Last weekend we went to Edisto Island to celebrate the marriage of Erin Chapman and Waylon Cain. The wedding took place at Trinity Episcopal Church, which is a charming little historic church. After the beautiful ceremony, guests left for the gorgeous Cassina Point Plantation, where they enjoyed a wedding luncheon.
I have known Erin since she was a baby living on Daufuskie Island with her mother and father, Myra and Michael Chapman. Erin and Waylon will now make their home on Edisto, where Waylon's family owns the True Value Hardware store.
Several old friends from Bluffton attended the beautiful ceremony on what was a lovely Saturday: Druella Schultz, Geist Ussery, Natalie and Chris Hefter, Ansley and Trip Manuel, Sarah and Hank Bellamy, and Maury, George and William Moody.
If you find yourself on Edisto anytime soon, stop in the hardware store and say hello to Erin and Waylon. By the way, he is named after the country music star his mother admires.
She will be teaching experimental book-making and the art of travel portfolio constructing. Karen will take her students into little villages throughout Provence, drawing and sketching the buildings and countryside. Lacoste is 45 minutes from Avignon and Aix-en Provence -- two charming villages.
The most amazing thing Karen will be doing is living in a medieval mountain cave that was once the home of the Marquis de Sade. Famous clothing designer Pierre Cardin bought and renovated the site. Karen will be well taken care of, as I am sure it is spectacular. Side trips to Paris and other fun cities are also planned. Safe travels to our Bluffton professor. I can't wait to hear about your adventures.
When I got home I Googled Jennifer's name. It turns out she isn't just "any artist," but a very special one in many ways. She is the founder of the Global Women Project. Her evolving cycle of portraits of 13 women around the world chronicles the work and influence that women have in each other's lives. The paintings are quite large -- as are the subjects' roles in other's lives. The exhibition of the finished portraits will take place in 2017 in Venice, Italy.
In 1972, Jennifer helped famous installation artist Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude on the Running Fence Project in San Francisco. The project was a fabric installation that graced the hills of Sonoma and Marin counties. The fabric wrapped around 24.5 miles of landscape and was 18 feet tall. Fifty-nine landowners had to sign off on the project so it could traverse their properties. I remember reading about it and have always been in awe of Christo. I hope to one day meet Jennifer. If you have some spare time look her up on the Internet.
Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.