Billionaire heiress Ivy Getty can break the cycle of tragedy in her family.
The 26-year-old just married her photographer boyfriend Tobias Engel in an over-the-top three-day extravaganza in her hometown of San Francisco — complete with a glass-mirrored wedding dress from John Galliano.
Nancy Pelosi performed and those in attendance included singer Olivia Rodrigo, Princess Olympia of Greece, Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, Mayor of San Francisco London Breed and Ivy’s bridesmaid, “Queen’s Gambit” star Anya Taylor-Joy. Mark Ronson DJed at a pre-wedding ’60s Mod-themed bash, and Earth, Wind and Fire performed.
It’s a fairytale new beginning for Ivy, who last year lost her father, John Gilbert Getty, to a drug overdose and her beloved grandmother, Ann, to a heart attack. Ivy also had a somewhat chaotic upbringing.
“John Gilbert Getty was a dysfunctional parent to the point where Ann took over and decided that Ivy would move in with her and [her husband] Gordon,” an insider told The Post last year. “It was kind of a modern version of the poor little rich girl. Ivy’s mom wasn’t really around much.”
The mother of Ivy’s jewelry designer, Alyssa Boothby, aka Alyssa Jewels, was at the wedding. But one guest who attended all three days of the celebration told The Post that she had never seen the two interact.
“Not much love seems to be lost there,” said the guest. “[Boothby] is rarely, if ever, mentioned by Ivy. Ann raised her and they loved each other.” Boothby’s Linked In profile indicates she works as a full-time food server at the Presidio in San Francisco.
The memory of Ivy’s deceased loved ones resonated at the wedding in a sweet, not sad, way, according to one guest, who said her veil was decorated with images of her father and his guitar and her grandmother. The deceased were also commemorated by name in the wedding program, she said.
“My grandma and dad were standing next to me gagging with joy, as was I,” Ivy wrote on her Instagram after the event.
John Gilbert Getty, Ivy’s 52-year-old father, died of heart disease caused by an accidental fentanyl overdose in a San Antonio hotel room on Nov. 20, 2020. Her grandmother Ann Getty, who raised Ivy at the Getty mansion where her reception took place , died at age 79, two months before her own son passed away.
Ivy told Vogue that her late grandmother inspired her to choose the wedding dress designer: “My grandmother always wore John Galliano’s designs,” she said. “After my grandmother passed away – she was actually more of a mother to me – I felt this connection with John. I knew I wanted him to make the dress for my wedding.”
Yet the guest said:[The wedding] was not what I expected or what you would think looking at all the photos. It was done so well it didn’t feel grand, and the memories of John and Ann were so uplifting and loving. It was just exquisite and full of friends of Ivy and Toby who have known them all forever and want the best for them. It wasn’t a superficial social marriage where everyone said under their breath, “This will never last.” It seemed like a real love match.”
Sources say Ann would be happy with Ivy’s husband.
“Toby was so genuinely thoughtful of Ivy,” added the guest, who has known the Getty family, including Ivy’s 87-year-old grandfather, Gordon Getty, for more than four decades.
“He adores her. He wrote his own vows and they were taking everyone’s breath away. He said, “I am your protector and your slave.” It was so genuine. These are not just two rich kids who met in Ibiza last year.”
Described as a tech entrepreneur and aspiring film director as well as a photographer, Engel was born in Vienna. His parents are Peter Engel, an Austrian businessman, and Cheryl Prime, an English actress. She appeared in ‘Coronation Street’ in 1982 and in the 1990 series ‘Stolen’.
The couple met during London Fashion Week and Engel proposed at sunset in Capri.
Ivy met bridesmaid Anya Taylor-Joy six years ago, on the actress’s first day in Los Angeles, according to The Cut.
“My little girl got married yesterday,” Taylor-Joy wrote on Instagram on Monday. ‘Standing by your side all these years and your bridesmaid is nothing short of a privilege and your existence nothing short of a miracle. I am so PROUD of the woman you have become. If you’re ever in doubt, I’ve loved you and will love you forever.
CONGRATULATIONS LIL SPICE MONKEY! You really were the most beautiful bride.”
Ivy’s optimism was evident after her father’s death last year, when she told The Post how much she had loved him and although she grieved, she also felt grateful.
“I’m very grateful for everything he taught me,” she said. “My glass is half full. I think our generation [of Gettys] has been given a special opportunity to do good in the world, and we intend to take advantage of that opportunity.”
Ivy is the great-granddaughter of J. Paul Getty, the Minnesota-born founder of Getty Oil who was the richest man in the world in the mid-20th century — with a fortune of $1.2 billion (about $9.1 billion today). He has some 40 descendants, and the family has had an extraordinary share of tragedy over the decades.
In 1973, John Paul Getty III—the Patriarch’s 16-year-old grandson (making him Ivy’s great-nephew)—was kidnapped in Rome. His captors demanded $17 million, which his grandfather refused to pay, causing his captors to cut off his right ear.
The ordeal, coupled with terrible neglect, devastated the boy’s life. When he was only 24, he became paralyzed as a result of a drug overdose. John Paul III, father of actor Balthazar Getty, died in 2011 at the age of 55.
In 2015, Getty’s brother, Andrew Getty, died of an ulcer-related hemorrhage. He was found to have methamphetamine in his system at the time of his death.
“Nobody in the family calls it an overdose,” said the wedding guest. “They say he died under mysterious circumstances. That’s always the expression.”
In addition to Ivy, the younger generation includes fashion designer August Getty, 26, who dresses icons ranging from Cher and Hailey Baldwin to Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus. Isabel Getty, 25, the jet set musician daughter of Christopher Getty and Pia Miller, is the lead singer of the band Jean Marlow. And Nats (Natalia) Getty, 27, founded her own streetwear clothing line, Strike Oil, and is an LBGTQ activist who is married to Gigi Gorgeous, a transgender woman with a huge YouTube following.