“Just finished a gorgeous hike. The leaves are spectacular and the sun is shining. Everything is simply perfect! I’m getting married today!” Ivanka Trump Tweeted to her Twitter followers just hours before her walk down the aisle. No doubt the sunlight danced on the facets of the bride’s 5.22-carat cushion-cut diamond engagement ring, which was joined by a wedding band later that day as the businesswoman and boardroom judge of The Celebrity Apprentice and New York Observer owner Jared Kushner, her fiance since July 2009, were pronounced husband and wife on October 25, 2009.
Photo, right: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner attend their wedding at Trump National Golf Club on October 25, 2009 in Bedminster, New Jersey. (Photo Brian Marcus/Fred Marcus Photography via Getty Images)
Inspired by the quiet elegance of Grace Kelly, the bride was a vision in a Vera Wang creation as she made her grand entrance, People magazine reported. The sparkle of a $90,000 platinum and diamond bracelet, $130,000 diamond and platinum earrings and $45,000 platinum and diamond hairpiece adding an extra glint of glamor as she strolled past a gathering of the more than 500 guests who had received Tiffany’s invitations, including friends who had attended her August 22nd bachelorette party along the Hudson River as well as such glitterati as Natalie Portman, Russell Crowe and Barbara Walters. All looked on as the couple, whose bond was further strengthened by a faith which they now both share, were united as one in an Orthodox Jewish ceremony.
Following the nuptials, guests converged at a reception designed by event planner Preston Bailey, where attendees sampled slices of a Sylvia Weinstock-concocted cake as talk show host Regis Philbin serenaded the crowd. As the evening wore on, father of the bride Donald Trump raised his glass in a toast that summed up a priceless day of joy: “Be happy and enjoy your life.”
Following a planned honeymoon excursion to Africa, the newlyweds will be busy writing Thank You notes for the many items received from their wedding registry list, which ranged from a sterling silver footed bowl from Tiffany’s worth $1,350 to $3.95 cotton lapis napkins from Crate & Barrel.
Designer Vera Wang offers details of Ivanka’s “I do” dress in the following clip from Entertainment Tonight: