We just had our wedding on 11/11/21 at the Ashford Estate and the ENTIRE staff really goes above and beyond for their guests. Laura is amazing and was so easy to get in touch with the entire year leading up to the wedding, always available to answer any and every question I had about literally everything, and was super prompt with her responses.

We rented out the estate and had our bridal party stay in the overnight suites and we couldn’t have made a better decision. The suites were beautiful and everyone working at the venue was so accommodating.

The bridal attendants during the day were so helpful, always making sure we were comfortable and didn’t need anything, coming in clutch during the reception by finding me some Tylenol when my back started hurting from standing all day and dancing so hard.

We kept getting so many compliments from our guests about the staff just being so so kind, conscientious, and diligent. So, not only is this venue absolutely STUNNING (that goes without saying), but truly the staff is what sets this place apart. 5 stars all around!!

Merri-Makers catered our wedding in September of 2021. We were not able to do a tasting before our event, which we were a bit nervous about, but we were absolutely blown away by the food – it was INCREDIBLE. Most of our guests commented on how good the food was. Even the cocktail hour was amazing – we were tied up with photos but we had a plate with a sample of everything on a plate waiting for us so we wouldn’t miss out on the amazing food.

Our coordinator and maître d the night of our wedding was Patty – we were SO lucky to have her. She had excellent communication leading up the wedding and made sure everything was exactly the way we imagined it. I don’t even know how she kept everything running so smoothly but we did not have to worry about a single thing that night – she was on top of everything and made sure we were truly able to enjoy the evening. Thank you so much Patty, you are incredible!!

The entire staff of Merri-Makers that we worked with were extremely friendly and professional. If you are considering Merri-Makers for catering your event, we highly recommend them! Not only do they help with the table/chair rentals, linens and basic decoration setup, but the food and staff are top notch.

Hi Andrea,

I just wanted to let you know how wonderful everything was for Erin & Tommy’s wedding! The entire staff made this event as seamless as possible. Obviously Bonnet Island is a gorgeous venue but more importantly ALL of the food was exceptional! Everyone who attended kept raving about everything!

We were extremely happy with every aspect of the event from start to finish. I will highly recommend Bonnet Island Estate as will everyone who attended! It’s such an important day and to have it taken care of by such efficient people makes it extremely special!!

Thank you for all of your help throughout the past 2 years and especially on Sunday! Kudos to you all!

With much appreciation,

Trish B.

Hi Laura,

This email is about a week overdue, and I don’t want to let another day go by without telling you how wonderful everything went for Brooke and Nick’s wedding day, last Sunday, the 3rd.

The weather that day was spectacular.  The entire staff and everyone at the Ashford was accommodating and wonderful. The food was superb!!

It’s been over a week now and our friends and family are still talking about how beautiful and special they felt celebrating at The Ashford.

Thank you for your knowledge and expert guiding and planning that made our wedding day so flawless and magical for us.


Best regards,

Lisa D

It was a dream come true getting married at Bonnet Island Estate.

My husband and I are so pleased with how they executed our wedding. The estate was flawless, the food was incredible, and the staff was so and accommodating.

I’m hoping one of my friends chooses this as their venue so we can go back soon!!!

The best of the best.

Our guests were absolutely blown away with everything about this venue. The staff and assistants were so kind and attentive, they thought of every single detail.

We wouldn’t change a thing about our day!

We had the most amazing and wonderful wedding with Merri-Makers @ The Taylor Pavilion in Belmar, NJ. They were wonderful. Working with us thru the pandemic with changing dates. Patty our Event Planner couldn’t have been more helpful thru this all. She was patient as we changed menus and then accommodated all our requests with ease. We couldn’t have asked for a better wedding planner.

As for the food and service it was beyond our expectations. Our guests are still raving about the food. It was amazing. From the passed hors d’oeuvres to the food stations. They were perfection. We did a split cocktail hour reception. Would definitely recommend it for a fun and enjoyable reception. Guests had so much fun and enjoyed all different foods from Crab Cake sliders to Lamb Chop Lollipops.

Looking forward to using Merri-Makers for our next event

Hi Andrea,

Thank you SO MUCH to you, the entire Mallard staff, the entire Merri Makers staff, Bakeworks, and Neptune for truly making our dreams come true and putting together the best day of our lives! I cannot even begin to articulate how much we appreciate all of the effort and work that went into such an amazing event.

We received countless compliments about the venue, food, service, and staffing. It was truly incredible. Please give our best to the Chef.  The food was absolutely delicious and we could really taste the effort that went into everything, especially the heritage stations. It really means a lot that the zilzil and chicken paprikash came out so well – our guests noticed and were so happy.

We will remember this day for the rest of our lives and will never forget everything you did for us. Best wishes to you all!!!


Alyssa & Niat

Our daughter had her vow renewal in August this year after it was postponed due to Covid. We absolutely loved Bonnet Island Estate.! This was her dream reception. The venue is gorgeous. Very bright and airy inside due to all the large windows throughout. The detached chapel is beautiful in it’s simplicity. All the summer flowers were in bloom which we wanted!

Our wedding planner, Gianna, made us feel very much at ease during the planning process most especially during Covid. Our Maitre D’ , Joanne was at our beckoning call for anything during the cocktail hour and reception. The food was excellent! Best wedding reception food I’ve ever eaten.

Thank you Bonnet Island and staff for making our daughters reception exceptional. Oh and all our guests were very complimentary of this venue

Good afternoon,

I just wanted to pass along a compliment to your staff. I attended a wedding at Mallard Island Yacht Club this past Sunday and everything about the day was wonderful. Even with some quick changes and last minute set up, due to rain, all staff worked so efficiently and seamlessly.

During the reception, we were blessed to have Miles as our waiter. He was as kind and professional as they come! He worked hard and really contributed to a fun evening!

The venue itself was gorgeous-just spotless clean too! And I loved the small touch of the extra toiletries in the women’s restroom.

I help to manage The Maryland Theatre which is a historic auditorium and 5 level Performing Arts Center in Hagerstown. We host everything from performances, touring artist, weddings, receptions, etc. so I understand what it takes to plan an event. While our venues are quite different, I can truly appreciate your attention to detail. