Wedding or Power Summit? Inside the Hollywood Nuptials That Lured the Clintons and Sheryl Sandberg

From Katy Perry to Reese Witherspoon, former CAA agent Michael Kives and nonprofit attorney Lydia Gray had more stars attend their Nov. 16 Palm Springs wedding than this year's Oscars.
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There were more stars in Palm Springs during the Nov. 16 weekend than at this year's Oscars — and the musical numbers were better produced.

Former CAA agent Michael Kives — who departed the agency in February to launch media and financial advisory firm K5 Global — married nonprofit attorney Lydia Gray (in an Oscar de la Renta dress) on Nov. 17 at Parker Palm Springs in front of a starry set of A-listers and industry insiders. Kives started his career working for Bill and Hillary Clinton and both were on hand, taking the stage together to give a speech. That was just one highlight in a nuptials program that also featured a speech by “best man” and former Kives client Kate Hudson; Katy Perry singing alongside Ellie Goulding; Sia going solo for a rendition of the Elvis Presley classic "Can’t Help Falling in Love"; a poetry reading by Cleo Wade titled "Good Love"; and a good ribbing of the groom courtesy of a roast by former head writers of The Office, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, who were dressed as Canadian Mounties.

Other attendees included power players from the worlds of politics (Sen. Cory Booker, Arnold Schwarzenegger, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti), royalty (Princess Beatrice, Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan), tech (Tesla guru Elon Musk, ousted Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, Google's Eric Schmidt, Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg with Activision's Bobby Kotick) and branding (do-it-all moguls Jessica Alba and Reese Witherspoon). A source tells THR that Sen. Kamala Harris was expected but couldn’t make it last minute.

As for the happy couple, both are graduates of Stanford (Kives went for undergrad while Gray is a graduate of Stanford Law School). The bride spent time working for the ACLU of Southern California with a focus on criminal justice and First Amendment issues, something noted by Bill Clinton in his remarks. “She could’ve made a pile of money and she chose to go to the ACLU,” he said. She's now an attorney for The Bail Project. The new marrieds haven't yet announced where they'll be spending their honeymoon — or who will be on that guest list.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Now and always, I love you #kivesgoesgray Thank you to everyone who made our wedding magical. To my HUSBAND, @mkives, I’ll never stop celebrating our love. To @yifatoren and the entire team at @orenco.co, you are dream makers. To @kristenmarieparker for capturing it all. To @sirenfloralco for flowers. To @darstrom and @emilyverellen, our dearest friends, for officiating our ceremony. It was more perfect than we ever could have imagined. To @cleowade for sharing your gift of poetry. We will cherish “Good Love” forever. To @katyperry, @siamusic, @elliegoulding, @mikeyhess, @elanartists, @djsamfrench, and @yasnsum for performances that blew us away. To @lindajgray, @rgray56, @bkives1, @leahgraymorse, Reagan, @hillaryclinton, President Clinton, @katehudson, @ashleymbroyles, @nicomiz, @benschwerin, and @katyperry for your heartfelt words. To @abourkoff for our psychedelic dance floor! To our beloved Canadian Mounties, @leeheyhey and @genestupnitsky, for savagely roasting my husband (and for mostly taking it easy on me ) To @davidbabaii and @chanelcross for making me feel beautiful. To @tamaramellon for my gorg wedding shoes. To @rachkrupa, @thegoodsmart, and @jonalagem for our welcome bags. To @mikeyhess and @jamiereuben for hosting Friday’s party and for all around being the best friends we could ever ask for. And to all who love and support us, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. I vowed to Michael to let our love be world-changing, to take the love we share and use it to touch the people and the world around us. We can only hope to match the love that you all have shown to us.

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A version of this story first appeared in the Nov. 28 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.