Google Reviews for The Secret Garden and Rev. Gary Davids

Google Reviews for The Secret Garden and Rev. Gary Davids
Google Reviews for The Secret Garden and Rev. Gary Davids

My beautiful bride and I can’t thank Rev Gary and his lovely wife, Marti, enough. The Reverend married us yesterday, and everything went off without a hitch. We even said a prayer to keep the typical Florida rainshower away (it worked😉). From the warm smile and greeting we received upon arrival to the helpful hand with setup, they truly made our day memorable. And the pictures were out of this world! We truly love them! I have to give my bride credit; at one point, it was looking like we were going to mark our big day at the courthouse, but after she found this hidden gem, we gave Rev a call and set everything in motion. And we couldn’t be prouder! For those looking for an intimate, memorable experience, consider this venue. Everything fell into place quite well (all thanks to my bride), and I noticed that Marti went out of her way to accommodate my Beloved. Definitely a great start for the next chapter of our lives. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you! -LaMarcus & Denise


Rev. Davids performed our beautiful ceremony. We were extremely happy with the small intimate venue. The Secret Garden exceeded our expectation which looked better in person. Rev. Davids was professional, personal and accommodating. Abba photography took some outstanding pictures that we will cherish our lifetime. Thank you for being a part of our new chapter in life. David and Jewel


We just got married here Tuesday and I am so happy we did! The price is unbeatable,and Gary and his wife are the sweetest! I saw a review not too long ago of a woman who said that if you have kids,don’t go here,they won’t be in the photos. I have no idea why she said that because it’s definitely untrue. We had our three girls who were in the ceremony itself and were able to stand in front with us and was in all of our photos Including during the ceremony. So don’t be worried about that whatsoever. Also our photos came back and they are beautiful! I keep getting compliments from my family and friends over them! If I can I’ll try to post the pictures. What I love about these photos is that they came out beautiful with no editing to them! And Gary allowed us to read our own vows during the ceremony. Also helped answer every question along the way I had and was quick to respond! I highly recommend this place if you want to elope or have a intimate ceremony! Thank you Gary and Marti for making our day special!!
Jessica Reinke


Wish I could rate 10 stars! They are just beyond awesome! I honestly felt their warmth throughout the duration of our entire ceremony, you could tell that they really wanted to make your day as special as possible. We did end up having to make last minute changes to our vows, but it was absolutely no issue for them. They respond timely to emails and are super flexible. We received our professional photos in about a week! So FAST!! I am recommending this venue to EVERYONE regardless of the package you choose these guys will make you feel like family!
Shoshannah Mamma


A wedding is a very stressful event and one of the items that normally causes stress is the choice of a photographer.  We called a lot of companies and individual photographers with a host of questions and finally settled on Abba Photography because of their professionalism and wonderful customer service.  We couldn’t be more pleased with our choice!

They were perfect in every regard.  Not only did they assist us in creating shots we hadn’t thought of, they also provided the best wedding photos possible.  They were not obtrusive or in the way.  Since the wedding, no matter who we have shown our wedding pictures to, their first reaction is always “Wow, where did you find the photographer?  These pictures are amazing!” So, thank-you very much Gary and Marti.  You made one thing perfect on the most special day of our lives!

Sincerely,
Thomas and Paula Rebman


My husband Paul and I knew early on in our engagement we did not want a big wedding. We did not want all the attention. We did not want all the stress. We did not want to spend all the money. We wanted a marriage. With that said, I still kind of wanted to wear a dress and have photos, so finding The Secret Garden was a blessing. We had the perfect ceremony and love all the photos. Whenever friends get engaged, I show them the photos and tell them how perfect it was, encouraging them not to spend their entire life savings on one day, when they can instead have the perfect day for the perfect price, at The Secret Garden. Paul and Alexandra Burke


Cindy and I are so glad we chose the Secret Garden for our recent wedding. The location was perfect for the small, intimate service we were looking for. Rev. Gary and his wife Marti could not have been any more gracious and accommodating . The pictures included in our package were beautiful and exceeded our expectations. We would not hesitate to use this location again and highly recommend the Secret Garden to anyone looking for a unique wedding experience. Thank you for making our day extra special.
Bud McDaid


