The beauty of 21st-century weddings is that people are becoming bolder and bolder about breaking traditions they don’t want to follow for their special day. One of those is swapping bridesmaids for groomsmen and vice versa. Who said only girls are allowed on the bride’s side and boys at the groom’s end? You can have your closest people, regardless of their gender, supporting you on this memorable event.
Deal With Your Old-School Guests
If you think there might be guests who won’t understand your decision to break tradition, don’t be quick to cancel your ideas. Instead, sit down and communicate with them. It is usually the parents who hold reservations about trying out different wedding ideas, so be patient enough to explain what you want, and adamant enough to show them it is your special day, and they have to respect that.
What to Wear?
Ah, the question of all questions. Leaving tradition in the past means your wedding will be original and modern. You can choose the girls to match the groom and the boys to match the bride or vice versa. There are no rules! If you’re out of ideas, just think about your wedding albums and what you want to see in it, and it might help you get the vision for their attire! Perhaps consulting with what your closest friends will be comfortable with can also help you make up your mind and feel confident about your decision.
What About the Party?
Traditionally, bachelor and bachelorette parties are boys or girls only type of events, but you can break that tradition, too! You can make a joint party with the groom’s side or several parties for different groups of people. The choice is yours!
Have Fun With the Titles
Last but not least, have fun with the titles of your chosen people. What if you decide to have “a man of honor” by your side, or perhaps “a bride’s best man?” Play around with the titles of their roles, and you’ll see how everyone will appreciate your creative input!
Bend it Like Brooklyn: A Timeline of Brooklyn Beckham’s Life & Relationships
Son of the soccer legend David Beckham and Posh Spice of the Spice Girls, Brooklyn Beckham has always been in the public eye, even if he wasn’t always on board with it. Brooklyn has had some interesting relationships with the likes of Chloë Grace Moretz and Nicola Peltz, to name a few. Here’s a timeline of his life and all the women he’s ever been linked to.
A Beckham Is Born
Brooklyn Joseph Beckham was born at the Portland Hospital in Westminster, London, United Kingdom on March 4th, 1999 to David and Victoria Beckham, and immediately became the center of attention. He is the couple’s first child, and the oldest out of three sons and one daughter.
Brooklyn made his media debut about five weeks after his birth. His parents got married on July 4th, 1999, exactly three months after he was born.
Giving a Name
There’s a popular belief that Brooklyn got his name as Victoria found out she was pregnant with him in Brooklyn, New York. However, Posh said, in her autobiography, Learning to Fly, that they came up with the name “Brooklyn” because they wanted a name that would fit nicely in case the baby boy wanted to be a soccer player.
Victoria said that she always liked the name Brooke, which then evolved into Brooklyn – the reason being Victoria always thought the place Brooklyn was very multicultural. Thus, baby Beckham was named Brooklyn.
Dad Beckham Misses Practice for Baby Brooklyn
It was the most endearing thing in the world when David Beckham missed a practice session at Manchester United’s fancy new Carrington training complex, as he was busy attending baby Brooklyn, who was suffering from gastroenteritis at the age of one.
Dad Beckham felt that he needed to be by his son’s side rather than practicing his passes in Manchester. It’s not surprising; David Beckham has consistently proven what a devoted father he is, and all his kids vouch for it.
Since David Beckham had to move around a lot while juggling life between playing for the national team and clubs, Brooklyn and the entire family had the opportunity to live in many countries.
Brooklyn grew up in Madrid, Spain, where his father was playing for Real Madrid, as well as Los Angeles, California when dad Beckham played for LA Galaxy. According to him, he and his brother can speak fluent Spanish and picked it up from their childhood in Spain.
Friends With the Ramsays
Superstar chef Gordon Ramsay has had a close friendship with David Beckham for years – inevitably opening up a door for their kids to develop a bond of friendship over the years too. Brooklyn and David even appeared on an episode of Hell’s Kitchen, a reality competition TV show hosted by Gordon Ramsay himself.
The families are extremely close and can often be spotted hanging out together. Fun fact: The kids aren’t allowed to date each other, and the fathers are extremely strict on this.
First TV Appearance at Three
Little baby Beckham actually made his first TV appearance in 2002 when he was only three years old in his mother, Victoria Beckham’s documentary titled Being Victoria Beckham.
The documentary goes deeper into the life of Posh Spice and the way she managed life as a Beckham and a new mom. Brooklyn can be seen being showered with all the affection of both his parents in the movie, and it’s genuinely one of the most adorable things ever.
Godchild of Elton John
Brooklyn has three godparents: Elton John and his hubby David Furnish, alongside Elizabeth Hurley. The Beckhams are a high-profile family, and their friends? Equally so. That’s why when it came to picking a godfather for their son, they chose longtime friend Sir Elton John.
Brooklyn and his godfather must get along pretty well, as he’s commented that Elton John is the best godfather one could have. Isn’t that the cutest!
First Modeling Gig
You’d only expect Brooklyn to get the best of genes when his parents look the way they do. He landed his first modeling job at the age of 15 and made his debut on the cover of Man About Town magazine, as well as a 20-page story. He signed with a modeling agency beforehand who helped him score many other modeling gigs throughout the years.
Sources who have worked with Brooklyn claim that he’s extremely photogenic and has the looks to be in consideration for many high-profile works.
Dating Chloë Grace Moretz
Brooklyn has been in several high-profile relationships in his life, but this one deserves special mention. He started dating actress Chloë Grace Moretz in August 2014. They made their red carpet debut in the same month at the Teen’s Choice Awards.
He even attended the 2016 Democratic National Convention alongside Moretz. The couple was constantly breaking up and patching up before they officially ended it in August 2016. However, this was far from the ending of their story.
Taking a Part-Time Job
One of the reasons the Beckham kids are some young celebrities that seem to have their life in control is because of their grounded parents. Brooklyn took up a job at a regular London coffee shop in 2014, working shifts and serving beverages to his customers.
He did so as his parents encouraged him to get a part-time job so that he could learn the value of money. Brooklyn was more than happy to comply and says that he did to get a sense of freedom in his life.
Brooklyn shocked his father and the entire world at the age of 16 when he decided not to pursue soccer as a career. He still plays soccer but has made it clear that he won’t take it up professionally.
He used to play at Arsenal F.C.’s Youth Academy but quit after not receiving a scholarship from the club. Brooklyn has also stated that another reason for not choosing soccer as his profession is that there would be immense pressure to be as good as his father.
Hitting One Million Followers on IG
Brooklyn hit the one million followers mark on Instagram on 17 April 2015, when he was just 16. He also posted a celebratory video on his IG handle to thank his fans, only to be reminded that even he wasn’t safe from teenage embarrassment.
David popped onto the screen, and as soon as Brooklyn revealed that he had gained a million followers, the father’s instant reply was, “I’ve got 52.” The video also had a hashtag #ismydadcoolerthanme. It’s probably impossible to be as cool as David Beckham, so we totally get you, Brooklyn!
Cameo in a Music Video
Brooklyn Beckham added acting to his long-list of talents on October 5th, 2015 when he appeared in a new music video of The Vamps titled “Wake Up.” Band member James McVey stated that he thought of Brooklyn as a really close friend.
Apparently, the decision to appear in the music video was super simple – they were texting each other and got to know that both of them were in LA at the same time, so Brooklyn said “yes” when McVey suggested having a cameo.
The Face of Huawei Honor 8
Huawei signed up Brooklyn Beckham as their Global Brand Ambassador for approximately $115,000! Mind you, Brooklyn was merely 17 at that time. Subsequently, he became the face of Huawei Honor 8 and appeared in multiple advertisements for it.
The brand said that Brooklyn’s charm among the younger audience had drawn them to sign him, as well as how well-presented he seemed. He joined the list of Huawei brand ambassadors with Hollywood stars Scarlett Johansson, Henry Cavill, as well as supermodel Karlie Kloss.
Short-Lived Romance With Sonia Ben Ammar
While on a break from Moretz, Brooklyn dated French model and actress Sonia Ben Ammar in 2016. They were noticed getting cozy at a concert, and, afterward, she featured in one of his Instagram posts. The couple dated for around five months, after which the relationship came to an end in March 2016.
However, they reconnected about a year later and were spotted at the Louvre Museum in Paris alongside Brooklyn’s mom, Victoria Beckham.
