Category Archives: #HipNJ Weddings

#HipNJ Weddings profiles the top vendors and venues unique to the Garden State, and dishes on the latest trends the #HipNJ bride must know while planning The Big Day!

#HipNJWeddings: American Dream Wedding Giveaway!

The small town of Bernardsville and its business community recognizes the large sacrifice made by American men and women serving in the Armed Forces. To show their appreciation, businesses are banding together to sponsor the American Military Dream Wedding Giveaway, an all-inclusive, all-expense paid wedding of a lifetime. Contestants are being recruited to enter the wedding giveaway by the September 26 deadline.

One lucky serviceman or woman from New Jersey–active duty or retired—will win an all-inclusive free wedding valued at approximately $50,000 that includes engagement and wedding rings, catered reception with entertainment and flowers, rehearsal and engagement parties, wedding gown, invitations, photography and video, portraiture and more—all donated by local businesses.

“We’re proud and excited to be sponsoring this dream wedding giveaway for a military couple and are actively seeking contestants,” said Bernardsville Chamber of Commerce Vice President and Contest Coordinator, Eileen Loughnane, who is also a military mom. “The outpouring of generous support from our local businesses has been tremendous.”

The lucky winning couple will receive rings donated by Diamond Dream Fine Jewelers, wedding reception hosted by The Bernards Inn, engagement party hosted by Dolce, rehearsal dinner hosted by The Olde Mill Inn, a commissioned painted portrait from JM Stringer Gallery, and so much more.

Additionally, the band Chicago is dedicating their new song, “America,” as the theme song for the wedding giveaway. The song is written by founding band member, Lee Loughnane.

How To Enter 
To enter the American Military Dream Wedding Giveaway, contestants must share their love stories in a simple written 500-word essay and / or 1-3 minute videotaped submission explaining why they wish to participate in the contest at:http://www.AMERICANDREAMWEDDINGBVILLE.ORG . Entries will be judged based on need, originality, creativity and overall composition. Deadline is September 26.

Additionally, up to ten lucky couples will be selected and invited to compete in a scavenger hunt through the towns of Bernardsville and Basking Ridge on Thursday, October 2 for a chance to win more prizes. The grand prize winners of the dream wedding giveaway will be introduced to the public at a formal presentation at the “Taste of Bernardsville and Beyond” event on Monday, October 6.

For complete contest rules and more information, visit: http://www.AMERICANDREAMWEDDINGBVILLE.ORG or call Eileen Loughnane at 908-642-8369.

Major Sponsors: 
Diamond Dream Fine Jewelers—Engagement and Wedding Rings
Dolce—Engagement Party
JM Stringer Gallery of Art—Portrait of Couple
Olde Mill Inn—Rehearsal Dinner
The Bernards Inn—Wedding Reception

Additional Sponsors: 
Bernardsville Print Center–Invitations
Carla Fabrizi Cosmetics—Bridal Make up
Elizabeth Johns—Wedding Gown
Generic Brand Human–Videography
Laura Clare Floral Design and Event Décor–Flowers
Stephen Taylor Photography–Photography

#HipNJWeddings: Justin Alexander Bridal

Did you know that one of the top wedding dress designers is located right here in #HipNJ?  In our latest #HipNJWeddings segment, we visited the showroom of Justin Alexander Bridal in Pine Brook!

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino (who will be rocking a JA Signature dress at her upcoming September nuptials!) sat with creative director Terry Hilferty to talk about what every bride needs to know while shopping for the most important dress she’ll ever wear.

The #HipNJ bride is “sophisticated,” explained Terry.  Justin Alexander has found that the New Jersey bride gravitates to the finer laces or some other type of special treatment. Trending now is a cap sleeve or pop-over jacket to transform the dress, creating two different looks. What the #HipNJ bride wants, she gets!

No matter your style or budget, there are many lines to choose from.  Justin is the core line, portraying a vintage and timeless look. Signature is the higher-end line off of Justin, having more intricate detailing.  Sincerity features a girl-next-door feel that is effortless to wear.  While the Sweetheart is the most affordable line, it still upholds the same romantic character as her counterparts.  Finally, their newest line Lillian West features gowns that are simplistic yet sexy.

A current concern of the wedding industry are counterfeit dresses. These dresses are manufactured and sold out of  Asia.  Crooks are stealing Justin Alexander’s copyrighted images and posting them on their websites.  Thinking they are getting a beautiful bargain, horrified brides are receiving dresses that don’t come close to the quality that Justin Alexander and other reputable designers provide.

To ensure that the #HipNJ bride is getting her authentic Justin Alexander dress, please visit I Do…I Do… in Morristown, Jay West in Haddonfield, or a #HipNJ location near you.

For more information, visit their website.

#HipNJ Women in Small Business: VeroLuce Photography

A picture may say a thousand words, but after the special person in your life sees your boudoir images, they’ll be rendered speechless.

Veronica Yankowski, owner of VeroLuce Photography, is a highly accomplished celebrity photographer that specializes in all aspects of the trade.  However, it’s her stunning Inner Diva Boudoir sessions that has caught the attention of the Garden State- and beyond.

Veronica’s work has been on the pages of numerous publications, including Cosmopolitan.  She has shot Signy Coleman of “The Young and the Restless” and Dina Manzo from “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”, among many other notable personalities.  But the majority of Veronica’s business is making the everyday woman look and feel their best.

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino chatted with Veronica and some of her loyal customers about this sizzling hot photography trend.  Veronica’s passion and love for her craft oozes from her every word, and VeroLuce clients count their boudoir sessions among the best days of their lives.  Lisa Marie was so blown away by everyone’s vibe, she just had to hit the sheets for her own session!

A boudoir day with Veronica is a must-have experience. Her accomplished hair and makeup team do a phenomenal job dolling you up.  Veronica does such a great job in quelling any insecurity that you may have,  and her warm aura enables you to own the moment for the camera.  You walk away from the photo shoot feeling like a confident, beautiful superstar, and the images to back it up!

An album of your classy, sexy boudoir is the perfect wedding gift to your fiance.  It also makes a great anniversary present, or an amazing way to document your pregnancy.  Even if you aren’t celebrating a milestone, it’s one of the best ways to celebrate you!

For more on VeroLuce Photography and Inner Diva Boudoir, please visit Veronica’s website.