Selected from over 1200 entries, bride to be Melissa Dorshimer of Pottstown, PA is this year’s winner of NJWedding.com’s VIP contest
“Long Beach Island is my happy place and I want to be married in my happy place,” stated Melissa Dorshimer, of Pottstown, Pennsylvania. “Whether it is this year or next year, I want to make this wedding happen.”
Melissa has spent every summer on LBI since she was born. She shared her best memories with Lori Pepenella, Destination Marketing Director of the Southern Ocean County of Commerce, including that some are “just lying on the beach reading a good book and listening to the waves, making sand castles with her brother. While she was a teenager she remembers going to the arcade with her best friend Amy (now her Maid of Honor) and shopping in Bay Village with her mother for Country Kettle fudge and elephant ears.”
She was thrilled when Erik Kent, Co-Publisher of NJWedding.com called her this week to say she was the winner of the Wedding Road Show VIP Experience. This pre-event promotional contest is in conjunction with the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism, Daddy O Hotel and Restaurant, Signature Limousine, Camille’s Floral Design and A Sweet Memory. The bride-to-be and her guests will be greeted with welcome gifts, treated to a fabulous time at the trendy Daddy O Hotel and Restaurant on Saturday, April 9th and whisked away to all the April 10th Wedding Road Show activities in a private white stretch limousine.
Melissa had started taking her fiancé Kevin Heidt to Long Beach Island since they started dating in 2008; where they both love the laid back family atmosphere and friendly people. Melissa has had her share of challenges; in 2004 she donated half her liver to her mother who suffers from an auto-immune liver disease. “LBI has always meant family to me,” adds Melissa, “so spending time there and hopefully getting married there would mean a lot to me. It is another wonderful memory to add to all the other wonderful memories. Hopefully one day when Kevin and I have our children I can continue the family traditions.”
The 2011 Wedding Road Show is happening on Sunday, April 10th from 9:30am to 4:00pm, and has recently been recognized with a NJ Governor Award for Tourism Excellence. For more information on attending this free event, go to http://www.visitLBIregion.com. The event will also be broadcast live on NJ Discover between 10am – 2pm for those that are unable to attend but would like to watch online.