With its stunning castle grounds, red sandstone walls, marble floors, vaulted dining rooms and open fires, it's no wonder Jamie Vardy has chosen Peckforton Castle to marry his fiancee Becky Nicholson today.

Chronicle reporter David Holmes may not be on the guest list but he is at the Cheshire beauty spot in the hope of spotting some familiar faces.

Famous faces

In case you’re only just coming to the blog, here’s a reminder of who was snapped arrivng at Peckforton Castle today.

Vardy's party

This should keep the party swinging later, though of course footballers with a major international tournament looming this summer should probably abstain.


More booze arriving for the wedding of England and Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy to his partner Rebekah Nicholson, at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire.
More booze arriving for the wedding of England and Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy to his partner Rebekah Nicholson (Image: Julian Hamilton/Daily Mirror)

Foxes fan

Serge is one of Leicester City’s No1 supporters. Will he get up later and play a few tunes?

Kasabian guitarist Sergio Pizzorno arriving for the wedding of England and Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy to his partner Rebekah Nicholson, at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire.
Kasabian guitarist Sergio Pizzorno (Image: Julian Hamilton/Daily Mirror)

Danny boy

Here’s another member of that title-winning Foxes squad arriving.

Leicester City player Danny Simpson arriving at the wedding of England and Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy to his partner Rebekah Nicholson, at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire.
Danny Simpson (left) drives through the gates

Captain Marvel

Among all the pop stars and rappers, you’ll see the odd footballer there today too.

Leicester City captain Wes Morgan arriving at the wedding of England and Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy to his partner Rebekah Nicholson, at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire.
Leicester City captain Wes Morgan on his way in

Papping the paps

The music this evening will be a mix of rap and whatever fellow guest Sam Bailey decides to sing.


Rap artist Tinchy Stryder arrives at Peckforton Castle, in Peckforton, Tarporley, Cheshire, for the marriage of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy and his fiancee Rebekah Nicholson.
Rap artist Tinchy Stryder films on his phone as he arrives at Peckforton Castle, in Peckforton (Image: Clint Hughes/PA Wire)

Cheer up, Louis!

Some more pictures of guests arriving at the castle are dropping on to our system. No need to introduce this chap...

One Direction star Louis Tomlinson arriving at the wedding of England and Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy to his partner Rebekah Nicholson, at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire.
One Direction star Louis Tomlinson arrives

Everybody's in

The gates are now closed at Peckforton Castle, which means it’s the end of the fun for now in terms of guest-spotting.

Jamie Vardy and Becky Nicholson will be cracking on with the important business of getting married, and it looks like the scheduled start time of 2pm will have been pushed back a little.

As soon as there’s more to report from Peckforton, we’ll let you know.

There's always one

Life through a lens

Will it all go a bit quieter at the entrance now everyone seems to be in? Was it the bride or groom arriving by helicopter? We’ll see...

Media photographers gathered outside Peckforton Castle for the wedding of Jamie Vardy
Media photographers gathered outside Peckforton Castle


Hurry up, Serge!

At last, a musician I’ve heard of arrives...

Late arrival

Whoever this is, they’re cutting it fine. Dave’s trusty Astra got him there in plenty of time.

Not long to go

We believe the wedding begins at 2pm, so the waiting is almost over for Jamie and Becky.

Step inside...

Ever wondered what the rooms are like at Peckforton? Not bad, eh? Our reporter Carmella De Lucia has taken a closer look inside the Grade I listed country house HERE. Well worth a read!

Louis who?!

Another pop star that both Dave Holmes and myself are too old to have even heard of arrives. This guy is pretty famous, apparently (Louis, not Dave H).

Hollywood romance

The whole Jamie Vardy story sounds like it was dreamt up in Tinsel Town. No wonder there’s talk of a film about his life story.

That's why we call him 'Sherlock'

Surely that invite for Mr Holmes can’t be far off now? He’s befriended a member of the Nicholson family.

Ponting the way

Confession time: I had no idea who Sam Bailey was before reading that she was singing at Jamie Vardy’s wedding. Anyway, here’s Sam arriving at the venue.

Former X Factor singer Sam Bailey arriving for the wedding of England and Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy to his partner Rebekah Nicholson, at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire
Former X Factor singer Sam Bailey arriving for the wedding of England and Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy to his partner Rebekah Nicholson, at Peckforton Castle

Here comes the skipper

Your name's not on the list

All the guests are streaming in through this entrance. Our man David Holmes hasn’t managed to wangle his way in just yet...

Security at the entrance to Peckforton Castle for Jamie Vardy's wedding
Security at the entrance to Peckforton Castle for Jamie Vardy's wedding

Want a wedding like Jamie's?

Peckforton isn’t the only stunning wedding venue in Cheshire. There are loads of them! We’ve taken a look at some of the best ones HERE.

Sorry, Connor

This next tweet from David Holmes comes with an apology from me to Irish striker Connor Sammon.

Perfect preparation

The Jamie Vardy story really is Roy of the Rovers stuff. If anything, it’s even more far fetched.

The former non-league striker warmed up for today’s wedding by scoring the winner for England against Turkey on Sunday.

Jamie Vardy scores the second goal for England against Turkey
Jamie Vardy scores the second goal for England against Turkey


The media 'scrum'

OK, so it’s not a scrum yet. But not surprisingly there’s been plenty of interest in today’s wedding from the local and national media.

Look who's arrived

Yes, it’s Chronicle reporter David Holmes. Good to know he’s there. He doesn’t have an invite to the wedding... yet.

Dave took this vid of Sam Bailey arriving at Peckforton.

Heading in the right direction

So what do we know?

So the big day is finally here for Jamie Vardy and his partner Becky.

As a primer to today’s ceremony, we’ve rounded up everything we know so far in this story HERE.

En route

X Factor star Sam Bailey will entertain his guests later today, as will rapper Tinchy Stryder.

Sam is a big Leicester City supporter and was reportedly ‘honoured’ to be asked.

She’s on the way there...

Welcome

England and Leicester City star Jamie Vardy will tie the knot with fiancee Becky Nicholson at Peckforton Castle near Chester today (Wednesday, May 25).

He and Becky, who have a year-old daughter Sofia, will enjoy a fairy-tale ceremony at the Cheshire venue which is popular with celebrities.

We have reporter David Holmes in Peckforton and will be bringing you updates throughout the afternoon, so stay tuned to the blog.