My husband and I had our wedding here on 11/24 and I mean it when I say the day was perfect! Gary was so welcoming when we arrived and the property was absolutely beautiful! They were very helpful with keeping us on schedule without making us feel rushed. Our guest raved about the place and wanted to know how we found it. I can not wait to see the pictures. Gary did a wonderful job officiating the ceremony, there were laughs had by all. Our entire experience with Gary and The Secret Garden was easy and enjoyable. If you want a stress free and beautiful wedding venue this is the place for you. If I had to do it all over again, there is not a thing that I would change. I could go on and on but I’ll just say if you want a small wedding check out The Secret Garden, you will not regret it!
Tyshell Allen


This property is beautiful. My husband and I chose this place after we decided to move our wedding up and keep it small. The price is unbelievable for what you get in the Marry Me package. I am so happy with the pictures, with the ceremony and the property. Everything was perfect and affordable. I feel that we would have missed the intimacy and missed out on this gem of a place had we went with our large wedding plan. I couldn’t be happier. I would renew vows here in the future and I highly recommend this place for your nuptuals. We really enjoy Gary and Marti’s hospitality and professionalism.
Jennifer Hnidy

We had a beautiful wedding there today and they were very accommodating and friendly. Thank you for being so helpful and making our marriage really special. We are so happy we chooses to have our wedding at the Secret Gardens in Florida. We just received the video and it was fabulous, very professional. Awesome memories!!!
Mike Hoffman


Wow!!! We can not be more happier with this venue, their pricing, friendly owners, beautiful grounds. Bill and I were looking for a beautiful place to elope to with our small family in tow. We sure did find it here. The location and grounds are beautiful and such a beautiful back drop to be married at with the water in the background and the moss hanging from the trees. A true picture of the south. I would have not done anything different with our choice of wedding venue. We loved the calm, relaxed atmosphere of our wedding and officiant. They made us laugh and cry and the vows that they have for you to choose from will connect with you and your spouse. My husband and I had a moment in the middle of the service and it was so wonderful that they stopped and allowed us to live in that moment. Thank you for such a wonderful and memorable wedding.
Bill and Julie


I want to take this opportunity to thanks Gary, Marti & forgive me for not remember the other lady’s name who help a lot the bride (my wife). I had my wedding ceremony there and we had such great experience. They are really professional on everything they do, beautiful pictures, coordination & they have a spectacular place!! This place was a surprise for the bride (she didn’t knew about the place) and she was amazed about how beautiful is this place and about all she feel really grateful with the lady who help her on everything prior the ceremony since my wife did not had family at that moment because they are from Europe, but she was with her and my wife felt that she was with her mom. Love & getting from Paola to her.   Many, many bless for you both and thanks for the hospitality.
Antonio & Paola


Exceeded my expectations. The garden was exceptionally beautiful. Rev. Gary Davids was super friendly and his wife took the loveliest photos. Couldn’t have asked for more of this sacred ceremony. A million thanks -Mrs. Demitros


Thank you to The Secret Garden for making our special day beautiful. This is the best place hands down to have a intimate wedding ceremony & the grounds provide the most beautiful wedding pictures. The staff is friendly & fun. All of my expectations were exceeded. Thank you so much for your hospitality!
Talanda Swift


Had my small intimate wedding here on April 7th, 2018. Loved absolutely everything! From the customer service to the photography and the location itself! The owners are wonderful people! I had 31 guests and my husband and I felt like it all went so smoothly. and for the price??? CANT BEAT IT!!!!!! Love the secret garden!
Deja Pagan


This place was wonderful. I can’t say enough how happy I was with the beautiful photos and this couple is the sweetest! We weren’t rushed through. They were so kind and we were all alone and they made the whole day so special. Everything was exactly how I hoped it would be and more ! I would recommend this place to anyone. Beautiful location, wonderful people, lovely photos !! Can’t say enough wonderful things
April Possehl


