2021 Dream Wedding Giveaway

Video Contest Runs March 15 – April 30, 2021

We have partnered with Jackson County Tourism to help
make one community hero’s dream wedding become reality.

It’s never too late for love.

To celebrate the strength and resilience displayed by our community heroes during the pandemic, the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority, Bear Lake Reserve, and the stunning wedding & events venue Castle Ladyhawke at Bear Lake Reserve, have joined forces to create a nationwide “Dream Wedding” video contest to give away one fairy-tale castle wedding to a community hero whose wedding plans were negatively affected by the pandemic.

Our Heartfelt Thanks

The all-inclusive prize package for a fairy-tale mountain wedding on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at Castle Ladyhawke is valued at up to $40,600, and includes catering, décor, entertainment, and so much more (scroll down for details). It will be awarded to one hard-working community hero and their fiancé in the U.S. whose wedding plans were negatively affected due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This special prize and video contest are our way of expressing gratitude for all that these incredible community heroes have done.

Photo Credit: Ryan Bumgarner

Photo Credit: Ryan Bumgarner

Our Heartfelt Thanks

The all-inclusive prize package for a fairy-tale mountain wedding on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at Castle Ladyhawke is valued at up to $40,600, and includes catering, décor, entertainment, and so much more (scroll down for details). It will be awarded to one hard-working community hero and their fiancé in the U.S. whose wedding plans were negatively affected due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This special prize and video contest are our way of expressing gratitude for all that these incredible community heroes have done.

Couple kissing under a simple arbor canopy with mountains in the background

Photo Credit: Ryan Bumgarner

Pop the $40,000 Question

Our partners have teamed up to provide everything you need for your special day:

  • Exclusive use of Castle Ladyhawke including the Great Hall, The Carriage House, tower, deck, kitchen, pub, garden, and grounds (12 hours)
  • Wedding Date: Thursday, November 4, 2021
  • Event size of 30 – 100 attendees*
  • $1,200 in travel credits/airfare for the couple to fly to Asheville Regional Airport, with private Range Rover shuttle to Bear Lake Reserve
  • Officiant 
  • Wedding Cake 
  • Gourmet Catering
  • Beverage Package (if desired*)
  • Entertainment, including charting country music artist Matt Stillwell performing a custom song written for the wedding couple 
  • Flowers and Floral Arrangements 
  • Day-of-Wedding Planner Shayna Bigazzi courtesy of Altaterra Events 
  • Day-of-Wedding Photography by Terri Clark Photography
  • Day-of-Wedding Castellan services by Lady Sarah Little
  • Tables and chairs, linens, place settings, and glassware
  • Overnight stay for the Wedding Couple at the Castle Suite
  • Use of the Mill Pond Pavilion at Bear Lake Reserve for the rehearsal dinner
  • Mercedes Sprinter Van shuttle between Bear Lake Reserve and Castle Ladyhawke for guests and wedding party the day of the wedding
  • Mountain Lodge accommodations at Bear Lake Reserve for the Couple’s immediate family
  • Amenities Discount Package for all other guests lodging at Bear Lake Reserve

* The final number of attendees may affect the total value of your prize package. The beverage package may require the signing of an additional waiver.

Relax Into Nature (and Fun!)

Your magical moment becomes a weekend of fun at nearby Bear Lake Reserve, offering a perfect option for guest accommodations just a mile from the Castle entrance. Enjoy the beauty and rustic elegance of the full mountain lake resort experience, including Nicklaus Design® mountaintop golf, water sports, pickleball and tennis, hiking, seasonal lifestyle activities, and a sumptuous Lake Club with fine and casual dining, pools, hot tubs, fitness center, shopping, full bar, and more.

Photo Credit: Sasser Visuals

Photo Credit: Sasser Visuals

Relax Into Nature (and Fun!)

