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!