Ilana Michelle Blitzer, daughter to Wolf Blitzer and Lynn Blitzer was married Saturday evening to Joseph Orrin Gendelman, a son of Lori and Bruce Gendelman of Palm Beach, Florida. Read more about Ilana Blitzer’s wedding and see additional photos below.
Ilana Blitzer, 27, works in New York and is the beauty editor of Family Circle.
Ilana Blitzer’s father is Wolf Blitzer, news anchor of two father works from Washington as the anchor of two CNN shows, “The Situation Room” and “Late Edition With Wolf Blitzer.”
Joseph Gendelman, 29, is the president of Bruce Gendelman Insurance Services, a property and casualty insurance agency based in Palm Beach and Milwaukee.
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It’s a very romantic story on how Ilana and Joseph met and fell in love.
From the New York Times:
The road that would eventually lead Ms. Blitzer to Mr. Gendelman began near a hotel hot tub in Aspen, Colo., in July 2001. While on vacation there, Ms. Blitzer and her mother met Mr. Gendelman’s father and Jordan, a younger brother of the bridegroom. After hanging out poolside, the Blitzers and Gendelmans decided to meet for dinner that evening. By the end of the night, the families had become friends.
Over the next few years, Mr. and Mrs. Blitzer and Mr. and Mrs. Gendelman continued to see one another on summer vacations in Aspen. In July 2004, while the parents dined, their conversation turned to Ilana Blitzer’s search for a New York apartment.
As it turned out, Jordan Gendelman was moving out of his Upper West Side apartment, so they suggested Ms. Blitzer take a look.
Jordan’s father, who was convinced that Joseph Gendelman, his eldest son, and Ms. Blitzer were meant for each other, jokingly told Ms. Blitzer’s mother, “I’ll put on a beautiful rehearsal dinner, if you put on the wedding.”
Although they had attended the same university, Joseph and Ilana had never met.
Ms. Blitzer liked the apartment well enough to take it, in September 2004. At that time, Mr. and Mrs. Gendelman were visiting New York, and took Ms. Blitzer out for lunch, where Mr. Gendelman snapped a few pictures of Ms. Blitzer, telling her, “These are for Joseph,” he recalled.
He immediately e-mailed them to Joseph, who then lived in Miami. Joseph eventually sent Ms. Blitzer a friendly text message on her phone.
“Did you see the pictures?” she wrote back.
He responded, “Why do you think I’m writing?”
The two stayed in touch by e-mail and phone until they agreed they should meet for a formal date.
When Mr. Gendelman arrived at Ms. Blitzer’s apartment, she opened the door “” and fainted.
“I was just so nervous, I forgot to eat,” she explained.
In October 2007, Ms. Blitzer returned from work to that same apartment, only to find Mr. Gendelman and a strange-looking contraption on the counter.
“What is that thing?” she asked.
Mr. Gendelman warned, “It’s a breathing machine “” you might need that.”
Then, in the exact spot where she had fainted, he handed her an engagement ring.
Congrats to Ilana Blitzer and Joseph Gendelman!