5 Star Review from Casey

5 Star review from Casey

My husband and I got married here on 12/30/17. We initially were going to elope elsewhere, but then realized, we live in Florida and it’s beautiful here, so might as well find a gorgeous outdoor venue nearby! After searching online, we were sold right away after finding The Secret Garden. They specialize in intimate, small, elopement (style) wedding ceremonies which is exactly what we wanted. We opted for the ceremony plus the photography package. We wanted an experience that allowed us to be in the moment and to soak up every second of it. We reserved our date one month in advance, with Gary over the phone, which was simple and easy. We had already researched their website and felt comfortable with the venue just by the pictures and other reviews. They required a small deposit to reserve, with balance due the day of. Gary was easy to communicate with and quick to respond to emails. We were able to pick out the ceremony of our choice, requested he wore a suit (instead of a robe), and were able to add in our own vows to each other. On the day of, we arrived, and were welcomed into their home. Gary gave us a quick run-down on how the ceremony will go, which made us feel at ease. Then we walked down to the ceremony area and got started! Marti took photos during the ceremony, as well as after. We are very pleased with the amount of photos we received (the next day!!!!), as well as the quality and creativity of the photos. Marti asked if we had any requests in regards to photo poses. We didn’t, but we appreciated that she was willing to do more if we had some ideas in mind. We would choose The Secret Garden over and over again. It was EXACTLY what we wanted!

Casey S.

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Intimate garden weddings in Orlando are beautiful & affordable

Intimate garden weddings in Orlando are beautiful & affordable.

Intimate garden weddings in Orlando are beautiful & affordable
Intimate garden weddings in Orlando are beautiful & affordable

As the official an exclusive minister at the Secret Garden, I can confidently say that this venue is one of the best deals around and among my favorite locations.

The photography service and my officiating service are both included in the customized Marry Me Now Elopement Package. This package starts at only $300.

This quaint home wedding location is perfectly shaded by Live Oak trees. Weddings can be scheduled between 10 AM and ending one hour before sunset any day of the year based upon availability.

On average, our customers receive between 60 and 100 Digital photo files with the copyrights in their Secret Garden elopement package.


Abba photography is the business location of this venue and is the exclusive photography company providing this service.

This venue is perfect for someone who is looking for something quick and easy to elope or even a larger event with up to 40 people. We are within 20 minutes of downtown Orlando and we are approximately 45 minutes from Daytona beach and approximately 45 minutes from Kissimmee.

There are beautiful flowers in bloom year-round and the lake is always peaceful, beautiful and calming.


Getting a marriage license in Florida is very easy as you can get the license at any county in Florida and use it in any other county in the state and the license is good for 60 days. Florida residents have to get a license at least three days before the wedding in most cases but non-residents can get married the same day and the license is good for 60 days.

There are lots of great restaurants nearby as well as attractions for people vacationing which is why intimate garden weddings in Orlando are beautiful & affordable.

You can see the ceremony selections offered by Rev. Gary Davids at orlandoceremony.com/vows

We look forward to seeing you on your very special day.

Written by Rev. Gary Davids

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Great weddings on a budget. Easy to reserve.

Great weddings on a budget


Great weddings on a budget take place at The Secret Garden year round in Orlando. In fact, we can’t keep up with posting about them unless we were to hire someone to simply just sit at the computer and blog. So from time to time I find a few minutes to show you some new scenes and drop a few congrats on our site.


Great weddings on a budget. Easy to reserve.

It surprises many on the distance that our customers travel from to get married here and the UK is among the most frequent although we get people visiting us from everywhere else. Doing the theme park vacation in Orlando makes it very easy for travelers to go to the courthouse to get a marriage license and then tie the knot with Rev. Gary Davids. The photos are always exclusively and professionally shot as The Secret Garden is also the home of Abba Photography.


Reserving your wedding with us couldn’t be easier. Visit our contact page for excellent service.


We would like to take this moment to thank and congratulate Chelsea and Byron who visited recently from Canada. They arrived at our garden venue single and left as a happily married couple. It’s the magic that we get to witness time and time again here. Maybe it’s the “live oak tress with the hanging moss” but personally I believe it’s the love two people share. 😉


The lake view is always beautiful but since Hurricane Irma arrived last summer the lake level has be a bit higher than normal but I feel it makes it even more beautiful. Very majestic!

