Ivy Getty’s wedding to Tobias Engel may have broken family curse


Billionaire heiress Ivy Getty may be breaking the cycle of tragedy in her family.

The 26-year-old just got married to 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 by John Galliano.

Nancy Pelosi officiated and luminaries in attendance included singer Olivia Rodrigo, Princess Olympia of Greece, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, San Francisco mayor London Breed and Ivy’s maid of honor, “Queen’s Gambit” star Anya Taylor-Joy. Mark Ronson was DJ at a pre-wedding ’60s Mod-themed bash, and Earth, Wind and Fire performed.

It’s a fairy-tale 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 bit of a chaotic upbringing.

“John Gilbert Getty was a dysfunctional parent to the point where Ann took over and decided Ivy was going to live with her and [her husband] Gordon,” an insider told The Post last year. “It was kind of like a modern version of the poor little rich girl. Ivy’s mother was not really around too much.”

Ivy’s jewelry designer mother, Alyssa Boothby, also known as Alyssa Jewels, was at the wedding. But a guest who attended all three days of the celebration told The Post she never saw the two interact.

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi officiated the ceremony at City Hall in San Francisco.
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi officiated the ceremony at City Hall in San Francisco.
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“There doesn’t seem a lot of love lost there,” the guest said. “[Boothby] is rarely, if ever, mentioned by Ivy. Ann raised her and they adored each other.” Boothby’s Linked In profile indicates that she works as a full-time food server at the Presidio in San Francisco.

The memory of Ivy’s late loved ones resonated at the wedding in a sweet, not sad, way, according to one guest, who said that her veil was decorated with images of her dad and his guitar and her grandmother. The deceased were also remembered by name in the wedding program, she said.

“My grandma and father were by my side gagging with joy as much as I was,” Ivy wrote on her Instagram after the event.

John Gilbert Getty, Ivy’s 52-year-old musician dad, died of heart conditions triggered by an accidental fentanyl overdose in a San Antonio hotel room on Nov. 20, 2020. Her grandmother Ann Getty, who raised Ivy in the Getty mansion where her reception took place, died at 79, two months before her own son passed.

Ivy told Vogue that her late grandmother inspired her choice of wedding-dress designer: “My grandmother always wore John Galliano’s designs,” she said. “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.”

Still, the guest said, “[The wedding] was not what I expected or what you’d think from seeing all the photos. It was done so well that it didn’t feel big, and the memories of John and Ann were so uplifting and loving. It was just exquisite and filled with friends of Ivy and Toby who they’ve all known forever and who want the best for them. It wasn’t some superficial society wedding where everyone is saying under their breath, ‘This will never last.’ It seemed like a genuine love match.”

The wedding party included "Queen's Gambit" actress Anya Taylor-Joy (left of bride), who was maid of honor.
The wedding party included “Queen’s Gambit” actress Anya Taylor-Joy (left of bride), who was maid of honor.
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Sources say Ann would be happy about Ivy’s choice of husband.

“Toby was so genuinely attentive to 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 took everyone’s breath away. He said ‘I am your protector and your slave.’ It was so heartfelt. These are not just two rich kids who, like, met in Ibiza last year.”

Engel, who has been described as a tech entrepreneur and aspiring film director as well as a photographer, was born in Vienna. His parents are Peter Engel, an Austrian businessman, and Cheryl Prime, an English actress. She appeared on “Coronation Street” in 1982 and the 1990 series “Stolen.”

The couple met at London’s Fashion Week and Engel proposed at sunset in Capri.

Getty, Taylor-Joy and others partied at a pre-wedding bash with a '60s Mod theme.
Getty, Taylor-Joy and others partied at a pre-wedding bash with a ’60s Mod theme.

Ivy met maid-of-honor Anya Taylor-Joy six years ago, on the actress’ first day in Los Angeles, according to The Cut.

“My baby girl got married yesterday,” Taylor-Joy wrote on Instagram Monday. “Being by your side all these years and your maid of honor 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.”

Ivy’s optimism was evident last year after her father’s death, when she told The Post how much she had loved him and although she was grieving, also felt grateful.

“I am filled with gratitude 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, in the mid-20th century, was the richest man in the world — with a fortune of $1.2 billion (around $9.1 billion today). He has some 40 descendants and the family has had an outsized share of tragedy over the decades.

John Gilbert Getty with daughter Ivy Getty
Ivy’s dad, John Gilbert Getty, passed away from heart conditions triggered by a fentanyl overdose in 2020.

In 1973, John Paul Getty III — the patriarch’s 16-year-old grandson (making him Ivy’s second cousin) — was kidnapped in Rome. His abductors demanded $17 million, which his grandfather wouldn’t pay, leading his captors to cut off his right ear.

The ordeal, coupled with terrible neglect, ruined the boy’s life. At just 24, he ended up paralyzed as a result of a drug overdose. John Paul III, who was the father of actor Balthazar Getty, died in 2011, at age 55.

In 2015, Getty’s brother, Andrew Getty, died from an ulcer-related hemorrhage. He was found to have methamphetamine in his system at the time of his death.

Ivy's mom, Alyssa Boothby (left), wasn't around much for her childhood, so Ann Getty — the mother of John Gilbert (right) — raised the girl.
Ivy’s mom, Alyssa Boothby (left), wasn’t around much for her childhood, so Ann Getty — the mother of John Gilbert (right) — raised the girl.

“No one in the family calls it an overdose,” the wedding guest said. “They say he died under mysterious circumstances. That’s always the phrase.”

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-setting musician daughter of Christopher Getty and Pia Miller, is the singer of the band Jean Marlow. And Nats (Natalia) Getty, 27, founded her own streetwear clothing line, Strike Oil, and is an LBGTQ activist married to Gigi Gorgeous, a transgender woman with a huge YouTube following.

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