Down by the river

May Eynon

On the evening of March 21, a few friends gathered for an engagement party honoring Laura Davis and Jay Coarsey of Woody Creek. The Sunday soiree was staged on the banks of the Roaring Fork River at the Roaring Fork Clubs River Cabin in Basalt, an appropriate setting since Jay is an avid fly-fisherman. As they approached the River Cabin via the golf cart path, Jay glanced into the gold-medal waters, eyeing rainbow and brown trout and perhaps wishing he had a rod to cast for a few fish.Both a Southern Belle and a California Girl, Laura was raised in Little Rock, Ark., and went to college at U.C. Santa Barbara before settling in Aspen in the early 90s. Jay hails from the Hawaiian island of Oahu and moved to Aspen in 1995. Lauras longtime friend Tricia Weber returned to town for the festivities, sponsoring the party at the River Cabin along with her parents, who are members of the Roaring Fork Club. Were so happy for Laura and Jay, said Tricia and her boyfriend Patrick Youssi, both of Chicago. Ive known them for years.Laura works as a realtor in Aspen for Interwest Realty. A painting contractor and small-business owner, Jay established Coarsey Paints several years ago. They both love to travel and have spent many an offseason on forays around the world. Last fall, approximately eight years after meeting and becoming friends, Jay surprised Laura on a pier in Belize with a ring and a proposal, which she happily accepted.They are now preparing for an October wedding in Laguna Niguel, Calif., to be followed by an adventurous honeymoon.It will most likely be a two-part trip, said Jay. We want to go somewhere tropical first and then perhaps visit the wine country of Northern California.The engagement has been great and I know the wedding will be terrific, Coarsey continued, but what I am looking forward to most is spending the rest of my life with Laura.To contact May to send info, insight or invites, e-mail: