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A beautiful, wedding-filled weekend in Bluffton

Love was certainly in the air here in Bluffton this past weekend. There were three or four weddings that took place -- actually, I lost count. Colleton River Plantation was hopping at the Simoneaux gala, and you can bet fun was had there.

One of the shortest and sweetest weddings was that of Jennifer Dailey and Michael Chapman.

Jennifer and Michael picked Hudson's on Hilton Head Island as their ceremony, which took place just as the sun was setting over the waterway. It was charming and beautiful. Then the happy couple, along with the wedding entourage, headed back to Bluffton's Hampton Lake for a reception. They had the best of both worlds: Hilton Head and then a "mountain-like" Bluffton setting.

Guests danced and dined, then it was time for the happy couple to depart. Jennifer and Michael go nowhere without their doggy friends, so everyone was loaded into the car, and they were off to North Carolina. Everyone agreed it was one of the best and most enjoyable weddings they had ever attended. Oh, and did I mention the bride was radiantly beautiful?

  • I was with someone the other day who received a text message from the Bluffton Police, saying they were searching for two suspects at that very moment. Our police department now has a service that sends alerts and other information to subscribers. To sign up, go to and click the "Nixle" tab.
  • Savannah College of Art & Design has opened a campus in Hong Kong and is the first degree-granting university focused exclusively on art and design in that region. Gosh, it seems amazing that we would be able to teach the Chinese anything about art. But then I remember 25 years ago when SCAD opened in Savannah -- people wondered how long the school could function teaching just art. That is how we all met Kristy Higby and Mark Flowers, who arrived here as SCAD professors. Shows you how little we knew then and how much we have learned since about all kinds of art.
  • Just in case you don't get enough of the Bluffton Farmers' Market, you can head down the road to Ridgeland for theirs. The Ridgeland market takes place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays and is on U.S. 17 South. They sell fresh vegetables and flowers. There's also a flea market. If you would like to participate, call 843-726-7792. There is a $5 vendor fee, which to me sounds quite affordable.
  • St. Helena Episcopal Church will hold its annual Fall Bazaar on Nov. 6 at the Parish House, 507 Newcastle St. in downtown Beaufort. There will be a silent auction, crafts, baked goods and many more wonderful offerings. This is a great event, which I have attended many times, so try to put this on your to-do list. For information go to
  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Ridgeland is sponsoring a fall fundraiser-Lowcountry boil from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 13 at 2718 Bees Creek Road. There is a $12 donation for the delicious supper, which you can eat at the church or take home. If you have never been to Ridgeland to see the Holy Trinity Church you are in for a real treat. The church is absolutely wonderful and is about the same age as our Church of the Cross on Calhoun Street. This is a true must-see if you are in the area.
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