6. Ivanka told Forbes that Jared and her father “initially bonded over a combination of me and real estate.” When Jared thought that his relationship with Ivanka was really going somewhere, he had lunch with his future father-in-law at the Trump Grill to discuss the couple’s future, he told Forbes. Kushner said to Trump that “Ivanka and I are getting serious, and we’re starting to go down that path.” According to Kushner, Trump replied, “You’d better be serious on this.”
What kind of a wedding would you expect when two billionaire heirs marry? Only the best. Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, wed her media mogul fiancé, Jared Kushner, on October 25, 2009 at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ. In true Trump fashion, no expense was spared for the Preston Bailey-designed event, which was put together in three months. Ivanka and her vendors gave BRIDES a glimpse at what went into the big day and we're looking back on all the over-the-top moments of one of 2009's most opulent weddings.
8. Ivanka included a Trump golf course promotion along with her wedding invitations. According to the New York Post, it was a flier for “Donald’s other golf properties,” while the New York Times reported that “an insert offered guests a free round of golf at one of Mr. Trump’s courses.” Ivanka denied this, telling New York that the Post report of “the ‘marketing flyer’ included in the invitation” was an inaccuracy. “My wedding was a private, perfect occasion, the memories from which I will treasure for a lifetime.”
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have been together for a decade and have made three babies and lots of headlines together. What began as a buzzy socialite union has culminated in their transformation into the “de facto first couple” following Donald Trump’s election victory. Ivanka and Jared are rich, famous, gorgeous, and they seem to really like each other, but their relationship hasn’t been without its quirks. Here are a few of the awkward details that have surfaced about the couple since they became a thing.
14. Donald Trump said he didn’t think Jared and Ivanka should do business together. “I don’t think it is a good idea,” Trump told Crain’s. “When it works, it can be great, but when it doesn’t, I think it would be really ugly.” Ivanka really didn’t like the article.
15. As a newlywed, Ivanka went on The View without wearing her wedding ring. She explained, “I was engaged for three months and then I’ve been married around eight days, so it’s sitting on my bedside table. I forget about the hardware.” Ivanka doesn’t seem to wear her engagement ring much at all.
For Ivanka's wedding dress, she turned to Vera Wang to create a custom gown, inspired by Grace Kelly's iconic bridal look. The sophisticated and ladylike gown featured layers of Chantilly and Lyon lace. “I would say I am a traditional/classic bride. This style is translated in my dress and jewelry choice,” the bride told us exclusively before the wedding. When asked what was most important in choosing her wedding dress, Ivanka told us she prioritized comfort. “I plan to dance all night!” she added.
17. Rosie O’Donnell saw the couple once by chance at Nobu in New York and was so moved by the experience she wrote a poem about it. A longtime foe and victim of Donald Trump, Rosie spotted Jared and Ivanka at a restaurant in October but didn’t recognize them at first. Rosie wrote, “i watch them / stunned by her face / and his calming charm.” Continuing to observe them, Rosie thinks, “oblivious to all seeing them / love works like this.” She says out loud, “that is the most beautiful woman i have ever seen,” before she’s told it’s Ivanka. Terrified of triggering an emotional catastrophe, Rosie hesitates but ultimately approaches the couple. “She smiled genuinely / her husband was warm and gracious.” Rosie speaks to them for “4 minutes / max” and leaves.
In the spring of 2007, questions of are-they-or-aren’t-they first surfaced (J-Vanka insisted for a while that they were “buddies”). They were “caught making out” while at Bowlmor Lanes. They arrived at an art party separately but they weren’t fooling anyone; “Jared and Ivanka never left each other’s side” the whole night. They were spotted at a Maroon 5 concert, though he was on his Blackberry most of the time. Once the relationship was confirmed, the PDA was on: Ivanka greeted Jared with a kiss on the cheek and said, “Hi baby,” when they attended a fashion show together. (He calls her Iva, by the way.)
