Bay Street Realty Group Joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Berkshire Hathaway HomeSerices, part of the HSF affiliates, LLC family of real estate brokerage franchise networks, recently announced independent brokerage Bay Street Realty Group has joined the network operating as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bay Street Realty Group.
The full-service brokerage, serving greater Beaufort and the Sea Islands, remains independently owned and operated. It is a market leader in South Carolina’s Lowcountry and the region’s go-to source for residential, commercial and development real estate services. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices remains one of America’s fastest-growing real estate brokerage networks with nearly 45,500 agents and 1,350 offices named to the brand since its September 2013 launch.
“We are thrilled to bring the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand to Beaufort and the SeaIslands,” said Brokerage Owner Ken Willis. “The brand is fresh, progressive and ideally suited for our coastal communities. Its namesake is Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., and it’s built on Berkshire Hathaway’s core values of Trust, Integrity, Stability and Longevity. We believe consumers throughout the Lowcountry will appreciate these virtues and embrace the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand.”
Willis plans to double his agent count over the next two years and extend the brokerage’s reach to neighboring markets. He said the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand will help his team recruit. “We think seasoned agents in the area will want to take their businesses to new heights representing Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bay Street Realty Group. As important, the brand, which builds its strategies and programs with input from its leading millennial agents, will appeal to sharp, younger professionals.”
With their affiliation, Bay Street Realty Group agents gain access to the network’s Global Network Platform, a powerful real estate tool suite that supercharges lead generation, marketing support, social media, video production/distribution and more. The brand also provides international listing syndication, professional education and the exclusive Luxury Collection marketing program for high-end listings.
“The brand’s real estate tools and resources are second to none and will help our agents be their very best for clients,” said Brokerage Owner Will Thurman. “Since Beaufort and the Sea Islands are becoming a popular destination for foreign travelers and investors, we’re particularly excited about Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ global listing syndication program. Our listings will appear monthly before more than 12 million additional consumers abroad.”
Both Willis and Thurman are eager to begin a new era with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. “Our agents are pumped up, the market is percolating — buoyed by our strong, local economy — and Bay Street Realty Group is positioned to grow for years to come.”
Gino Blefari, president and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, applauded the brokerage’s transition. “Bay Street Realty Group is highly respected in the marketplace and led by skilled operators. We’re proud to welcome this group to our network family.”
About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bay Street Realty Group
Bay Street Realty Group is a full-service real estate company dedicated to providing the highest level of services to clients from three local offices – Downtown Bay Street, Coosaw Point and Harbor Island. It is the only real estate company covering Beaufort and the Sea Islands. Visit www.baystreetrealtygroup.com.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, based in Irvine, CA, is a real estate brokerage network built for a new era in residential real estate. The network, among the few organizations entrusted to use the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway name, brings to the real estate market a definitive mark of trust, integrity, stability and longevity. The brand was just recognized for “Highest Overall Satisfaction for Repeat Home Sellers Among National Full Service Real Estate Firms” in J.D. Power’s 2017 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction Study. Visit www.berkshirehathawayhs.com.
Creating Healthy and Beautiful Smiles in the Lowcountry
story by Cindy Reid photos by Susan DeLoach
Welcome to Beaufort Family Dentistry & Orthodontics, where they are proud to provide a state-of-the-art facility for the highest quality dental care available. You will feel right at home in their office as they welcome all patients as if they were family. The team of dentists, hygienists and other professionals at Beaufort Family Dentistry is committed to providing you and your family with the highest quality of care. They offer same-day appointments for busy families, a dedicated children’s area, as well as services and treatments for cosmetic dentistry, periodontics and implants.
FAMILY & GENERAL DENTISTRY
The Beaufort office offers same-time appointments for the entire family so there’s no driving back and forth to get everyone to the dentist. They also have a fun waiting room just for kids! They have the ability to perform all phases of dental care at their Beaufort office, keeping your scheduling as simple as possible. All dental procedures are offered, including a wide range of cosmetic dental options to improve your smile and boost your confidence. Services offered included:
Anxiety-Free Dentistry, Children’s Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, Periodontal Health, Digital x-rays, Braces/Traditional Braces, Braces without brackets, Root Canal (Endodontics), Dental Implants, Bridges and Dentures, Extractions, Soft Tissue Graft, Crown Lengthening, Gum Disease Treatment, Veneers, Crowns, HPV and Oral Cancer Screening, Whitening/Bleaching, Inlays/Onlays (Porcelain Restorations), Mercury-Free Dentistry, Bonding/White Filling, Custom-made Mouth Guards, Bone Grafting Insurance & Discount Programs.
