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The posh wedding Tuesday, 6 July, 1999, 06:03 GMT 07:03 UK
Spice couple's honeymoon secret
Beckham and Neville
All smiles for Beckham and best man Gary Neville
Celebrity newlyweds David Beckham and Victoria Adams have left for a secret honeymoon destination after their all-star wedding on Sunday.

The posh wedding
The couple married at Luttrellstown Castle outside Dublin in a lavish ceremony shrouded in secrecy - to safeguard their 1m exclusive picture contract with OK! Magazine.

And in common with many of the day's events, the destination of their intimate holiday was being kept closely under wraps.

Luttrellstown Castle
A spokeswoman for Victoria and David said: "I can't say where it will be, but it's very exotic."

The exclusive Pacific island of Bora Bora has however been the destination most frequently mentioned.

Wedding guests have also begun to return home after a day of truly showbiz dimensions.

England goalkeeper David Seaman and his wife Debbie were among the 230 or so guests who joined in the day's celebrations.

As they passed through Dublin airport on their way home, the footballer said: "It was a lovely wedding. I think most of the lads are probably going home today. Some of them have training."

Beckham and Posh
The couple released doves to celebrate their nuptuals
Spice Girl Victoria married Manchester United footballer David in a ceremony presided over by the Bishop of Cork Paul Colton in the castle grounds.

The couple's four month-old son Brooklyn was at his parents' side along with just 29 close friends and family members. Security guards were on hand to keep journalists and fans at bay.

Among the select group chosen to see the exchange of vows were 25-year-old Victoria's three fellow Spice Girls Mel G, Mel C and Emma Bunton.

Most of 24-year-old David's Manchester United team mates were also there, with Gary Neville acting as best man.

Spice Girls: Among the select few to witness the exchange of vows
Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell did not attend the any of the day's celebrations. Instead she was performing at the Party in the Park concert in London's Hyde Park.

After the ceremony Victoria and David joined the rest of their guests, who had all been asked to dress in either black or white, at a glittering reception in a marquee in the castle grounds, reported to have cost 500,000.

Manchester United stars Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Phil Neville and soccer legend Sir Bobby Charlton were among those there to enjoy the wedding breakfast, which included David's favourite, sticky toffee pudding.

But Sir Elton John - who was due to play at the reception - called off early on Sunday, suffering from "heat-stroke" after a spell in Italy.

Despite the disappointment, guests were able to dance to an 18-piece orchestra, followed by a disco later on.

As the party continued well into the night, hundreds of well-wishers and the British media had to content themselves with waiting outside the high wall of the 560-acre estate.

But they were able to join in at least a part of the festivities when a spectacular firework display lit up the night sky to round everything off with a bang.

  • The photograph of David Beckham and Gary Neville at the top of this story was the only wedding picture released to the press as of Monday night - courtesy of OK! Magazine, © OK! Magazine, July 1999.

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