We got married this last Saturday April 27th. We told ourselves that after all the chaos we would sit down and start leaving reviews for our vendors. So here we are! I'm going to see if we can do this in one go and try to keep this as open and ...
honest as possible! We absolutely LOVED our big day at HSS! It was gorgeous, and we recommend April weddings there (it was a tad warm but nothing unbearable). Everything was green, gorgeous, and smelled AMAZING! We got so many compliments about the venue and how everything looked; we also LOVED working with Taylor! She was quick with responses and answering questions. Don't be afraid to ask her questions and ask for clarification if you don't understand things! She was so very sweet and helpful and was always able to point you in the right direction. And it was a BLAST staying in the cottage! So much fun, and convenient for the bridal party to get together and get ready. We had the cottage while another wedding was going on, and it was NO issue; everyone stayed in their respective areas and we even caught some glimpses of the fun wedding before us.
The only issues we had: Know that on weekend days especially they can/will book two weddings in one day (which is hard to imagine). We didn't know this (or possibly didn't remember). And after some obvious frustration from the both of us, they added on the other half of the venue at a reduced cost. We weren't about to have competing music, guests, parking, bathroom lines, and parking! And if/when you do an all inclusive package and decide to do a FULL bar pay attention. While they give you a stipend for a bar tending service (and you have to chose off of their preferred list) it does NOT cover the services HOURLY cost and also be aware of corking fees (though some of this has nothing to do with HSS themselves more the bar company). Hope that if you have a weekend wedding, there isn't a wedding on friday as they will have to hold your rehearsal on a Thursday (which made it hard for us as we live out of town). They offered to hold the rehearsal the morning of, which wouldn't work since us girls have to start getting ready early on.
All in all the staff at HSS did make our day run smoother, made it memorable, and undeniably gorgeous! This history and look of this place really adds to the feel. There are so many places for gorgeous picture opportunities, and the space gives you the ability for you/your coordinator to really play with. It was also great to have the cottage all set up with beds, towels etc. and access to its storage areas. A lot of our bigger decor items and alcohol we were able to bring up early and store rather than the night before/day of the wedding. The bridal suite was also a great place for the guys to hang out and get ready (while the girls took over the cottage and were hidden away from their prying eyes). You really can't go wrong when choosing a ceremony/reception place as the garden area and glass barn are both so unique and beautiful! This place is so amazingly beautiful (wonder how many times I've said beautiful) and we really couldn't have chosen anywhere better (we actually talking about doing anniversary pictures here if we can)! Thank you to Taylor and the rest of the HSS Staff for everything! For dealing with my (the brides) 1,000 questions, stress, and demands. You really help my vision and our big day come true!