At Beaufort Family Dentistry, they are “in network” with most major dental insurance plans. Have a question? No problem, you may call them at 843-524-6363 and talk to one of the Beaufort office’s insurance specialists. Many patients put off treatments and procedures because they cannot afford to pay. The office offers Care Credit that will allow you to pay over time — often without incurring interest charges instead of a lump sum prior to treatment.
In addition Beaufort Family Dentistry now offers the all new Alliance Dental Plan, an innovative discount program that was designed primarily for patients who do not have dental insurance. The discount program is available for only $89.00 per year for a single adult, with discounted prices for families. The program includes some free x rays and exams, including 25% off most services. Please visit the website
AllianceDentalPlan.com or call the office for further information. You can address your dental needs right away as there is no waiting period once you join the program and you don’t have to worry about maxing out of your insurance benefits. It is a win win!
FAMILY OF DENTISTS
Meet the dedicated dentists who practice at Beaufort Family Dentistry & Orthodontics:
Louis Costa III, DMD / General Dentist Originally from Charleston, SC, Dr. Costa received his undergraduate degree in biology from The Citadel and his Doctor of Dental Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Costa joined Beaufort Family Dentistry in 2016. Dr. Costa, along with his wife and two children, live in Bluffton. He is committed to providing the highest standard of personalized dental care using his training in the latest dental technology and loves being a Beaufort dentist. Dr. Costa is a member of the American Dental Association and the South Carolina Dental Association.
Taylor Turner, DDS / General Dentist Born and raised in Georgia, Dr. Turner completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas, Austin in 2008, and obtained his dental degree from the New York University College of Dentistry. He has also received extensive multidisciplinary training under the mentorship of his father, Dr. Thomas H. Turner, an accomplished dentist in Kennesaw, Georgia. Dr. Turner performs all disciplines of dentistry including aesthetic, restorative, endodontic, pedodontic, oral surgery, and Invisalign orthodontics. He is a member of the American Dental Association and Georgia Dental Association. He loves his continuing education and is constantly looking for better ways to help his patients achieve a beautiful smile.
In addition Beaufort Family Dentistry & Orthodontics is proud to have four dental hygienists and a staff of dedicated office professionals on your team.
One of Beaufort Family Dentistry & Orthodontics top priorities is to protect the well-being of their valued patients. For this reason, their office meets and surpasses all OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and CDC (Center for Disease Control) standards.
The office facilitates communications and emergency calls. 843-524-6363
Beaufort Family Dentistry & Orthodontics, 1274 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC 29902
story by Kelly Harley photos by Paul Nurnberg
You can say Zeke Wilson has been a fighter all of his life. He was born in 1957 in St. Helena Island, South Carolina. That was the same year President Dwight Eisenhower passed the Civil Rights Act. Zeke, one of eight children, was raised by a single mom and learned at a young age that hard work and perseverance were two of the most important qualities needed to make something of your life. “I spent a lot of time on the farm, doing field work; I got a proper education; and I got into sports,” says Zeke.
Zeke played football for St. Helena Junior High School and says he got really good at it, but he wanted more.
“I remember watching a telecast and Joe Frazier was about to fight Muhammad Ali. I instantly knew I wanted to box,” says Zeke.
He went to work one day and chopped down three trees. He dug two holes and put a tree in each hole. He used the third tree as a cross beam in which he hung a pair of jeans filled with sand on it and started punching. It wasn’t long before people took notice of his skill. “One day a man saw me jogging home from work and stopped me and asked what I was doing,” says Zeke. “The man later became my first boxing manager.”
