October 2010

November 2010: GET HITCHED - Here Come The Bride And Groom

Author: Special To C2 Magazine

The curtain is about to rise on the island’s wedding of the year, as more than two dozen community sponsors prepare to make dreams come true for Julie Klein and Dave Battiste. Months of careful planning and ongoing dialogue with the deserving Pittsburgh couple have led to a destination wedding weekend packed with fun and festivities and hopefully plenty of signature Hilton Head sunsets!

Our community sponsors feature a wide range of businesses and services, yet all are united in their contributions to Get Hitched on Hilton Head, gifts that they hope will keep on giving back in the year ahead as destination weddings continue to multiply at one of the Southeast’s leading resort venues.

The centerpiece of the wedding weekend is a collective effort on behalf of the island’s leaders in hospitality. The Westin, Sea Pines Resort and The Lowrey Group’s Celebrations Catering & Events are joining hands and hearts to welcome Julie and Dave’s Pittsburgh family and friends with a true taste of Hilton Head, from rehearsal dinner delights to a Harbour Town sunset wedding and lavish reception along the shores of the Intracoastal at Windows on the Waterway. Two more hospitality partners, The Main Street Inn and Spa and ResortQuest will provide deluxe accommodations for guests as well as a Farewell Brunch at the Main Street Inn and Spa.

Ken Nason, sales and marketing director for the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa shares a vision that Get Hitched sponsors embrace. “Being involved in the Get Hitched on Hilton Head experience has generated a tremendous amount of exposure for our destination and allowed the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa to be showcased as a premier wedding resort,” Nason said. “This experience also helped fulfill a wish for a very wonderful couple who will share their once-in-a-lifetime experience throughout their lives; we anticipate that they and their guests will continue to return to Hilton Head Island in the future. We are so delighted to have been a part of this remarkable experience.”


British born Mark Staff and his photographer wife Lisa are internationally known and respected for shooting exceptional photography. Making Hilton Head home for the last seven years (after moving from Toronto) was a lifestyle decision based on the small town beauty of this island and keeping their family a priority in a community environment. This dynamic duo continues to set new trends and raise the bar of wedding photography.

“Shooting lifestyle images for big brand companies, fashion in exotic locations or upscale weddings around the globe gives us opportunities to see many amazing places. Yet it is always refreshing to fly back to this beautiful little island we call home.” Staff said. “There are amazing locations for weddings in the U.S., but Hilton Head still ranks in the top ten. The Get Hitched project is a brilliant idea, and I became involved as part of a collective effort of talented professionals to promote our island as a top wedding venue,” he added.


When asked to support Get Hitched on Hilton Head, photographer Anne Caufman rolled up her sleeves and then some. She was on location to photograph the models at the Get Hitched Launch Party and, soon after, offered one of the weekend’s most innovative gifts. Photography By Anne will host Julie’s bachelorette party at Anne’s studio on the Thursday before the wedding. This party will be no conventional gig. Along with cocktails and a full appetizer spread, the bridesmaids will model for the their own ’50s-style pin-up photo shoot, coordinated by Anne, Salon 5200 and Caroline Noble of Madhouse Vintage (Bluffton).

A pioneer on the new trends frontier, Photography By Anne has an impressive client portfolio that grows daily. “We’re thrilled to be a part of Get Hitched on Hilton Head Island,” said Caufman. “It’s so important for local businesses to give back to the community and often. By working together, we are supporting many different industries on the island—all striving for the same result: a first class event for Julie and Dave!”


Patricia Owen is no stranger to embracing VIP guests with savvy and superior service, along with a staff who are always two steps ahead of the next wish. At Faces DaySpa, the relaxation specialists will slather you with emollients, massage away stress and even send you home with a brand new makeover. Whether guests set aside a full day or just squeeze in a 15- minute chair massage, a visit to FACES is like a vacation within a vacation, as Julie’s bridesmaids will discover when they indulge in pre-wedding massages via Faces mobile Cabana. Yet a another unique service provided by Owen’s award-winning and nationally acclaimed day spa, the Cabana will arrive at the bridal party’s resort home complete with furniture, spa supplies, seasoned staff and soothing music!

