Bells -- and belles -- have been ringing with weddings and parties all over the Lowcountry.
Another lovely wedding took place Nov. 8, just up the road from us, with a beautiful evening affair at the Estill Presbyterian Church.
Megan Baker became the bride of Christopher Sean Congleton. The bride wore a spectacular bisque-colored strapless gown. She and her groom joined each other at the altar with the adorable flower girls, Julia Belle Bennett, Biaja Odom and Morgan Congleton, the groom's daughter. All three wore floor-length dresses fashioned of tulle with satin sashes that matched the bride's dress. The bridesmaids were really pretty in floor-length satin dresses in ivory.
As a tribute to the bride's grandmothers, the bride wore a broach and a tortoiseshell comb belonging to them. Megan carried a cascading bouquet of white roses, gardenias and calla lilies. The bridesmaids' bouquets included scarlet and yellow roses accented with yellow orchids and scarlet and yellow calla lilies. The flowers were done by Gardenia of Bluffton, and they were put together wonderfully.
After the lovely ceremony, everyone headed to a reception to enjoy an evening of fun and frolic. The band Muddy Creek entertained guests as they dined on a delicious repast courtesy of Fletcher's Finds of Yemassee. The wedding cake was a divine pound cake, using an old family recipe.
Guests enjoying themselves and loving every moment of the fun were Dr. and Mrs. Leo Hall, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Best, Andrew Harper and Cindy St. John, Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Yocco, Dr. and Mrs. George Townes, Mr. and Mrs. Palmer Golson, Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Yocco, Mr. and Mrs. Jay Fraser and Mr. and Mrs. Dick Smith.
The fun lasted until the wee hours -- until the couple nipped off to enjoy their honeymoon. I must say it was one of the loveliest color-coordinated weddings I have seen. Mr. and Mrs. Sean Congleton will make their happy home in good old Bluffton.
The bride-to-be was gorgeous in a brown sparkly outfit and the most wonderful brown velvet shoes I have ever laid eyes on. She and I wear the same size, so she was lucky to leave the party wearing them. McLeod had just gotten back from Bosnia three days before the party and had lots of interesting tales to tell.
Among family and friends enjoying chicken tettrazzini, delicious salad, croissants and sipping libations were McLeod's mama and daddy Bess and Mike Soper; Kara's mama and daddy Rose and John Blanken; Tammy and Jim Sauter; Paula and Bill Bethea; Nancy Pogue just back from a trip to Burma; the Michael Reeves family, with all of their children; Star and Maury Weed; Scott Schulze; Susie and Bo Holland; and William Guggenheim.
It was a fun, festive night with everyone looking forward to the wedding.
Diana loves music of just about any kind. She and friends frequently attend concerts and musicals at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. I have asked her several times to let me know how each went. She very laboriously writes down what music was presented and how people liked the performance.
Recently she was at the arts center for The Noel Freidline Quintet, featuring Renee Ebalaroza. They were celebrating jazz music from the Great American Songbook. The concert encompassed music ranging from Cole Porter to Roy Acuff. My kind of evening.
I love changing styles around, as I think it makes music more interesting. I have been to the Grand Old Opry and loved it, because it was like a vaudeville show changing after each act.
Diana said the house was packed and there was thunderous applause at the end of the evening. All proceeds from the performance benefited the Junior Jazz Foundation, founded by Bob Masteller.