Category — Celebrity Weddings

Modest Wedding Dresses – A New Trend?

Posted by The Mrs.


Ever since Ivanka Trump walked down the aisle in a demure wedding dress with lace sleeves, the fashion world has been buzzing about the impact her dress will have on the wedding industry.  Sexy gowns and low plunging necklines have been all the rage for the past few years, but modesty looks to be making a comeback.   “We’re so used to seeing brides in strapless dresses that Ms. Trump’s gown made a fresh statement,” wrote New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn.

Watch an interview with designer Vera Wang speaking about Ivanka Trump’s custom made wedding dress here.

Photo credit: Brian Marcus / Fred Marcus Photography / Getty

November 24, 2009   8 Comments

The Wedding of Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner

Posted by The Mrs.


This past Sunday Ivanka Trump, daughter of Donald and Ivana Trump, and an entreprenuer in her own right, married Jared Kushner, publisher of The New York Observer. The couple became engaged just a little over three months ago, after Ivanka completed her conversion to Judaism.

Here are all the details!

Ivanka and Jared’s wedding announcement appeared in the Sunday Styles section of the New York Times the morning of their wedding.

The day started with a tweet from Ivanka saying “Just finished a gorgeous hike. The leaves are spectacular and the sun is shining. Everything is simply perfect! I’m getting married today!”

The nuptials took place at Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, NJ, a property owned by the bride’s father Donald Trump. Celebrity wedding planner Preston Bailey coordinated the upscale event, which took place under two clear-sided see-through tents that allowed guests to view the trees and fall foliage.  Among the couple’s 500 wedding guests were Regis Philbin (who sang at the reception), Barbara Walters, Russell Crowe, Natalie Portman, Cindy Adams, and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

The bride walked down the aisle with her father, in a floor length Vera Wang wedding dress inspired by the one Grace Kelly wore when she married Prince Rainier in 1956. The dress was sleeved, in keeping with modest Orthodox dress (the groom’s family is Orthodox). Female wedding guests also received shawls upon arrival, perhaps a subtle hint to cover up their bare arms and shoulders. Ivanka’s diamond jewelry came from her own line, the Ivanka Trump Collection, and her hair was done by stylist Julien Farel.

The couple exchanged vows in an Orthodox Jewish ceremony officiated by Rabbi Haskel Lookstein of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun where Ivanka took conversion classes.  The wedding was a “Hot Topic “on Monday’s episode of The View where Barbara Walters showed the couple’s wedding invitation which was written in English on the right side and Aramaic on the left. Watch the video

According to guest and gossip columnist Cindy Adams, the groom’s father Charles Kushner referenced the Holocaust in his speech.  The band of course played Hava Nagila during the reception.

The cake, designed by master cake-maker Sylvia Weinstock had 13 layers, each layer ringed with flowers in whites, cream, pink, and ivory tones. No word on who the caterer was, but you can be sure that the food was kosher.

Among the wedding gifts the couple registered for were a Tiffany & Co. footed bowl and sterling silver picture frames.  In lieu of gifts, guests were also invited to donate to one of three suggested Jewish charities.

At the end of the night, guests were presented with a book in Hebrew, and a pair of flip flops with a tag that read “Ivanka and Jared –what a pair” as favors.

Last night, the party continued with a post-wedding sheva brachot reception thrown by the groom’s parents at the historic Puck Building in New York City.  Kosher food was served and guests danced the horah to traditional Jewish folk music.

The newlyweds are planning to honeymoon in Africa.

Photo credit: Brian Marcus / Fred Marcus Photography / Getty

October 29, 2009   2 Comments

The Fonz’s Daughter Gets Married

Posted by The Mrs.


If you read the New York Times Sunday Styles Vows section religiously like I do, you may have read the write up about Henry Winkler’s (aka Fonzie from Happy Days) daughter’s wedding. Zoe Winkler wed Robert Reinis in a Jewish ceremony at the Winkler family home on June 27th. Rabbi Kenneth Chasen of Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles officiated their wedding ceremony before 270 guests.

What struck me about this particular wedding story was how open the bride was about the separation anxiety she felt about leaving her parent’s home. I am sure a lot of brides feel this way–particularly those who move straight out of their parent’s house to living with their spouse. Getting married is a big adjustment, and so is living with your significant other.

Did any of you feel this type of anxiety when you flew the nest? How did you cope with the changes?

Photo credit: The New York Times

July 22, 2009   No Comments

Ivanka Trump Engaged to Jared Kushner

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The rumors have been swirling for months that Ivanka Trump, daughter of Donald and Ivana Trump was engaged to her Jewish boyfriend, NY Observer owner Jared Kushner.  Ivanka made the news official this morning when she announced her engagement on Twitter! Word has it that Trump has been going through the process of converting to Judaism and has been studying with Rabbi Haskel Lookstein of Congregation Kehillath Jeshurun on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.  We wish the couple a hearty ‘Mazel Tov’ and can’t wait to hear more about the upcoming wedding!

July 16, 2009   1 Comment

Featured Wedding: Mayim Bialik & Mike Stone

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You may recognize Mayim Bialik for her lead role in the early-1990’s television sitcom Blossom as well as her current Emmy nominated role as Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory.  After starring in Blossom Mayim earned a BS from UCLA in 2000 in Neuroscience and in Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and went on to earn a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, also from UCLA, where she was also an active student leader at UCLA Hillel.  Bialik is currently a board member, co-founder, and chair of Jewish Free Loan Association’s Genesis branch, and is an avid student of all things Jewish. She studies Torah on a weekly basis with a study mentor through Partners in Torah. Most recently she authored the attachment parenting book Beyond the Sling: A Real Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachement Parenting Way.

In 2003, Bialik married a fellow graduate student who she met in calculus class at UCLA. She and her husband Mike now reside in California where they live with their two young sons. This is Mayim Bialik’s wedding story in her own words:

Mike and I had a short engagement. We had dated for four years so we were ready!  We got engaged Dec 2, 2002 and married August 31, 2003.

The Engagement Party
Three months prior to our wedding, we held a vort (legal engagement party) at our UCLA Hillel.  It was a Sephardic themed party, including an Indian Jewish sugar sealing ceremony (in which the parents of the bride place sugar on the tongue of the bride for good luck), and a signing of the tena’im (legal engagement contract). Both our tena’im and ketubah were Victorian replicas that I found in a vintage jewish wedding book. I basically had them photocopied, blanked out the middle, and had a skilled artist write our text and insert it. She printed them out on nice paper, and voila!

In Preparation
Prior to the wedding, I had studied with an Orthodox kallah teacher, to learn everything there was to know, and decide later what I wanted to take on.  Surprisingly, I got a lot out of it and I ended up taking on pretty much all of the customs and traditions.  During our engagement period, we were not touching at all (we had not been shomer negiah prior) and that was actually neat. We also had an aliyah at our Hillel before the week of separation.  We were under a tallis, so it was like a chuppah warm-up!  We did not see each other, speak, text, or email seven days prior to the wedding, and we didn’t live together until after our wedding night.  The night before our wedding I went to mikvah and Mike went to the ocean.


During the period of time that we were not seeing each other, I also had a henna ceremony (again, I love Indian Jewish traditions) performed by a Persian girlfriend. Mike and his best friends came, and I was hidden in a room as they painted his hands.  The photographer took some great photos of me in my Yemenite headpiece, with my hands and feet painted.

We had a tisch for Mike,  and I greeted people all hysterical at my bedecken. (I fasted and prayed all day, so I was pretty emotional!) My mom knit a white blanket for my “throne,”  which was really special. We had an Egalitarian signing of the ketubah – Mike signed first and then it was brought to me to sign.  The Rabbi then took it back to Mike and the men danced him to me through the gardens. It was really emotional when Mike and I saw each other for the first time after our week of separation.

The Ceremony
Our wedding was held at at Descanso Public Gardens in Pasadena, California.  Our ceremony was in an opening in the forest part of the gardens near a natural fountain. The chuppah was constructed from a tallis that I got Mike from Israel complete with p’til t’cheylet which are the biblically referenced blue-dyed fringes made of ink extracted from snails from the Dead Sea.


Mike’s childhood best friends and his brother held the chuppah. We had a Victorian themed wedding–they wore Edwardian suits, and Mike wore a top hat. My cousin and childhood best friend were my ladies, and they wore black lace dresses of their own choosing.  I got my Victorian and European lace dress at a vintage clothing store in Santa Monica called Paris 1900.  It wasn’t originally a wedding dress, but a party dress that reached my ankle.  My veil, which was waist length, cost more than the dress, and  was made of Irish lace.  I am very much into DIY and therefore had no florist.  I made all the bouquets and boutonnières out of vintage flowers and velvet ribbon, and made my own corsage the same way, with a hankie of my Grandma’s. We also used my Grandpa’s tallis to wrap around us. I wanted to incorporate some special family heirlooms into our wedding because I’m super sentimental.

The band was comprised of four musician friends who played two of my favorite Klezmatics songs for the processional. Our parents carried candles down the aisle, and we did all the traditional stuff—I circled Mike seven times. Mike placed a ring on my finger under the chuppah, and I gave him a ring and recited the harei line as well. Our family and friends recited the sheva brachot (seven blessings). We wrote no vows– the rabbi knew us for years, and he conducted a great service.

After the ceremony we had yichud inside my family’s camping tent, which the groomsmen had covered in ethnic fabrics.

The Reception
Since Mike had proposed to me in the Japanese Gardens, we decided to hold our reception at the Japanese Teahouse. Although the Gardens provided their own caterer, we had to bring in our own because we wanted our affair to be kosher. We basically had to pay for two caterers!


The reception was held by a koi pond. There were no seating arrangements.  We had a buffet with Asian style food, and no wedding cake. Instead we had a tiered chocolate babka and vodka shots (an Eastern European custom).


For the table centerpieces, we had fish-bowl style vases filled with water and plain rocks, which was very symbolic since my name is Mayim, meaning “water” in Hebrew and Mike’s last name is Stone. Another special touch was the silhouette artist that we hired to do portraits of our guests.

Our wedding was small and modest, but a true expression of our covenant!

Photo Credits: Beth Beljon

Editor’s Note: If you are a fan of Mayim Bialik, you may be interested in her new book Beyond the Sling:

May 27, 2009   15 Comments