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Venues and Catering and Event Production and Planner in North Fort Myers, FL,
(239) 851-1552
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  • 16 Reviews


    Katie LaGace

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  • Tom the owner of the venue was amazing to work with. We found them a year ago and any time we had a question he was always on top of answering it. He was even there the day of the wedding to make sure everything went smooth. All staff were very friendly and helpful.

    Eryn

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  • My fiance and I met with Tom last night and could not be more excited! As well as the venue, Southern Waters will be providing our catering service, and last night we were able to do our tasting. The food was delicious and Tom was willing to work with our schedule. The caterer was willing to listen to all of our requests and went above and beyond what I had expected and Tom discussed wedding details with us throughout the night. Very pleased with everything so far! Updated 2/2/16: Our wedding was everything we could have imagined! From the catering to the venue, everyone could not stop raving about the turn out. Loved every minute of it. Thank you to Southern Waters!!!!

    Eryn

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  • I have only begun with my wedding planning and selecting a venue but so far they have been exceptional with their time and value. They have also provided above and beyond services as well as information. I cannot wait for the big day!

    Sharon

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  • This place was amazing!! My daughter's wedding ceremony and reception was beautiful. We have heard from several guest that this was the BEST wedding/reception they have ever attended. The venue is beautiful. The brides cottage was perfect for having the bridal party's hair & make up done and for getting dressed. The grooms cottage just as nice. My daughters wedding pictures are beautiful thanks to the gorgeous scenery. I couldn't have dreamed of a more beautiful place to have her special day. Her wedding was truly a fairy tale wedding (and yes there was a Cinderella Carriage). We are trying to convince my daughter and son in law to celebrate their 1 year anniversary there just so we can all go back and celebrate and enjoy the venue again.

    April

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  • Everything about my wedding process with tom (the owner) from the day we signed our contract til the day of our wedding was easy and fabulous. The owners are the sweetest people. They were there the entire day of my event to make sure everything went perfectly and perfect it was. I would do it over and over and over again if I could. Can't stress how highly I recommend them. Thanks for the best day ever, guys!!!!

    User5631882

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  • Absolutely beautiful grounds. Plenty of room for many different areas of interest during ceremony and reception. Horse drawn carriage, cigar bar, wet bar, food, dance etc. Everyone had a great time for this best day ever!

    Lisa

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  • This venue is absolutely gorgeous. Everything has a rustic, country style with beautiful oak trees. I would not change a thing! So much room around the property to include different staging areas. Perfection. Highly recommend.

    Jennifer

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  • Southern Waters was the perfect venue for my dream wedding! Everything went perfectly and I wouldn't have changed a thing! Highly recommend!

    Deanna

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  • Everything turned out beautifully on our wedding day. Tom is very responsive when it comes to trying to book your wedding. However, after he receives your deposit, he is hard to contact. If I had a question, I waited 5-7 days before getting a response. Which I can understand, since he has a life outside of weddings. But he was very quick to respond before getting our deposit. There was also some miscommunication between the catering company and I (Southern Waters provides a delicious catering company), and they thought our wedding was the next day. It was 2 hours before the wedding when we realized there was some miscommunication (which by this time, I would have thought Tom would have already noticed there was an issue since it was 2:00 and nobody was there when we found out the catering company usually shows up at 11:30). While it was miscommunication between the vendor and I, you would think that Tom would have been on top of the catering company being there on time and the right da... Read more

    Yanneth

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  • My husband and I had our wedding there march 22nd 2015. it was beautiful, tom was amazing until the day of the wedding. He had three different couples come look at the location as we're trying to setup for our wedding. before we left we talked to him and he assured us we would have the deposit within two weeks, its now almost three months and we haven't heard from him. We have showed up, called, texted and emailed and have had no luck. our attorney will be taking care of the rest. we were holding back from any legal actions but its not fair that we have to go through all this trouble. we have a signed contact with Tom and we has not complied with it.

    responded with the following comments.

    As noted, the brides who post negative comments are ones who have documented damage at the property or charges that are unpaid. If you are planning a wedding and would like to understand how to have a successful event we are happy to meet with you so you can avoid some of the most common pitfalls.

    User5405660

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  • AWFUL!!!!!!! Tom was very hard to get ahold of from the begining. I had my heart set on an outside wedding, so I chose this place. BIGGEST MISTAKE EVER! Updates to the property and club house that were supposed to be made, never were. If he promises you a Tiki-Hut-Don't count on it. I never received my deposit back. But from what I gather, not too many people do. Read this article before checking out the property. And don't waste your time. Tom is a scam artist!

    stephen and darcy

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  • It is with great sadness that we write this post. This is my experience with the owner of Southern Waters, and his wife’s company, “Vision One Management”. We used this facility on May 24th 2014 for our daughters wedding reception. We had placed a deposit to secure the facility on January 30th of 2014 and paid the balance on March 28th 2014. It has been 10 months since paying the deposit and we have yet to get back the deposit from them. We have made numerous text messages and phone calls (almost weekly), with no action on their part. The owner was at our daughters reception and stated directly to use, we would be getting the deposit back in 2 weeks (the 2nd week of June). He has even used photos from my daughters wedding and uses them on his website . We have received various excuses from them such as I have been out of town, I have had a family emergency etc. It has resulted in sheer frustration on our part trying to resolve this problem. We had no major complaints about the... Read more

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    This prior guest yas received their deposit refund and we apologize for the inconvenience.

    karen

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    2.7 out of 5
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  • The venue grounds are a hidden paradise. Very beautiful. The buildings are not well maintained, broken door handles, warped doors and unsafe pathways entering the houses. Told they didnt have time to fix things. Mold in the guest house with exposed wires. The lines of communication are not good either. It takes a long time to get a return call, email even text. Make sure you get everything in writing, keep track of all dates and calls. They do not return deposits as per contract terms. Still waiting 4 months later for something that was to be returned with in 2 weeks of event. Now I am proceeding with legal action.

    responded with the following comments.

    The Southern Waters property and grounds is chosen by brides because of the charm and character of the old lodge and guest house. The security deposit terms are outlined in each contract. It appears that the bride and groom enjoyed their wedding and we are grateful for their business and hope to resolve their concern without legal action.

    Shannon

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    4.9 out of 5
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  • Southern Waters was absolutely gorgeous. Tom was really flexible and able to meet me multiple times so the photographer, DJ, and family members could see the property. I rented Southern Waters for the entire weekend (highly recommended) so I was able to have the rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception there. It is big enough to have multiple things happening without interfering with each other and have many diverse (and beautiful) backdrops for pictures. Tom lets you dress it up however you want and is very flexible with vendors. I highly recommend this place for any event, big or small.

    User4055998

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  • Southern waters is a gorgeous venue for a wedding! We had a beautiful ceremony. My only complaint is that the owner took photos during the ceremony with his phone so in our professional pictures there is a man walking around in the middle of our vows. It was very distracting. Otherwise we were proud to have our wedding there!

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