Testimonials

Testimonials

My wedding was beyond perfect and gorgeous! Elmwood Gardens and Laura Ann made everything SO simple, and stress free! The planning process was a breeze and Laura Ann was ALWAYS available to answer questions or allow us to drive out to the property and look around. Each time I visited the gardens I found a new favorite spot and fell more and more in love with it every visit. My personal favorite was my wedding day, the gardens were gorgeous and Laura Ann made sure that everything went smoothly. My husband and I couldn't stop talking about how stress free everything was and how we had surprised ourselves with how much fun we had! I wanted a caterer that had never been to Elmwood before, but Laura Ann made sure everything went smoothly and she totally accommodated for us! Mark Klentzman DJed and as usual totally brought down the house! Best wedding dancing and dance floor ever! I could not reccommend a better place to get married! I am from Houston and my husband is from Dallas, so this was a fantastic middle ground! Loved Elmwood, loved our wedding and loved Laura Ann. I can't convey how totally gorgeous, simple, and wonderful Elmwood gardens is.

Noelle, June 8, 2013

Perfection! The Venue itself is BEAUTIFUL! DeeDee and James (the owners) were very involved in every aspect of our daughters wedding, from start to finish. So professional and accomodating. We left feeling like they were part of our family! Now, Laura Ann was our Wedding Coordinator.....&, where do I begin ? Laura Ann never left my daughter's side from the time we arrived until the time the wedding was over. Laura Ann is truly the VERY BEST at what she does! Not one slip up....she was not going to let that happen. She was comforting, reassuring, so personable.....again, the Very Best! She is now

John & Martha Myers, Meredith Myers Bradley & David Bradley, October 19, 2013

Elmwood Gardens was a beautiful venue. Laura Ann was very professional and ran everything like clock work. She made it so easy for me as the Mother of the Bride. She made sure everything was perfect! The all inclusive package was perfect for our family. We didn't have to worry about anything. Laura Ann took care of it all. Also, thanks goes out to Designs by D'Anne for the beautiful and delicious cakes, La Tee Da's florist for the gorgeous flowers, Fatt Apples for the wonderful food and CMB Music Productions for the music. I also want to thank David's Bridal for the beautiful bride's gown and bridesmaid dresses, and The Men's Wearhouse for making the guys look great. Everything was fantastic! Thank you to everyone for helping to make my daughters day a day she will never forget.

Paula (mother of the bride), June 1, 2013

My husband, family, guests, and I couldn't have been more pleased with Elmwood Gardens and their service as a wedding/reception venue. I moved to Oklahoma shortly after getting engaged, and using a venue that coordinated the cake, flowers, music, & catering for me reduced the amount of stress and the number of trips I had to make to East Texas. They put us in touch with all the right people and provided a gorgeous venue for the Storybook Wedding I wanted. The vendors they suggest are above and beyond the best in the area, and the gardens, reception hall, Stonewood, and cottages were both picturesque and perfect. I truly could not have been more pleased with the way our wedding went and I wouldn't have traded it for the world. Additionally, Laura Ann was a fantastic wedding coordinater and made sure that everything I needed was there when I needed it, in addition to helping with decorations, set-up, the bridal party, and all of our vendors/payments. She was relaxed throughout my entire big day, which helped relieve a lot of my stress. Our guests were blown away with the location and many mentioned that they planned to recommend it to family and friends they knew with upcoming weddings. The photos turned out fantastic and I seriously can't stress how happy we were with the venue.

Kaleigh, May 26, 2013

Elmwood Gardens allowed me to have the fairy tale wedding I have always dreamed of! DeeDee and Laura Ann are so precious and would go out of their way to make my day special. They were very helpful and so easy to talk to. The venue is truly beautiful, elegant, and vintage. There is definitely a lot of hard work and love put into the venue! I would recommend Elmwood Gardens to any bride who is looking for a vintage venue with an elegant feel!

Kayla, May 17, 2013

This location is absolutely perfect! We live in Dallas and were a bit unsure of getting married three hours away, but is was so worth it. Every where you look is a perfect picture opportunity. Being able to get ready on this gorgeous site in the beautiful cottages made things much easier than I thought it would be. And having Laura Ann there the day of was incredible, don't know what I would have done without her. At the end of the night, being able to just walk over to the honeymoon suite was nice. It was a perfect way to end our special day. It is so cute and comfortable. We didn't want to leave the next day! The vendors (DJ and florist) we used through the all inclusive package were not only a good deal, they did a fantastic job. I want to get married all over again at Elmwood Gardens and I wouldn't change a thing!

Julie, Novmber 10, 2013

We absolutely loved Elmwood Gardens. It is absolutely beautiful and they offer wonderful packages that make everything so easy and enjoyable. DeeDee was amazing. The night of our rehearsal, she was out in the garden planting more flowers for our wedding day. She is so dedicated to the beauty of this garden and it truly shows. All of our guests said it was the best wedding they have ever been too and I know a huge part of that was due to Elmwood Gardens. Our wedding was like a dream, everything went smoothly, the gardens were gorgeous, and we were able to truly enjoy our beginning. Thank you Elmwood! I would not have changed anything.

