About Us

The Hidden Gem is a full-service wedding and event venue. True to its name, our venue truly is a “hidden gem”, located near Lansing, Michigan and nestled in a cul-de-sac within the lovely community of Holt. Our facility is encircled by manicured landscaping overlooking a picturesque pond. Once guests are standing on the serene terrace taking in the gorgeous views, they forget there’s a busy road not too far away.

View of Hidden Gem from across the pond

Our Story

The Hidden Gem began as a dream over a decade ago when owners, Ernest and Carmen Tisdale, were looking for a venue to host their wedding. They began to dream about purchasing a venue of their own one day. More importantly, they aspired to build a legacy for their family. Just for kicks, they decided to write down their vision, including the name, “The Gem”, drafted a business plan, then placed it aside. Fast forward to January 31, 2020, and the dream of owning a venue became a reality. Unfortunately, COVID shut them down less than two short months later. "We prayed hard and we fought hard and by the grace of God, we are still here. We have been blessed to serve thousands of guests over the past two years despite the circumstances. One of our mentors once said that when you start a business, 'You should find something you're passionate about because that passion will keep you going during the hardest times.' He was right. This past two years has been extremely hard, but our passion, faith in God and the desire to leave a legacy for our 3 children has kept us going and we're stronger than ever!"