Zeke, who at the time lived near Parris Island, the training base for enlisted Marines, was able to spar with local Marines. After practicing and honing his skills, at 16 years old he took on his first true opponent during a match in Savannah, Georgia. He was matched with a Golden Glove Champion and State Champion. “I remember the night before the fight, I asked my mom what if I lose,” says Zeke. “She said, ‘As long as you do your best, you can’t lose’.” In 10 seconds, Zeke knocked the guy out cold. That night in the ring propelled his nearly 25-year boxing career.
After graduating high school, Zeke moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He spent time as Joe Frazier’s sparring partner and made his boxing team. He then joined the United States Marine Corps and boxed on the Marine Corps boxing team. After four years of active duty, Zeke was honorably discharged and continued boxing.
Throughout his career, he won the State Golden Glove the State Championship on Hilton Head Island. In 1977, he won the USA Amateur Athletic Union Heavyweight Box-Off at the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, Ohio, which qualified him for a seat on the US Boxing Team.
When his career in the ring ended, his passion for boxing didn’t. Zeke went on to become a manager, trainer and promoter. It was during his time as a promoter that led him to fight his biggest fight outside of the ring and make history. “I was a fight promoter and I went to Massachusetts to do a boxing event, but different bodies of the state canceled me because of the color of my skin. The state law said anyone who did boxing events had to pay $5,000. I was asked to pay $10,000 and white individuals didn’t have to pay,” says Zeke.
In 2000, Zeke fought a precedent-setting court battle that defined the view of a modern form of racism, that of same-race discrimination. Wilson-vs-McClure was the first same-race discrimination case in the US to reach a Federal court jury. In this case, white Boxing Commissioner William Pender performed direct discriminatory acts, while the black Commission Chairman Wilbert McClure failed to provide Zeke sufficient protection under his authority and cooperated in the unjust cancellation of a series of boxing events, causing financial harm to Zeke. “I didn’t have a lawyer. I did all of my own court proceedings in front of the Chief Justice and the jury. I did it because I believed in myself,” says Zeke. Hard work and perseverance that were instilled in him as a child, paid off. He won his case in front of a jury of his peers. “I hope people learn to stand up for themselves. I had to. Justice is for everyone and it has to be for everyone or you’re just a nobody,” says Zeke. “We are living in a time where people are taking more away from us. If you allow people to take away your rights, then I think you’d be a fool. You have to stand up for what you believe in.”
Zeke’s experiences were the driving force behind his book titled, The Eighth Round. “In the book, I share my life struggles, the valuable life lessons I learned, and how determination helped me through trying circumstances,” says Zeke. “This true story will keep you engaged and cheering for the underdog all the way. It will leave every reader forever changed.” He also wrote a movie script based on the book and it’s with Sony right now. Zeke believes they will move forward with it this year.
Zeke currently travels around the world doing book signings and speaking to kids. Zeke believes the children are our future and he wants to leave a lasting impression on them. He says his appearances and his book are meant to inspire people to take action, especially kids. “You can do anything you put your mind to and kids can be anything they want to be,” says Zeke. “You can’t do dumb things and expect to do great things later. Trouble can put you in places you don’t want to be. If the people don’t stand together, it’s only going to get worse. It’s not going to get any better if we don’t change. I believed in myself and when you believe in yourself, you can accomplish anything.”
To learn more about Zeke’s story and purchase a copy of The Eighth Round, visit www.theeighthround.com.
Take Control of Your Hearing Health
story by Emily Burgess
“Better hearing is better living” is the motto at Kalady Audiology, an industry leading hearing clinic that strives to enrich the lives of those who are experiencing hearing loss and has been serving the Beaufort community for nearly two years.
“I have traveled to China three times. Each time we added to our family through adoption. While preparing for the trips, we did manage to learn (we thought) some of the language. We quickly learned that we were wholly dependent on our guides and translators for communication. I experienced that feeling of isolation from being unable to understand what others were saying and misunderstandings arose. This has stayed with me as I counsel patients about the emotional aspects of living with hearing impairment and reinforces my desire to provide the best solutions for my patients’ communication needs,” said Dr. Meg Kalady.
Dr. Kalady has practiced Audiology for 30 years. She moved to Beaufort almost two years ago, where she bought an existing Audiology practice. She is originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia. She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and received her doctorate in Audiology from AT Still University in 2012. She is Board Certified in Audiology by the American Board of Audiology, a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, a member of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology and the South Carolina Academy of Audiology.
