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In early December, local celebrity chef Bobby Deen sent his new bride, Claudia, a birthday message via Facebook, and responses quickly flooded in with a resounding, “When did Bobby get married?
”Bobby and Claudia were married in a private ceremony at the home of the groom’s mother, Paula Deen, in Savannah in early July 2013, but reports were sparse and overshadowed by his mom’s highly publicized legal drama with a former employee.
TIMELINE: The Deen Family The wedding ceremony was a beautiful moment, Bobby says, but now the couple will have the full-scale wedding they originally planned — a wedding that was put on the backburner after his mother became the center of public scrutiny last summer.
The drama stemmed from the controversy that exploded after Paula Deen admitted in a deposition in June to using the “N-word” several decades ago.
That lawsuit by a former employee was dismissed but not before many of Paula’s business partners ended their relationships with her.“This past year was a disaster,” Bobby said during a phone interview from his home on Wilmington Island.
“To have finally gotten married to such an incredible woman was a blessing, but we had to go under the radar.“When the sky fell on my family …
it was everything to have Claudia by my side, but unfortunately, the people who did that to my mother — …my mother has not wronged anybody — they stole our wedding from us,” he said.“We had a big event planned before this happened, and we did it a few months early and we scaled it way back.“It was a joy for our family and her family to come together and enjoy it in a small way in Mama’s house. Some people say it was the most beautiful wedding they had been to.”But even the wedding of a Deen brother couldn’t take the spotlight off Paula’s troubles, and many Deen fans missed it.
Bobby said the couple is planning what he calls a “huge Catholic wedding” in March in Panama with all of their family and friends in attendance.“Her family lives in Panama,” Bobby said.
“Claudia is from Venezuela and it’s a rough place, so most people do everything they can to leave there. but she has friends and family all over the world, too.”Bobby said it’s important to have the religious ceremony.“She is Catholic, and I was raised Southern Baptist,” Bobby said.
“Life is a series of lessons.”He laughed.“One Sunday we go to the Baptist Church, and the next week we go to the Catholic Church.”While the Southerner charmed his way out of questions on Catechism classes, he did admit he was busy learning to rumba for the big day.“I’m blessed.
She’s a beautiful woman who was a real bright spot in my life this year.”But before the wedding ceremony, Bobby will be taking part in the Savannah Book Festival on Feb.