If you are looking for a Southern plantation style wedding venue near Charleston, South Carolina, then you should definitely consider Debordieu Club in Georgetown, SC. The uniqueness of this venue is not only in the southern charm, but also in the endless opportunities to make every event different. Susie and Carl said I do on the waterfront Courtyard which is located just behind the Clubhouse. The Courtyard at Debordieu embraces the heart of the marsh and the beauty of the golf course. Scroll down and see why Susie and Carl chose Debordieu Club as their Southern Wedding Venue.
Carl and I have known each other since we were three years-old. We grew up as neighbors, with only one house separating our family homes. We also attended preschool together. The front of our Save the Date for our wedding was our favorite picture from our engagement photo session with Pasha, and the back of our Save the Date was a picture of us from snack time (my favorite time of day since I was three) during preschool.
Carl and I attended different elementary and middle schools but became close friends and then more as we attended high school together. We stayed together through four years of college together at UNC Chapel Hill and then 6 years post-college before getting engaged. Three of our post college years were spent long distance as I moved across the country to accelerate my career.
I like to say that Carl and I have loved each other through so many meaningful stages of life already—the anxieties of high school, the unknowns of college, and the pressures of a career post-graduation. We are so excited to be able to continue loving each other through the trials, challenges, laughs, joys, and celebrations of our next life phases.
Carl has had a family home at DeBordieu for over half our relationship. We have treasured spending time there with family and friends as there is such a tranquility in the pace of life within the community. Both the ocean and the marsh provide a disconnection from the stress of the everyday hustle. Connecting with nature and family and friend is what makes this place so special.
Well, I actually had 2 wedding dress experiences…
My first wedding dress was everything I thought I wanted in a wedding dress. It was trendy and whimsical and designed by one of the most popular designers of this year. I had no reservations until I had my first fitting 9 weeks before my wedding. Immediately following the fitting, I turned to my mom and told her I wasn’t happy with my dress. I still laugh (and cringe) imaging the look on her face when I broke the news. She recovered quickly, her face masked with reassurance that everything would work out…
That night we drank cocktails and ordered new dresses (with fast shipping) online. My mom also started calling bridal shops in the area to enquire about off-the-rack availability. We ended up finding MY dress 8 weeks before the wedding. It was made for me—long sleeves, high neck, and traditional. The owner (of the most incredible bridal shop) had made a mistake when ordering and essentially ordered 2 of the same dress. It fit me perfectly with minimal alternations and was available to take home that day. I CANNOT imagine my wedding day in a different dress.
PS — I still have the first dress if anyone is in the market ;)
Our Rehearsal Dinner was held at the Beach Club at DeBordieu with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Midway through dinner, we looked out to see the most incredible double rainbow. It spanned miles, starting and ending on different ends of the ocean. Both the symbol of a rainbow and the date of our Rehearsal Dinner, May 3rd, hold significance with family and friends we have loved and lost. It was such a special reminder that they were there, sharing the weekend with us. It was also a reminder that although our time on Earth is finite, love can transcend time, distance, and even departures from this physical world. We will keep the magic of that moment with us forever.
A year ago, my aunt gave me a few of my great-grandmother’s handkerchiefs. They are so delicate and intricate in their details and colors. I took 3 of them to an embroidery shop leading up to my wedding day. I had special messages embroidered, along with my wedding date, on the handkerchiefs for my 2 aunts and mom. We shared memories and tears as I gifted the handkerchiefs to them during the wedding weekend. It felt like we were bridging generations and past memories with the present.
The first vendor we booked was our photographer, Pasha at Pasha Belman Photography. He does a limited amount of weddings each year in order to dedicate time to each couple to ensure perfection. The way he and Natalia capture light is indescribable in words. It is truly art. We are so lucky to have the most magical moments of our wedding, both candid and staged, available in print for the rest of our lives.
Wedding planning forces you to get caught up in so many small details that it takes effort and pause to step back and appreciate what is most important—friends, family, your health, and marrying your best friend. At the end of the day, all you truly need is your fiancé, faith, loved ones, and a great photographer like Pasha to have the most extraordinary wedding.
Wedding Photographer - Pasha Belman Photography / Ceremony Venue - DeBordieu Courtyard / Reception Venue - DeBordieu Club / Wedding Planner/Coordinator - Stunning & Brilliant Events / Florist - Carolina Charm / Videographer - Dock House Digital / Bridal Hair and Makeup Ash & Co / Cake/Dessert - Incredible Edibles / Caterer - DeBordieu Club / Officiant - Pastor Rhodes Woolly / Ceremony Musician - Bespoke Strings / DJ/Band - Right to Party Band / Wedding Dress Store and Designer Bellissima in Winston-Salem & Pronovias / Bridal Shoes - Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaid Dress Store and Designer - Brideside in Charlotte, NC & Dessy / Groom's and Groomsmen' Suits - Men's Warehouse & Vera Wang Tux / Stationary - Crane Invitation from The Lettered Lily in Salisbury, NC / Transportation - Carolina Limo / Eventworks for Linens & Stage and Global Truth for Uplighting