“Hearing loss affects your entire life,” Kalady said. It is the third most common physical condition after arthritis and heart disease, affecting 48 million Americans. “Our focus is making sure you don’t miss out on anything because of your hearing loss.”
Hearing loss can negatively impact your life in many areas including your work performance, your relationships, your safety and has been linked to more serious conditions such as dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, depression and cognitive decline.
The practice strives to thoroughly evaluate patient’s hearing, the impact the hearing loss is having, the areas where patients feel they need assistance and the solutions to meet those needs. Kalady Audiology combines a patient’s needs with their knowledge to come up with a plan in order to be successful.
The compassionate staff at Kalady Audiology understands that achieving better hearing is an on-going treatment process between the patient and audiologist. They dedicate extra time in getting to know the patient and their specific hearing needs in order to ensure the best results. This individualized approach allows for treatment based on the patient’s listening needs, lifestyle and budget.
Kalady Audiology offers a wide range of services, the most common being hearing tests and evaluations along with hearing aid fittings and programming. They also offer hearing aid repair, hearing protection, tinnitus management and live speech mapping.
Kalady Audiology offers a vast array of resources and tools on their website at kaladyaudiology.com. There is a hearing loss survey to help determine if you are experiencing signs of hearing loss, a guide to hearing aids and a video library to help you better understand hearing loss.
The office is open for appointments Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and would love to hear from you about how they can get you started to better hearing health. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 843-271-6978 with any questions or to schedule an appointment.
Family. Friendly. Dental.
story by Emily Burgess photos by Susan DeLoach
Howard Family Dental has been serving Coastal Georgia and South Carolina for all dental needs for close to 40 years. Today, the practice has grown to two specialty practices and 11 general practices, including a Beaufort location that has been serving our community since December 2015.
“Family. Friendly. Dental,” are the priorities that Howard Family Dental focuses on to ensure the best dental experience for the whole family. They genuinely value relationships with their patients and guarantee you will feel apart of the family. The team of doctors and hygienists at the Beaufort office truly care about making each appointment exceptional for the patient. They personalize each patient’s appointment and treatment plan to help every patient achieve their oral health goals and ensure they develop and maintain healthy good oral health.
The mouth is the gateway to the body’s overall health. While maintaining good oral health care is good for obvious reasons, such as preventing bad breath, tooth decay and infection, it is also imperative to help reduce the risk of serious health complications, such as heart attacks, strokes and diabetes.
The Howard Family Dental dentists are extremely skilled and dedicated to every patient’s dental health and well-being. Two dentists, Dr. Isaac Hankla and Dr. Ian Barnard, who started with the practice at the end of February, serve the Beaufort location.
Dr. Isaac Hankla completed his undergraduate studies at Transylvania University where he studied Biology before graduating from the University of Kentucky, School of Dentistry.
Dr. Ian Barnard is a graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in animal science and a double minor in international studies and biological studies. He then graduated from Indiana University, School of Dentistry. Dr. Barnard completed a one-year dental residency program aimed at treating medically compromised patients and became certified to perform IV sedation. This will enable the practice to expand services and offer IV sedation to patients later this year.
Howard Family Dental sees patients of all ages and offers general dentistry including dental implants, crowns and bridges, fillings, root canals, oral surgery and more. Additionally, they offer cosmetic dentistry such as veneers and teeth whitening. A majority of patients seen are seeking routine care, but the practice also sees many who are seeking emergency treatment due to pain.
The practice offers the Howard Family Dental Discount Plan that is designed to provide affordability and greater access to quality dental care. Patients receive immediate, hassle-free and convenient eligibility. The Dental Discount Plan offers a range of discounts for dental services, with annual enrollment fees starting at just $247.00 for a single plan. The office accepts CareCredit to help patients finance their dental treatment. PPO insurances, along with Tricare and Meritain Health are also accepted.
Howard Family Dental is also dedicated to serving the local community outside their office walls. They have proudly established the Howard Family Dental Foundation to fund programs that support the education and health care of youth in the community and around the world. Additionally, the Foundation supports their own team members and their families in times of crisis and educational endeavors.
