Two days ahead of the wedding, Getty had enlisted her party-planning BFF, Stanlee Gatti, to organise a 1960s-themed party inspired by the film Barbarella. Taking place at The Palace of Fine Arts, the airport-hanger-esque space was transformed with silver walls and modish decor, for a shindig dubbed the ‘British Invasion Mod Party’. For Getty, it was an early opportunity to flex her sartorial muscles, donning not one but three Swinging Sixties looks – vintage Emanuel Ungaro, vintage Emilio Pucci and customised Norman Norell. Mark Ronson DJ-ed and Earth, Wind and Fire performed a set. The next day, IV-drips were provided for revellers to help them recover at a picnic lunch, while that evening there was rehearsal and intimate dinner ahead of the main event.
On the big day guests first arrived at City Hall in San Francisco, where the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi officiated proceedings. The bride’s choice of dress designer – John Galliano for Maison Margiela Haute Couture – was a nod to her late grandmother, as Ann had been a major client of his. It featured an unusual and beautiful mirror design, made up of multiple layers. She accessorised with a bespoke veil and crown, which almost fell off during the kiss. Meanwhile her flower girls wore butterfly wings, while the Queen’s Gambit star Anya Taylor-Joy served as Maid of Honour.
Guests – including Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece, Christian Coppola, Mimi Wade and Hamish Bowles – then travelled to the reception held at Ivy’s home, which held memories of her beloved granny, who had designed a lot of the rooms. There, she changed into an ethereal tiered tulle gown, also by Galliano for Margiela, complete with multiple-strand aquamarine choker.
When people say they want their fantasy wedding – this is surely what they mean.