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.
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.
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 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."
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.
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.
"My earrings were given to me by my maid of honor years before as a birthday gift," Alexandra says. "They were my something blue and something old. And I love my shoes. They were pink T-straps by Franco Sarto to go with the vintage look."
The men's apparel:
The best man and three groomsmen had flexibility in choosing their suits. "The only code we had was 'Make it dark and make it nice,' " Kyle says. They were all asked to wear blue ties of their own choosing.
"We didn't want to be too imposing on our bridal party, with all of them coming from different backgrounds and having different styles," Kyle says. "We wanted them to feel comfortable. We wanted them to come enjoy themselves." .
Kyle wore a dark-gray three-piece suit by John Varvatos, with a white shirt and blue tie.
Wicked Willow did the bouquets and floral decor — all-ivory centerpieces and larger arrangements incorporating lots of greenery.
Additional artistic flourishes:
Alexandra's father is also an artist. He illustrated the cover of their invitations with their favorite view of Manhattan. He also created menus for guests that featured his depiction of a Parisian market, food and tableware.
Those menus had three entree choices for the guests: a vegan eggplant napoleon with tofu cream on Israeli couscous; a salmon fillet with lemon caper butter sauce, grilled asparagus and rice pilaf; and a portobello-stuffed tenderloin of beef with whipped potatoes and roasted asparagus topped with a balsamic reduction.
Because the couple will be taking a belated honeymoon to Japan, they used that theme for the three-tiered cake from SugarBakers Cakes. It was decorated with cherry blossoms.
"We had yellow cake with chocolate ganache and chocolate cake with white chocolate ganache," says Alexandra.
The duo of singer/ukelele player Victoria Vox and cellist Katie Chambers provided the music.
"The cellist played by herself for the ceremony. Afterward, they played together. They do music you can dance to, jazzy with a beat," says Alexandra.
Guests received the duo's latest CD as their wedding favors.
Later, guests danced to an iPod playlist set up on the sound system.
"We did the hora," says Kyle. "That was a blast because Alexandra does not like being picked up, and I love that kind of stuff. It was like a roller coaster."
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"They were amazing. They helped me actually enjoy my wedding," Alexandra says.
The day's biggest surprise:
"There is this stereotype that men aren't really into the whole wedding thing. But I was totally blown away by how magical the day was," says Kyle. "It was stunning how comforting it was having my family and friends there."