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Author: Ashlee Duren

Publisher Notes: April 2017

    My first exposure to the game of golf came at the tender young age of seven. We had moved to Augusta just a few years prior and my mother got a job with the Masters Tournament.   Relatively new to the area, my father, not a golfer, took my brother and me out to the course to check out the tournament, and to see mom. Back then, you could simply walk up to the green ticket booth and purchase a practice round badge. I must admit, even then, this course and tournament was something special to me. I had never seen grass so green or azaleas so perfect, as if they were painted onto the landscape. My love for the Augusta National and the Masters Tournament runs deep. Like many kids who grew up here, I worked at the tournament during my high school years. I vividly recall standing behind one of the many cash registers at the main golf shop, greeting patrons from all across the world and welcoming them to Augusta.    I also had the distinct privilege of watching the world’s best golfers play on the grounds of the Augusta National – sacred ground for golfers and fans alike. Gary Player, Jack Nickalaus, Seve Ballesteros, Payne Stewart, Larry Mize, and of course, the king himself Arnold Palmer are forever etched in my memory. Their...

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Everlasting Love

“There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.” ~George Sand It’s no secret that relationships are tough. The ones that last require hard work, perseverance, love, trust and patience. We asked five couples at various stages in their marriages how they knew their spouse was “the one,” what they love most about their spouse, and what advice would they share with others. Frank & Melissa Married June 24, 1950 How did you know he was “the one”? Melissa: “College romances do not prepare you for the real world. We recognized that we were from...

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Hannah and Rafy Wedding

  Hannah & Rafy October 15, 2016 Hannah Greene met her future husband, Rafy Bassali on a church retreat on St. Simons Island in 2012. What began as a friendship, soon turned into something more and the couple began dating. We dated for about two years, before he proposed. “He proposed last spring by surprising me while I was on a girls trip with my college girlfriends in Macon,” Hannah says. “I was completely surprised! It was really sweet.” The couple decided on a brief engagement and Hannah took the lead, with help from the staff at Greg Boulus...

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Anne and Holton Wedding

Anne & Holton March 12, 2016 When we think destination wedding, most of us automatically think tropical. But for Anne and Holton Brinson they were looking for a location that would reflect their personalities. The couple met during college while studying abroad in the rainforest of Panama.  So when it came time to select a venue, the couple chose Serenbe, a progressive community located roughly 30 minutes southwest of Atlanta. “Several people had mentioned Serenbe to me, but I wasn’t sure,” Anne admits. “But once I visited, I knew it was perfect for us.” Anne’s boss, event planner and...

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Publisher Notes: February/March 2017

  Christie Brinkley once said, “Life is too short to not have oysters and champagne sometimes.” I could not agree more! I have never met an oyster I didn’t love. I will eat them raw, roasted or fried, although I prefer them raw with hot sauce and horseradish on top of a saltine cracker. Yum! I must admit that oysters are an acquired taste. Unless of course they are fried – we all know that most Southerners will eat anything that is coated in heavy batter and fried in a vat of grease until it’s golden brown. But I digress. I learned so much about this delicacy while shooting the cover for this issue. Working along side some of the area’s most talented people to bring the cover to life was truly a pleasure and an honor. I would like to thank the following businesses for their contributions to our shoot: Brittany Cason Interior Design, JC’s Seafood in Aiken, Fireside Outdoor Kitchens & Grills, Rivers & Glen Trading Co., Lauren Carnes Photography and Whitehorse Wine & Spirits. A special thanks to Todd Schafer, owner and executive chef at Abel Brown Southern Kitchen & Oyster Bar in Surrey Center, was delightful. Todd was gracious enough to share his time and oysters with us for this shoot, and his knowledge regarding the various types of oysters, how to appropriately shuck them...

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