Wedded: Alexandra Heifetz and Kyle Jones
Despite a storm with winds that eventually blew over the chuppah, an outdoor wedding at the Baltimore Museum of Art was nothing short of magical.
(Credit: Richard Veytsman Photogr, Baltimore Sun / August 11, 2012)
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Wedding Day: Aug. 11, 2012
Her story: Alexandra Heifetz-Jones, 29, grew up in Dayton. She lives in Davis, Calif., and is in her second year at the University of California-Davis School of Law. Her mother, Suzanne Heifetz, is a clinical social worker in geriatric psychiatry at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Her father, Daniel Heifetz, is a mathematician on the research staff for the Institute for Defense Analyses.
His story: Kyle Jones, 27, grew up in Richmond, Va. He lives in Davis, Calif., and works at the Apple store in Sacramento; he's also a freelance photographer/videographer. His father, George Jones, is a retired securities trader. His mother, Barbara Jones, is retired from the Philip Morris USA human resources department, where she managed the company's internal education program.
Their story: They met on an Internet dating site 41/2 years ago, when both were living in New York City. She was working for a book publisher and he was working at the Fifth Avenue Apple store. They clicked on the first date, talking for hours.
"I was pretty nervous because it was my first Internet-based date," Kyle says. "I guess it was my last, as well."
Some 31/2 years later, the two were to California so she could go to law school. At a stop at the Grand Canyon on Aug. 6, 2011, Kyle used the ruse of wanting to photograph the scenery to set up his camera and put it on auto-shoot as he surprised her with the proposal.
"It's a good thing we weren't too close to the canyon edge, because she jumped back when I got down on my knee," he says. "The tourists around the canyon started cheering and clapping. We could hear [calls of] congratulations coming across the canyon." He later turned the photos of the proposal and the rest of their cross-country trip into a video.
The ring: The diamond solitaire is one Alexandra had particularly wanted.
"My dad proposed to my mom with this ring," she says. "But for their 30th anniversary, he upgraded her ring. I love how it looks, and it means a lot to me."
The place: Eighty guests came to Gertrude's at the BMA, where the two were married outdoors in a spot overlooking the museum's sculpture garden by Cantor Jan Morrison of Columbia Jewish Congregation
"During the ceremony, the sky looked like it was going to burst," says Alexandra. "The chuppah [the canopy under which the ceremony was performed] was swaying. The wind was so strong, we had no idea whether we'd make it through without rain. We managed to complete our recessional and turn the corner, then the skies opened."
Later, during the cocktail hour, as the wedding party gathered for pictures, a large gust of wind blew the chuppah down.
The color scheme: Her maid of honor and three bridesmaids wore dresses from BHLDN, Anthropologie's wedding line.
"My dress was new but vintage-inspired, so I wanted their dresses to be along the same lines," Alexandra says.
The dresses had a deep V-neck — with subtle ruffles around the neckline — and a racer-back in sky-blue.
"Sky-blue is a color that Kyle and I absolutely love," she says. "And it was summery.'
The bridesmaids carried bouquets of ivory flowers and ferns.
And the bride wore: An ivory Lazaro lace gown with a low back and pleated tulle train from the House of Fashion Bridal Salon in Sacramento. She carried a larger version of the bouquets of her bridesmaids.