Heiress Ivy Getty wears a bespoke John Galliano bridal gown to wedding

Heiress Ivy Getty wears a bespoke John Galliano bridal gown to wedding

11/08/2021

And the bride wore… glass! Billionaire heiress Ivy Getty dons a bespoke John Galliano bridal gown covered in broken MIRRORS to marry photographer Tobias Engel in star-studded San Francisco wedding

  • Ivy, 26, tied the knot in the rotunda at San Francisco’s City Hall this weekend 
  • She worked with controversial Maison Margiela designer John Galliano to custom-design her gown
  • The dress glittered with broken mirror fragments, while her veil was embroidered with walnuts and guitars to pay homage to late dad and grandma
  • Guests included her cousin Nats Getty, actress Anya Taylor-Joy, designer Wes Gordon, and fashion editor Hamish Bowles
  • The wedding weekend also included a ’60s-themed costume party 
  • Ivy previously celebrated her bachelorette party at Mykonos’s Jackie O’ beach club in August

Billionaire oil heiress Ivy Getty tied the knot in a lavish wedding in San Francisco this weekend, where she was surrounded by glitterati and dressed to the nines in a custom John Galliano gown.

The 26-year-old said ‘I do’ to photographer Tobias ‘Toby’ Engel at San Francisco’s City Hall on November 7, but this was no quickie justice of the peace affair: The newlyweds held their nuptials in the rotunda of the historic Beaux-Arts building and partied the night away. 

Ivy was certainly the picture of glamour in her bespoke gown, which was covered in glittering mirror fragments and topped with a veil embroidered with guitars for her late father and walnuts for her late grandmother.

She was less bridal, though, during a theme party that also took place this weekend, in which she and her friends — including actress Anya Taylor-Joy — dressed up in ’60s-themed costumes complete with period hair and makeup. 

Heiress Ivy Getty tied the knot in a lavish wedding in San Francisco this weekend

The 26-year-old said ‘I do’ to photographer Tobias ‘Toby’ Engel at San Francisco’s City Hall on November 7

Ivy is the great-granddaughter of oil tycoon Jean Paul Getty and granddaughter of Gordon Peter Getty 

She worked with controversial Maison Margiela designer John Galliano to custom-design her gown

Among the guests at the A-list event were members of Ivy’s family, including her aunt Vanessa Getty and her first cousin Nats Getty.

Ivy is the great-granddaughter of oil tycoon Jean Paul Getty and granddaughter of Gordon Peter Getty, who was on the Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans before his passing.

Her father, John Gilbert, died of a fentanyl overdose and heart complication last year at age 52.

Also at the exclusive event was designer Wes Gordon, designer Mimi Wade, influencer Marta Mae, musician Petite Meller, fashion editor Hamish Bowles, activist Marsha Molinari, model Laura Hanson Sims, British TV host Fletcher Cowan, and filmmaker (and Kiernan Shipka’s boyfriend) Christian Coppola.

Actress Anya Taylor-Joy attended as well, and shared her well wishes on Instagram.

‘My baby girl got married yesterday,’ she wrote. ‘Being by your side all these years and your maid of honour has been nothing short of a privilege and your existence, nothing short of a miracle. I am so PROUD of the woman you’ve become. If you’re ever in any doubt- I have loved you and will love you, forever. 

‘CONGRATULATIONS LIL SPICE MONKEY! You truly were the most beautiful bride,’ she added.

Photos show the magestic rotunda of City Hall with a colorful carpet down the grand staircase, purple-draped chairs for onlookers, and enormous floral arrangements.

Rentals of City Hall for a weekend evening wedding start at $10,000 just to rent the space, not including additional security, fees, catering, decor, or music.

Images also show guests living it up at the party, dancing top music and posing for photos on a rooftop.

Ivy’s makeup was done by Renny Vasquez, her hair was done by Bobby Eliot, and her nails — decorated with little butterflies — were done by Mo Qin.

But certainly the most eye-catching was her dress, which she said couldn’t be designed by anyone other than John Galliano for Maison Margiela.

The dress has a corset the color of Ivy’s skin tone, which was padded at the hips to make her waist look smaller. That was covered with tulle, which was then topped with mirror fragment dress wired together like jewelry.  