Scoring a Cover for Vogue China
High fashion runs in the Beckham family – this phrase simply can’t be emphasized enough. Brooklyn scored his biggest Vogue cover back in 2016 when he got to do a major editorial for Vogue China’s June edition of “Vogue Me”.
This helped Brooklyn garner a major fan following in China and he was praised for his overall progress as a model. Proud mom Victoria even posted a cover of the issue on her Instagram handle gushing over her son’s achievement.
Photographing a Campaign for Burberry
Brooklyn was already making a name for himself in the modeling industry when he decided he wanted to be on both sides of the lens. The 17-year-old was appointed to photograph Burberry Brit fragrance ads. He worked alongside other cool teens, much like himself.
His work generated two types of response – one recommending him to branch out and show various sides of himself, and the other dismissing it, terming it as nepotism. Nevertheless, no one could deny that this boy had a lot of talent.
New Partner Sofia Richie
After Brooklyn and Sofia Richie were seen strolling late in the night in Beverly Hills along with a bunch of friends, rumors of a budding romance started swirling in the air in October 2016. The pair then remained distant for some time but soon reconnected in January 2017 at Bloomsbury Bowling Alley in London.
They were seen exiting together as the curtains drew on the events of the night. Sadly, the romance was much short-lived as Sofia was seen in Cannes with new boyfriend Scott Disick a few months later.
Brooklyn shares his father’s love for getting inked. He got his first tattoo as an homage to his dad – a Native American figure on his right arm – reminiscent of one that David Beckham has on his torso. Many of his tattoos are inspired by his father.
Until now, he has had 26 tattoos on him; some significant ones being the words “Mama’s boy” on the left side of his chest, his nickname “Buster” tattooed just above his belly button, a matching rose tattoo with his mother and many more.
Releasing of First Book
Brooklyn came out with his first book titled Brooklyn Beckham: What I See in 2017. The book contains 300 personal photographs mostly taken by him that offer an intimate and rare glimpse into his life, and how it seems through his lens.
All the photos come with unique captions and passages he penned to express the emotions behind the particular photo. The photos are from all around the world, with locations like New York, Iceland, Greece, California, and Brooklyn (obviously!).
Fling With Madison Beer
In the summer of 2017, young love blossomed between Justin Bieber’s former protégé Madison Beer and Brooklyn. The couple was then seen being intimate when they were on a shopping trip.
The musician blushed as she commented that Brooklyn was incredibly sweet, a cutie, and had become one of her best friends. Their fling lasted shorter than one would think, as Beckham moved to New York for college about a month later, and they decided to call it quits.
Off to Parsons School of Design
Young Beckham decided to take his love for photography further when he enrolled in a photography course in Parsons School of Design, New York. Brooklyn set off for college in 2017 and was reported to be fitting in well there, taking in the elements of photography as he grew with his camera.
He had a busy time chasing off people who would approach him just to know what the life of a celebrity was, or what life was like being the child of two internationally recognized faces.
A Month of Afton McKeith
Brooklyn tried romance with his classmate, Afton McKeith, daughter of Gillian McKeith in 2017. This was definitely one of his few low-key relationships as not many people are aware that they even dated, to begin with. The relationship lasted only a few days, as Brooklyn was still struggling due to the complicated romance between him and Moretz.
Things ended bitterly as could be, according to McKeith. She states that she had developed feelings for him, but they had their timings wrong – with Moretz and Madison being in the middle of something already.
Back to Moretz
Through all his flings, Moretz was that one girl that Beckham kept coming back to. In September of 2017, the couple had flirty Instagram interactions before confirming their reunion the following month via an appearance.
About the relationship, Moretz said that it was one of those things that someone could come back to after years, and it would still feel the same. This comment was made in November 2017, and the couple finally split for good after Valentine’s Day, 2018. Some things really aren’t meant to be.
Leaving School to Return to the UK
Less than a year after leaving for Parsons to pursue photography, Brooklyn dropped out of college and returned to the United Kingdom. He stated that he dearly missed his family and wanted to come back, which makes sense, given how close-knit the Beckhams are.
Another reason for him deferring his four-year program was that he had bagged an internship with a “prestigious photographer” back home in the UK. Whatever the reason, his family was more than glad to have the eldest son back.
