, Florida
Wow! The wedding venue was also the romantic setting for Friday evening’s rehearsal dinner
‘The simplicity of it was magnificent, she said. ‘We didn’t have to overly detail the dress to accomplish the magnitude of it, so we ended up eliminating the embroidery.’
The bride was walked down the aisle by her father Nelson to a string orchestra playing Songbird.
Her new sister-in-law, 10-year-old Harper Beckham, was among the flower girls, and her bridesmaids wore gowns crafted by tailor Joel Diaz.
Brooklyn wore a Dior suit, and as a gift to her new husband, Peltz sewed a bespoke label into his outfit.
He added a diamond lapel chain from Anita Ko – a gift from his new in-laws.
Loved-up: Brooklyn and Nicola were ‘very happy’ and ‘sneaking kisses’ during at pre-wedding party on Friday according to sources
Ko, who was a guest at the wedding, told Vogue: ‘He wore it Friday night as an upscale wallet chain, and on the night of the wedding as a formal chain attached to the front of his evening jacket.
‘They were bezel set emerald-cut diamonds.’
After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails adorned with white cherry blossoms as a jazz quartet played, Vogue reported.
A 12-piece live band then took over the entertainment for the black-tie dinner.
The dinner was served in a marquee by the seafront, filled with spectacular floral arrangements from HMR Designs.
The team used garden roses layered with peonies, white ranunculus, spray roses and hydrangea, Vogue said.
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