Back in December 2005 we visited Harry P Leu Gardens in Orlando with my parents. It has 50 acres of park to explore. In December we found the roses were in full bloom and both looked and smelled wonderful. Unfortunately, on the day we chose to visit the restored 19th century Leu House was closed, however, usually there are guided tours to view the house every half hour between 10am and 3.30pm.
Fancy trying a different date night? Why not try the outdoor movie – every first Friday of the month from March to November (except July). Gardens open at 6:00 p.m. The films starts at 8:30 p.m. Blankets or chairs are recommended. You may bring a dinner picnic basket. Alcohol is permitted.
Since we visited I understand that the Gardens now offer wedding and reception opportunities. During the Christmas period the house is decorated for the holidays. It is a lovely place to visit for an hour or two and although there is no cafe on site, you can take your own lunch or there are many nice eateries in close vicinity.
In 2012 we decided to renew our wedding vows in Florida and the place that immediately sprang to mind was Bok Tower Gardens.
We emailed their wedding planner Rita and received lots of information before planning to meet her when we were next over in the States.
On the day that we met with Rita, we were given a guided tour (via a golf buggy) so we could review and choose our favourite Garden Ceremony location. We knew it would just be a small do, however, we didn’t receive less service. We chose the Round Garden which can host up to 50 attendees and has the tower in the background. Rita also gave us some contacts for ministers to officiate and other information which we may or may not need. We had decided just to hold the ceremony there and then to move on to a local restaurant for a celebratory meal.
On the day itself, we arrived with our 6 guests and were able to get changed at Olmstead House. We were then collected by golf cart and taken up to our ceremony location. Our minister – Michael performed a beautiful renewal ceremony. Rita then gave us all a grand tour of the estate stopping at various top spots for some beautiful photographs.
The whole experience was fabulous – our guests all thoroughly enjoyed it and were converted to Bok Tower fans too. Rita looked after every detail and everyone and in the course of the months before our ceremony found out details about us to better understand us and our likes/dislikes.
In the good news department, there was a special rate for the sort of renewal of vows ceremony we had (less than 10 in total). We were able to choose any of the wedding gardens, except Pinewood Estate or Swan Point, for a very discounted ceremony only rate of just $350.00, instead of the regular rate of $695.00, and it included absolutely everything that comes with the $695.00 wedding ceremony.
It’s a fabulous place to visit with or without a wedding – go to https://boktowergardens.org for more information