Howard Family Dental Beaufort believes everyone deserves to have a healthy, confident smile and their goal is to educate every patient that walks through their door to help them reach their optimal oral health. The office is conveniently located on Robert Smalls Parkway in the Beaufort Plaza Shopping Center just 10 miles from Parris Island. Call their office or visit their website to schedule an appointment Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Antiquing and Collecting Since 1981
story by cindy burbage photography by miranda osborn-sutphe
Located in heart of historic Savannah, Cobb’s Galleries is poised on the corner of Abercorn and E 37th Street at the historic Krouskoff House. Upon entering the gallery, you are taken back in time with the atmosphere of the 1895 house that furnishes more than 250,000 antiques and collectibles.
Al Cobb, Sr., owner of Cobb’s Galleries, began his love and appreciation for heirlooms with gold and silver. His debut store was called Cobb’s Gold and Silver Galleries; over the years, he expanded to handle a wider array of collectibles. The polished antique dealer expanded his business to include art, antiques, jewelry, pocket and wristwatches, coins and currency, Civil War relics, post cards, stamps, antique dolls, toys, games and not to mention thousands of other collectibles which include 6,000 vintage vinyl record albums , and the largest collection of cookbooks in Georgia (approximately 6,000). There are 6,000 each of vintage comic books, magazines, figurines and art pottery in stock. Also included in the collections are leather bound classic novels published by Easton Press along with Hamilton Mint.
With the wide variety of treasures, Al Cobb shared, “We still buy all kinds of sterling silver and gold items. We buy and sell singles, rolls and bags of 90% silver coins to ½ dimes to silver dollars.” Gold coins and international coins and paper money can also be bought and sold; this includes entire coin and currency collections. Cobb Galleries is also in the market to purchase stamps, Civil War memorabilia, post cards and token and medal collections as well. “I really need to emphasize that we need to buy / trade out or barter for broken, dented, scratched and unwanted sterling silver jewelry and sterling flatware and hollow ware. Gold jewelry and gold or platinum scrap can be repurposed into jewelry/ coins/ medals and more flatware for the future generations is also a need,” the antique dealer shared. “Rare coins and paper money from the USA and around the world needs special attention too. Also, Grandpa’s and Granny’s old yellow gold dentures , bridgework and teeth get a good laugh out of many people who have no use for them other than melt down for the Gold.” With the banks only five blocks away, Cobb Galleries offers one hour or less service in most buying transactions; customers can get their cash today.
Buying and selling of item of yesterday is not the only flair of Cobb’s Galleries. Al Cobb, Sr. has been an estate and insurance appraiser since the 1970’s. His numerous years of experience allow him to appraise any ancient, antique or modern day collectible. In fact, his services are trusted by many local companies. Prices are competitive: a verbal appraisal for up to ten items is $100 and written ones for insurance and estate purposes are $250 plus 10% per thousand, based on the total evaluation.
Cobb’s Galleries has been a familiar name in Savannah and the surrounding areas for more than 36 years; their memorable reputation is based on their honesty and their five star ratings on all fronts. This includes their Better Business Bureau listing and a 100% on EBay. Please visit savannahantique.com for more information on the gallery and their collections. The shop is open Monday – Saturday 9am-2:30; later appointments can be made by calling the gallery at 912-234-1582. . Each room of the gallery is bursting with riches of yesterday and today; waiting for you to come explore and claim.
Is the fall weather sets in and the leaves start to change color, you have probably noticed the United Way of the Lowcountry (UWLC) campaign thermometer signs popping up throughout Beaufort and Jasper Counties. With the rising needs in our community from the impacts of Tropical Storm Irma and Hurricane Matthew, UWLC has increased this year’s campaign goal to $2,530,000 to help respond to the increased needs.
“While it is critically important we reach the campaign goal, the United Way of the Lowcountry annual campaign is not about the money,” said Tina Gentry, United Way of the Lowcountry President & CEO. “It’s about what those dollars can do in our community to help meet the needs of our neighbors and create positive, lasting change in our community.”
United Way of the Lowcountry depends on the generosity of this community to reach the annual goal. This time of year many local businesses and employers as well as many residential communities are running United Way campaigns to help raise dollars to fund important programs. These programs include United Way internal programs like the HELPLINE and the Early Grade Reading Initiative, Read Indeed, as well as many others at local agencies throughout both counties.
