Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Battiste…..officially Hitched on Hilton Head!
It was the wedding of lifetime and one without a price tag for the Julie and Dave, thanks to the generosity of a large group of Hilton Head Island businesses. When Celebrations Catering and Events proposed the idea of a wedding giveaway, fellow wedding vendors climbed on board with the concept and agreed to donate goods and services on behalf of a memorable, spectacular wedding weekend.
Pittsburgh natives Julie Klein and Dave Battiste say that getting hitched on Hilton Head was meant to be since the long-time wish of Julie’s late father was that his daughter would marry on Hilton Head Island (Richard Klein passed of lung cancer in 2007). “I popped the question there,” says Dave, a 30-year-old physical therapist and PhD with degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. “I have many fond memories of Hilton Head,” says his smitten 25-year-old blushing bride and a physical therapist who is currently working on her doctorate at Pitt. The dream-come-true wedding couldn’t have happened at a better time for the young duo who are launching their careers and marriage in the midst of a challenging economy.
PLEASE LEARN ABOUT THE PRIMARY COMMNUNITY SPONSORS WHO SUPPORTED GET HITCHED ON HILTON HEAD WITH EXCEPTIONAL ACCOMMODATIONS, HOSPITALITY AND SERVICE.
Celebrations Catering & Events
“Get Hitched on Hilton Head is a wish-fulfillment campaign,” explains Celebrations Director of Catering Molly Kennedy. “Our goal was to make a dream come true for one lucky couple and to show brides and grooms everywhere that Hilton Head Island is a truly a unique wedding destination”.
Celebrations provided a lavish wedding reception at Windows on the Waterway that featured an amazing spread of hors d’oeuvres, ice sculpture, premium bar service and custom seated dinner service at sunset.
The Main Street Inn & Spa
A true accommodating sponsor, the Main Street Inn offered complimentary stays for the wedding finalists prior to the general voting as well as deluxe accommodations for guests and family during the big wedding weekend and farewell brunch to complete the weekend of events.
The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa
Another sponsor for accommodations, the Westin Resort provided graciously reduced room rates for guests, a Rehearsal Dinner at their newly opened restaurant, Oceans and Welcome Reception set oceanfront for all guests kicking off the weekend of events.
The Sea Pines Resort
Graciously offered the 18th Lawn of Harbour Town for the late afternoon ceremony set on the shores of the Calibogue Sound.
The wedding party enjoyed a weekend long complimentary stay at beautiful, oceanfront home with six bedrooms, seven bathrooms and endless views of the Atlantic.
Classic Party Rentals
When Julie and Dave visited the Classic Party headquarters, Mike Wilson greeted them with happy hour spirits and snacks, all on the house. He also donated all the rental items for the Get Hitched reception, from tables and chairs to place settings, linens, a custom clear top tent with twinkle lights and more!.
The Flower Garden
Floral genius Henry Kretchmer’s talent speaks for itself. His Flower Garden bouquets and arrangements are unprecedented in their range of size, shape and color. For Get Hitched he used jewel tones for the November wedding, with emphasis on pinks, lavender and ivory. Known to incorporate an element of surprise in his masterpieces, Kretchmer reached for Cymbidium Orchids and Mini Calla Lilies, among other blooms, for the wedding.
Hilton Head Entertainment
When asked to provide a band for the reception, this local entertainment company said yes, and also offered to provide a soothing steel drum band, Positive Vibration, for the cocktail hour. The Permanent Tourists, delivered a convincing rendition of the Brad Paisley tune for the couple’s first dance and played the night away as guests dance, danced and danced some more!
Sheri’s Edible Designs
Signature wedding cake sponsor, Sheri Davis is a one-woman-wonder with a spatula. Sheri provided an amazing custom four-tier wedding cake as well as the Groom’s Cake and a special guest dessert, her signature “It’s Island Time” cake, a margarita-soaked concoction served following rehearsal dinner. One guest commented the wedding cake was too beautiful to eat, but she was certainly glad she did taste it!
Mark Staff Photography
British born Mark Staff and his photographer wife Lisa are a dynamic duo that continue to set new trends and raise the bar of wedding photography. Mark dedicated his talents to capture every moment of the big day!
Christi’s Bridal & Formal Wear
Christi Franklin, owner of Christi’s Bridal & Formal Wear, will donated stunning strapless navy blue Bill Levkoff bridesmaid dresses for bride Julie Klein’s attendants. ChristisBridal.com/706.265.8500
All About Me
The signature services gifted to the bridal party on the wedding day were hair styling, skin treatments, make-up, manicures and pedicures. Julie and her girls were pampered beyond belief!
Ben Arnold Spirits, “Mirassou” Wines
Julie, Dave and their guests sipped the exciting new “Mirassou” brand of wine at the rehearsal dinner and reception, among other celebrations.
Faces Day Spa
Julie and her bridesmaids set aside a full morning when they indulged in pre-wedding massages via Faces mobile Cabana. Yet a another unique service, the Cabana arrived at the bridal party’s resort home complete with furniture, spa supplies, seasoned staff and soothing music!
Pretty Papers & Gifts
The exclusive stationer for the Get Hitched wedding, Pretty Papers provided Julie and Dave’s classic William Arthur invitations, designed with Gene’s guidance on ivory paper, featuring gold accents and a maritime blue font.
Photography By Anne
Photography By Anne hosted Julie Bachelorette Party at Anne’s studio as the bridesmaids modeled for the their own 50’s-style Pin-Up photo shoot, coordinated by Anne, Salon 5200 and Caroline Noble of Madhouse Vintage (Bluffton). PhotographyByAnne.com/843.338.6391
Scott Hopkins Photography
Get Hitched on Hilton Head would like to extend a special thanks to photographer Scott Hopkins who has donated many hours and exceptional talent to capture the highlights of Julie and Dave’s wedding planning experience on Hilton Head.
Sweet Jane’s Casual Elegance for Your Feet
Jane Janiak donated Sweet Jane’s Casual Elegance for Feet, which came in handy for the spa pampering the wedding weekend provided with flip-flop finesse.
The Asian Bistro
Provided a tantalizing spread of Japanese and Chinese delectables for the Bachelorette Party at the Photography By Anne.
Thanks to our celebrity judges:
Meet Our Judges
We can’t thank you enough for helping us narrow down an exceptional field of candidates to three very deserving semi-finalist couples…and ultimately leading us to our most voted couple, whose wish has been fulfilled!