Experienced my first SEWE (Southeastern Wildlife Expo) this past weekend as a participating vendor and had a grand time meeting lots of people who love the great outdoors and works of nature all around us. From hunting enthusiasts to fishermen to artisans carving exquisite duck decoys SEWE had it all on grand display. The Birds of Prey Center from Awendaw put on great shows at Marion Square flying their mighty hunting birds and drew huge crowds. I introduced my latest addition to my Charleston Rice Pearl Collection...sterling silver oyster pendents! Check them out in the slide show! Soon to be available on my website!
Happy early spring from Charleston!
The pumpkin pie is finished (makes a delicious breakfast, by the way!), waistline is feeling a little snug (always room for pie!), and an undecorated tree is waiting for sparkly lights...sums up life at our house at the moment. I want to take a second and send special thanks to you for being here for us, whether it's through a follow, a like, a tweet, a purchase, or a kind word. You're an awesome group out there. Wherever you are, and in everything you do each day as you work or play, may you experience each day as a blessed gift, not as an automatic routine. Transition with joy to a season of love, peace, hope, giving of ourselves, and may you eat lots of pie!!
When in Jiaxing, China this past May Tim and I were invited to attend the wedding of some friends daughter, the lovely bride pictured below. Quite an event indeed, from seeing Mr. Su walk his daughter to her groom, listening to them say their vows and promises to each other in front of a sea of friends and family to wishing them eternal happiness and prosperity. We were the only Westerners there and we certainly recognized the honor of being invited.
What I enjoyed seeing was how the young Chinese woman of today obviously had been influenced by the wedding trends seen in the Western world. This beautiful bride did wear the fluffy white dress and veil to start then changed her dress three more times during the evening. One dress was the traditional qipao, pronounced "cheepow" which is a simple form-fitting silk column dress, and was a nod to traditional wedding attire. How much fun she had in selecting her beautiful dresses and how special each one made her feel! The handsome groom had all the appropriate nervous pre-ceremony jitters only the groom can have but came through with flying colors to please and honor his bride.
Did I mention that the mother of the bride got to wear different dresses as well?! So fun!
There were at least 90 tables in the big hall of 10 people each being served an elegant wedding feast which included traditional Chinese wedding foods...from cold meat and salad appetizers to dishes of fish, lobster, beef, pork, duck, chicken, lots of delicious and unusual vegetables, and many other expected delicacies. Also on each table were all sorts of juice, sodas, tea, wines, beer, baijo (pronounced "bijo" Chinese moonshine) and packs of very nicecigarettes for the guests to enjoy. Each place setting had a gift box of candies and snacks to take home. Guests were also treated to instant Polaroid pictures of them with the bride and groom as a keepsake.
The wedding event was indeed a pleasure as well as being an incredible learning experience. Of Chinese heritage this beautiful bride and her groom pledged to love one another for life and to honor their families along the way. What a happy fairy tale ending.
This day is marked as important and celebrated in countries all around the world, not necessarily on the May 8 as here in the US. It has crossed my mind before that maybe it was a holiday created by the greeting card industry but since it is celebrated in so many cultures in a variety of ways, I have come to believe that's not true. As a small business owner, sure, I'd love to help you choose the perfect gift of pearls for your Mom, but what I really want to achieve is being a part of helping you tell your Mom that she's important and that you love her. I'm selfish enough to enjoy the increased sales but there is more to it than that.
My own Mom is 88 and still works a mean crossword puzzle as well as loves to share jokes (sometimes a bit off color!) with her table mates and friends. Her walker is a sassy purple. Sometimes she says things off the top of her head and makes us all laugh and tease her that she's lost her filter. I tell Mom she is a tough old bird, after all it was her generation that made it through World War II and subsequent skirmishes that have shaped us all. She weathered taking care of my Dad through his fight with terminal cancer in 2001, not to mention the growing pains and health issues of my brothers and myself over the years. I'm 60 years old yet still receive unasked for advice and instructions.
But you know what? That is perfectly alright. Mom knows me better than I know myself so she's spot on with the advice-giving. I'm stubborn enough to make a fuss when she does it, but one dreaded day I'll be begging to hear her advice once more. One day I hope to be 88 or older, and will be told by our kids that I've lost my filter. And you know what else? That will be perfectly alright, too. I'll get my jokes ready for the telling.
Love you, Mom.
Check out this post by Wedding Chicks for their wonderful coverage ofThe Biggest Fake Wedding Dec. 2015 in ATL! Awesome pics, awesome people involved. It's full of great wedding ideas for all you Spring and Summer brides-to-be! Need some accessory advice? Let me help style the right pearls to match your bridal look.
Wishing you all the best,
Dec. 8 2015 Atlanta was the evening of The Biggest Fake Wedding held in Amy Osaba's perfect venue. Vendors were incredibly talented people from across the country who have a love for The Big Fake Wedding group and how they make getting married a beautiful and lasting commitment. Attendees were wonderful media members and supporters of Callie and her girls at The Big Fake Wedding. I was delighted to once again put my pearls on the bridal party girls, and here's a picture to prove it! And that was before having some champagne! ;0)
Merry Christmas everyone!
Six months isn't too far between blog posts, is it?!
A big thank you to Gillian Ellis and www.acoastalbride.com for featuring Charleston #4 Big Fake Wedding and all the great vendors from the April 2015 event. What a fun night it was and a super chance to meet all the attendees and new vendors! Sure did enjoy styling my pearls on the bride and bridal party in sync with the California Boho theme. Notice the "stick pearls" on one of the bridesmaids resemble the fern fronds in the flower designs!
Pearls are always a classic choice for bridal jewelry but certainly don't have to be stuffy and old fashioned. Anything BUT that! Check out theculturedpearlofcharleston.com for beautiful pearls and gifts for the bride and entire bridal entourage.
Congratulations and best wishes to all you summer brides!
February 10, 2015 seems to have arrived rather quickly! What happened to January? We have daffodils in the yard that are going to pop open soon! Delightful! Come on, spring! With warmer weather around the corner comes a renewing of spirit and hope as well as wedding planning and dreaming of summer adventures. Personally I feel relieved to have recently put cancer behind me and my family for the second time and am ready to welcome life and all its joys with open arms. I'm new to writing a blog, as you know, but feel compelled to share myself with you in more ways than the business side. So, hope that is alright. Thanks very much for sharing my journey!
Do want to thank the wonderful staff of The Big Fake Wedding for selecting The Cultured Pearl of Charleston as a Highlighted Vendor on their blog post of February 9
Honored and humbled!
The first pictures are available from The Big Fake Wedding event Dec. 7 in Charleston featuring my Charleston Rice Pearls on the bridal party! The bride is wearing a multi strand necklace of varying sizes of white freshwater rice pearls mixed with round natural pink pearls, clear crystals finished with a sterling clasp and is wearing a pair of Trendy 360 Earrings made with natural pink pearls. The bridesmaids are wearing 5 strand necklaces and bracelets of natural white rice pearls and sterling clasps as well as my White Raspberry earrings.
All are beautiful cultured freshwater pearls and are available on the thepearlgirlofcharleston.com. For more of this fun event check out the posting on http://ruffledblog.com/nautical-romance-wedding-ideas-in-charleston/ for some fantastic ideas and vendors local to Charleston SC.
It's the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Have enjoyed a lazy morning of drinking coffee and watching the sun dance on the water behind our house. Have been reflecting on how blessed we are in this world with beautiful sights, friends, family and knowing that good always wins over evil. Thank you from The Pearl Girl of Charleston for your support while getting my "pearls on the ground" with my new business. Have a wonderful week filled with much love and good food!