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: Live Event Painting, A Wedding Must-Have

For live event painter, Anthony Galati, event painting is more than just a hobby. Our very own Lisa Marie Latino sat down with Anthony as he shared with #HipNJ why live painting at a wedding is a must!

Anthony says the uniqueness of event painting is what draws in his customers. It’s something different that you don’t see everyday. Anthony will paint the scene in the room and the people as the event is occurring. These paintings can also pose as a family heirloom for the bride and groom to cherish forever!

The cool thing about these paintings is the faces are completely recognizable! Anthony tells Lisa that these live events are some of the hardest things to paint.

Anthony has a long history of art but event painting is something he has started in the past year and a half. He made art his full time career 5 years ago and has 20 years of oil painting experience! Anthony gets his inspiration from combining the constantly changing outdoor landscapes with everyday still painting.

With #HipNJ’s plentiful wedding venues, these beautiful and elaborate settings are great for event painting! For more information on Anthony and his work check out his website at www.EventPaintingsByAnthony.com.

#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.