Here's information on their courtship, wedding, children, and marriage.
News Updates:7/10/2011: The Beckhams announced the birth of their fourth child, a daughter.
Born:David Robert Joseph Beckham: May 2, 1975 in Leytonstone, London, England.
Victoria Caroline Adams aka Posh Spice: April 17, 1974 in Hertfordshire, England.
How David and Victoria Met:David on meeting Victoria in November 1996: "My wife picked me out of a soccer sticker book. And I chose her off the telly ... It felt straight away like we'd always been meant to be together."
Source: David Beckham, Tom Watt. Beckham: Both Feet on the Ground: An Autobiography. 2004. pg. 83.
Victoria and David started dating in 1997 by going on low-keyed dates -- driving around, talking, going to a pub, dinner out, going to the movies. They talked a lot on the telephone.
David proposed on one knee. They were engaged on January 25, 1998. The Beckham engagement party was held at Rookery Hall in Nantwich.
Victoria and David did not cut their engagement cake. Instead, they donated it to a fund raising event for Goostrey Community Primary School in Cheshire. The cake is "a replica of the hall with Victoria sitting at the top and David sitting behind her."
Wedding Date:With 29 close friends and family members at the wedding ceremony, David and Victoria were married on July 4, 1999 at the 560-acre estate of the 1794, gothic Luttrellstown Castle, Ireland outside Dublin, Ireland. The wedding ceremony was presided over by the Bishop of Cork Paul Colton Victoria was 25 and David was 24 when they married.
Gary Neville was their best man and their 4-month old son Brooklyn was their ring bearer. Victoria and David sat on Golden thrones on a raised platform with Brooklyn's crib at their side.
The bridesmaid was Victoria's sister Louise. Louise's daughter Liberty and David's niece Georgia were dressed as angels and served as flower girls.
"As they became man and wife, a single dove was released as a symbol of their love. Posh Spice -- one of the architects of the 'girl-power' philosophy -- stuck to her principles and did not pledge to 'obey' the Manchester United player. The new Mr. and Mrs. Beckham both shed tears after exchanging vows."
Wedding Attire:Victoria wore a crown and a tightly fitting ivory wedding dress designed by Vera Weng. Victoria's attire was matched by David's ivory and cream suit. He later changed into a purple suit because Brooklyn threw up on him. Their party outfits were designed by Antonio Berardi.
Brooklyn was wearing a purple cowboy hat.
Wedding Reception:David and Victoria had an elaborate and expensive wedding reception with 437 staff serving. All guests at the reception were asked to dress in black or white. The menu included Laurent Perrier rose champagne and sticky toffee pudding.
Their wedding cake was topped with a nude (except for a few ivy leaves) sculpture of the newlyweds.
Guests at the reception numbered approximately 230 and included David and Debbie Seamon, the Spice Girls, and Sir Bobby Charlton. The wedding reception featured an 18-piece orchestra. Guests were able to disco later on in the evening. The reception ended with a fireworks display.
David and Victoria didn't want to receive any presents. They preferred to receive shopping vouchers.
Children:Victoria and David have three sons and a daughter.
- Brooklyn Joseph Beckham: Born in 1999 in London, England. His godfather is Elton John and his godmother is Elizabeth Hurley.
- Romeo James Beckham: Born in 2002 in London, England. His godfather is Elton John and his godmother is Elizabeth Hurley.
- Cruz David Beckham: Born in 2005 in Madrid, Spain.
- Harper Seven Beckham: Born in 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
Occupations:David: Professional soccer (footballer) player. He owns soccer academies in London and in Los Angeles. Has his own aftershave scent, David Beckham Instinct.
Victoria: As "Posh Spice", performed with the Spice Girls, dancer, composer.
The Matching Thing:David and Victoria enjoy wearing matching clothes such as baseball caps, sarongs, and leathers. They have matching diamond rings, had matching haircuts at one time, and matching Rottweilers, Puffy and Snoop Doggy Dog.
Denise Knowles, a relationship counsellor and sex therapist, said of their need to be matching, "When couples get together they want to be of each other's lives. But this can lead to their stifling each other ... If they are too busy trying to create a mirror image and concentrating too much on what's on the surface, emotionally things could go wrong."
Residences:In March 2012, The Mirror reported that Victoria and David decided to make Los Angeles, California their full-time residence.
David and Victoria are selling their mansion in Hertfordshire, England and their home in France. Once known as Rowneybury House and now called Beckingham Palace, the Beckhams added indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, and a petting zoo to the 22-acre estate they bought in 2003.
In April 2007, they spent $22 million on their Italian Villa home in Beverly Hills, California.
Quotes About the Marriage of David and Victoria Beckham:David about giving gifts: "If you love someone, you want to treat them, surprise them, remind them how you feel, whether that means a weekend away somewhere, or a bowl of fruit in the morning laid out in the shape of a heart. I know Victoria thinks I'm romantic like that."
Source: David Beckham, Tom Watt. Beckham: Both Feet on the Ground: An Autobiography. 2004. pg. 91.
David about their marriage: "People can say what they like. But me and Victoria will always stay together as husband and wife ... We'll always stick together."
Source: "Becks: 'I'll never leave Posh.'" Dailymail.co.uk. 6/02/2004.