3. They broke up briefly in 2008 over religion. “One of the jokes I first started making when Jared and I first started dating is, I’m a New Yorker, I’m in real estate. I’m as close to Jewish, with an ‘i-s-h’ naturally as anyone can start off,” Ivanka told New York. Jared’s mom Seryl apparently had a hand in the breakup but it didn’t last long. Ivanka agreed to convert to Judaism but even then, there were lots of tough tests from her future father-in-law, according to Esquire. (She passed.)
5. When they got engaged, Ivanka learned how to cook. “I was a total incompetent in the kitchen. I probably would have Googled how to boil an egg at that point in my life,” she told Wendy Williams. “There’s something that feels very feminine to me about being able to do that for my husband. Just the ability to come home and be able to offer him that once a week and to be able to cook a dinner for us as a family.” Ivanka told the Wall Street Journal in 2012 that the best gift Jared had ever given her was “an immersion blender” because she was “really into soups.”
When I was pregnant, I wrestled my wedding ring off my swollen finger before it constricted the blood supply. Post-baby, I regained normal human hands but, four years later, I still haven’t put the ring back on. Wearing a wedding ring has a symbolic meaning for many people, but it never did for me. When I got married, I was swept up in the big day and went along with all of the traditions – the white dress, the church wedding and my father to walk me down the aisle (even though we never set foot in a church apart from at Christmas). And I started wearing a wedding ring too – even though I have always hated jewellery.
“I've always envisioned myself having a traditional and elegant wedding, even before the engagement. Once I met with Preston Bailey and his team, I was confident he would take my vision and make it a reality,” Ivanka told BRIDES about planning her 500-guest wedding.
11. Their wedding song was kind of sad. It’s ultimately hopeful, but the lyrics also include stuff about how the “heart gets torn.” Later, the same plaintive song played as Ivanka was giving birth to their first child Arabella. “Jared and I made a playlist for the delivery of all the songs from our relationship. Arabella was actually born while my wedding song, ‘This Year’s Love’ by David Gray, was playing. It was a coincidence, but it was cool!”
Suddenly it was simple: I love my husband with or without a wedding ring. I hate wearing jewellery. So I will leave it in my drawer and not put it back on. Martin was slightly surprised when I told him but said he didn’t mind. He’s one of those men who rarely expresses his emotions so he would never admit to caring about something this superficial, even if he did. Still, I was convinced that he was secretly hurt so I raised it a few more times. He just shrugged and said it was up to me. But one person who did mind was my mother-in-law. Shortly after I had removed my ring, we were having lunch at her house when her eyes flicked to my left hand. Her lips puckered and she stared at my bare ring finger. She said nothing until Martin had left the room, then she demanded to know why I wasn’t wearing it. ‘Martin isn’t wearing his ring,’ I pointed out. ‘It’s different for men,’ she replied sharply. I pretended not to notice her disapproval; my mother-in-law still lives in a time where it’s effeminate for a man to wear a ring but if a woman doesn’t it’s shocking. Today she still makes jibes, but I don’t care. It’s none of her business.
Today marks six incredible years of marriage to the love of my life and my best friend. He’s an inspiration to me daily, and constantly motivates me to be a better mother, wife and individual. I can’t imagine feeling more blessed or more in love. Happy anniversary baby! ❤️ A post shared by Ivanka Trump (@ivankatrump) on Oct 25, 2015 at 8:40am PDT
It’s not just rings: I want to rip earrings out of my lobes and the thought of a locket around my neck brings me out in a cold sweat. There’s something constricting about it. So when I took the wedding ring – and engagement ring – off my swollen fingers that hot summer day, it made me ask why I had been wearing them at all; why I felt I had to. After all, my husband, Martin*, has never worn a wedding ring. He says jewellery isn’t for men. Lots of men feel the same so I’d never minded. I’d always considered myself a feminist, but I really never saw the hypocrisy in it until that moment. Suddenly I realised that by wearing a ring myself, I was his possession on some level. And the more I thought about it, the more it niggled me.