Kim + Ryan | Oct 26, 2019
Romantic garden wedding with earthy tones, fresh greenery and pops of red at the McGill Rose Garden in Charlotte, North Carolina
Ryan and Kim met through mutual friends while she was finishing up her senior year at Penn State University. Ryan came to visit some friends he went to high school with—who were also friends of Kim’s wouldn’t you know it, and they hit it off instantly. The pair shared a dance, then a kiss, and have been together ever since. Talk about a storybook beginning.
“Ryan and my relationship has spanned four states and five separate moves over the 10 years we’ve been together,” Kim said. “We’ve been together through some of the most challenging times in our lives and have really grown into adults together.”
Fast-forward to when the couple was watching a fireworks show in Vermont, celebrating the July 4th weekend and soaking up their last few weeks before moving to Virginia. After the show, they were on the rooftop of their rented townhome having a nightcap before bed. Kim turned away from him to place their drinks on the table, and when she turned back around, Ryan was on one knee holding out a ring.
“His proposal was very sweet and emotional, and it was one of the absolute happiest moments of my life,” Kim said. “I was completely surprised and wasn’t expecting that moment whatsoever!”
On a breezy fall day at North Carolina’s hidden gem, the McGill Rose Garden, an abundance of florals and romantic décor set the mood for a special wedding day. With the help of Something Perfect, every detail of the day was dreamy and a true celebration of love.
“We really wanted our wedding to be a celebration of our love and the journey we had travelled together,” Kim said. “A day that both we and our family and friends would remember forever.”
Kim stepped out in a bridal look that was truly breathtaking. She wore a stunning, ivory A-line gown with a tulle skirt over a neutral lining, creating a dreamy two-toned effect. The low-cut, sheer-paneled bodice and top of the skirt were embroidered with delicate beading in the shape of roses, which perfectly complemented the venue.
“I only had to visit one store and it was a done deal ...which was amazing,” said Kim.
Her blonde curls were pinned back on one side with a crystal hairpiece, and she completed the look with simple stud earrings and a pair of open-toed heels with crystal embellishments. Her maid-of-honor brought out the pop of color in a deep red, high-neck gown with a slim-fitting silhouette.
Ryan looked effortlessly handsome in a classic, dark navy suit with a crisp white shirt, brown suede belt and brown shoes. He wore a boutonniere made of thistle and fresh greenery, which was was a stunning combination next to Kim’s bouquet of thistle, eucalyptus, myrtle, blush roses and deep red roses, tied together with a blush satin ribbon.
In the middle of a lush garden, everything was in place for a whimsical wedding ceremony. White folding lawn chairs were set in rows for the guests, with family chairs reserved with rustic wood signs and bundles of flowers and greenery. There were beautiful lanterns hanging from the trees, each filled with a mixture of candles, fairy lights, more greenery and flowers.
“The rose garden itself is a dreamy venue and doesn’t require a lot of spit and polish, so to speak,” said Kim. “The beautiful greenery and flowers throughout the space are plenty of decoration in itself, so we wanted all of our added décor to feel and look seamless in that natural setting.”
Once the guests were all seated, Kim made her way down to the altar where Ryan was waiting for her. At the end of the aisle, the couple stood under an antique gold wedding arbor with an asymmetrical floral and greenery arrangement hanging on the arch.
The bride’s cousin, Jon, officiated the ceremony for the couple. He worked with them to customize the ceremony and their vows to each other, incorporating some personal humor which they really appreciated. His wife Michele did a reading, and Kim’s brother-in-law, Eric, did another.
“We wanted to ask someone we are both close to to officiate the ceremony, and Jon is one of our closest friends in addition to being family,” Kim said. “He surprised us by wearing silver, glittery loafers along with his black suit and tie. We loved it and the choice brought a fun element to our ceremony.” Most definitely.
Once they exchanged their vows, the couple shared their first kiss as a married couple in front of all their loved ones. It was a moment they would never forget.
“Ultimately, I was looking the most forward to saying ‘I do’ and I don’t think I’ve ever been as happy as I was in the moment that my cousin pronounced us husband and wife,” Kim said.
In another area of the garden, the space had been transformed into the most beautiful, magical reception. Under a billowing white tent lined with string lights, there were rounds dressed in white linens with a delicate crystal chandelier hanging overhead. On the tables, there were centerpiece floral arrangements and tall white candlesticks.
Cocktail tables and potted ferns were placed around the area, and there was even a corn hole game that doubled as a guest book! Too cool. The live music was a hit and kept the party moving and groovin’ all night .. .the best part being the playlist and its special connection to Kim and Ryan.
“Ryan and I are both huge music fans and we love to go to concerts together, so we knew we wanted to have live music and lots of dancing at our wedding,” Kim said. “We ended up choosing a band with a repertoire of all our favorite classic rock songs that we grew up listening to.”
Throughout the night, the couple and their guests dined on a Southern-inspired buffet featuring barbequed meat and pimento mac and cheese. To satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth, there was a donut wall with rows of treats, adorned with bundles of greenery.
Once the wedding cake was cut, the newlyweds led the party over to the outdoor bar that was decorated with an incredible balloon arch, interlaced with flowers and greenery. It was one of Kim’s favorite décor moments.
“I was honestly looking forward to the entirety of our wedding weekend, especially since almost all of our guests were coming from out of town to celebrate with us,” said Kim. “It was so nice having everyone we love in one place together for the weekend.”
We wish these newlyweds a lifetime of love and happiness!
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