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8/23/07-Athens

Celebrity Couple To Wed In East Texas This Weekend

Some stars are heading for East Texas this weekend. Dallas stars hockey player Mike Modano and Willa Ford, who recently appeared on "Dancing With The Stars," will be getting married in Athens this Saturday. Thursday KLTV 7 went all over Athens to "investigate" where the happy couple will be saying their "I Do's."

"It's pretty exciting somebody, big stars, coming to little ole Athens to celebrate their wedding," says Athens resident Joel Yates.

But where? And when? These are all questions we wanted answered.

A publicist with the Dallas Stars confirmed the couple is indeed getting married in Athens this weekend, but they say it's a private event, and they will not disclose the exact location. 

So we asked a local florist shop, but they say they haven't heard a word.

"They're paying people pretty good to keep their mouth closed, apparently," said Krissie Luker with Expressions Floral Shop.

"More than likely it's probably going to be under someone else's name to keep their privacy," Holiday Inn Express General Manager Martha Sublett said.

It's the newest, and biggest, hotel in Athens, but it's also just a "maybe."

"We do have a group that's coming in this weekend.  It's a wedding group, and the only thing that we know about it is they're coming from all over.  None of them seem to evidently live in Athens," Martha said.

Even the mayor said he doesn't have a clue, but everyone has their opinion on why they chose Athens. 

"I'm sure they've heard about Athens being home of the "Hamburger" and the "Black Eyed Pea Capital of the World".  I'm sure that's probably part of it," said Athens Mayor Randy Daniel. 

"Lots of theories, but you never know.  You never know why they chose the little town of Athens to come and stay," said Martha.

From the dance floor to the hockey arena and now the hamburger capital of world - Athens: It may just be the spot to say, "I Do."

We've been told Mike Modano is originally from Michigan and Willa Ford is from Florida, so it's still a mystery as to why they've chosen Athens for the site of their nuptials.

Tracy Watler/Reporting: tracy@kltv.com

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