October 2019

Champagne & Oysters: A Lowcountry soirée hosted by Emily and Anna Pepper

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: M.Kat Photography

When you’re raised in the Lowcountry on the banks of the May River, your first oyster is enjoyed around the same time as first steps are taken. “My children have always loved oysters,” said Mary Vaux as she deftly popped open a salty, freshly roasted mollusk with her knife. Vaux and her extended family had gathered at her daughter Emily’s house for a family oyster roast on a cool Friday evening in late October.

November kicks off the unofficial oyster roast season in these parts, and there are a few community roasts where all are welcome. (See our calendar on page 122.) For the newly initiated, throwing an oyster roast does not have to be complicated or labor-intensive. All you need are fresh oysters, a charcuterie board or two and libations. Technically, since the party is outside, you don’t even have to scrub the house.


Emily and Anna Pepper carry a bushel of oysters to their golf cart at the Bluffton Oyster Co.
On Anna
Top by Bobi $90
Earrings $73
Jeans: $178
Shoes: $85

On Emily
Jean Jacket: $99
Top: $88
Leopard Pants: $88
Shoes: $85


Mary Vaux cracks open an oyster.

On Mary
Shirt: $87
Wrap: $65
Necklace: $68


Emily prepares the charcuterie boards in the kitchen.
Fresh berries, nuts, brie and crackers with jam stimulate appetites as guests await the main course.

On Emily
Top: $70
Olive Overalls: $100
Necklace: $62


On Vivian
Dress: $25

On Erin
Dress: $40
Leopard Booties: $90
Earrings: $18
Bracelets: $15-$80


On Mary Gwinn
Tasseled Poncho: $98
Necklaces: $15 each
Bracelets: $15-$21
Earrings: $17


Anna Pepper mixes fresh cocktail sauce from raw horseradish, organic ketchup and lemons (see the BTS video on Celebrate Hilton Head’s YouTube channel for the recipe).

On Anna
Dress: $50
Earrings $88


On Emily
Black Floral Romper $78
Hat with Feather Detail $ 58
Booties: $110
Earrings: $74
Bracelets: $18-$80
Rings: $15-$20


Wildflowers in wicker-lined vases are placed on the picnic table.

On Anna Pepper
Bracelet: $14
Vest: $108
Blouse: $178
Earrings: $73


When the oysters are but a memory, the fire turns its attention to marshmallows for making s’mores.

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