The newlweds held their nuptials in the rotunda of the historic Beaux-Arts building


Rentals of City Hall for a weekend evening wedding start at $10,000 just to rent the space, not including additional security, fees, catering, decor, or musi

Even Ivy’s dog Blue Naomi Getty — a rescue she named after Blue Ivy Carter and Naomi Campbell — was dressed for the event, wearing a Christian Cohen x Max Cohen sweater 

Guests have posted pictures on Instagram offering a peek inside the event 

‘My grandmother always wore John Galliano’s designs,’ Ivy told Vogue. ‘My grandmother always admired him so it felt as if she was there with me during all of this.’

Her grandmother likely would have worn Galliano’s designs for Givenchy, which he helmed from 1995 to 1996, and Christian Dior, which he became creative director of in October 1996. He was ousted from Dior in 2011 after video surfaced of him going on a drunken antisemitic tirade in Paris, saying ‘I love Hitler.’

Getty said that knowing how much her grandmother liked Galliano’s designs made it an easy choice.

‘After my grandmother’s passing — she was really more like a mother to me — I felt this connection to John. I knew I wanted him to create the dress for my wedding. My aunt Vanessa, who I am very close to, was connected to him through a friend, and here we are.’

On the big day, she added Louboutin heels. The ring, which had belonged to Toby’s grandmother, was customized to include Ivys grandmother’s diamonds

The weekend included several hair and beauty looks for the stunning bride

Guests at the exlusive event included designer Wes Gordon, designer Mimi Wade, influencer Marta Mae, musician Petite Meller, and fashion editor Hamish Bowles (pictured)


Also there were activist Marsha Molinari, model Laura Hanson Sims, British TV host Fletcher Cowan (pictured right), and filmmaker (and Kiernan Shipka’s boyfriend) Christian Coppola

Anne McNally, Air Mail Editor-at-Large, shared a photo from the event

They met for the first time over Zoom during the pandemic, and Ivy said they instantly clicked.  

‘We just understood each other,’ Ivy says. ‘From growing up around his designs and knowing them so well, I felt like I already knew him, but this whole experience allowed me to get to know a new part of him. 

‘The entire process was incredibly personal, which allowed us to get even closer. The feelings [that came along with] creating my wedding dress never got old, I am still pinching myself.’

Ivy was involved in the design process, putting together a mood board at Galliano’s request — but she insisted he should do whatever he wanted. 

‘I had complete faith and trust in Galliano and his creative process. I knew I was in good hands,’ she said.

He did look to her mood board for inspiration, including nods to her late father and grandmother, who both died in 2020.

The wedding weekend included several events, including this one with a hidden door


Ivy (in green) partied it up with her friends to celebrate her nuptials

She wore several glamorous dresses for events spanning the wekeend


Attendees of the wedding have shared photos of the revelry on Instagram 


Guests dressed in designer clothes for the upscale ceremony and reception

Ivy’s dog Blue Naomi Getty was on hand for much of the excitement 

Ivy’s cousin Nats Getty (left) was among the guests at this weekend’s fete

First, he included walnuts, which Ivy had put on her mood board because her grandmother had grown up on a walnut farm.

He also included guitars, an homage to Ivy’s father, who was a musician.  

‘Not physically having two of the most important people in my life with me on my wedding day is extremely hard, but through John’s vision and creativity, he was easily able to bring their presence to life,’ Ivy said. 

Finally, the veil includes images of elephants, because Galliano had joked about them during the design process and Ivy wanted to have a ‘momento’ of the designer in the veil.  

Ivy had three fittings with the gown, first in LA, then in Paris, then in London with her bridesmaids around. 

‘Each fitting felt like a dream. I constantly had to remind myself this was actually happening in real life,’ she said.

On the big day, she added Louboutin heels and her sapphire engagement ring, which she got when her husband proposed in Capri. 

The wedding weekend also included either a pre-wedding party or an after-party, in which guests wore ’60s-themed outfits

 The bride wore purple pants and a green crop top, adding ’60s makeup and big hair

Her friends followed suit, dressing up in dresses with loud prints, bright tights, and platform shoes

It’s unclear if the theme party took place on Friday or Saturday, or as an after-party to the wedding

The Queen’s Gambit star Anya picked a mini dress with a sequined Andy Warhol Campbell’s soup can design

She accessorized with white go-go boots and was pictured with a cigarette in her hand

Anya Taylor-Joy is pictured at the ’60s theme party for Ivy’s wedding weekend

The ring, which had belonged to Toby’s grandmother, was customized to include Ivys grandmother’s diamonds.  

