Everything was wonderful! Our friends and family have all commented that it was the best wedding they ever attended.

Please tell the staff thank you and how happy we were with the food, venue and service.

Compliments to all!!!

Have a great week, Vicki

Vicki T.

Hi Laura,

I want to thank you and the entire staff of The Ashford Estate and Merri-Makers for an unforgettable wedding. Everything was flawless and first-class; our guests could not stop raving about it. The attention to detail, the seamless transitions throughout the event, and the exceptional service truly made our special day perfect.

The food was spectacular, every dish was a hit, and the service was impeccable. We were especially impressed with how attentive and accommodating everyone was, ensuring that all of our needs were met with a smile.

Please extend our gratitude to everyone involved. It was clear that a tremendous amount of effort and care went into making our wedding day so memorable. We couldn’t have chosen a better venue or a more skilled catering team.

Thank you again for everything. We look forward to recommending The Ashford Estate and Merri-Makers to all our friends and family for future events.

Warmest regards,

Kris K.

The Ashford Estate went above and beyond to make our wedding day perfect.

From our very first visit to the estate, the team was kind, communicative, and transparent. On our wedding day, the team ran like a well oiled machine and I did not have to think about anything – they dealt with it all!

Our guests raved that it was the best wedding they’ve ever been to and were blown away by the food, venue, and grounds. The Ashford Estate along with Merri-Makers caterers are truly the best of the best!

Mallard Island Yacht Club is pure magic! The site itself is absolutely exquisite! Our priority was an intimate & meaningful ceremony, with the chapel serving as the most magnificent backdrop. Though on-property, it feels separate & sacred: a beautiful, blank canvas upon which you can build the wedding of your dreams. When the doors were thrown open on our Big Day- and we were greeted by a room full of sunlight, flowers & love- our breaths were genuinely taken away.

From pre-ceremony drinks in the garden, to a seamless indoor/outdoor cocktail hour, to a reception during which guests danced in the bay breeze, Mallard’s expansive premises & thoughtful layout left nothing to be desired. On our first visit, we were awed by how stunning it looked in the daylight. But the nighttime views – with a candle-lit chapel, moon-lit terrace & fire-lit garden – knocked our socks off.

Another draw was the bridal suite… just WOW! It’s an oasis with a separate salon space that housed hours of stress-free bridal prep. A blissful way to start the day, for sure! The guys found their perfect home in the Groom Shack: a rustic cabin nestled right on the bay. With drinks in their hands – and a view that inspired deep breaths & total serenity – their day-of vibes were certainly brought to life!

As avid foodies, we wanted to be sure that we fed our guests and fed them well! Based on overwhelming praise, we can say: Mission Accomplished! Scallops served in shells, tomahawk steak sliced on the spot, a locally-sourced raw bar, cacio e pepe, lobster rolls – and that’s just the cocktail hour! For 6 straight hours our group was met with a feast beyond their wildest dreams, all facilitated by the most wonderful & attentive staff.

Working with Gianna & Merri-Makers was a stellar experience. They are professionals, through-and-through! In the wedding lead-up, they offered helpful hints & checked in often to ensure major milestones were met. Once we selected our outside vendors, they coordinated logistics, ensuring we had as little to worry about on our Big Day as possible. Day of, their kindness & compassion made us feel calm & cared for and allowed us to focus on what mattered most: spending time with loved ones & getting married! We also can’t say enough about our attendants! When the bride’s feet needed a break, sneakers magically appeared under the sweetheart table. When the groom needed a drink, it was in his hand without asking. The same impeccable care was shown to our parents, family & friends. People make such an incredible effort to be with you on your wedding, and you want them to feel as loved and appreciated as you do. Merri-Makers can give a Master Class on how to do just that.

We also hosted our afterparty at Mallard! Oddly enough, it’s not too hard to encourage folks to have a few extra cocktails when the next stop is just downstairs! From arrival to departure, our guests were with us for 8 hours. To us, that’s the sign of a great party!

Our family stayed overnight at Mallard. When we awoke the next morning, all of our things were packed and ready to go: a fitting ending & further proof that, from start-to-finish, the service at Mallard is unparalleled. Special thanks to LouAnn, who took great care of our troupe and sent us off with the warmest wishes.

Whenever we’re asked about our wedding, we smile and say “it was the most perfect day.” We’re eternally grateful to the Mallard & Merri-Maker team for helping make it all happen.

Hi Laura,

I wanted to thank you and your team for helping us celebrate Sarah and Alan’s wedding.