Moving on With Lexi Wood
With things with Chloë Grace Moretz ending for good, it didn’t take Brooklyn a lot of time to bounce back in the romance sector. Beckham was spotted being intimate with Playboy model Lexi Wood at Suite X tattoo parlor located in LA.
The encounter happened in April 2018, and this confirmed his fall from longtime on-again-off-again partner Moretz. This was another famous fling of his, and, as expected, they parted ways soon too.
Another Fling With Lexy Panterra
Only a few weeks had passed since Brooklyn was seen being intimate with Playboy model Lexi before he was again seen cozying up to musician Lexy Panterra, who’s 10 years senior to him. A close source revealed that the two couldn’t keep their hands off each other.
They had a great time laughing and being with each other, but the romance ended as quickly as it had initiated. After a few months, the entire thing was nipped in the bud.
Alex Lee Aillón – Almost There but Not Completely
Young Beckham moved on from musician Panterra with the beautiful model, Alex Lee Aillón, in August, 2018. An insider told Us Weekly that they had spent some time together for around two months, but it wasn’t anything official.
They added that the pair deeply cared for each other. Although Brooklyn’s friends assumed they were a match made in heaven, the couple sadly didn’t cross the finishing line and ended their “relationship” shortly after.
Secret Fling With Kate Moss’s Sister – Lottie
Many sources have claimed that Brooklyn engaged in a secret fling with Kate Moss’s younger half-sister, Lottie Moss. Although no sort of confirmation came from either party, close sources revealed that the Beckham parents were growing more and more concerned about Brooklyn’s antics.
They worried about his reputation, as he was getting linked with one girl after the other. At one point, they even went as far as to compare his behavior with Calum Best! They must’ve been really embarrassed.
Getting Cozy With Hana Cross
Brooklyn and Hana left hand-in-hand after a Fashion Award afterparty in December 2018, but actual confirmation of their romance was received when Hana posted a photo on Instagram with Brooklyn. She was later spotted in the Cotswolds at Beckham’s New Year’s Eve party at their residence.
The family appeared for David Beckham’s label Kent and Curwen’s Show at London Men’s Fashion Week, and Hana made her first official appearance alongside his mom and dad.
Dating Victoria’s Look-Alike
Brooklyn Beckham is a self-proclaimed momma’s boy. He really loves his mom – maybe so much that he would start dating a model that bears a striking resemblance to Victoria Beckham.
When he was reported to be dating model Phoebe Terrance, people were quite confused as to how he landed someone that looked a lot like his mother. The couple was spotted outing several times. However, Brooklyn never had anything to say regarding this matter.
Falling for Nicola Peltz
The pair were first spotted at a Halloween party in October 2019 but became Instagram official in January 2020. If there were ever two people who could be head-over-heels about each other, it would have to be Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz.
She even joined his family for his 21st birthday celebration. Shortly after, she called him her “soulmate” on Instagram. The pair have quarantined together amidst the 2020 pandemic and seem to be having a lovely time together.
Lavish 21st Birthday Celebration
The Beckhams know how to do everything with suave and style, so when it came to Brooklyn’s 21st birthday bash, you can be sure they threw a party everyone would remember. The bar selected for the party had been decorated with Brooklyn’s initials.
Even the cocktails had ice cubes shaped into his initials! Rapper Stormzy was seen spitting fire at the party and giving the man of the hour a hug. Brooklyn also got a huge doughnut cake that almost broke the internet because of how funny it was.
Filming the Famous Dad’s Advert
On July 10th, 2020, the 21-year-old aspiring photographer Brooklyn was proud to announce that he had been signed for yet another high profile job – his father’s sunglasses advertisement.
The video features none other than David Beckham, flaunting a pair of sunglasses from his own line in a simple white tee, showing off all his amazing tats! The advert was shot during the family’s visit to LA at the beginning of the year.
Announcing Engagement to Peltz
Brooklyn broke the news of his engagement to Nicola Peltz on an Instagram post on 11 July. Both of them posted the same photo of the pair looking ethereal and classy with green fields and a blue sky in the background. The engagement ring Beckham is getting Peltz is estimated to be worth about $421,000!
The couple seems to be on cloud nine and can’t stop gushing over each other. Beckham popped the question in a restaurant where they’d headed for a normal date, and Peltz was the happiest when she said “yes.”