There’s something about the number seven. For Buffie Lilly, lucky number seven hit big when she stood as a bridesmaid in the seventh wedding where she had set up the couple. She remembers looking at her husband at the reception and laughing, “Should I start a business out of this?”
Five hundred clients, two marriages, two engagements, and 18 dating couples later, Buffie is in the throes of her (successful) matchmaking business, Charleston Wine Pairings, and lucky are we to have her fighting the good fight for happily ever after.
With her undergraduate degree in sociology and a Masters in Rehabilitation Science from MUSC, Buffie has always had a passion for people, and if you get the chance to meet her around town, you’ll immediately sense her warmth and positive energy. She’s like the quintessential best friend; she’ll go to bat for you, but she also isn’t going to put up with anything less than your best. Future clients take note: if you want to work with Buffie, you’re going to need to bring your A game.
With no swiping left, no online profiles, and no pictures involved, Buffie’s matchmaking process is very much “old school.” And that’s the way she likes it.
“I want to get back to the fundamentals and courting process,” Buffie explains. “We’ve gotten so far away from tradition in the hookup culture we live in.”
Taking all of the hard work out of finding your one and only, Buffie’s matchmaking process is thorough and sophisticated. She carefully vets potential clients, ensuring a respectful and positive experience that, in addition to producing successful relationships, also nourishes self-reflection and growth.
“It all goes back to respect,” Buffie says as she explains her processes, noting that clients aren’t allowed to visit each other’s homes on the first date, nor is the woman expected to pay for the first date. Plus, her packages can be customized and aren’t limited to wine aficionados—the opposite, in fact. From “wing woman” services to “plus one parties," the core of Buffie’s matchmaking business revolves around sophisticated, community environments where, thanks to Buffie’s hard work, you’re destined to find your mate.
After all, “all it takes is that one” to change the game.
Words by Evans Craddock
Photo by Karson Photography
Photo taken at Cannon Green