We had the most amazing day at The Secret Garden for our wedding – we couldn’t have asked for more. It was perfect for the intimate, no fuss ceremony that we were looking for and exceeded all of our expectations. The setting is breathtaking and made for some spectacular photographs. Gary and Marti were wonderful hosts and made us feel at ease throughout. I would recommend to anyone – whether you’re looking for an intimate ceremony as we had, or something a little larger 🙂 Thanks again Gary and Marti – we had a wonderful day.
Emma Randall


I cannot say enough nice things about this place! It was absolutely perfect for my now husband and I. After tossing around and turning down other elopement destination ideas, we decided to see if it was possible to get married in Orlando, during our already planned regular vacation to Universal’s Harry Potter World. I called and spoke to Gary and he was super helpful and made things really easy. And that was a little under a year before we planned on arriving. He answered all my questions whenever I wrote him an email and he was always very quick to respond. Usually within the next couple of hours, if not that same hour he replied back. We are from the Chicago area so I had a bunch of questions. It was only going to be us at first, but of course parents really wanted to come and we made some changes. Again, Gary and his wife were super accommodating. Our big day (April 17, 2017) we all were sooooo impressed with the location! You can’t see anything due to privacy fencing in the front, but it was very quaint and super cute. The actual wedding location in the back is simply stunning!! The pictures on their website do not do this place justice at all! It’s even better in person! Even my dad, who does not pay attention to locations and details was amazed at how perfect this location is. It would be great for a big a wedding or a small wedding like the one we had. They have the perfect house and location for weddings or any party really. Their professionalism comes shinning through in everything they did, but they were as sweet as can be during the whole process from start to finish. They even let us do our ceremony super early in the day so we could get to the Magic Kingdom and start celebrating. Not to mention the price for the Marry Me Now package is unbeatable! If you are considering getting married in the Orlando area I strongly recommend The Secret Garden!
Domini DiMaggio-Preisel


My husband and I were married here on May 6, 2018. I originally found this place by searching Florida elopement when we were living in Virginia. I spoke with Gary over the phone and email and I quickly booked this location. It is absolutely gorgeous! Gary and Marti were so accommodating. Gary allowed me to change part of a ceremony to omit some wording that didn’t apply to us. I picked the elopement package but I really wanted a cake. Gary and Marti were able to accommodate my request. Before the actual wedding Gary sat down with me and my now husband. He explained everything about the marriage license (which he sent off for us), marriage certificate and pictures. He really made us feel comfortable. Marti took some amazing photos. It rained on our wedding but the photos are still gorgeous. There is a covered patio so it didnt ruins the day. One of my favorite pictures is us outside under an umbrella. It’s so adorable. Marti was super sweet even with my new mother in law who for some reason kept barking commands about photos and packaging the cake. If you are looking for a place to get married I would highly recommend this location. It’s gorgous. Gary and Marti are so friendly.
Leslie Dunavant


Hi, Gary and Marti Thank you so much for having us and take care of us on our special day. You both treated everyone with amazing kindness and your home is so beautiful. Everyone had a great time and thank you for helping us through everything. We really appreciate all the love and care you shown us and our family and the wonderful photos Marti took and all the time she taken to make sure everyone was happy. You both are wonderful and your assistant as well. Carmelo and I were best friend before we became a Couple and even though our lives were different we became one family with our 5 kids together. With such a huge family we didn’t think it would be possible to put together our wedding with our busy lives and you guys made it possible with lasting memories to last a life time and we wanted to say thank you so very much for everything. God bless you both and Many blessing in the future. Love Renee and Carmelo Negron


Upon arrival, they were very welcoming and did not rush our celebration. They got to know us at a personal level and were so patient with what we wanted. We had a blast and we were so happy with the experience they provided us with. The property is beautiful and quiet. Highly recommend!
Angelo B


Being able to get married at The Secret Garden made it possible for us to have the elopement of our dreams. If you’re looking to elope or to have a smaller wedding this is the place to go! Gary and Marti could not have been more kind and welcoming and easy to be around. It was raining for most of our ceremony and Gary and Marti were very accommodating. The backup plan set in place worked out great. We highly recommend The Secret Garden; it is an excellent choice for a wedding venue!
Greg Nguyen


