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I’m not really sure where to start. Having worked at Garthmyl Hall doing marketing and design work for several years, there wasn’t anywhere else that I could even consider getting married. I was slightly apprehensive though because working behind the scenes at the hall it was hard to imagine how I could switch off from work mode and really enjoy the experience from a bride’s perspective. I needn’t have worried - Julia was amazing!. After months of planning, dreaming and looking forward to the big day – it arrived, and boy was it a day to remember!! If I was to sum everything up in one word it would be – PERFECT! Everything was perfect. I saw the hall as if I was seeing it for the first time. Every room is flawless but it feels homely and welcoming at the same time. We had our ceremony in the Ballroom and we were able to decorate it to fit in with our theme – ivy and twinkly lights everywhere! The bedrooms are just beautiful, especially the Honeymoon suite – I feel so luckily to have finally stayed in that room (I even got to have a bath in their infamous en–suite!). Despite getting married in November the weather held so we got to have our photos outside, and even got to have some in the stunning Walled Garden which I really had my fingers crossed for!
But it’s not just the venue (amazing as it is) that made the day perfect – it was the people. The amazing staff at Garthmyl Hall intuitively know what needs to be done before even asking. There were a couple of little things that I hadn’t even thought about and throughout the day I found that they had been done, without asking me, they just did them. They went above and beyond with everything – nothing was too much trouble and everything was utterly seamless! The wonderful Polly was born to be a wedding co-ordintor! She has this calming aura and you just know things are going to go without a hitch! We had quite a lot of decorating and styling to do before hand and Julia, Polly and Andy – caretaker extraordinaire all got stuck in, I really don’t think I thanked them enough!!
At no point did I feel nervous, stressed or concerned – it is such a relaxing atmosphere – it really does feel like your home away from home. I have never smiled so much in my whole life – even my not-very-romantic husband was constantly beaming!
I do feel a real sadness though writing this, as it means that the whole experience is over, but my husband and I (I love writing that) will take away some incredible memories, stunning photographs (the hall is sooooooo photogenic) and life long friends. (Plus I still get to work there and see it whenever I want to – woohoo!!!!!) Love you loads Julia, Polly, Andy and the whole team – you made our dreams come true xxxxxx
Testimonial left on 17th December 2018 by
No words can explain how perfect Garthmyl Hall is, but I’ll try.
From the second I saw it on Coco wedding venues’ website, I knew it was the only place I wanted to visit, and the only place I wanted to get married. From the very first contact with Julia - the owner and absolutel heart and soul of the place - I knew we were in good hands. She was kind enough to return my enquiry call on her day off to let me know the date we wanted was available and that she’d hold it for us.
Our initial visit confirmed everything I’d gathered from the gorgeous and informative website- the venue was STUNNING. Well styled and decorated, clean, unique, every last detail catered for and looked after. Julia’s vision and drive is absolutely spot on. Her friendliness (and fashion sense!) bowled us over. We booked immediately and practically skipped home.
In the lead up, every single email, query, pondering - no matter how big or small - was responded to helpfully and quickly. Julia really does have it sussed and she’s an absolute star at what she does.
The weekend itself is one I just want to relive and relive over and over. I honestly cannot stress enough how perfect it was, from the welcome hug on the driveway with a genuinely excited Julia, the light up welcome sign with our names in it, and the freedom to just run around exploring like excited children at a their first sleepover without feeling like we were in someone else’s home- it truly felt like it was ours and we loved that feeling.
Julia dove right in, helping us to unload our van, and then taking on anything we asked of her, even the boring confetti cone filling, whilst chattering away with our wedding party about all sorts of randomness. What I hadn’t realised was just how attentive she was, and how much she’d made notes on for helping with the things that needed doing on the Saturday itself. I had complete and utter trust and faith in her and the lovely, lovely team to carry out every last little thing that I had zero control of on the next morning- and they absolutely delivered.
The night before, we had the most lovely evening with friends who came to Garthmyl for tea, and again, just felt like it was ours we were welcoming them to. Not once did we feel like we couldn’t do something we wanted to for fear of overstepping rules of the venue, like some places can make you feel.
The day itself- perfection personified. We had the wedding of dreams, and the day we’d dreamed of in the most beautiful, breathtaking venue ever. Julia was there the whole time and felt more like a bridesmaid than anything else- she was just so on hand with getting things done and giving cuddles and kisses when she popped in to see me! Nothing was too much trouble. Nothing wasn’t already thought of or done already. We had the best day in the whole world with the team providing the friendliest and most efficient service that only added to our wedding.
Breakfast the next day was delicious, and again the lovely staff at the Hall were on hand to cater for everyone and their needs.
The only part I would fault would be saying goodbye. Packing your wedding up after so much anticipation and excitement is utterly crap, but saying goodbye to someone you genuinely adore and wish you could stay friends with forever is just as hard! I heart Julia 4evs.
Garthmyl Hall will forever be the most special place for us, with special souls inside who I hope one day we will see for a hug on the driveway once more!
Testimonial left on 30th August 2018 by
We wanted to say a massive thank you to you and everyone at Garthmyl Hall who was part of our Big Day!
We knew as soon as we saw it that Garthmyl Hall was where we wanted to host our wedding. We loved the idea of a weekend wedding and everything that it would offer us and we couldn’t imagine a more beautiful setting.
The styling of the venue is a real testament to your vision and talent. Not a single detail has been overlooked and you have created a venue that is stylish and elegant as well as comfortable and homely. You might have heard me saying ‘Welcome to our home’ a lot; this was because this is how we felt from the minute we arrived – at home!
One of our biggest highlights was having the meal the evening before the wedding. Being able to bring together our friends and family for a delicious meal in your beautiful dining room with all of the excitement in the air for the day that was to follow… It was such a special evening and fills our hearts just thinking of it.
All the staff were friendly and helpful and also a huge thank you to you, Julia. You were a calming presence during the more chaotic moments and were totally un-flappable the whole time. You made everything during our stay easy for us and we couldn’t be more grateful. Our family and friends have all been so complimentary about you too (my Dad is a particular fan of yours – he thinks you are a superstar!)
Everything about our wedding exceeded our expectations, we couldn’t be happier! We had the most wonderful time during our stay at Garthmyl Hall and will cherish the memories we have created there forever.
THANK YOU <3
Testimonial left on 24th April 2018 by
Jaia, our daughter, and Seb (now her husband) decided on this venue for its wonderful setting, its delightful charm, the impressive decor and the most congenial hosts we could wish for. From our very first meeting until our farewell at the end of our two-night stay our hosts, Julia and Johnny, were unfailingly helpful, continually supportive, genuinely welcoming and always thoughtful and sensitive to a very happy and emotional day.
The entire Hall has recently been given a classy upgrade and the feeling of the venue is indeed both traditional and contemporary. The decor is tasteful and contributes to the cosy atmosphere of the Hall. Our wedding was in early December and we were fortunate to have a snowfall just prior to the event, which made for a magical setting.
All of our guests had a marvellous day because of this venue and our family had an unforgettable wedding celebration because of Garthmyl Hall.
Testimonial left on 3rd January 2018 by
Now that our wedding day has come and gone it’s only fair that we wrote a few words of our deepest thanks to Julia and her team at Garthmyl Hall for making our wedding the dreamiest of dreamy, Pinterest worthy, magical wedding days we could of wished for.
Neither myself or James wanted to have a long engagement so with just ten months to plan a wedding we found it increasingly difficult to find a venue that ticked all of the boxes. In fact, between us we emailed over 25 venues and discarded them before we even went to view them. After a LOT of googling we stumbled across Garthmyl Hall! We both liked the images on the website (which don’t give it justice btw!) and it sounded like just what we wanted; flexibility, whole weekend hire etc and after a few emails back and forth to Julia we arranged a viewing (not getting our hopes up). As soon as we arrived we both were completely blown away, we do not feel that there will ever be words to do justice to the little corner of paradise Julia has created!
We not only fell in love with the venue but Julia also made us fall in love with her story and the back story to Garthmyl. As a business owner and a career girl James and I completely got Julia and instantly resonated with her determination, work ethic but laid back demeanour (ultimate girl boss!). Which is SO important when you are picking a venue, who wants a wedding coordinator that you don’t vibe with!
In the very beginning Julia provided all of the support and advice we needed; for example we didn’t know you had to book your registrar so quickly after you book the venue – basically she had our back from the start! We were able to contact Julia over email in run up to the wedding and she was generally always on hand to answer any queries/questions we had over the weekend details and was happy to offer up suggestions on things but not in any way pushy.
During the weekend of the wedding we completely felt at home at Garthmyl and Julia has created such an intimate/personal feel to the house that you can’t help but relax.
Much like us our guests were completely blown away with the venue and finally realised why we had dragged them all the way to wales for our wedding. On the day we had nothing to worry about apart from the fact that it was 100degrees (exaggerates). We did have an issue with the centre pieces on the day and also a very bossy photographer but again Julia remained calm and took it in her stride.
Ultimately we haven’t once had the wedding blues and we really believe that this is because the day/weekend was that perfect, to do it again wouldn’t ever compare. The greatest compliment we can offer to Julia is that you have provided us with the greatest day of our lives and it exceeded all of our expectations and was quite simply amazing.
We feel incredibly lucky to have found Garthmyl Hall and were able to get married in a place of such unbelievable beauty.
Testimonial left on 11th August 2017 by
We got married in July 2017 and could not have been served better. All of the staff were attentive and did everything they could to help us. Julia assisted us in the arrangements and provided lots of advice. She did a great job on the day and stepped in to help with our cake crisis and went the extra mile to put up balloons etc. Toys were also found for the children. All the rooms were impecable and decorated to an excellent standard. All of the guests were very happy and the venue added an extra touch to our wedding day. If we could get married again we would not hesitate to choose Garthmyl Hall.
Testimonial left on 8th August 2017 by
Rhian and I had the most amazing wedding in July. We both knew as soon as we looked around the hall and grounds it was where we wanted to celebrate with our friends and family. Julia has been great in helping us plan and organise the big day answering all our queries, offering advice and suggestions. Even with a late cancellation of our band, Julia put us at ease straight away and sorted a replacement for us within a couple of hours. They were amazing and we danced the night away in the ballroom.
We really enjoyed showing our friends and family around the Hall, Walled Garden, bedrooms and the Cellar Bar (which was a fantastic surprise for the fellas in the evening). All our guests had an amazing time over the whole weekend and we were sad it had to come to an end. Rhian and I look forward to returning for one of the dinner weekends in the future.
Testimonial left on 1st August 2017 by
We got married here on 20th May 2017 and could not have wished for a more perfect day/weekend. From the first day we saw the venue, even though it was not complete and wasn't open yet, we knew it was the place we wanted to get married. Julia explained her ideas and how she wanted it to be and she made it the stunning place it is today. We couldn't have asked for anyone better for our special day, she always answered our questions and gave us ideas. Not just a wedding planner, more like a friend now to us. All the staff are amazing and so friendly. Garthmyl Hall will always hold a special place in our hearts, and we can't wait to come back soon! Lots of love Mr and Mrs Jenks xxx
Testimonial left on 2nd June 2017 by
"From the moment we drove up to Garthmyl Hall we knew it was the venue for us. Julia was a calming presence throughout the planning stages and on the day itself. Nothing was too much trouble and she went above and beyond in making sure we had everything we wanted. She replied really quickly to the many emails I sent, asking a million and one questions, and sorted queries out straight away. I never felt alone in the planning and I felt that she was as excited as me (well almost!) on the day. Garthmyl Hall is such a beautiful wedding venue with each and every room decorated to an extremely high standard and the gardens are a joy to explore. It has so many amazing places for wedding photos and has a special charm and elegance that we fell in love with. I couldn’t recommend Julia highly enough, she is a special lady who has the personality and skills to plan a truly magical experience. And she certainly did that for us. Thank you Julia."
Testimonial left on 8th April 2017 by
AMAZING!!! Garthmyl hall is THE most perfect wedding venue!! The grounds are beautiful and the hall itself is spectacular!!
When planning and organise our wedding, Julia was fantastic, professional and so supportive! Nothing was too much trouble which made the lead up far more calm and enjoyable!! Being local to the hall and with our guests being local, they were absolutely amazed by the hall, the grounds and the service they received during the day.
Julia pulled out all the stops to ensure our day was just perfect - this even included actually marrying us!!!!!!!
We were and still are so glad we chose Garthmyl Hall as our wedding venue as it was just 'perfect'.
I would recommend Garthmyl Hall, along with Julia and her team over and over again!
Thank you again Julia, our day was just perfect and this was down to your coordination and professionalism!
Testimonial left on 15th November 2016 by
From the moment Adrian and I set our eyes on Garthmyl Hall we fell in love with it!!!!!!
In Early January 2016 myself and Adrian met with Julia in what can only be described as a building site...knee deep in mud...we looked around this magical place. Julia talked us through the whole renovation that was taking place, showing us fabrics, wallpapers etc that she had in mind and promised us that our wedding on the 2nd July 2016 that everything would be completed, true to her word IT WAS!
We both loved the fact that when we booked Garthmyl Hall we would have it to ourselves for the whole weekend and with family and friends coming from all over the world. We wanted a place we could all meet not only on the wedding day. All I can say is the rooms are simply spectacular, decorated with style and elegance...with added little touches like Molton Brown products and goody bags with delicious Macarons!!!!!! yum. We also loved the fact we could have our own caterers, supply our own wine, choose the band etc etc.
It truly felt like we were having our wedding at home.
Julia from the out set was outstanding, not only with her knowledge of everything we required, but also her patience when allowing us to decide exactly what we wanted (and believe me there was lots of head scratching).
The day itself was simply wonderful, the ceremony was held in the garden under blue sky, followed by a champagne reception on the lawn, then a fabulous wedding breakfast for 120 guests and finally evening celebrations for 200 dancing the night away into the small hours!!!!!!!
Garthmyl Hall will always be a special place to Adrian and I and Julia a life long friend. Thank you Garthmyl Hall for giving us the wedding of our dreams, Julia and all the team for being just perfect. Much love Adrian and Marcus xx
Testimonial left on 9th July 2016 by