Everyone did an excellent job! You are a great leader/manager-as evident in the perfect balance of kindness and professionalism in your staff.

The food was amazing, all of the guests raved about the appetizers and dinner.

Your staff thought of things that didn’t even cross my mind, they kept everyone on time and moving along.

I especially want to commend Megan, Lori and Kate. They were AMAZING to work with.

I know in the field of hospitality you hear lots of complaints, but I wanted to offer you nothing but thanks! Please extend our gratitude to your entire staff.

I hope you enjoy this week.


Vicki T.

Our day was absolutely perfect. We felt like the staff went above and beyond to make us feel so special. There was so much attention to detail and we were able to have a great day without any stress. We especially enjoyed the time by ourselves during cocktail hour getting to eat all the cocktail hour food and when we got back to our room for the night were so delighted to see all the deserts and our tasting flutes with champagne. It was really the most special day.

We heard similar sentiments from our family and friends. Everyone remarked on how beautiful the venue was and how incredible all the food was as well. We chose Bonnet Island because we knew it would be a great day but are so happy to hear that our guests had an awesome time as well.

Thank you for reaching out and thank you to your staff for the best day!

Shannon and Johan K.

My Dream Venue!! I have so many good things to say about The Ashford Estate, that I cannot sum them up into one review.

Gorgeous venue, amazing staff, it truly felt so luxurious to be getting married there. I felt like a queen the whole day, anything I needed was immediately taken care of and they were consistently asking me if I was okay or needed anything.

Laura helped us thru our entire planning process and I couldn’t be more thankful for her. All the comments from our guests include something like “that was the most gorgeous venue” or “that venue was perfect” and they are so accurate.

If you are thinking about having your special day here, I absolutely recommend it.

Our wedding day at Bonnet Island Estate was nothing short of magical, thanks in large part to the incredible efforts of Mary, Nancy, and the entire Merri-Makers team. Their dedication and attention to detail made our special day even more memorable.

From the moment we began planning, the staff at Bonnet Island and Merri-Makers demonstrated exceptional professionalism and a genuine desire to bring our wedding vision to life. They orchestrated the logistics of the day with such finesse that everything seemed to flow effortlessly.
Despite the challenges posed by the rainy weather, their expertise and proactive approach ensured that our wedding went off without a hitch. Their ability to adapt to the circumstances while maintaining a high level of service was truly commendable.

The personal touches provided by the staff made us feel incredibly special and cared for. Whether it was ensuring that our favorite drink was always in hand, or attending to the smallest of details, their efforts did not go unnoticed.
The team’s warm and attentive service created a welcoming atmosphere for us and our guests.
Speaking of guests, they continue to rave about the exceptional service provided by the Merri-Makers staff and Neptune Liquors bar service. The quality of service, combined with the stunning ambiance of Bonnet Island, left a lasting impression on everyone who attended.

We cannot thank Mary, Nancy, and the team enough for their part in making our wedding day perfect. We wholeheartedly recommend Bonnet Island Estate and Merri-Makers to any couple looking for a venue that offers both beauty and top-notch service. Our
experience was truly enhanced by their commitment to excellence, and we are forever grateful for the unforgettable memories they helped create.

The wedding was absolutely perfect in every single way. That is no exaggeration. Working with Andrea for the months leading up to our big day was an amazing experience- she’s prompt, honest, experienced, and made me feel like she cared so much about our wedding in a way that was bigger than just being her job.

The day of crew of Andrea, Lauren, Nancy, Brooke, and Kaylin made all the difference- every detail was taken care of not just for the Groom and I, but our entire wedding party! They bring professionalism to another level and truly are in the business of making dreams come true! The food, the grounds, the staff were all IMPECCABLE!

I’ve heard people say it’s more fun to be the guest as your wedding than it is to be the bride and groom, and I disagree. The team at the Ashford Estate all made it feel like we could really be “guests” and party and enjoy the celebration like our guests could. Everyone was so attentive to my husband and me. We felt special and cared for the whole night! My parents did as well. Thank you for making this so memorable for my family.

Our extended family and friends raved about the food! Thank you to the whole catering team. My husband and I were so grateful to have a few moments together to enjoy it all before the reception began. So delicious, and again the team made it possible for us to each and try it all so we could enjoy the whole day. The rooms upstairs were comfortable and gorgeous, and blew the 26 people who stayed there away. Another amazing touch for the family!

All the logistics before the event were handled with such ease. Laura was attentive, relaxed, and excited for us, and made the planning as easy as the day was enjoyable. Cannot recommend this venue and caterer enough for any bride/groom, in any season!

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