Jessie, October 19, 2012

From the moment our daughter saw Elmwood Gardens and all those gorgeous chandeliers she knew that was where she wanted her wedding to be. But Elmwood Gardens is so much more that just a beautiful venue. It is an experience. A once-in-a-life-time experience for the bride, the groom, their families and guests. The gardens are something you could only imagine being in a story book but they are real. The longer you are there the more you see and enjoy. The vintage cottages and furnishings add to the pampered feeling all brides desire and are perfect for the wedding party and families to relax and socialize in the day of the wedding. The reception area has character and is large enough to accommodate a wedding if the weather does not cooperate. Although we were blessed with beautiful weather; knowing it was an attractive option relieved the stress often accompanying an outdoor wedding. The manager, Laura Ann, took excellent care of us. She was truly a gift from God on this special day. She is detail oriented, relaxed and enjoyable to be with. She listened to our daughters desires and concerns and went above and beyond our expectation in every way! She adds to the beauty and experience the Turnage's have created in the enchanted Elmwood Gardens.

Stacy (mother of the bride), October 5, 2012

Elmwood Gardens gave us the wedding of our dreams! A winding East Texas highway leads the way through the piney woods and over rolling meadows, and it truly adds to the splendor of the experience. The grounds were spectacular, despite being in the midst of the worst drought in a century, and Dee Dee and Kelly worked so hard to make sure that we had everything we needed and that the day went smoothly. My only complaint is that the day was over much too soon! My fiance and I wanted an elegant wedding in East Texas, and Elmwood delivered in every regard. The immaculate gardens speak for themselves, and the reception hall has enough natural charm to lend itself to a number of different decorating schemes. We chose a vintage spin on country chic, and it worked perfectly. Our guests had nothing but overwhelming compliments! It really is the perfect place for the bride and groom looking for a quiet country setting for their most-remembered day. If we could do it again, we would in a heartbeat and have everything exactly as it was. An Elmwood Gardens wedding is an experience neither you or your guests will ever forget!

Kimberly, September 25, 2011

Elmwood Gardens was so much more than a wedding venue. It was like being in a different century in a beautiful, secret, enchanting garden, complete with vintage cottages, beautiful statues, gorgeous fountains, and plenty of little secret spots in the gardens. Having my wedding here was like having my wedding in a dream. Dee Dee was so wonderful and sweet and very helpful. Kelly was a life saver!!!! She kept everyone calm & everything running smoothly. I definitely could not have enjoyed my experience as much as I did without them. I definitely recommend Elmwood Gardens as THE PLACE to have your vintage one-of-a-kind wedding, that people will still talk about after you've been married forever!!!!!

Megan, May 28, 2011

Thank you for everything you helped us with for our wedding this past weekend. It was a hit and could not have been more perfect. Although I can sometimes be pretty particular and be a perfectionist about little things, I want you to know I was extremely pleased with the outcome of everything that day. It's so nice to have a great team of people working with you to make your day special and run smoothly. Thanks again for everything!!! We just love it at Elmwood!!!

Amy, August 20, 2011

Kelly, the manager and wedding planner at Elmwood Gardens did an EXCELLENT job for my stepdaughter's wedding. She worked with us on every single aspect. Always amazingly courteous and so much wanting to meet the bride's expectations. She is grace under pressure and made our day fabulous. The setting is amazingly beautiful for an outdoor wedding and the accommodations for the bride and bridal party, groom and groomsmen were wonderful. The staff is excellent and very, very friendly. I cannot say enough amazing things about Elmwood Gardens! They made my beautiful girl's dream wedding come true! Thank you, Kelly and all the staff for the amazing job you did!

Cheryl, July 3, 2011

Thank you so much for being a part of our amazing wedding! I truly could not have gotten through that day without your help! I will ALWAYS recommend Elmwood Gardens. Not only because the location is perfect but the staff is ONE OF A KIND!

Laura, July 2, 2011

We traveled about 20mi. outside the city we reside just to have our wedding here because everything about it was that spectacular. From the staff down to planning every little detail!

Jasmine, June 10, 2011

Elmwood Gardens is the BEST place to get married! It is so unique and absolutely beautiful. Dee Dee has the biggest heart and does an excellent job of keeping the grounds looking the best they can (pretty much perfect!) and Kelly (the venue manager) did a wonderful job of coordinating my special day! I would definitely recommend Elmwood for your wedding.

Jessica, June 4, 2011

I loved everything about Elmwood. Dee Dee, who owns and manages it, was completely flexible and let us do exactly what we wanted, use any caterer, florist, etc. Even in January it looked beautiful.

Haley, January 1, 2011

Dee Dee Turnage and her husband, James, who own and manage the gardens were absolutely wonderful! The day of our wedding there was a 50% chance of rain, the Turnage's worked with us throughout the day on both our original plan and a back up plan. The rain came and went an hour before or ceremony and everything was beautiful and ran smoothly! DeeDee also worked with our catering company while staging the food. The Turnage's were calm, cool, collected and professionals! I also received numerous compliments on the beautiful site.

Bride, July 3, 2010