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Holly, David and Finley

Heavily pregnant TV witch Holly Marie Combs worked a little magic to make her big day special.

Brides are supposed to look radiant on their wedding day, but Holly Marie Combs positively glowed. "Being seven months pregnant helped!" the Charmed star says with a laugh.

Holly and her partner David Donoho, who are awaiting their baby son's arrival in late April, made the commitment on Valentine's Day, eloping to San Ysidero Ranch in Montecito, California. It's the exclusive location where Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez had planned to wed last September, and where a pregnant Gwyneth Paltrow snuck off to secretly marry Chris Martin in December. "It's the same place Gwyneth used, and the same way!" says a delighted Holly. "It's just so convenient and private. You order your wedding like room service. The reverend comes to your room. You don't have to go anywhere, which helps when you're as big as I am." Like Gwyneth nuptials, there was no celebrity circus, no well-wishing familiy group. Holly and David just wanted a simple, memorable day. "Every little girl wants to have the big wedding, but this was about us forming a family with our marriage, for us." says 30-year-old Holly, who plays Piper Halliwell in the Network Ten hit.

"We didn't have to do it for anyone else. It didn't matter who should be there. When my mother complained, I told her 'You don't have to marry him. I do!'. There was no pressure—and it was just the two of us." Or three, counting their as-yet-unnamed son. "That's kind of cool, being able to tell him he was there. Of course, it's not very traditional!" she laughs.

Holly has tried and failed at tradition—her marriage at the tender age of 20 to young actor Bryan Smith lasted four years, ending in divorce in 1997. But it bears no comparison to her union with 41-year-old David, the soulmate she met when he worked on Charmed's crew.

"It sounds hokey, but it's true—when we met there was this feeling of coming home, something familiar about him as though I already knew him," recalls the new bride, speaking exclusively to Woman's Day. "Our bases are the same—the way we grew up, that we're not from wealthy families, our views—those values make a difference. But our personalitites are opposite—he's very highly strung. I'm more mellow."

The couple share a large property backing onto 400 hectares of parkland in the Californian town of Calabasas, which Holly describes as being "as far from LA as you can get and still be in LA". Their home is a menagerie—it's shared with assorted dogs, cats, horses and birds, in an area that's "a great place to raise a kid". "We've been living together for four years. Actually, David wanted to ask me to marry him last October, on our fourth anniversary. I was already pregnant then, but it took him such a long time to find a ring. He's such a perfectionist! David's everything I lack—when I'm weak, he's strong, when I'm strong, he's weak. We complement each other and bring out the best in each other."

The wedding brought out the best in their friends, too. Like Charmed, it took the Power Of Three to save the wedding day—with TV sister Rose McGowan helping Holly rejig work commitments so she could get her planning done and Alyssa Milano making arrangements for a range of dresses, shoes amd accesoires to be sent to the set. Holly's real-life best friend Allana Baroni also made herself useful—she's a professional wedding planner. She organised fine details, such as using urns and pedestals for the floral arrangements. Allana also tracked down the unique piece of "cake jewellery" that adorned the top of the wedding cake—enamelled lovebirds in an ornate cage, which Holly will set atop cakes for future familiy celebrations.

But there was one unforeseen drama: Holly's wedding dress, ordered from New York, arrived just the day before... "And it didn't fit! I'd been measured for it two days earlier, but my body shape is changing every two minutes. We panicked! I was on the set at work, and the six girls from the wardrobe department went shopping to buy me a dress. They went to every store in LA!" "Alyssa got on the phone and called everyone she could think of. I eventually had 10 or 12 dresses to choose from, but none was quite right. We took pieces from almost all of them. One dress was pulled in and let out and reworked," she recalls. "Dressing this body at seven months is not easy!"

Holly has spent months hiding her baby bump from the Charmed cameras, as her character Piper already has a child. But producers eventually decided to write her pregnancy into the script, meaning baby number two for Piper and a plot twist for fans of the show who know her screen husband Leo (Brian Krause) is busy with the magical Elders. "I'm not allowed to say who the father is—that's our big secret. We had to hide my pregnancy a long time—until the last couple of weeks. So for the last six episodes of this season I'll suddenly be very pregnant!"

Holly and David have plans to celebrate their marriage with family and friends
just as soon as the baby is born. But they'll have to wait for a honeymoon—Holly will be heading back to the Charmed set with her son and a nanny as soon as filming of the hit show's seventh series resumes later this year.

Holly has had her baby boy. Finley, was born on April 26 at 1:30pm and weighed about seven and a half pounds. Congratulations to both newly parents:)

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