In case you had the pleasure of being off the grid and missed the Marty McFly and DeLorean references, yesterday was Back to the Future day. As for today, it’s a momentous one to share the final installment of the Verhagen’s Tie the Knot trilogy, a gorgeous DeBordieu wedding. What an honor it was to photograph all three of Tim and Karen’s children on their wedding days! Their family is gracious, relaxed and stylish, just like the families joined together by their children’s marriages.
Andrew spent many summer vacations at DeBordieu frolicking outdoors with Shelley, who grew up in the serene community near Georgetown, SC. When I photographed their engagement session around DeBordieu, their love of quiet marshes, gentle waves and soaking up the sun together was evident. They took me on a woodsy path where they walk their dog, then we drove to the pristine beach on the south end where Andrew proposed months earlier (after setting up a camera to video the surprise!), and finally we hopped on their boat for a sunset cruise with the dog. So relaxed and fun!
But today’s post is all about their beautiful wedding day, which began at their family homes before moving to Duncan Methodist Church in Georgetown and wrapped with an elegant oyster-themed reception at the DeBordieu Club. I really enjoyed watching Shelley and her three sisters in their element at their parents’ house, exchanging thoughtful gifts in their perfect blue-hued dresses.
This sums up the typical scene of where the girls prep all morning and where the guys break from bonding over beers to throw on their tuxes.The oyster theme was carried out in the nifty cuff links Shelley gave Andrew.Like many men who don’t sport bow ties on a regular basis, Shelley’s dad referred to a YouTube tutorial to skillfully finesse his ensemble.
Many thanks to the Harpers and Verhagens for having me along and for making this day such a pleasure to photograph with my friend Katie Capo. Kelly at the DeBordieu Club is always a delight to work with! And here’s the scoop on the other vendors they chose:
Shelley’s gown: Alfred Angelo at Amanda’s Collection in Conway, SC
Andrew’s midnight blue tux: Alton Lane (groomsmen wore their own black tuxes)
Bow ties and cummerbunds: Brooks Brothers
Bridesmaid dresses: Ann Taylor
Cake: Incredible Edibles
Flowers: Alford’s Florist
Band: Risse (booked through East Coast Entertainment)
You can check out Andrew’s siblings’ weddings here also. Liz married Andrew at DeBordieu in 2011, and we shot her gorgeous bridal portrait session at Atalaya. Michael married Sonia in Charleston in a magnificent cathedral, and their reception was at Lowndes Grove.
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