My wife and I were married at the Natural Gardens in June of 2016, and we could not have been happier or more satisfied with the entire experience.
From our first visit to the venue in Spring of 2015 to the day after our wedding, Steve and Cathy ensured we had the most outstanding, memorable and carefree event possible.The surroundings are incredibly serene and the gardens, hops orchard, ponds and pathways are beautiful without being too heavily manicured. The whole venue is bordered by lush ferns and forests, cloaking the event in a warm privacy. Some of our guests referred to it as a "magical escape," and we couldn't agree more.In the months leading up to the event we peppered Steve with questions, and we were always met with prompt and thoughtful responses. He and Cathy seemed personally invested in our comfort, and that mentality extended to their entire staff the week and day of our wedding. They were all friendly, down-to-earth professionals, who worked seamlessly with our array of vendors, and collaborated to make the event run smoothly. Whenever any of our guests had a question or need, one of their staff was there to assist.We were blown away by their attention to detail. From clearing low-hanging branches around our chosen ceremony site, to seeking out and installing bistro lighting in the pavilion, to purchasing an A/C unit for the cottage to keep us comfortable, to furnishing lanterns along the entrance with locally made candles, to cutting fresh s'mores sticks for a beautiful campfire they built, Steve, Cathy and the entire staff couldn't have been more thoughtful.Whether it was something as small as an unsolicited cool glass of water at the right time, or as big as stepping in to help receive rentals when our wedding coordinator failed to show up, the entire Natural Gardens staff played a key role in the success of our wedding weekend. They also introduced us to Elena & Company Catering, who did an absolutely amazing job to the point where our guests were bargaining to take home leftover desserts the next day.The size of the Natural Gardens allowed us to utilize completely separate, unique sites and setups for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception, and this is something few other venues can offer with such a high level of natural beauty and convenience.We held our ceremony toward the back of the property where the wedding party could be hidden from guests by large evergreens. Steve provided us with a pop-up tent to help keep us cool and once guests arrived by shuttle, the NG crew used golf carts to help transport those who had walking difficulty to the site quickly and comfortably.The cocktail hour was held outside, un-tented toward the front of the property, and the guests had a great time checking out all the ponds, relaxing in Steve and Cathy's newly built Adirondack chairs, and meandering the property. There were no shortage of gorgeous photo opportunities, nor places for our guests to mingle without being crowded.For the reception, we moved to the pavilion and had a large L-shaped bar and photo booth flanking the front entrance, a full buffet on the far side of the room and a 10 piece band with two sound engineers on the broad side of the barn. 160 guests fit comfortably inside leaving the dance floor clear for partygoers. I should note that with a full catering kitchen running out behind the barn with refrigerators, freezers, ovens etc. on top of the band, there was no issue with power. The generator Steve has was more than sufficient.On our various trips to the site we had never stayed past dark, so it was an enchanting surprise to exit the barn under cover of stars and sparklers to hear the music of bullfrogs and see mist rising from the ponds. As we walked down to the campfire, we felt an overwhelming sense of appreciation for Steve and Cathy who cultivated this amazing property and built a hidden gem of a venue.My wife and I are so grateful to Steve, Cathy and their staff for the perfection they helped us achieve on our wedding day. Their warmth and positive attitude, along with their ability to anticipate our every need made for a wonderful, unforgettable experience for us and all of our guests. We look forward to visiting The Natural Gardens for years to come, both to remember our wedding day, as well as spending some time with Steve and Cathy, who we now consider part of our extended family. Reply to or leave a comment on this testimonial