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The Story of Harmony Gardens


Here's how it happened...

Having officiated hundreds of weddings since 2005, I began to see a need that was not being met in the Poconos. The weddings I perform at beautiful venues like Skytop Lodge, Stroudsmoor Country Inn, Mountain Springs Lake, Shawnee Inn, and many more, are great for larger weddings and receptions. I love them all, and continue to officiate there. But it isn’t for everyone.

And then there is the timeframe. Most of these venues can book up a year or more in advance. You might want to get married very soon!

Couples began contacting me to perform a wedding for just the two of them or with a few close family members and guests, and I began accommodating them in my home or in our garden. However, our garden, while beautiful, wasn’t truly set up for a ceremony.

That’s when, in 2011, my husband Kent, being the ever adventurous and ambitious gardener that he is, offered to create something designed especially for this purpose, on our 23 acre property. 

And he did.  With input from my experience officiating at the many locations, and his gardening expertise, it all came to life.

We wanted it to be intimate, have a great entrance and charming features and details. We wanted it to feel spiritual, comfortable, quiet, and be full of trees, plants and flowers. And like everything we strive to do in our personal lives and business lives, we wanted it to be eco-friendly and well thought out. A lot to consider.

We hope we have succeeded in all that. What really makes it wonderful, though, are the couples who find their way here.

Always changing and growing, in 2015 we designed and built the amazing PAVILION to enhance your experience here even further. Every year since Kent has added more and more landscaping and features. 

Thank you for reading our story. 

    - Lois