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Number One garden wedding elope location in Orlando Florida

Number One garden wedding elope location in Orlando Florida

We are honored to be considered the Number One garden wedding elope location in Orlando Florida and it is a result of hard work and passion in creating beautiful weddings. Below you will find some new photos that show the inside and outside of the Secret Garden including a comfortable screened in porch patio to relax in.

Life Began In A Garden

Really big squirrels in our garden 🙂

The garden is lush with beautiful plants and statutes.

The oasis for birds and squirrels.

Faith, Hope and Love is ever present in our garden.

The signature Live Oak limb that everyone loves adorned with Spanish hanging moss.

A flowergirl sitting near the lake.

The bride’s room.

The bride’s room.

Bridal bouquets

Bridal bouquets

Bridal bouquets

The guest restroom.

Decor in The guest restroom.

The main hallway from the garden to the groom’s room, bride’s room and restroom.

Just before you enter the garden.

Patio swing to relax on.

The comfort zone at The Secret Garden in Orlando on the screened in patio.

The comfort zone at The Secret Garden in Orlando on the screened in patio.

Orchids and decor on the patio.

The main gate to The Secret Garden 

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Most popular reasons to elope in Orlando

Most popular reasons to elope in Orlando

Most popular reasons to elope in Orlando
Most popular reasons to elope in Orlando

Among all of our clients there is a common thread or reasons why they choose The Secret Garden for their wedding location. The top reason seems to be the value and ease of planning a wedding with us. The other reasons and not in order of importance are:

*The beauty of the surroundings

*The friendly and professional staff

*Fast response time to every communication

*Near all of the central Florida attractions

*Near major hotels and restaurants

*Beautiful high resolution photos with copyrights granted to client taken exclusively by Abba Photography

*Ceremonies performed exclusively by Rev. Gary Davids

*Easy reservation process usually within 5 minutes of date request

*Marriage license filing taken care of by Rev. Gary

And the most popular reason probably being

We were able to get married without the stress of wondering who we should invite without offending certain people or planning a day we have wanted to celebrate for so long to a date so far in the future. This was such an easy decision and our honeymoon was a truly intimate vacation.

We hope you have and easy time making your decision and we are here to help with that process.

Gary and Marti

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Cheap places to elope in florida

Among the cheap places to elope in florida is also one of the most beautiful and private locations to get married in Florida.

Here are a few more reasons why you should consider this intimate garden jewel.


In their own words, Thank you Betsey and Jeremy.


“Hi Gary,

We are so delighted that we chose to have our ceremony at your beautiful home on the lake with your wonderful wife. You two are wonderfully easy and fun to spend time with and from our pictures you can tell how much we enjoyed our time together there.

The photos are amazing! We are even more delighted with those and both of us just adore how they turned out. You and your wife were able to capture our genuine happiness of the moment with such clarity. The pictures of our sincere joy have been an inspiration to others.

Thank you SO very much!”

For more descriptive words check out our BLOG.

Cheap places to elope in florida
Cheap places to elope in florida

Cheap places to elope in florida
Cheap places to elope in florida. Get married in Florida today

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Florida Courthouse Locations

Florida Courthouse Locations

Florida courthouse locations

Although you need a Florida marriage license to get married in Florida it could not be easier. Unlike some states where you have to get the license in the county that you want to marry in, you can get the license in any of the 67 counties in Florida and have the ceremony performed in any other Florida county. The license is good for 60 days and if neither the bride or groom are Florida residents you can get married the same day otherwise there is a 3 day wait period. There are some exceptions to this rule so feel free to contact any of the courthouse locations at this link to answer any other questions.

Some people ask can I get the license by mail and the answer is YES but there are certain details that must be met.

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Our latest UK bride and groom at the Secret Garden

Our latest UK bride and groom at the Secret Garden

‪Congratulations to our most recent bride and groom Dion and Vicki from the UK.

We had the pleasure of meeting this wonderful UK couple not far from my birthplace. Always gives me a feeling of home.

We thank all of our couples for not only finding us on the web but for choosing our location and services. It is an honor to provide these treasured memories on such an important day.

The wedding was officiated by Rev. Gary Davids and photographed by Marti Davids of Abba Photography.

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Our latest UK bride and groom at the Secret Garden

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