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'A famiy affair'

Brenda Branswell July 31 2000
Cover

'A famiy affair'

Brenda Branswell July 31 2000

'A famiy affair'

Trends may come and go, but the big white wedding will endure. That, at least, is the view of many in the bridal business—and the forthcoming society wedding of the year is a classic example. When Caroline Mulroney, the only daughter of former prime minister Brian Mulroney, marries Andrew Lapham, son of Harper's magazine editor-in-chief Lewis Lapham, on Sept. 17 it will be a grand affair. Friends and family of the couple are tight-lipped about the nuptials, but Maclean’s has learned some of the details. Caroline, 26, who is studying law at New York University, and Andrew, 28, who has launched an

Internet e-commerce business, will be married at St-Léon, a grey stone church on a leafy street in Montreal’s tony Westmount. The pews of the Roman Catholic Church, which seats 700, should be mostly full with an estimated 500 guests. Father Gregory MacKinnon, a former president of Mulroney’s alma mater, St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, N.S., will perform the ceremony. The reception will be held downtown in two elegant rooms at the Windsor Ballrooms, the former Windsor Hotel.

Who is planning the nuptials? “It’s very

Caroline Mulroney with brother Mark: family is tight-lipped

much a family affair,” says Mulroney family friend Luc Lavoie. “So everybody is involved.” While Lavoie would not comment on whether high-profile friends of Brian and Mila Mulroney’s, such as former U.S. president George Bush, former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher or talk-show host Kathy Lee Gifford, would attend, he did acknowledge, “you can expect some well-known people.”

Brenda Branswell