“It is a special treat to know that this lovely couple has always had a dream to begin their married life here on Hilton Head Island, our home for the past 27 years,” Owen said. “We are so excited to be a part of this wonderful event and to be able to share with the world all that Hilton Head Island has to offer.”


Christi Franklin, owner of Christi’s Bridal & Formal Wear, will donate stunning strapless navy blue Bill Levkoff bridesmaid dresses for bride Julie Klein’s attendants to wear at this month’s wedding. Her business has grown steadily over the past 13 years and includes the storefront in charming Dawsonville, Georgia, as well as administrative staff and a dozen satellite wedding planners.

“I wanted my brides to have a one-stop bridal salon where they and their families could have a positive, personal experience,” Franklin explained. Brides with budgets of well over $50K now frequent her store and she travels all over the country to carefully plan the nuptials of clients. “My brides are like my family. I take the time to really get to know them,” she said. Julie and Dave are no exception!


A new addition to the Get Hitched sponsor line-up, Asian Bistro has promised a tantalizing spread of Japanese and Chinese delectables for the bachelorette party at the Photography By Anne studio. As signature caterer for the event, Asian Bistro hopes to spread the word about the opening of their exciting alternative to the island’s popular sushi restaurants. The new restaurant features an elaborate menu and a sleek, contemporary bar. Owner Wei Zhu said, “We hope to provide the right complement to an evening of fun for the Get Hitched bridesmaids and friends. We’re glad to give everyone the opportunity to try our menu and hope they’ll join us for a new experience.”


A Shelter Cove treasure trove of North American art, Nash Gallery stepped forward with a custom-designed wedding gift for Julie and Dave. Owner Lynn Alexander explained, “We feature the handcrafted works of over 400 North American craftsmen. Each and every artist’s distinctive style makes browsing through our gallery memorable. We wanted to share a memory from our shop on an occasion that will linger with bride, groom and guests for years to come. Congratulations on getting hitched!”


A longtime partnership with many of the sponsors of Get Hitched led Ben Arnold Spirits to contribute to the wish-come-true wedding on a number of levels. Julie, Dave and their guests will sip the exciting new “Mirassou” brand of wine at the rehearsal dinner and reception, among other celebrations. Regional manager Michael Bragg seized the moment when he first learned of the community effort with this thought in mind: “To me, the main benefit of the partnership is the brand awareness that Mirassou receives,” he said. “It is an opportunity to introduce a brand that we feel is the perfect wedding wine…at the perfect wedding destination—Hilton Head Island.”



Wedding Guest Check-In
Main Street Inn & Spa, Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa
and ResortQuest Ocean Front Home

Bachelorette Party
4-8 p.m. at the Photography By Anne Studio

Groomsmen’s Golf
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Crescent Pointe Golf Club

Mobile Maidens’ Massage
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Faces Day Spa Cabana on location at ResortQuest Bridal Party Home

Pre-Rehearsal Dinner Pampering
1-4 p.m. at All About Me Day Spa and on location at ResortQuest Home by Style It

On-location Wedding Rehearsal
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
18th Lawn at Harbour Town Golf Links

Wedding Rehearsal Dinner
6-8 p.m. at Oceans Restaurant

Welcome Dessert Reception
8-10 p.m. in the Barony Room
The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa

Pre-Wedding Primping
9 a.m.-1 pm at All About Me Day Spa

For Men Only Massage
9 a.m.-noon at The Art of Massage

Wedding Ceremony
3:30 p.m. on the 18th Green Lawn at Harbour Town Golf Links

Wedding Reception
4:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Windows on the Waterway

Farewell Brunch
9-11 a.m. drop-in
The Main Street Inn and Spa

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