Hannah & Tiffany–

I truly do not even know where to begin as I would have been lost on my wedding day without you both!!  You were so kind, patient, and helpful from the very beginning and I cannot thank you enough for being my sense of calm on a hectic day.

We truly had the best wedding ever and could not be happier, but it would not have been that way without you two (and Gianna, but she knows how much we are already obsessed with her!!). You were always there with genuine smiles on your faces and were so attentive and willing to help with anything.  Even carrying the train on my wedding dress while I complained to you about the non stop wind. 🙂

Thank you SO SO much for being there for us on our wedding day, it would not have been the same without you both and we appreciate it from the bottom of our hearts. I am jealous of the future brides that get to work with you as anyone would be lucky to have you.  I wish you both the best of luck in the future and hope our paths cross again at some point!


Thank you again!!! Really–thank you!!! 🙂


Jodi & Paul

Dear Andrea, Ellie, Bridal Attendants and all staff associated with Bonnet Island,

There is no proper way to convey our gratitude for the wedding held at your venue Saturday April 17th.  Our guests had only wonderful and complimentary words for the venue, staff, food , decorations, music, accommodations and floral arrangements.

You are surely experienced professionals and take much pride in your work.  We appreciate your friendliness, guidance and willingness to make a special occasion personally spectacular.  Our guests will long remember the long-awaited celebration of our daughter’s marriage.  Bonnet Island personnel made our day memorable in every way.

Best wishes for continued success in 2021 and beyond.

With sincere appreciation,

Ginny & Paris


People are always so quick to complain when things go wrong and sometimes forget to say words about what was so right.

YOU and every single person who we dealt with from every aspect of that day were amazing!!!!!  We had people telling us yesterday how great the staff was and how courteous and friendly.  We of course noticed it but to have people tell you also is such a plus!  We dealt with so many that day and I have to say from the bridal suite staff all the way down to the overnight person and a cleaning woman we saw, everyone the same.  They would bend over backwards for you and genuinely personable.  You have a tight run ship there and it shows by what an amazing event we had.

You helped us out so much from the beginning of our journey at Mallard, which wasn’t to long ago, to the very end.  Not only are you a true professional, but a personable person and you can so tell that you love what your doing and want the best for people.  Sometimes it probably can be a pain in the a—- but you handle it like a true pro.  It truly is amazing what goes on before the actual wedding those last 2 days especially.  The day of was the best experience because as parents you are so nervous and we have to say YOU and everyone were amazing.  So nice to relax and enjoy the big day without worrying about anything.  A memory of a lifetime (in more ways then one lol I will forward the video over to you of Mitch’s announcement at the very end of his speech).
Shayna had the wedding of her dreams.  As you know she was there as a little girl with her Pop Pop who worked for Chris and fell in love with Mallard.

Again, we can’t thank you enough.  You are a hard, dedicated worker and also a nice person.  Best of Luck to you in the future.

All the best,
Mitch and Sherry F.

Hi Patty,

First of all, thank YOU for making our wedding beyond our wildest dreams (pandemic or no pandemic). It was the most perfect day, and you were a HUGE part of that. Thank you for everything.

We will be sure to keep in touch! Thank you again!


All our best,
Cassie and Ian

My husband and I had our wedding here this past Friday and it was everything we had ever dreamed of and more. Almost every guest commented on how attentive and nice each and every staff member was and how this was the best wedding food they have ever eaten!

I can’t thank them enough for being so accommodating during a year of such uncertainty. The second I arrived that morning I felt at ease.

They truly went above and beyond to make our day so special and allowed us to just relax and enjoy the entire night.

From day 1, Bonnet Island Estate did not disappoint!! Gianna with Merri-Makers is the BEST!

Planning an executing an event during COVID was challenging, but Gianna was there every step of the way. The service, the staff, the food, the atmosphere, every.single.thing was on point!! We have received compliment after compliment from our guests saying how wonderful everything was, and most saying it was “the best wedding they have ever been to”… and its all thanks to the team at Bonnet Island!

If you are considering this venue, go for it… you will not be disappointed!!

Dear Laura,

GI & I would like to send our gratitude to you & the rest of the Merri-Makers & Ashford Estate staff for bringing our vision to life on our wedding day.

We thank everyone who was involved from the beginning up to the very end of our special day, no matter how minor the role was. You all knew how to make it as stress-free as possible ensuring that we remember to eat, dance and to enjoy our day. I just binge-watched The Crown & I would like to send a shout-out to Taylor & Bethany for making me feel like the Queen of England that day.

We’d also like to share that our family & guests were truly impressed by the event, some of them even saying that at least they get to experience this in their lifetime. They kept on raving about how beautiful the estate was and that the quality of food and service were impeccable. Everyone had fun with the cocktail hour selections and couldn’t say no. Even my brother, who’s a chef & picky-eater, rushed to me during dinner just to say that his steak was wonderfully seasoned & melt-in-your-mouth, cooked to perfection.

It was a wonderful event and we’re glad that it was our wedding day. Happy, we think, isn’t even enough to say how delighted we were to choose & put our trust in Ashford & Merrimakers to celebrate this life event.

Once again, thank you and we will cherish this event always.

Much love,

Jeliz & GI

Hi Rick…

Now that the dust has settled, I want to reach out to you and thank you so very much for your patience, professionalism and soft guidance on how to proceed with Catie‘s wedding when the weather started to turn bad. It was a rough go but the day turned out perfect because of you and your team. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. When our journey started with Catie‘s engagement to Jeff, we never would have thought that it would have turned out to be so incredibly stressful ….. I would not wish a Covid wedding on anyone.  But your guidance was my lifeline to sanity… Ha ha ha ha!

Thank you so much and I pray that the next wedding season is much less stressful for you! God bless.


Dear Gianna, Justin, Rick & Team,

We cannot thank you enough for all your help and work you put in to make our wedding so perfect!  We could not have pulled off a safe and beautiful wedding without you.

The food and service was even better than we could have asked for.

Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts.  Have a happy & healthy holiday!


Nicole & Brian P.

Hi Laura!

I just wanted to let you know that we were all thrilled with how everything turned out on Saturday. Your entire staff at the Ashford is amazing!  Geri (I apologize if spelling is incorrect) was there whenever I may have needed her. She actually anticipated things before I did and was ready. And she always had my next drink ready!  My daughter Lauren had only good things to say about Taylor and Lauren- they were so attentive and such lovely girls. Also many thanks to Justin too as we knew he was there to handle anything that may have come up. We soon realized after being there only a few hours that morning that we were in very capable hands which helped us relax and enjoy the day.

A big thank you to you for always being available to all of us whenever we had questions or concerns – which we did ever since the original wedding date had to be postponed.  You were a pleasure to work with!

The food must not go unmentioned as it was amazing.  We were so pleased with our selections for the cocktail hour.  And I am so thankful that the staff put together a generous sampling for Lauren and Joseph to enjoy privately. They then did the same for Paul and me and I’m so glad they did. I spent so much time socializing and greeting people during the cocktail hour and didn’t really try the food until we had our private sampling. As for the main course- the steak was cooked to perfection and the halibut was absolutely delicious.

We received so many compliments on the wedding reception. We knew that the venue and it’s beautiful grounds would be gorgeous. We knew that that food would be delicious and it was. But what truly made the day run so beautifully was you and your team.

Many thanks!


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