On Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, Danielle Denise Massé and Jeffrey Richard Hollon exchanged wedding vows surrounded by family and friends at the General Denver Hotel in Wilmington.
The cold and blustery day was warmed by the holiday ambiance of winter decorations throughout the hotel including the downtown area as the community kicked off the Christmas season with the Holidazzle weekend celebration.
Entering the hotel, guests were welcomed by a beautiful Christmas tree with Santa standing nearby, his sleigh atop the entrance, and a cozy fire lighting the way to the event.
The hotel’s front dining room was adorned with twinkling lights and winter greenery and wreaths hanging in the windows, while large red poinsettias stood on tall stands designating the ceremony’s location. Dining tables were dressed in white tablecloths with each seat area enhanced by silver place mats topped with white dinnerware on which were dark green napkins folded in the art of Origami forming evergreen tree designs. The bride created these from the paper folding art she had learned and enjoyed as a child. Laying at the napkin treetops were small red wooden star ornaments for each guest to take home. Centerpieces for the tables were lovely mixed floral arrangements of red and champagne roses, mixed greenery, carnations, holly, and winter berries, which were displayed on tall silver pedestals. The wedding party flowers reflected these festive holiday bouquets.
Elegant Entertainment provided a violin/guitar duo performing the ceremony music. Maretta Alden and husband Scott Saville entertained guests as they arrived and throughout the wedding service. The exchanging of vows took place at noon and was officiated by Mayor John Stanforth, longtime friend and classmate of the groom’s mother. The wedding party consisted of the bride and groom, their parents Elizabeth and Gaetan Massé and Dr. John and Jennifer Hollon, bridesmaids, Rachelle Massé sister of the bride, Austin Gosh Matron of honor and her son Alexander who was the ring bearer and was escorted by his grandmother, Renae Farley. Kim Hollon, sister-in-law of the groom, acted as greeter and assistant to the bride. Groomsmen included Jeff’s brothers Joe and Jed Hollon.
Following the ceremony guests enjoyed a delicious luncheon, champagne toasts, delightful remarks by the bride and groom and by brother, Joe Hollon, and the cutting of the chocolate wedding cake which was decorated in white frosting covered with white icing roses. In addition, a variety of cupcakes displayed on silver trays allowed guests to select the flavor of their choosing, and a photo area was set up for guests to mark the occasion with fun photographs as a special memento to keep.
At the conclusion of the afternoon event, the married couple along with family and friends, changed to more comfortable attire and continued their weekend festivities. Many were overnight guests at the General Denver and gathered in rooms facing Main Street to view the evening’s Holidazzle parade from the warmth and comfort of the hotel as they celebrated making more wonderful memories together. On Sunday, the new Mr. and Mrs. Hollon returned to their home in Centerville, Ohio to be reunited with their special canine pet, Shiva.
Friday evening before the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted the Rehearsal Dinner at the General Denver where they greeted family and out of town guests including the bride’s family from Charleston, South Carolina, and wedding participants from Highland Springs, Virginia. Dr. Hollon welcomed everyone and shared his happiness for the upcoming marriage, and the bride expressed her appreciation to all and reviewed the schedule of events for the wedding day. It was also the bride’s father’s birthday, and all sang to him and presented a special birthday cake for dessert.