“The 2017-2018 campaign is off to a great start,” says Charlie Francis, deTocqueville Society Co-Chair. “However, the needs are greater than ever before this year. My wife, Becky, and I are major supporters of United Way of the Lowcountry and their efforts because we know the dollars we invest in UWLC funds programs like the HELPLINE and Read Indeed that make a measurable difference in our community.”
United Way of the Lowcountry is not only working to help meet basic needs, but they are also working to address the root causes of key issues through Community Impact by focusing on Basic Needs, Education, Health and Income/Family Stability.
“In my many years of service as a volunteer with United Way of the Lowcountry, I have found this organization has their finger on the pulse of the needs in this community and they vet the charities they fund in a serious and meaningful way,” says Peter Post, deTocqueville Society Co-Chair.
As of the end of October, United Way of the Lowcountry had reached nearly 46% of their campaign goal. The 2017-2018 annual campaign runs through March 31, 2018 and takes the generosity of this community and many volunteers to help make it successful.
“I’m proud to do my part to help this year’s campaign, whether it is presenting to a business or knocking on a door” says Stephanie Greene, Beaufort Cabinet Campaign Chair. “Giving to United Way with my time and money is important to me. The money stays in our community and helps those who need a hand. Small towns have that “family feel” where everyone knows everyone and just like family United Way is here to help, give a hug or lift you up. It is an honor to be a part of something that makes our community so great.”
Donations to United Way of the Lowcountry can be made online at www.uwlowcountry.org, by texting ”LOWCOUNTRY” to 30306 or by sending a check to United Way of the Lowcountry at P.O. Box 202 Beaufort, SC 29901 (Checks should be made out to United Way of the Lowcountry).
Paul Nurnberg, renowned Beaufort photographer, specializes in commercial and advertising photography. The former upstate New York native made his way to the South Carolina coastal region in 1996, along with his wife, Libby. He has been hard at work on a multitude of assignments and projects over the years both in the studio and on location. Some of his local clients include Beaufort Memorial Hospital, Miller Advertising and Design, South University, Allison Ramsey Architects, Kinghorn Insurance, and Clark Troutman and Associates.
Producing the perfect advertising images for large international corporations is generally where Paul Nurnberg can be found. Over the years, he has been on assignment for companies that include JCB, Inc., Johnson Matthey Process Technologies and Great Dane Trailers.
The veteran photographer has also been featured in popular magazines like Coastal Living, Savannah Magazine, People, and Food Arts. His creative abilities and talents have also been significant in the production of HGTV and Food Network television projects.
Paul recently obtained his FAA UAV’s (Drone) commercial license/certification. He has been using the drone in various architectural and other commercial assignments.
Involvement in the local community is important to Paul, and he volunteers his time to serve on civic and community art organizations.
He has served as a past president of the Photography Club of Beaufort and is the current president of the South Carolina chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers. Teaching photography classes to individuals interested in the subject through ARTworks and the Technical College of the Lowcountry has been a wonderful and fulfilling experience for the skilled photographer.
Paul is excited about his newly, redesigned website, www.nurnbergphotography.com. His goal is to keep the site and his blog up to date with current photos and information about his personal and professional projects. Nurnberg Photography also has an Instagram account (instagram.com/nurnberg) and a Facebook page. Take a look at any of these and you will find a wonderful sampling of Paul’s beautiful photographs.
Wollwerth Imagery offers edgy and original photography for the client that desires a fresh look for their wedding or journalism work.
John Wollwerth, owner of Wollwerth Imagery, has not only the imagination, but also the aptitude and attitude to get that one shot which will be remembered long after the others are forgotten. He has, among other things, climbed to the top of a bridge, and jumped in the water alongside his subject to capture what is out of the ordinary.
When asked about his unique style of photography, John replies, “When people describe me, they might say I’m a little odd. I have strange tastes in music and movies, and just generally walk against the grain in most things. I can be a bit A.D.D. as well. But I think people would also agree that I’m an independent thinker, and I see things differently. The combination of these things with an artistic eye is part of what defines my work.
