Lovette Russell and Jack Sawyer chaired the 2011 Swan House Ball, pictured here with Eileen Gordon.
Eileen Gordon, Editor in Chief
Among my friends, Hines Ward is more famous for winning Dancing with the Stars than he is for his 14 seasons as an NFL MVP! But there’s one thing for certain: His talents reach far beyond the football field and the dance floor. In a Southern Seasons exclusive, we are thrilled to showcase his North Atlanta home that he designed and built from the ground up. Ward refers to the house as the crown jewel in his collection. The 15,000-square-foot interior is modern in design, which is so tastefully achieved that it is quintessentially classic and timeless. Resplendent with unique architectural features, this stellar estate is now being offered for sale by Glennda Baker-LeBlanc, rock star Realtor of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services of Georgia, and is sure to be coveted by just the right buyer.
When it comes to giving, the notable names that appear in this issue are icons in the Atlanta philanthropic community. Among them are Valery Voyles, chairman & CEO of the Ed Voyles Automotive Group, who along with BFF Lisa Fuller is co-chairing this year’s Bow Wow Brunch that benefits the Atlanta Humane Society. This spring, the beautiful and talented Kay Quigley will be honored with the Anne Cox Chambers Humane Heroine Award for her outstanding support.
One of the five-star benefits of the season is always Atlanta History Center’s Swan House Ball, which will be chaired by the incredible Jenny Pruitt of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. This is a special year as the world-famous Cyclorama has been relocated and restored on the 33-acre campus of the AHC. Just opened, the exhibit features the cylindrical mural of The Battle of Atlanta that is among the largest paintings in the world.
Our featured bride Mackenzie Parker married Brent Brock in the courtyard of the Piedmont Driving Club, which has never looked more beautiful than on this romantic occasion thanks to Edge Design Group and wedding planner Kerri Stegherr of Toast Events.
Our travel editor Vivian Holley never fails to impress with unusual and always first-class venues. Her story on the “Sand, Sloths & Skyscrapers” of Central America’s Panama might just tempt you to hop a plane to this tropical getaway.
Shopping for a gorgeous spring evening gown? Southern Seasons’Pamela White literally went through thousands of images in hundreds of lookbooks to find the most amazing gowns of the season. Along with style editor Gail O’Neill, they created the most breathtaking style feature you will see anywhere!