Stars & Stripes

Dream Wedding


Congratulations Nadine & Joshua!

Who Qualifies?
Miltary Couples  who meet all eligibility requirements.
What Will You Win?
A dream wedding at an amazing venue - estimated $30,000 value.
Important Dates.
Winners to be announced in December 2016. Wedding takes place in 2017.

A Dream Wedding

One lucky military couple will win an incredible wedding (estimated value $30,000) at Hawks Cay Resort in the Florida Keys, all made possible by the nonprofit organization Brides Across America Inc.  The wedding will include contributions from top wedding vendors.  To be considered a finalist in the contest, you must be willing and available to have your wedding at the resort during 2017.  Please see the complete Contest Rules for more information.

The Wedding Package

The prize winner winning couple will receive a dreamy destination wedding at Hawks Cay Resort, coordinated by the resort’s wedding team. The wedding must be held at Hawks Cay Resort in 2017.  The total prize wedding package includes:

  • Premium Water View Suite for two (2) nights
  • Ceremony, cocktail, and dinner reception venues with setup for up to fifty (50) guests
  • Event technology services
  • Four (4) hour open bar
  • Four (4) passed hors d’oeuvres at cocktail reception
  • Choice of plated or buffet dinner
  • Bridal hair and makeup services

VISIT FLORIDA is pleased to provide you round-trip air transportation and in-state ground transportation for the Stars & Stripes Dream Wedding Giveaway promotion with Hawks Cay Resort.

  • Round-trip coach class air transportation for two from the major commercial airport closest to the winner’s home to Miami, FL
  • A three-day midsize rental car

Certificates will be valid for eighteen months from the end of the promotion (December 20, 2016) and may include traditional blackout periods. Redemption instructions will accompany all certificates.

Prizes are non-transferable, cannot be redeemed for cash, and will not be replaced if lost or stolen. Extensions to expiration dates will not be granted. Prize packages do not include travel to the departure airport or to the hotel (except as specifically included), meals (except as specifically included), incidentals, tips, telephone calls, or any other personal expenses incurred during the winner’s stay.

Brides Across America will gift the wedding gown, veil, and accessories. Regarding miscellaneous partner services, including services such as wedding cake, photography, flowers, ceremony and reception décor, music and a day-of coordinator, Hawks Cay’s wedding coordinators will work with resort partners to secure the services on a donation or low-cost basis. Please note the ceremony must be hosted on a Sunday – Friday, based on availability and subject to blackout dates.

VISIT FLORIDA will provide air transportation and in-state ground transportation for this amazing wedding!

A Dream Venue

Whether you choose an intimate ceremony at the edge of the sea, or prefer to host a large event in a ballroom, Hawks Cay has the space and capabilities to accommodate all your Florida Keys destination wedding needs.

The Resort

Midway down the Florida Keys, you’ll find an island called Duck Key. It’s small. Secluded. Yet central to Miami and Key West, and easy to reach by car, boat or plane. Duck Key has a few telltale Florida Keys features:  Aquamarine water all around. Glorious sunrises and sunsets. An island sensibility that lulls you into a state of total relaxation – except for when you’re out fishing, snorkeling, paddleboarding or flying around on a waverunner. The best of the Keys is waiting for you at Hawks Cay Resort.

At Hawks Cay Resort, we strive to make your special day as romantic and sublime as it is in your dreams. Our easy-to-reach tropical island resort is perfect for Florida Keys weddings and an ideal site to hold your ceremony. Presenting you with charming indoor and outdoor banquet facilities, and professional event staff dedicated to giving your Hawks Cay Wedding the personal attention it deserves.

Photo Gallery

Below are a sample of the countless photos available on the Hawks Cay Resort website.  Also available on the resort's website are video galleries, Google 360 degree tours and a resort live web cam.

Winners to be Announced

Contest entries may no longer be submitted. The winning couple will be notified in December 2016, and the wedding will take place in 2017.

Eligibility & Rules

Please see the complete Official Contest Rules for more information including Who Qualifies.

How to Enter

Contest entries may no longer be submitted. The contest format is shown below.

1.) Using the online form, upload your love story along with photos (max 500 words) explaining why you want to win a destination wedding by answering the following questions:

  • How you met and fell in love with a member of the U.S. Armed Forces?
  • What are your most significant struggles and most compelling reason you want to win a wedding at Hawks Cay Resort?
  • How did you or your fiancé propose?

2.) Complete the Contest Entry Form no later than November 19, 2016 11:59 PM EST.  Five finalists will be chosen to submit their videos.

Finalists:  Five (5) finalists will be selected by a panel of judges.   Finalists will be required upload a special love story video to their personal YouTube account, and create a link for sharing the finished product by December 11, 2016.

3.) Finalists' videos will be posted on, and the winner will be notified in December 2016.

Contest Entry Form

Contest entries may no longer be submitted. For more details, please view the Official Contest Rules.

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