Chris Sizer's proposal to Jenny Buddig is one of our favorites to date! So how'd he do it? First, he enlisted the help of a local florist, organizing three special flower deliveries to his bride-to-be—in a particular order, obvi. The first card said “Jenny,” the second said “will,” and the last said “you.” Shortly after the deliveries, Chris pulled up to Jenny's house, where she was waiting in the doorway (bouquets in hand!). Then, of course, Chris gave her the final two bouquets and popped the last two words—"marry me?"—of his question.
For their flower-filled wedding on April 23, 2016, the couple traveled to Bluffton, South Carolina, where they frequently vacation with Jenny's family. Their guests (275 of them, in fact!) made the trip down from Chicago to witness the ceremony and party at Montage Palmetto Bluff. Keep scrolling to see Gayle Brooker's photos of the romantic garden affair, planned (to perfection!) by Kristin Newman of Kristin Newman Designs.
Jenny’s Oscar de la Renta trumpet gown was a gift from her grandparents. “With every other dress I tried on, I kept coming back to that one,” Jenny says, “I felt the most like myself in it.” She added an organza belt, the veil worn by her mom and sister, and an antique diamond pin that was passed down from her great-grandmother. And her final touch? Embellished nude Manolo Blahnik pumps!
The bride carried a loose bouquet of white flowers, including ranunculus, spray roses, and garden roses. It was tied together with a handkerchief that was carried by Jenny’s grandmother, aunts, and cousins on their wedding days.
Chris opted for a custom tux from Trunk Club in Chicago, which he paired with a bow tie from Tie Bar. He topped his jacket off with a spray-rose boutonniere and a handkerchief monogrammed with his and his late stepfather’s initials.
Jenny’s nine bridesmaids included her three sisters, her cousin, Chris’s sister, and four sorority sisters. They wore black-and-white gowns from LulaKate and held mini versions of the bride’s bouquet.
The ring bearer, two-year-old Henry, wore a silk-organza suit by Luli & Me with knee-high socks and white leather shoes. The flower girl, three-year-old Emma, wore a white Anavini smocked dress with a collar and bow. The adorable children bolted down the aisle as soon as they had a chance, giving guests a good laugh.
After a full Catholic mass, the pair exchanged traditional vows and were pronounced husband and wife by Father Timothy R. Scully, the priest who married Jenny’s sister too.
At the party venue, Montage Palmetto Bluff, guests enjoyed signature cocktails (Moscow Mules and Manhattans) and played lawn games in front of stunning views of the May River. The menu featured poached shrimp, chicken salad waffles, fried ravioli, mini crab cakes, and the groom’s favorite: fried Oysters Rockefeller!
A gospel choir led guests from the cocktail hour to a large sailcloth tent on the venue’s lawn for the reception.
A lush garden trellis draped in vines and flowers framed the entrance to the tent, which was designed to meet the couple's French-garden inspiration. In fact, when Jenny and Chris had trouble coming up with decor ideas, planner Kristin Newman suggested that they flip through home magazines, like Architectural Digest. “We pulled images of hedging, topiaries, and French gardens to find our theme,” the bride says.
Calligraphed escort cards were displayed on a trellis covered in greenery.
The bride and groom added a handwritten note to each place setting, personally thanking each guest for attending the weekend's events.
A variety of round tables and long tables filled the tent. Some played on the garden theme with boxwood topiaries and glimmering candles, while others held arrangements featuring ranunculus, helleborse, lisianthuses, garden roses, lilacs, and loose jasmine vines.
At dinner, guests had three choices for their entree, including grilled local grouper with dirty rice, New York strip steak with roasted garlic potato pave, or a grilled vegetable strudel with a romesco sauce. “We both loved the menu,“ Jenny says. “We made sure to get different entrees so we could try more than one!”
For dessert, attendees got a taste of the groom’s hometown (Cincinnati) with the Graeter’s ice cream that was served alongside the couple’s five-tiered, multiflavored wedding cake.
The evening officially ended at 10 p.m., when guests sent the happy newlyweds off with sparklers before joining them again for an after-party, complete with a DJ!
So what did Jenny learn through the planning? “Throw a brunch the day after,“ she says. “It is great to hear funny stories about the night before and see everyone before you leave!“
Ceremony Venue: St. Gregory the Great
Reception Venue & Catering: Montage Palmetto Bluff
Wedding Planner: Kristin Newman Designs
Bride's Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta
Garment Specialist: Cacky’s Bride + Aid
Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Bridesmaids' Dresses: LulaKate
Groom's Attire: Trunk Club
Save-the-Date Cards and Invitations: Magnificent Milestones
Escort Cards and Ceremony Programs: Megan Bradley Graphic Design
Calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher Jones Calligraphy
Floral Decor, Decorative Lighting & Event Design: Gathering Events
Lighting & Sound: Technical Event Company
Ceremony Music: Kiral Productions
Reception Music: I Love This Band of East Coast Entertainment
After-Party DJ: Bryan Mahanes of Other Brother Entertainment
Cake: Minette Rushing Custom Cakes
Photography: Gayle Brooker
Videography: Hart to Heart Media