Based in Santa Cruz County, California, Secret Garden Ceremonies provides wedding officiant services and micro-wedding & photography locations in Santa Cruz and Monterey County. We offer comprehensive services to ensure that every aspect of your ceremony is flawless. We work with you to create a heartfelt and personalized ceremony script that perfectly encapsulates and expresses your unique love.
Tiffani is the owner, coordinator, and licensed officiant at Secret Garden Ceremonies. She has a background in special events, media and public relations and was ordained by the Universal Life Church. Tiffani has enjoyed helping couples craft their perfect wedding ceremony. She and her team also offer a range of beautiful ceremony locations for around 25 guests. Their basic ceremony package includes the ceremony location, officiant, changing rooms, chairs, beverage station, and many of the details to create ease.
4 Reviews for Secret Garden Ceremonies
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Sylvia S. · Getting married on 07/02/2021
The Best Afternoon Ever!
A group of friends had a reunion party here, wanting a covid safe, outdoor environment to get together. It was just blissful! Everywhere I looked, my eyes were drinking in beautiful scenes and vistas. Tiffani was a fabulous hostess, and we were made to feel so comfortable, with lots of outdoor seating areas, strolls to take, goats to pet, and outdoor games set up to play. I'll definitely be back!Sent on 02/08/2021
Nasiha R. · Getting married on 06/07/2021
Made our Big Day Possible
After changing wedding plans multiple times due to the pandemic, we were looking for a beautiful outdoor space to get married in the presence of our immediate families. Tiffani was beyond helpful and professional and helped ease our worries. We got married in the redwood grove and took our photos around the gorgeous estate. I felt like it couldn't have gone any smoother given the circumstances!Sent on 01/12/2021
Secret Garden Ceremonies's reply:Dear Nasiha and Omar, What a whirlwind of planning to experience with you! From your initial site visit to your day of you had such a short amount of time of about a week and so many changes to digest. What an honor to witness your courage and the calm that you both exhibited. It was truly inspiring and fueled me to give my best and offer even more.
Jay K. · Getting married on 05/10/2021
Renewing our vows was an unforgettable experience!
For our Fifth Wedding Anniversary, Adrienne and I thought that renewing our marriage vows in an intimate but beautiful setting might be a fun experience...Sent on 01/14/2021
We arrived at a lovely estate, with our host Tiffani giving us a choice of different settings to choose from--a wooden archway, a large field, a meadow...we chose the intimate archway since it was just the two of us.
Our original theme was "Love and Laughter", with our original vows including elements of both.
When we finally got to declaring our marriage vows again--looking into each other's eyes and speaking directly to each other like we did before--the alluring location and ambience helped to transport us back to the time when we had our original ceremony...with our shared years making our words so much more important. It actually caught me by surprise how intense and meaningful our original vows became. This whole experience was definitely a good idea! :-)
Afterwards we adjourned to a quaint gazebo for a quick champagne toast and more pictures. Tiffani was a charming and witty host.
Thank you so much Tiffani for making our Fifth Wedding Anniversary so unforgettable and extraordinary! We will have fond memories (and beautiful images) to last forever. --Jay
Secret Garden Ceremonies's reply:Dear Jay and Adrienne,
WINTER ELOPEMENT Special $950* AVAILABLE DEC.-MARCH RAIN OR SHINE (Not all dates available, please contact us for availability). This rate is more than half off the full rate but is available for smaller group sizes only.
Choose your date and one of our special photography locations for your elopement ceremony and enjoy 2 hours included on-site with 6 guests to witness your wedding elopement ceremony. If you have a few additional guests there will be a small additional fee.
Basic Elopement Ceremony Package
Basic elopement ceremony location package includes the setting for your ceremony and up to 6 guests/ 2 guests need to be witnesses over 18. Basic package INCLUDES:
· Ceremony Filming or Photography Location with many locations available for your photography
· Ceremony Officiant* with traditional wedding ceremony
· Private sanitized restroom facilities
· 1 Private changing area for couples to utilize to get dressed (add $50 for additional area)
· Ceremony chair rental (one style included, other styles require additional fees)
· Welcome table includes linen
· Water station for guests
· On-site parking for up to 4 standard vehicles (ride sharing encouraged)
· Ceremony chairs set up and breakdown
· Photography location clean up
· Restroom cleaning and disinfecting
· Woodland Wedding Floral Set-up for redwood ceremony log alter only
· Pop up tent/canopy rental add $100 set up fee for each
** Excludes required wedding insurance and
Basic elopement ceremony package in 2020-2021 for couple plus 6 guests starts at $950 for Weekdays or Friday, Saturday or Sundays. This includes venue use for 2 hours. Typical schedule arrival 11:30 a.m./Changing (30 min) /12 p.m. ceremony (30 minutes) /40 minutes photography/20 min. departure. Woodland floral decor and floral set-up is included for the redwood log altar only. Any other floral or arches need to be supplied by client and additional time will be required for set up. Additional time at $100-$250 hour depending on activities.
A $400 non-refundable reservation fee is due upon signing of contract and to confirm reservation date. Balance is due in full 15 days prior to ceremony date. Full amount can be transferable to a mutually agreeable new date if couple contracts Covid19 with a positive test result. This is a Rain or Shine offer with no refunds given for weather. Reservation fee accepted by check upon signing of contract (with 2 weeks advanced notice) and credit cards are accepted for final payment for a 3.6% additional fee.
Team of Secret Garden Ceremonies
Your Wedding Officiant Tiffani H.
Lead Wedding Officiant and Venue Manager
IT'S REALLY ABOUT YOU...
Here is a little bit about me, but, you can be sure THIS DAY IS YOURS!
Since 2003, I have enjoyed working as an event professional, business owner and solution seeker. Before starting my business, I worked in media, public relations, broadcasting and advertising. I earned an AA in English at Evergreen Valley College and a bachelors at Cal State Monterey Bay.
My creative background in script writing, song writing, project development and as a performing vocalist has provided a great foundation to be an ordained minister through Universal Life Church.
The ceremony officiant services I can include:
*Traditional religious - with your provided suggestions for readings
*Celebration of Life
My special loves are travel, writing, singing with my band, learning, celebrations, gardens and my human and fur or feathered family and friends.
My job as your ceremony officiant is to listen and help you develop language to honor your love. As your wedding celebrant we will work together to create a ceremony that speaks truth to your unique love, binds you to each other and delivers you joy in that most special moment.
With your permission, I would be honored to help guide you on this special adventure. Tiffani