Love was wafting around Bluffton last week.
Sarah Vann was to become the bride of Drake DuRant and there was so much to do. Sarah and Drake were introduced by friends a year or so ago. Drake was a student at SCAD majoring in industrial design, and when he and Sarah met it was -- as the French say "coup de foudre," -- love at first sight.
Sarah, like any other bride, wanted the perfect gown for her special day. She is tiny and, after trying on thirty or so dresses in Savannah that made her look like a paper doll, she was a bit unnerved. On a visit to York, Pa., she stopped in a bridal shop and -- voila -- found her perfect dress. It was a beautiful cap-sleeved lace confection and she looked radiant in it.
Sue Burden, a most fabulous flower guru, was asked to do the flowers for the wedding, and they were divine. Sue has quite a knack. It is as though she has a magic wand she waves and her lovely creations appear.
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The rehearsal dinner was held at the Vann home in Gascoigne Bluff.
Tables sported seafoam green tableskirts and were beautifully placed around the pool overlooking the May River. It was a gorgeous sight with the full moon shining above. Beth's good friends -- Laura Dolyinuk, Sally Lawrence and Marilyn Fraser -- worked so hard to help make the party beautiful.
The next day was a flurry of activity preparing for the 6:30 wedding at Oldfield.
The Carrier House is on the Okatie River and the outdoor setting is so special. Once again the Man in the Moon worked his magic as the bride and groom said their vows. Sarah gave Drake her grandfather's wedding ring and Drake presented Sarah his grandmother's wedding ring. It was such a sweet touching moment.
Beth had searched all over for a copy of Marge Agin's book "Bluffton Changing Tides" to use as a book for guests to sign. Luck was with her, and the beautiful book was placed beside the groom's cake for all to record their thoughts for the couple.
After the ceremony, the band Deaz Guys got the party rocking while everyone sat down to dinner and then dancing. Sarah and Drake left the merriment for a wedding trip to Sanibel/Captiva Island, Fla., and will make their home in Lancaster, Pa.
Beth's sisters gave a poolside Sunday morning brunch for out-of-town guests at Beth and John's house. Later in the afternoon, everyone left standing was treated to an evening boatride on the May River by the Vann's son Drew. The moon was full again, the weather was divine and all aboard were happy thanking their lucky stars for Sarah and Drake's beautiful day.
Lowcountry Hunt celebrated the Kentucky Derby at a beautiful party in Charleston. One beautiful little Blufftonian, Sophie Martin, donned her chapeau and joined her mother Shanna Mauldin for the fun. Sophie is an accomplished rider herself and has been on many rides with the group on her pony.
HISTORY ON WHEELS
I was walking home from my store recently when Garfield Moss appeared with a group of people in his golf cart. Garfield gives tours around town to visitors who want to know a bit about Bluffton history. He invited me to hop on. For 30 minutes or so, we toured around and had so much fun. Garfield and his wife Nancy live down on Lawrence Street so I see him often. He is very entertaining. If you see him tooling around, hop on and enjoy places in Bluffton you might never have known about.
GARDENS OF DELIGHT
The 28th annual All Saints Garden Tour will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at six lovely area gardens. All proceeds benefit local charities. Tickets are $35 each and include lunch.
There will also be a bake sale and flower boutique.
The church is located at 3001 Meeting Street off of Main Street, where tickets will be available.
Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.