Even Ivy’s dog Blue Naomi Getty — a rescue she named after Blue Ivy Carter and Naomi Campbell — was dressed for the event, wearing a Christian Cohen x Max Cohen sweater. 

The wedding weekend also included either a pre-wedding party or an after-party, in which guests wore ’60s-themed outfits. 

The bride wore purple pants and a green crop top, adding ’60s makeup and big hair. Her friends followed suit, dressing up in dresses with loud prints, bright tights, and platform shoes.

The Queen’s Gambit star Anya picked a mini dress with a sequined Andy Warhol Campbell’s soup can design and accessorized with white go-go boots. 

Ivy previously celebrated her engagement with a bachelorette party weekend at the Jackie O’ beach club in Mykonos in August. 

Ivy previously celebrated her engagement with a bachelorette party weekend at the Jackie O’ beach club in Mykonos in August 

The heiress shared a few pictures of the weekend on Instagram, thanking her bridesmaids and the venue, Jackie O’ Beach Club, for letting her dance on the stage

The socialite embraced the bridal theme and was dressed in a white babydoll dress with puffy sleeves on a Medditerranean sea outing with her bridesmasids. 

‘Thank you Vanessa Getty, Isabel Getty, Vanessa Waibel, Kerri Alison for the most amazing bachelorette ever,’ she wrote on Instagram. ‘@Jackieomykonos, thank you for being my favorite place ever and letting me dance on stage the whole night,’ she added in a shout out to the venue. 

‘Ready to go home and sleep xx ps we barely took any pictures but that always means it was lots of fun.’ 

Photos showed an eventful evening of dancing, singing, and laughing. 

While the bride-to-be was wearing a white dress, a veil and a white handbag, her four bridesmaids all donned matching pink shorts with white tops and bikinis. 

As the night progressed, the bridal beauty was seen dancing the night away on stage with a shirtless dancer as the crowd cheered her on. 

Ivy is engaged to London-born tech whizz Toby Engel (pictured) who joined her in Mykonos at the end of her hen do 

Ivy let loose during the evening, which was full of dancing and singing, even in the back of her taxi

Cousin Isabel Getty (second left) was among Ivy’s bridesmaids, alongside Vanessa Waibel, Kerri Alison, and a friend named Isabelle 

Isabel Getty and friend Isabelle posed with the bride after the group performed an outfit change during the weekend 

The crew then changed outfits and Ivy swapped her veil and babydoll dress for a crown of white roses and a nude, shimmery dress. 

The heiress, known for her edgy style, stunned in striking makeup with thick eyeliner and a bejewelled nude lip, also sported by her bridesmaids. 

The celebrations went on for the whole weekend, with the girls sharing snaps of them singing at a bar during the day as well as in a taxi. 

As the night went on, it appears that Ivy’s fiancé joined her for the celebrations at the beach club. The two could be seen cuddling up to each other while singing during the event. 

The Jackie O Beach club is a select venue located in Paradise Bay on the Greek island, which hosts drag shows and events all year round. 

The bride-to-be stunned with a flower crown made of white roses, with statement makeup and a Chanel necklace 

Pictured: Ivy with her groom-to-be Toby Engel at an event in London. He appeared to discreetly sneak into he rbachelorette party 

The stunning club, which has its own restaurant and hotel, offers gourmet food, cocktails and entertainment by the beach. 

Ivy’s father, musician John Gilbert Getty, died at a hotel in Texas on November 20 last year.

His death came just two months after his mother, Anne Gilbert, died of a heart attack at the age of 79 and nearly six years after John’s brother Andrew died of a hemorrhage in 2015 with a toxic level of methamphetamine in his system. 

John was one of seven children born to Gordon Getty, once the sole benefactor of the Getty family’s $5.4billion fortune before he split it up into six separate trusts in 1985.

Gordon, 86, is the only surviving child of five sons born to the oil tycoon, and is among his many heirs which include several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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