July 2010

Who's GETTING HITCHED On Hilton Head?

Author: Special To C2 Magazine

Dream weddings still do come true, even in the midst of a turbulent economy. And one lucky couple is on their way to the altar and a total fairy tale weekend, all expenses paid, courtesy of the community of Hilton Head Island.

Congratulations to Julie Klein and David Battiste of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, winners of the Get Hitched on Hilton Head wedding give away. The couple captured about 60 percent of the total vote, after weeks of diligent campaigning on Facebook, various Web sites, local newspapers and Julie and Dave even earned airtime on two TV network affiliates, KDKA-TV (CBS) and WPXI-TV (NBC).

“This is an exceptional couple, and we’re going to push them over the top,” said KDKA-TV morning news anchor, Rick Dayton, referring to his station’s efforts to get Pittsburgh area viewers to cast their votes online by the June 10 deadline. Needless to say, the couple is now on top of the world with their victory and the exciting months of planning ahead.

CH2 caught up with Julie and David shortly after they received word that they would be getting hitched on Hilton Head.

CH2: What was your immediate reaction?
Julie Klein: We were so excited, so overwhelmed…we couldn’t believe we are the ones! At first it didn’t seem real.

CH2: Who did you share the news with first?
JK: I was with my best friend when I got the phone call. So perfect, since she’s going to be my maid of honor! Then Dave and I called our moms and the rest of our families and friends.

CH2: How did you celebrate?
Dave Battiste: Well, we all went out to The Salon; it’s one of our favorite bars in Pittsburgh…and we just hung out with our friends—all the people who supported us. We really appreciate them.

CH2: Are you ready to start planning the big event?
DB: I’ve already asked my six closest friends to be in the wedding.
JK: And we’ll be heading to Hilton Head for a week in August, so it will be a good time to go over details and meet our wedding sponsors and vendors. We look forward to that!

The first assignment for Julie and Dave: to assemble the invitation list so the Get Hitched wedding planners can get the save-the-dates in the mail. The wedding weekend is set for November 12-14.

Julie and Dave have been offered four options as choices for the location of the nuptials. These include the famed 18th Green at the Harbour Town Links on the Calibogue Sound, followed by an elegant reception at Windows on the Waterway; an oceanfront luxury home provided by ResortQuest, featuring beach wedding and poolside reception; a charming European setting via the Main Street Inn, including garden wedding and candlelight reception; and a romantic Lowcountry wedding backdrop, courtesy of The Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, featuring lovely al fresco wedding and reception.

A quick recap of the Get Hitched on Hilton Head competition takes us back to January and the launch of WeCelebrateYou.com, complete with an invitation to couples all over the country, followed by the online registration process. Basic profile information was requested, along with a brief history on each couple and most important, their compelling love story. These stories ranged from the reunion of estranged sweethearts to proposals after love at first sight. Dozens of registrations came from all over the country.

Judging of the applicants was handled by a gracious national panel of celebrity judges including Sylvia Weinstock, renowned New York wedding cake designer; Ann David and Nicky Reinhard, celebrity event planners, also of NYC; Margaret Gierhart and Leslie Moore of The Moore Make-Up Experience team of Charleston, SC; Chris Napolitano, editor at large, Playboy magazine; Suzanne Redd, associate publisher of Atlantan Brides; and Blake Miller, editor of Charlotte Bride.

“It was difficult to pick one winner,” admitted celebrity judge, Sylvia Weinstock. “I wish we could do them all.”

Throughout the weekend of November 12-14, dozens of island sponsors will donate accommodations, services and products for the welcome reception, bachelorette party, groomsmen’s golf outing, rehearsal dinner, wedding party spa morning and farewell brunch. Among the signature sponsors and donors are Classic Party Rentals, Ben Arnold, The Westin, All About Me, Faces Day Spa, The Flower Garden, Celebrations Catering & Events, Sheri’s Edible Designs, Mark Staff Photography and Photography by Anne. Lisa Manning of Southern Weddings will help steer planning during the busy wedding weekend (see WeCelebrateYou.com for more details on participating sponsors).

Get Hitched on Hilton Head is a community sponsored wish fulfillment program that was created to inspire new interest and exposure for the island’s tourism industry while allowing one deserving couple the opportunity to exchange vows with family and friends during the wedding of a lifetime, with no charges attached.

In the August issue of CH2, discover which venue our winning couple chooses for the long-awaited ceremony and reception. Then watch the wedding planning continue!

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