On the Town

A Savannah wedding unites a Lowcountry couple, delights Old Town residents

Kieron O’Grady and Annabel Heartsfield emerge as man and wife from a Savannah church.
Kieron O’Grady and Annabel Heartsfield emerge as man and wife from a Savannah church. Tr Media World

This past week was an exciting one for many in our area.

Over in Savannah at Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church, there was quite a flurry of activity as wedding bells were getting ready to ring for Kieron O’Grady and Annabel Heartsfield.

The weather was threatening but no one seemed to care as the bride and her wedding party had only happiness on their minds. The time for the ceremony arrived and everyone looked smashing and very elegant and ready for the fun day to begin. It was a very gay lighthearted ceremony with all in the church as happy as clams for the couple.

Kieron, always one to pay great attention to detail, had arranged the whole fete around every available historic spot he could find downtown. Guests were booked into centuries old inns and B&Bs so they could walk to all of the planned events from the church . The piece de resistance was the wedding reception held at the Olde Pink House, an historic 18th century mansion, which is my favorite spot in Savannah. The party took over the whole house as libations, laughter and jazz flowed through the beautiful rooms.

It was one of the most charming parties, everyone agreed, and it would certainly be hard to top it but then it is hard to top the friendship and happiness all shared in that cozy spot for the new Mr. and Mrs. O’Grady.

Of starlight and sand dollars

Perry and Janna Hodge, with their adorable children P.J. and Ryan, flew down from New York to attend the annual Hilton Head Prep’s Jubilee and Distinguished Citizens Dinner. The beautiful affair — “Starlight and Sand Dollars” — was held at the Westin Hilton Head Resort and Spa where Perry received the coveted Distinguished Citizen Award and was honored by his school for his many accomplishments.

Perry’s mother and father Patsy and Frank and his many lifelong chums were also in the audience cheering and sharing in the joy and excitement of the evening. While Perry, Janna and their children were in Bluffton, they visited friends and even squeezed in a family oyster roast before jetting home.

A visit to the past

Historic Beaufort Foundation invites all those interested on a Connoisseur’s Trip to visit two national historic landmarks up the road a piece.

Twenty lucky participants can join the adventure Tuesday, March 6 and spend the day visiting Drayton Hall and Middleton Place, situated along the Ashley River near Charleston.

Drayton Hall is the earliest and finest example of fully executed Palladian architecture in the country. After lunch, the afternoon is to be spent the tour will visit the gorgeous gardens of Middleton Place.

The cost for members of Historic Beaufort Foundation is $145 per person and $165 per person for non-members. There will be a caravan of private cars and the tour is limited to twenty participants.

RSVP by February 21 to Isabella Reeves at ireeves@historicbeaufort.org or call 843-379-3331.

Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street or at thestoresc@gmail.com.