#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

Rising Stars: Nikki Stanzione

Nikki Stanzione is a Hollywood force to be reckoned with, and we were super honored to host her at the #HipNJ studios!

This West Orange native is a true “five tool player”- she sings, acts, hosts and much more! She chatted with Lisa Marie Latino about her vast career that spans both US coasts.

After graduating Rutgers University, Nikki made the bold move to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams.  Soon after settling in LA, she was regularly featured on the soap opera “All My Children”, and recurred as “Cynthia” on “Young and the Restless”.

After her soap opera stints ended, Nikki took her talents to Miami. During her time in South Florida, she appeared regularly in the musical comedy “Laffing Matterz”.  She also hosted a national daily live interactive game show, “My Games Fever,” which was seen nationally on MyNetwork TV.

These experiences, among many other endeavors, launched her into her biggest role to date- as host of “New Mexico Style,” on the Southwest FOX affiliate, 2 KASA FOX. It was there she interviewed the biggest and brightest personalities in the country, and asserted herself as one of the industry’s best presenters.

Currently, Nikki is staring in Off-Broadway, is penning a novel and recording music.

For any up-and-coming entertainer, this is a must-see segment; hearing Nikki’s story will motivate you to keep on your path to stardom!

For more on Nikki Stanzione, please visit her website.

Master Phil Ross, “The Kettlebell King”

A “kettlebell” may not look like much, but it is a valuable key that unlocks your mind, body and soul’s optimal potential.

#HipNJ got a chance to have a personal workout session with one of only eight masters of kettlebell training in the world, Master Phil Ross

Master Ross has been training all walks of life for 38 years- from UFC fighters, NFL athletes and celebrities, to children, law enforcement officials and those who are looking to improve their health.

Personally, he is in a class all on his own; at almost 52 years old, he has the stamina and physique of a 25-year-old.  His bountiful passion and charming personality helps clients get through their grueling workouts at his studio in Ho Ho Kus.

Master Ross- who is also a Master RKC, bodyweight specialist and 8th Degree Black Belt- was introduced to kettlebells by former UFC champion Frank Shamrock.  He proceeded to learn everything he could about these unique objects.

He has turned his unparalleled kettlebell knowledge into a vast library.  The Kettlebell Workout Library is a culmination of more than 6 years of Kettlebell Based workouts designed by Master Ross. Strength, explosive power, balance, flexibility, durability, longevity and cardiovascular endurance are all addressed.  The 20-hour DVD Compilation consists of 104 Kettlebell-based workouts and a 140 page full color manual.  You can find more information here.  

To learn more about Master Phil Ross and to try using kettlebells yourself, visit Phil’s website.

Live Hard, Work Hard, Play Hard.