Our wedding was just a dream! It was just me and my husband. We wanted something magical but intimate just between the 2 of us. We did the photos and videos which was perfect! Because we got the beautiful sentimental wedding just for us but got to share it with everyone just as if they had all been there. And we have wonderful memories for a life time. The pictures were exquisite and both our parents cried watching the video! They are such a wonderful couple, they were wonderfully accommodating and the entire set up is well laid out, organized and just beautiful. Also the price is really unmatched anywhere! This was the best price I had found all over Florida. Would do over again in a heart beat! Eloping here you will not be disappointed!
Susan Brown


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 Shipman


Just Perfect! We were welcomed here by Gary and Marti on 4th Feb for our wedding and we will always treasure our happy memories. The location is just beautiful and we were made to feel like old friends in this wonderful venue. We cried happy tears throughout the meaningful ceremony then giggled like kids all the way through the photographs! It was just so much better than I ever imagined and the photographs are wonderful. We are forever grateful that we chose the Secret Garden to elope during our holiday in Florida. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a small intimate wedding and once again our sincere thanks and best wishes to Gary and Marti. xx
Caroline Patterson


The most genuine and kind people…very professional, caring, and accommodating! We felt so much peace once arriving and throughout the ceremony…a truly precious wedding!! Absolutely perfect in every way!!
Beth


The Secret Garden is a fairy tale come true! My wife and I had our wedding here through their elopement package. Our experience went far beyond our expectations! The setting is gorgeous and needs to be seen in person to truly appreciate it’s beauty. Reverend Gary and his wife Marti were kind and welcoming from the minute we arrived. Marti took beautiful photos of us that we are extremely happy with! I’d definitely recommend The Secret Garden to anyone looking for a venue that will give them a memorable experience.
Steven Wilson


I highly reccomend getting married here if you are looking for an intimate wedding venue! It was absolutely gorgeous, they treated us so nicely and very professional. Our photos were gorgeous. I wouldnt have changed one thing! Thank you Gary and Marty for helping us create the most magical moment of our lives! I reccomend doing a 2 1/2 hour package. We did the two hour package and wished we had just a little while longer there. It was beautiful. Highly reccomend this place for the wedding of your dreams! Wish I can figure out how to add a picture to this so you can see what a beautiful wedding it was! Thank you again!
Jade Platt


The Secret Garden is just that, a secret garden. It is gorgeous! My wife and I arrived and were amazed by the beauty of their garden, trees, orchids, lilies, and the lake view. If you are looking for something intimate and romantic, this is the place to go. They are very organized, punctual, detailed, professional and a very nice couple. The pictures are amazing!!! I am still getting compliments on the pictures. Some people think the background is a mural and it is the garden and their lake. These two wonderful people know what they are doing .
Richard Hernandez


Such a perfect place to have a wedding! Everything about the Marry Me Now package was great. Rev. Gary did a beautiful ceremony and the pictures were fantastic and were delivered to us digitally the next day. Thank you so much to Rev. Gary and Marti for making our day perfect!
Tera Ross


My wife and I had our ceremony performed at The Secret Garden on 4/17/2019. From the very beginning we were made to feel welcome, given a tour of the area, and given a brief history of how The Secret Garden came to be. Rev. Gary was patient with us, answered all of our questions, even the silly ones, and made us feel extremely comfortable so we decided to have our wedding there. When our wedding day finally arrived my wife and I summed it up in one word. Perfect! We couldn’t have asked for anything more. I think somehow Gary, Marti, and Brenda even managed to make the weather cooperate lol. Seriously, these folks know what they’re doing. They run a tight ship and things could not have gone any smoother. Even had a good laugh when the rings were left in the brides room (that was on my wife and I, not The Secret Garden staff). My wife and I absolutely loved, loved. LOVED this place. So much that we plan to renew our vows there. Thank you Gary, Marti, and Brenda for making this a special day for not only us but our guests as well. Everyone had nothing but wonderful things to say about The Secret Garden. If you want to have an intimate wedding with memories that will last a life time, this is the place to go. Once again thank you Gary, Marti, and Brenda.
O’Neil Torres