Not one, but two of the top five wedding planners in the United States are based in Charleston.

So says the fashion magazine Vogue.

Lynn Easton, who runs her wedding planning business from the top floor of Charleston's Zero George Hotel, and Tara Guérard, who planned the Boone Hall ceremony for celebrities Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, were both featured in Vogue's recent article, "5 star wedding planners you need to know about."

The fashion mag gave a nod to Easton Events, based in Charleston and Charlottesville, Va., for its "polished southern charm." Tara Guérard Soirée, the planning business split between offices in Charleston and New York, was noted for Guérard's graphic design and stationery services woven throughout her events.

The wedding planners are featured in the magazine's online compilation, "The Wedding Guide 2014" on

"I am honored to be included in Vogue's Wedding Guide alongside such an inspirational peer group," Easton said. "All wedding planners are truly privileged that our business is the business of happiness."

Double duty

The Charleston-based organizer of the Cooper River Bridge Run is moonlighting in the North Carolina mountains.

Julian Smith just wrapped up his first stint as the race director for the inaugural Asheville Half Marathon, according to a report in the Asheville Citizens-Times.

The event, which included a 10K option, was to be held Saturday. About 1,800 runners were projected to participate, a far cry from the 40,000-runner Cooper River Bridge Run that Smith organizes each April. The Mount Pleasant-to-Charleston 10K is now the fifth-largest race in the United States.

"Julian is used to doing really big events and he has a really clear vision of what he wants to see out of this race," Ben VanCamp, executive director of the Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission, told the Citizen-Times. "As this race takes hold and over time, much like he's done in Charleston, I'm hoping it will become a landmark event for our community, and attract people from all over the country. I don't think we'll ever get as big as the Cooper River Bridge Run, but I think it has potential to grow to 5,000 people, and I think Julian is the person with the vision to do that. He has a reach, he's got a half-million people in his database."

Smith was quoted by the newspaper as saying he was "just really blown away" by the support he got in Asheville.

Mr. Chairman

A former College of Charleston president is in rehab - though not as a patient.

Lee Higdon was recently named non-executive chairman of HealthSouth Corp., one of the nation's largest owners and operators of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, including a location off of University Boulevard in North Charleston. The company operates in 28 states and Puerto Rico.

Higdon has been on the Birmingham, Ala.-based company's board since 2004.

"His many contributions have helped HealthSouth create a solid foundation from which it will continue to grow and create value for our shareholders," outgoing chairman Jon Hanson said in a statement.

Higdon, who still owns a South of Broad home, was president of Connecticut College from 2006 until his retirement late last year. Before that, he was president of the College of Charleston for five years and of Babson College for four years before that. He also was dean of Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia from 1993 to 1997.

Before academics, Higdon worked on Wall Street, including 20 years at Salomon Brothers, where he became vice chairman and member of the executive committee.