Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Beautiful Beaufort

What a wonderful weekend! I was reunited with a handful of my Wofford friends in Beaufort, South Carolina, Mary Loyal's hometown.  I had a great time seeing everyone and celebrating ML and Lash's first engagement party.  On Saturday night, family friends of the Bride-to-Be hosted a cocktail party at their gorgeous home.  There was an endless supply of bite-sized quiche squares, mini-ham biscuits, and petifores monogrammed with the initials of the soon-to-be husband and wife. The party ended, but everyone headed downtown to continue the celebrating.  We had a great time reliving good ole college days!
The Bride and Groom
The Bridesmaids
Me, Lauren, Bethany and Hanna
Sunday morning we headed to ML's gorgeous home for an enormous brunch cooked by the FOB.  As luck would have it, the weather was perfect, and after a filling meal we spent some time in the sun on the family's pier.  We had a few hours of downtime before getting ready for the next soirée. 
Mary Loyal's backyard
Mimosas and Bloody Marys on the pier
Enjoying the gorgeous weather
Around sunset we arrived at an Oyster Roast that was being hosted by Mary Loyal's neighbors.  The backyard was beautifully landscaped and offered picturesque views of the creek. There was a folk/bluegrass band playing music on the deck of the guesthouse.  The hosts provided homemade chili and cornbread for the non-oyster eaters (I know, I know, New Year's Resolution) and wine appropriately named "The One". 

All the right things!
Ladys Creek at sunset
The backyard
College Roommates

The sun set and we all said our goodbyes, but I am looking forward to the ongoing festivities leading up to "The Big Day".  I am so glad we all got to celebrate together and could not be happier for the future husband and wife. Cheers!

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My grandmother is a huge collector of Native American art and jewelry, and over Christmas she showed me a ring she had purchased on her last trip to Santa Fe.  I was so impressed when she handed me her reversible Turquiose and Roserita ring by designer Gloria Sawin.  The interchangable ring is reminiscent of Bvlgari's design but Sawin's is much more unique. With the twist of a band, the face of the ring changes, how inventive! Choose from an array of gems ranging from your basic diamond and pearl to more unusual stones like the Black Onyx and Australian Opal.  Sawin has found a way to make a simple accessory versatile and contemporary while reflecting the rich culture of her surroundings.  Santa Fe may be a long way from Raleigh, but I am hoping this creative twist on ring wear will make it to the East Coast.  After all, the only thing better than having one ring is having two!

.....Must Hear.....

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