Get Hitched on Hilton Head: Celebrity Judges Weigh In On What Is True Love (Special To CH2 /CB2)
Author: Our Judges!
It’s all over but the judging! Dozens of couples from the Lowcountry to Ohio have e-mailed their love stories to Get Hitched on Hilton Head, with hopes of saying I DO on the weekend of November 12-14, all expenses paid. Sponsors of the event have promised breathtaking wedding venues, luxurious accommodations, world-class catering and entertainment, exclusive photography, exquisite floral décor, custom wedding cakes and much more.
As the suspense builds, the next step in the competition is to narrow the myriad of registrations down to three finalist couples who will be invited to experience Hilton Head while islanders experience three different sets of personalities, preferences and purposes for entering into marriage. The finalist couples will enjoy a weekend of native fun March 26-28, dining out and participating in an island-wide scavenger hunt while they’re photographed for CH2’s May issue. Online voting in May via CH2 will determine the winners of the coveted $100,000 wedding weekend.
The daunting task of selecting the three finalist couples after evaluating numerous applications and photos fortunately falls into the laps of a half-dozen hand-picked celebrity judges, whose prestigious careers and expertise will ensure that quality decisions are made. The judges represent major cities throughout the Southeast as well as the hub of wedding planning and couture, New York City. They bring a variety of wedding-related skills to the task of choosing the community contest’s most deserving couple.
We are thrilled to introduce our distinguished panel of celebrity judges and extend our gratitude in advance for their time and efforts in reviewing what appears to be a truly compelling collection of love stories and wishes for the ultimate wedding dream-come-true.
MEET THE JUDGES
When Sylvia Weinstock married in 1949, she started to learn domestic skills while working full-time as an elementary school teacher. She loved the relief and relaxation that homemaking gave her from the daily grind of teaching, and she quickly became a proficient chef and baker.
After the birth of her three daughters, through a series of serendipitous events, Sylvia’s husband met Chef Andre Saltner of Lutece on the ski slopes of Hunter Mountain where the Weinstocks lived. Saltner in turn introduced Sylvia to George Keller, an accomplished pastry chef who took her on as an apprentice. Soon, she was supplying local restaurants with their dessert selections every weekend while her husband and daughters skied.
After her daughters graduated college and departed suburbia for New York City to pursue careers, Sylvia was diagnosed with breast cancer, ultimately leading the Weinstocks to move to the city to be closer to medical resources and family.
Shortly thereafter, Sylvia’s friend, William Greenberg Jr., who operated four local bakeries, offered her an opportunity to bake and decorate romantic floral wedding cakes. Her breakthrough came when premier caterer, Donald Bruce, took note of one of her cakes on display in a bakery window. From that time on, orders rolled in every weekend to be delivered to some of the finest hotels in the city, and Sylvia’s business blossomed.
The secret ingredient for Sylvia’s success is that she takes no shortcuts. Her cakes are made using only the best ingredients available. While the flowers for a large cake may be made weeks in advance, the cakes are baked, filled, and iced no more than one or two days prior to the delivery date to assure that the client receives a fresh, tender, and delicious cake. Upon request, her cakes can even be baked in a kosher environment under supervision. Her designs have expanded over the years to include beautiful, fun, funky artistic cakes as well.
Sylvia looks upon her career as a creator of beautiful, romantic, and fabulous cakes as reward for her diligence in fighting breast cancer. She devotes a substantial portion of her free time to bolstering the spirits of women facing similar challenges. She is a generous contributor to organizations that support medical research seeking cures for cancer, AIDS and other plagues of humanity.
Margaret Gierhart & Leslie Moore
Margaret Gierhart, a South Carolina native, cherishes the memories of her mother’s morning ritual involving rollers and rouge. It’s every little girls dream to play dress up and put on a little makeup! From a very early age, she learned that if you have your “face” on, you can take on whatever the day will throw your way. In high school, Gierhart began to dabble in modeling and spent her college years modeling for the industry’s top agencies. As a former runway, print, and commercial model, she realized that she was more interested in working in the art of makeup.
After graduating from the University of South Carolina with a BA in psychology in 1996, Gierhart began her career as a freelance makeup artist with Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. She went on to become Bobbi Brown’s resident artist at Saks Fifth Avenue in Charleston, SC. After five years in retail, feeling the need to spread her artistic wings, Gierhart made the transition back into the world of freelance makeup, furthering her training under several top international makeup artists. Gierhart has since traveled as an artist and educator for such companies as Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, Lancome & Moore Makeup. Her work has been seen on runways, in wedding, in video and in many publications, including Martha Stewart Weddings magazine, Charleston Weddings magazine, Moms into Fitness, Perfect 10 and the Food Network.