Your magical moment becomes a weekend of fun at nearby Bear Lake Reserve, offering a perfect option for guest accommodations just a mile from the Castle entrance. Enjoy the beauty and rustic elegance of the full mountain lake resort experience, including Nicklaus Design® mountaintop golf, water sports, pickleball and tennis, hiking, seasonal lifestyle activities, and a sumptuous Lake Club with fine and casual dining, pools, hot tubs, fitness center, shopping, full bar, and more.

Details & Eligibility

  • Contest entries will be accepted from March 15 – April 30, 2021.
  • Anyone who has risen to the challenge of the pandemic as a community hero is eligible to enter (limit one entry per couple).
  • No purchase necessary to win, and we will never ask for your credit card information.
  • Submit your videos anytime from March 15 – April 30 using our official contest entry form below, being sure to follow all the eligibility requirements listed there.
  • 5 finalists determined from all qualifying entries will advance to the voting round and have their entries published online from May 26 – June 4, 2021.
  • One grand prize winner will be announced June 9!
A husband dips his wife in a romantic kiss while wedding guests wave lit sparklers around with evening sky in background
A husband dips his wife in a romantic kiss while wedding guests wave lit sparklers around with evening sky in background

Details & Eligibility

  • Contest entries will be accepted from March 15 – April 30, 2021.
  • Anyone who has risen to the challenge of the pandemic as a community hero is eligible to enter (limit one entry per couple).
  • No purchase necessary to win, and we will never ask for your credit card information.
  • Submit your videos anytime from March 15 – April 30 using our official contest entry form below, being sure to follow all the eligibility requirements listed there.
  • 5 finalists determined from all qualifying entries will advance to the voting round and have their entries published online from May 26 – June 4, 2021.
  • One grand prize winner will be announced June 9!

The People Making It Possible

Castle Ladyhawke at Bear Lake Reserve is an 11,000 square foot authentically constructed Scotish border castle offering a destination venue for your dream-come-true wedding…no passport required! Now booking Elopements, Micro-Weddings, Full-Day Weddings and other events of up to 140 guests for 2021, 2022, and 2023; contact our Castle Concierge to book your private tour or request a quote.

The Bear Lake Reserve mountain lake vacation and real estate community sits nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, yet offers all of the comforts of a luxury resort. With stunning mountain views and pristine waters, our secluded community is a hidden gem of western North Carolina. Our numerous amenities allow you the opportunity to do as much or as little as you want to do in a day.

Jackson County in Western North Carolina is home to the mountain communities of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro, Sylva, Balsam, Cullowhee, Glenville and Sapphire, and more than 500 square miles of natural beauty and attractions including the Blue Ridge Parkway, Lake Glenville, Panthertown Valley, waterfall trails, the Tuckasegee River, the WNC Fly Fishing Trail®, NC Trout Capital®, and Harrah’s Casino.

Special Thanks

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Entrants must be legal residents of and currently residing in one of the 50 United States or D.C., 21 years of age or older, engaged to be married at time of entry and who had to postpone their 2020 wedding due to the COVID-19 pandemic or who are married at time of entry but who had a small wedding (10 or fewer guests) before March 15, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note: If your entry is selected as the prize winner, you must agree to get married at Castle LadyHawke located in Tuckasegee, North Carolina on THURSDAY, November 4, 2021 and Sponsor must approve all of the winner’s proposed wedding details by August 9, 2021 or prize will be forfeited in its entirety and Sponsor will have no further obligation to you. Void where prohibited. Begins on March 15, 2021 at 12:00:00 a.m. ET and ends on April 30, 2021 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET. Subject to complete Official Rules. Approximate retail value of prize: $40,600. For Official Rules, including prize details and obligations of the winner related thereto, go to https://jax.onl/contestrules . All wedding details will be determined by Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion. Sponsor: Bear Lake Reserve, 412 Lake Forest Drive, Tuckasegee, NC 28783.

HAVE A QUESTION NOT ANSWERED IN THE OFFICIAL RULES?

PLEASE DIRECT ALL MEDIA INQUIRIES TO OUR PRESS TEAM!

Stay In Touch!

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Subscribing is not required to enter the contest, and does not increase your chances of winning.

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