October 2010

October 2010: GET HITCHED ON HILTON HEAD - Behind The Scenes

Author: Special To C2 Magazine

As Julie Klein and David Battiste prepare to exchange vows in Harbour Town on November 13, community sponsors are busily planning the fall nuptials and showering the deserving couple with gifts of time, expertise and sheer wedding bliss.

This is the wedding of a lifetime and one without a price tag for the bride and groom-to-be, 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.

“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 this is possible because we are collaborating with dozens of sponsors who are putting forth incredible effort. Their generosity and creativity is showing brides and grooms everywhere that Hilton Head Island is a truly unique wedding destination,” she adds.

These profiles are the prelude to a collective effort that will feature more than two dozen Get Hitched sponsors. Additional sponsors will be featured in the next issue of CH2. Their contributions are certain to dazzle and delight the bride, groom and their guests on the weekend of November 12-14.

Signature wedding cake sponsor Sheri Davis is a one-woman-wonder with a spatula. She’s designed and delivered elegant and eclectic cakes for both celebrity brides and regular island guests. When Julie and Dave recently visited her Bridge Center studio for a tasting, Dave was reluctant to leave the table! The couple’s ultimate flavor choice for the wedding cake: strawberry cream. Sheri has graciously agreed to provide the groom’s cake and a special guest dessert, her signature “It’s Island Time” cake, a margarita-soaked concoction to be served following the rehearsal dinner.

Sheri says 98 percent of her clients live elsewhere. She believes the island has real wedding allure. “Hilton Head is a wonderful place to live, work and get hitched,” Davis shares. “Being given the opportunity to help make Julie and Dave’s dreams come true, while contributing to the increased exposure and recognition for our wonderful island, is so amazing!”
SherisEdibleDesigns.com / 843.683.3132

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 and are always created uniquely for each bride. “No two events should ever be the same when it comes to the flowers,” Kretchmer insists. That’s why he spent more than two hours with Julie and Dave, learning about their preferences and listening to their story. The couple prefers jewel tones for the November wedding, with emphasis on pinks, lavender and ivory. Known to incorporate an element of surprise in his masterpieces, Kretchmer suspects he’ll reach for cymbidium orchids and mini calla lilies, among other blooms, for the wedding. He knows what he’s doing. The Flower Garden has adorned hundreds of weddings since 1996.
FlowerGardenHiltonHead.com / 843.836.3906

Anyone who’s journeyed through the wedding planning process on Hilton Head Island knows there is one stop that is imperative: Pretty Papers & Gifts stationery shop in the Village at Wexford. Owners Gene and Ellen Arrington offer an extensive selection of fine papers, gifts, collectibles and other precious items. 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 (see inset).

“We wanted to participate in an event that will continue to generate wedding and special event business opportunities in the months to come,” Gene says. “We’re glad to contribute on behalf of a community we appreciate every day.”
PrettyPapersAndGifts.com / 843.341.1516

Owners of salon and day spa, All About Me, Rachel Jackson and Becky Halley stepped up to support Get Hitched before the event went live in January. The All About Me team offered hair and makeup design for models at the event’s launch party, and they’re now poised to pamper the bride, bridesmaids and mothers of the bride and groom before the walk down the grassy aisle at Harbour Town. Among the signature services gifted to the bridal party are hairstyling, skin treatments, makeup and manicures and pedicures. Bride-to-be Julie recently stopped in for a mini spa day at the popular salon and spa on Palmetto Bay Road and says she’s sure her wedding look is in good hands.

Jackson and Halley concur, “We’re thrilled to be part of this community effort. Get Hitched is not only turning the heads of prospective brides, it’s re-establishing our island as the perfect wedding destination, critical for us because bridal clients are a segment of our business that is growing faster than ever before!”
AllAboutMe.com / 843.785.2558

When Julie’s bridesmaids gather for nail-painting and other pre-wedding indulgences, they’ll pamper their feet in more ways than one. Thanks to the generous donation by Sweet Jane’s Casual Elegance for Feet, the girls will depart the salon with flip-flop finesse. Owner and long-time island Jane Janiak creates a wide array of flip-flop designs and couldn’t resist designing fun footwear for the girls of Get Hitched.

“The idea of sharing my flip flops seemed perfect since this is all about promoting destinations, and that’s a good business source for me,” Janiak says. “It’s nice that Julie can customize her choice.”
CrystalFlipFlop.net / 843.422.1863

“We at Classic Party Rentals love celebrations of all kinds. We are passionate about them,” says owner Mike Wilson, and he’s not kidding. Wilson’s team has graciously dedicated hours of consulting and planning to Get Hitched. When Julie and Dave visited the Classic Party headquarters, Wilson greeted them with happy hour spirits and snacks, all on the house. He’ll donate all the rental items for the Get Hitched reception, from tables and chairs to place settings and linens.

Mike’s a Get Hitched fan for a number of reasons. He points out, “This event has brought fantastic exposure to the Island! Hilton Head Island is an amazingly diverse wedding destination. We, as a community, can offer everything from an elegant plantation wedding to the most casual beach wedding in some of the most gorgeous settings on the East Coast.”
ClassicPartyRentals.com / 843.837.5090

Julie and Dave chose a sentimental country western song for their wedding dance, and luckily the featured band, The Permanent Tourists, can deliver a convincing rendition of the Brad Paisley tune (top secret until the reception). The versatile band consists of four top island performers, and it’s not surprising that Hilton Head Entertainment secured their commitment. The full-service company accommodates special occasions with a range of options from musicians to magicians. As we learned recently, flexibility and accessibility are the owner’s trademarks. Cherie Perigo worked around the clock to secure the first-choice band for Get Hitched.

Perigo says the investment was worthwhile. “Get Hitched advertising allows people who are not aware of Hilton Head to see that it is indeed a premier wedding location. It shows how much the vendors care, working together for the happiness of one very lucky wedding couple.”
HiltonHeadEntertainment.com / 843.689.3445

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.
ScottHopkinsPhotography.com / 912.308.7057

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