In addition to her freelance work, Gierhart has partnered with Leslie Moore to form The Moore Makeup Experience, LLC. The company provides on-site beauty education in the form of seminars, corporate imaging as well as individual consultation and personal shopping. The Moore Makeup Experience’s goal is to provide clients with personalized instruction through proper application, product selection and professional technique. Margaret currently lives in Mt. Pleasant, SC with her husband and two daughters. Her passion for makeup is driven by her desire to give clients a sense of confidence that comes from knowing you look your very best.
With over a decade’s experience in the makeup industry, Leslie Moore is dedicated to helping others look and feel their absolute best. A graduate of The American Music and Dramatic Academy with a degree in musical theater and dance, she has studied theater, drama, dance, commercial acting, and stage acting as well as TV make up. As a performer and former model, Moore’s passion for makeup artistry grew as she trained internationally while on set and through freelance projects. Her career path then took a turn from performer to accomplished makeup artist. Her work has been seen in many publications and commercials including Martha Stewart, People, Domino, First, Weddings Unveiled, Modern Bride, Elegant Bride, NutriSystem, and The FIRM, to name a few. Her work has been featured in national advertisements, NY Times bestselling books, on Grammy Award-winning CD covers, and in documentary and film projects. Moore has also contributed and written for InStyle, Sephora, Charleston Weddings, and A Wonderful Wedding.
Her philosophy of makeup artistry includes combining professional techniques with the right tools and products, creating the appearance of beautiful radiant skin, and making color choices that enhance rather than inhibit. She is dedicated to making women look and feel their absolute best, and states, “Something happens when a woman feels radiant, confident, and absolutely beautiful…something happens on the inside—like a switch or a spark. If I am lucky enough to have anything to do with that moment, that’s what it’s all about. That’s the big picture!”
Editor at Large
As editor at large, Napolitano heads the New York editorial operations of Playboy magazine, interacting with literary agents, writers and other New York-based editors. Building on his work as editorial director (2004 to 2009), he develops features and packages by such award-winning writers as TJ English, Carl Zimmer and Leslie Klinger.
As editorial director when Playboy was based in New York, Napolitano most notably published a series of articles by Mark Boal that served as the basis for two highly regarded movies about Iraq . Napolitano also commissioned a four-part noir written on deadline by National Book Award-winner Denis Johnson, and a serialized memoir of James Ellroy’s twisted and intimate pursuit of women. In 2007, Playboy was nominated for a National Magazine Award in Fiction, its first nomination in 15 years.
Prior to being appointed editorial director in July 2004, Napolitano served as executive editor, overseeing a variety of fiction and non-fiction pieces. He has worked with a wide range of writers, including Norman Mailer, Lauren Weisberger, Neil LaBute, Vince Bugliosi, Toby Young and Amy Sohn. Additional duties included managing the production of Playboy’s monthly fashion features and overseeing the fiction department, editing such talented writers as T.C. Boyle, Thom Jones, Ethan Coen, Pete Dexter, Bob Shaccochis and Chuck Palahniuk.
Napolitano began his career with Playboy in 1988 as an editorial assistant in the fiction department. Before being promoted to editorial director, he served as executive editor in 2004 and features editor since 2002.
Christopher Napolitano holds a BA in Religion from Columbia University. He lives in New York with his wife and two children.
Ann David and Nicky Reinhard
Ann David and Nicky Reinhard founded David Reinhard Events in the fall of 2000. Their strength is their fresh attitude towards event planning, paired with years of experience and a desire to offer personal service in producing special events.
While David Reinhard Events is based in New York City, over the past nine-and-a-half years, they have planned a range of weddings, including a beach wedding in Hawaii, a traditional wedding on a plantation in Georgia and even an intimate wedding on a vineyard in Italy. They still get excited about the little details that make every wedding special and different for the bride and groom, while at the same time understanding all the components that are required to make it a seamless and memorable event, not only the bride and groom and their families, but also their guests.
One of their key responsibilities lies in assembling a fantastic team that will work together to flawlessly execute your event. They have established long-standing relationships with some of the finest, most talented designers, florists, caterers and photographers in the business. And, while keeping true to the classic etiquette of event planning, they constantly explore fresh approaches and seek out new ideas.
David Reinhard Events recognizes that every client is different. Each has individual needs, ideas and budgets. What works for one doesn’t necessarily work for another. These considerations become the framework for planning the perfect event for each client.
They believe planning an event should be an enjoyable experience for everyone involved – most importantly for the client. Therefore, their primary role is to facilitate those tasks that can make this process overwhelming. They are committed to personal service and uncompromising quality.
Editor, Charlotte Wedding
Blake Miller is the editor of Charlotte Wedding, a sophisticated bridal magazine that showcases helpful bridal tips, upscale vendors, and inspiring weddings in the Charlotte, North Carolina region. In addition to editing Charlotte Wedding, she is a senior editor for Charlotte magazine and editor of its shelter publication, Home & Garden. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Women’s Health, SELF, Shape, Conceive, Philadelphia, and Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazines.
GET HITCHED LAUNCH PARTY PHOTOS
Photography by Anne