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Wedding Memories

By Paula Deen

If y’all can believe it, this Sunday marks Michael’s and my 12-year anniversary. I could’ve sworn we just got married last year, but that’s probably because we still haven’t left that honeymoon phase yet. I am just so over-the-moon about that man that I think someone may have to give me a big ol’ slap to get the silly grin off my face that I get when I look at him. But I guess that’s just the way it goes when you’re married to your soul mate.

I still look back on my wedding day just as giddy as a schoolgirl. I don’t think my feet were ever on the floor—I was just floatin’ from sheer happiness. Everything that day was perfect, from the location and flowers to the guests and food.

I had to get a little help (OK, more like a lot of help) with the wedding planning, but I couldn’t just up and let someone else take hold of my menu for the big day. How people would talk if Paula Deen’s wedding didn’t have lots of good Southern food! No, I had to have the menu my way, and I’m glad I did because food can really make a special day even grander.

In honor of that special day and my very special husband, I’m sharin’ my wedding menu with y’all again, just in case you need a little reminder—after all, it was 12 years ago!


Shrimp & Grits

Tomato Sandwiches with Parsley or Basil

Pickled Okra Sandwiches

Steamship Rounds of Beef

The Lady & Sons Crab-Stuffed Shrimp

Mini Handle Sandwiches

Fruit Trays

Raw Oyster Bar

Fried Collard Green Wontons

Almond Sour Cream Pound Cake

Banana Nut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Paula Deen - As a young girl growing up in Albany, Georgia, Paula Deen never dreamed she would become an American icon. As a young mother, Paula was living the American dream — married to her high school sweetheart and raising two adorable boys — when tragedy struck. Her parents died, her marriage failed and she began a prolonged battle with agoraphobia. With her boys in their teens and her family near homelessness, Paula took her last $200, reached deep inside her soul and started The Bag Lady, a home-based catering company that marked the start of Deen's professional cooking career. With sons Jamie and Bobby delivering lunch-and-love-in-a-bag, beginning in June 1989, Paula turned her life around by sharing what she knew best, traditional Southern cooking.