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Holly & Harry: A Glamorous Wedding in Orchard Lake, MI

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During a visit to the Birmingham Fair, Holly wore her first gown of the day, a luscious cream-color Cocoe Voci gown with gold embroidery and glass beading. Harry wore a traditional black tux.
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After Holly and Harry's ceremony, the crowd moved to Orchard Lake Country Club, which is at the top of a long sweeping hill overlooking Orchard Lake.
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On Harry and Holly's reception tables, low silver bowls of peonies were mixed with tall arrangements of French tulips that complemented the room’s nautical decor. Soft candlelight added to the ambience, and gave the entire space an ethereal glow without detracting from the amazing sunset views.
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Pale green hydrangeas separated each tier of Holly and Harry's wedding cake, with four tiers of yellow chiffon filled with chocolate mousse and fresh raspberries.
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The seven bridesmaids were stylish in black strapless dropped-waist dresses with tiered ruffles.
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During the fair, the couple and their wedding party played games, walked through the fun house, dined on corndogs and sodas, and took loads of memorable photos. “We had so much fun,” Holly says.
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Saturday, the wedding day, just happened to fall at the same time as the Birmingham Fair (a popular regional event), so Holly, Harry, and their groomsmen, ushers, and photographers met early and cruised the midway -- in full wedding attire.
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The couple asked their aunts to perform special readings during their ceremony at the First United Methodist Church of Birmingham.
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Holly accented her second gown of the day -- a strapless diamond-white A-line gown by Carmela Sutera -- with a bouquet of white, cream, and pale pink peonies tied with satin ribbon and pinned with an antique brooch that belonged to her grandmother.
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The theme song from St. Elmo’s Fire brought Holly and Harry to the dance floor for a spin, and the band Newsmaker rocked the house for the rest of the evening, playing everything from Motown tunes to modern rock.

Holly & Harry in Orchard Lake, MI

Holly and Harry kicked off their wedding weekend with a fabulous Friday night party, and wound things up with a rockin' reception filled with Motown sounds. The Bride Holly McGovern The Groom Harry Maxon The Date June 5 Holly, a 28-year-old executive assistant, has a weakness for ice cream. So in early 1999, when her coworker Annie bet her a Dairy Queen Blizzard that she wouldn’t run the LA Marathon with her, Holly rose to the occasion -- but asked for the Blizzard upfront. “Then I had to follow through with what became a seven-month training program and a grueling 26.3 mile race,” Holly says with a laugh. All that hard work was not without perks, though. When Annie’s friend Mev decided to train with them, Holly found all the motivation she needed: Mev’s cute older brother, Harry Maxon, now a 35-year-old graduate student. They met at a 5K run in Santa Monica, and three days later he showed up at her office on her birthday with a few pints of Graeter’s (shipped from his hometown, Cincinnati), “the most delicious ice cream in the whole wide world,” says Holly. They began dating not long after, and four years later were planning a festive weekend wedding near Holly’s hometown in Michigan.
- Susan Berryman
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