Andrew Firestone & Ivana Bozilovic
California’s beautiful Santa Ynez Valley was the lovely rural setting for the wedding of Andrew Firestone and Ivana Bozilovic on an early July Saturday at St. Mark's in the Valley Episcopal Church in Los Olivos.
Firestone, best known for his appearances on the TV series The Bachelor, is the heir to the Firestone Tyre fortune and part-owner of their wineries on California’s Central Coast.
Ivana is a Serbian-born international model. They dated for two years. He proposed just before a special 30th birthday beach party he organized for her in September 2007. The wedding was planned by a professional wedding planner and the event planner for Firestone Vineyards. Firestone designed the 2.5 diamond ring used for the ceremony.
He reported that he was feeling nervous before the ceremony, but the moment he saw the beautiful Ivana, it all faded away: “I just kept thinking I must be the luckiest man alive to spend the rest of my life with this woman.”
The recessional was led by two Firestone relatives to the music of Bon Jovi. The wedding was the centerpiece of a three-day weekend event that included an alfresco rehearsal dinner and western barbecue and friends and relatives flew in from all over the world.
The wedding event was filmed on super 8MM by a professional cinematographer rather than on video. An interesting sidelight is that the bride and groom requested that wedding guests donate to Direct Relief, a nonprofit organization that sends critically needed medicines and supplies to local healthcare providers worldwide.