Whether it is setting a fruit covered hat on fire with someone wearing it, or shooting wedding pictures from the back of a moving vehicle, expect something different and original from me. I expect excellence from myself, and I strive to make each job I do better than the one before.”
As a photographer, John explains, “I especially enjoy taking environmental portraits of a single person because of the creative latitude I have when shooting one person. Of course I love photographing weddings. I also really like the challenge of journalism photography because of all the opportunities of finding and creating something different.”
John says, “Weddings are exciting because you only have one chance to get it right!” And many brides and grooms attest to the fact John has indeed gotten their photographs right. On his website you can see numerous photos that capture the moments and the memories that are fleeting but yet make up the best part of ‘the big day.’
John has been on several mission trips to South Sudan, Kenya, and Ethiopia. “Each trip has been a life changing experience. It has given me a very different perspective on how much we have here and how much we take for granted. Going overseas has also taught me a lot about our own culture. It has also brought certain aspects of my photography to a new level, being able to capture things as they are.”
John came to Beaufort twelve years ago from South Dakota because, “I needed a change in life and wanted to pursue my career in professional photography here. I’m really blessed to be in Beaufort.
It’s a beautiful place to live. It’s good to be near family, and I’ve made some great friends here.” It has also been a great place for John and his wife, Lynn, to raise their three children, Gamaliel, 16, Abigail, 15 and Annabelle, 8.
Besides being a featured in Beaufort Lifestyle, Wollwerth Imagery’s photographs have been published in The Washington Post, South Carolina Homes & Gardens, Coastal Living, and Hilton Head Monthly to name a few.
John Wollwerth is an award winning photographer. He has won several photography awards including PPSC in 2011 and has been a finalist in national wedding photography contests.
Whatever your occasion is, Wollwerth Imagery can capture your moment, or your wildest dream.
Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort
Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort offers spectacular settings, exceptional accommodations, a variety of amenities and top notch catering services to meet every need, from an intimate gathering to a lavish event.
Picture a beautiful new bride, laughing with delight as she drives a golf cart around a spectacularly scenic island, her proud groom in the seat next to her. Behind them are several other carts filled with their joyous family and friends.
Now imagine a low country boil by the pool framed by a glorious sunset. People of all ages reminisce, laugh and hug at the long-awaited family reunion. Maybe the scene is dozens of co-workers celebrating the holidays at their boss’ home, enjoying delicious food and toasting to a successful year.
According to Alissa Murrie, Marketing Director at the resort, Fripp Island is the perfect destination for all types of events. “In many cases, we have families where generations have spent summers playing on the beach, watching the deer and exploring the island, “ she said. “To then choose to have their special event here, and share this place with friends and family who are experiencing it for the first time, is magical.”
A 2016 pick in The Knot’s best of Weddings, Fripp resort boasts many amenities throughout their 3,500 acres. In additional to three and a half miles of beach, guest can enjoy golf, tennis, boating, nature programs and even cruising around the island in four-seater golf carts.
“What’s nice about having an event here is that everyone is at one resort, “ said Kathy Kluttz, Director of Sales and Catering. “At a typical wedding, family and friends might be staying at various hotels and might not have many chances to see each other. At Fripp Island Resort, however, guests are surrounded by their friends and family from the moment they arrive and they are able to relax and enjoy activities together throughout their stay.”
Fripp Island’s meeting spaces are designed for comfort and pleasure. Whether you’re planning a luncheon for 25 or a party for hundreds of guests, a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces are available at the resort. Experienced staff is also able to recommend local vendors and help coordinate setup of the event. Of course, one of the most important components of any successful event is the food. Guests have long raved about the resort’s scrumptious food, which is provided by Allie Award Winning Atlanta food service management company Proof of the Pudding and directed at Fripp by Executive Chef Scott Barham-Morgan.
In an effort to offer their catering to an even broader group, Fripp Island Resort offers off-site catering. According to Kathy, they offer an array of catering options to individuals, groups and businesses in the Beaufort area. “While we certainly still welcome groups to the resort, we’re very excited to to be able to offer our catering for off-island events such as holiday parties and corporate events.”
For more information on planning your special event at Fripp Island Golf and Beach Resort, or to get details on the resort’s new off-island catering services, contact the Group Sales Department at 800-334-3022.