Location being everything in Hollywood, Anna Getty married screenwriter Gregory Pruss at the Villa di Maiano overlooking Florence, Italy, on Friday. “Our intention is to provide everyone with a perfectly good excuse to enjoy a beautiful holiday in Italy,” read the invitation. “So, come for our wedding but stay for yourself!”
After a week of pre-parties, 300 guests including bridesmaid Amy Smart, Josh Charles, Kirsty Hume and Donovan Leitch, and director David Fincher (Pruss’ Best Man), gathered for the hilltop ceremony performed by Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, the go-to yoga guru of stars like Madonna, Courtney Love and Cindy Crawford. “I was so nervous all day long,” said Getty, a yoga devotee. “I needed a calming, grounding, connecting chant.” Gurmukh held hands with Getty and her bridesmaids and chanted “Sat Nam” (I am truth) three times.
Decked out in a handmade corset and silk organza skirt by Maggie Norris, Christian Louboutin mules and a turn-of-the-century diamond choker borrowed from her aunt, Ariadne Getty Williams, the bride walked up the aisle on the arm of her brother, actor Balthazar Getty, to the strains of Pachelbel’s canon.
“It was surreal, poignant, moving,” said the bride’s brother, fondly. “You know, she’s my big sister, but my little sister, too.” Along the way, Anna Getty stopped to give their father, John Paul Getty III, who is confined to a wheelchair, a hug and a kiss.
Beneath a vine-entwined arch, the couple recited the vows they’d written to each other, bringing several of the guests to tears. But the moment quickly turned comic when Pruss slipped a princess-cut eternity wedding band on his bride, who in turn started screaming. “A bee was buzzing around my hand,” she later explained. After being pronounced husband and wife, the bride threw her wedding veil to the wind and sealed the deal with a long, passionate kiss.
Under a tent lit with 30 candle chandeliers, guests dined on squab and striped bass. Before the newlyweds’ first dance to Norah Jones’ “Come Away with Me,” everyone was treated to a fireworks display. At the end of the evening, each guest received a bottle of olive oil stamped with “Anna and Greg.”
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Back at the honeymoon suite, the bride had her own surprise for her new husband. “I was wearing cream colored G-string panties with blue embroidery that said, ‘Just Married’ with our initials and the date,” she later revealed. “He was very touched.”