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Posted: Monday, Oct. 07, 2013

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Photo by Lora Denton Photography.

Originally from England, Sarah Ryberg has lived in Charlotte for the last 12 years and is a graduate of UNC Charlotte. After two whirlwind weddings - one in Charlotte and another in her homeland - Sarah is settling into married life and learning what it takes to be a Mrs. You can reach Sarah at sarahmryberg@yahoo.com

This weekend we celebrated the marriage of our friends Thomas and Kadee, and let me just say, I absolutely loved their venue. The couple chose the McGill Rose Garden for their wedding, a secret garden stowed away in NoDa. From the twinkling lights amidst the blooming flowers, to the train cart behind the ceremony space, this was such a unique location and provided the perfect place for an intimate garden party.

The natural setting gave Thomas and Kadee the backdrop needed to showcase their chic, vintage style. I could go on and on about the details I loved from their wedding, but I'll spare you the book and just share some of my favourites. First up, the music choice. The groom and the bridal party entered to "Sweet Thing" by Van Morrison, while the bride walked down the aisle to "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King. When the couple were pronounced husband and wife, they celebrated with "Higher and Higher" by Jackie Wilson. I love unique music choices for weddings. Thomas and Kadee's selections not only captured who they are as a couple, but set the tone for the rest of the night. After hearing "Higher and Higher," I was dancing and ready to celebrate!

Right after the ceremony we headed over to drinks, where we were given the adorable mason jar glasses pictured above. I can't begin to explain how excited I was over these glasses, which fit in perfectly with the garden setting. I particularly loved the individual tags, some saying "T + K = <3" and others "Eat, Drink, Marry."

With the ceremony over, the planing team worked quickly to transform the ceremony space into the reception. Although I watched the transformation take place, it still felt like I was stumbling into a secret garden when we walked in. The pastel green, cream, and gold color palette complemented the natural backdrop perfectly, while the lace candle holders and birdcage centerpieces captured their vintage style. It was simple, but stunning! I couldn't stop taking pictures of every little detail.

The best part of the entire wedding was seeing the happiness Kadee and Thomas felt. The couple were practically glowing all night and were constantly sneaking affectionate moments with one another. Thomas and Kadee have a kind of love that only comes along once in a lifetime, and we couldn't be happier for them as they start their journey together. Congratulations again Mr. and Mrs. Tsujii!

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