Vying for Tying the Knot On HHI - Get Hitched on Hilton Head Introduces Three Semi-Finalist Couples!
Author: SPECIAL to CH2
A panel of six celebrity judges struggled to narrow down dozens of contestants to just three semi-finalists for the last round of competition in the wedding giveaway, Get Hitched on Hilton Head. The judges wrote “so many compelling stories to choose from,” and “these all seem to be deserving couples.” But in the end, three couples were ranked slightly higher than the other contestant. The Get Hitched Steering Committee had the opportunity to spend some up-close-and-personal time with the semi-finalist candidates during the last weekend in March. Committee members concur the competition will be down to the wire in the online voting event next month!
Once the semi-finalist couples were selected, they were flown to Hilton Head for a preview weekend of fun, frivolity and numerous introductions with the Get Hitched steering committee and weekend sponsors. They were welcomed to the island’s luxurious Main Street Inn, their home and headquarters for the weekend and greeted with Gift Baskets provided by Celebrations Catering and Events and other contributing vendors. Transportation was provided by Yellow Cab Taxi and David’s First class Limousine services. The three-day adventure included an ambitious island-wide Outside Hilton Head Scavenger Hunt and lunch at The Salty Dog and Topside at the Quarterdeck. Round the clock activities featured a tour of potential wedding destinations and culminated in an amusing evening at the Comedy Club for several rounds of “The Nearly Wed Game.” See below to check out other community vendors who pitched in to make the Get Hitched Semi-Finalist weekend a big success!
AND THE WINNERS ARE…
JASON STURDIVANT AND LAUREN MCGOOKEY
Sandusky, Ohio, sweethearts for nearly a decade, Lauren, 27, and Jason, 28, hope to plan a Hilton Head wedding this fall after a series of life challenges. While she was in law school, Lauren developed ulcers on her left eye and had to drop her law studies due to the pain. She eventually re-enrolled in law school though she had lost vision in her left eye. Lauren recently took her bar exams and is anxiously awaiting her scores while her biggest cheerleader, Jason, continues his training to be a chef. He’s currently honing his skills at a popular Dublin restaurant, Matt the Millers. He says Lauren still has the most beautiful eyes he’s ever seen! The two have shared memorable times together on Hilton Head and hope to celebrate Lauren’s passage from law student to attorney when they wed in the months ahead.
WILLIAM (CREIGHTON) STUCKART AND EMILY NELSON
This Hilton Head couple surprised family and friends with news that they were dating after keeping their relationship secret while Creighton finished his senior year at the Citadel. Creighton, 24, and Emily, 28, met while she was working in his dad’s office. Now a commissioned officer in the Marine Corps, Creighton sees Emily only occasionally since he is on active duty. Emily enjoys living with the Stuckart family in Creighton’s absence and says Joan Stuckart, Creighton’s mom, is in many ways like the mother she lost when she was just 14. Emily is currently a client services associate for a local financial advisory group. She and Creighton hope to marry against the backdrop where their romance began, Hilton Head Island.
DAVID BATTISTE AND JULIE KLEIN
These two smitten physical therapists hail from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but traveled to Hilton Head Island last year to get engaged. That’s because it was 25-year-old Julie’s dream to have the question popped at her favorite summer retreat, where she’s vacationed with family since she was a baby. Julie lost her father to lung cancer when she was just 21, but not before he shared with her that he believed she would be married on Hilton Head. Dave, now 30, has also treasured summers on Hilton Head, so the two feel the island is truly like a second home. What could be more natural than taking their next steps together here?