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Rae · Married on 05/11/2018
A well-kept secret indeed! Before this review becomes Too Long; Didn't Read: highlights! Russ is spectacular from start to finish and beyond. The garden is a hidden gem. You will be so well taken care of, it's ridiculous!Sent on 05/16/2018
Here's the scoop!
So, to be completely honest, I had no clue this place existed. My mom and I met Russ at a bridal show.
There was a little line to speak to Russ, but, within 3 minutes of talking to Russ, he had my mom in happy tears and we booked a site visit .
If you like, fun, whimsy, stress-free, and, fairy tales, this is your place. The entrance to the garden starts with a little puzzle, where you are then rewarded with a hallway decked in beautiful paintings done by Russ that then leads to the piece de resistance: The Garden. The work he has put into making this place full of magic cannot be understated. The winding pathway leads you past sculptures, ponds and fountains, beautiful trees and flowers, a curiosity shop, a treehouse, a waterfall, trees bedecked in chandeliers, and, if you're lucky, you will be visited by SG's resident white rabbit, Hatter! On the property, Russ has also built a stunning reception hall which is host to 3 bathrooms (1 men's, 2 uni sex), an English pub, a koi pond and fountain, as well as live flowering banana trees!
When it came to planning, it quickly became apparent that we had nothing to worry about. My husband (then fiance) and I are both incredibly busy, but Russ put our minds at ease by taking care of the decorations, tablescapes, flowers, photography(!), DJ, AND giving us a list of his preferred vendors. Day of, he provides Annie to be your bride minder/savior. He makes sure the couple eats and is constantly cared for. Same with Moms! RUSS WILL MAKE YOUR DREAMS FOR YOUR SPECIAL DAY COME TRUE. For all he offers, SG IS A STEAL, and, I can't say enough about it! 5000/10 would totally recommend to anyone who will listen !!
Sydney quick · Getting married on 05/01/2021
We’re only in the wedding planning stages, but Russ listens to everything we want and need. He’s been fantastic and has worked with us so well! And the garden is BEAUTIFUL.Sent on 12/20/2018
Casie Stovall · Getting married on 10/12/2019
Russ is fantastic! He listens to what I want as the bride and had ideas I would never have thought of.Sent on 04/01/2019
Jan C · Married on 11/16/2018
Wonderful Venue, Dedicated Staff
As someone who has first hand knowledge of what is involved in creating a memorable wedding at A Secret Garden, I felt the need to respond to recent negative reviews of Russ, his staff and A Secret Garden. Russ is one of the few people I know who truly loves what he does. He works hard to make sure each bride has the wedding of her dreams with careful and thoughtful attention to detail both before and during the wedding and reception. So many wonderful reviews tell the true story of the hard work and love that go into each and every wedding.Sent on 01/31/2019
May112018 · Married on 05/11/2018
From the venue, to the ceremony, to the celebration...all TOP NOTCH and magical! Russ and Racheal of A Secret Garden took beautiful photo shots of everything from the engagement to the wedding event! Everyone loved the entire evening! Russ and his entire team “think of EVERY detail”, was a common compliment from our family and friends. Anything that came up during our preparations during the months prior to the event, I'd call Russ and it was taken care of...I said often, "Let go and let Russ!" Some of the things he thought of, I could hardly believe! I knew we were in the best of hands thru the entire process! His vendors knew what he expected of them and delivered. Oh, what a night! We had a wonderful experience! #RussDeliversSent on 05/19/2018
Vicki · Married on 04/27/2018
I work at the Kansas State School for the Blind, Russ has hosted our prom for the kids for 2 years and it is amazing, the kids and staff enjoy themselves. This is really a beautiful place. Russ and the staff are amazing interacting with the students. Russ makes this evening a dream come true for the students. We look forward to many more Proms at the Secret Garden.Sent on 04/18/2018
Hanna · Married on 06/25/2017
The Secret Garden was truly the most perfect place I could have ever imagined to have my wedding and reception at. Russ was my guardian angel that day, and completely took care of my every need to the fullest extent. The flowers, decorations, and everything else was done beautifully and was exactly what I wanted! Actually, even better than I envisioned. I honestly don’t know how people get married without Russ! He is God’s gift to brides! To really appreciate how beautiful the Garden, Palm House, and all the rest of the treasures at the Secret Garden are, you have to go see it in person. It will blow you away. It is a “Pinterest dream” cottage garden from Heaven, complete with beautiful fountains, brick pathways, a stunning waterfall, a whimsical treehouse…just go see for yourself! Russ knows exactly how to run a wedding, from his years of experience, and it is such a comfort to have an expert like Russ to run the show. I loved not having to direct anything or anyone, and yet everything happened exactly the way I wanted! I didn’t have to worry about any logistics on my wedding day. I don’t know how Russ does it, honestly. He has everything set up exactly right, and has thought of everything. I couldn’t be happier with my experience here. Also, the photography by Russ and his assistant Rachel was just lovely. Russ and his whole staff are truly great. I am so grateful for my wedding experience at the Secret Garden!Sent on 07/16/2017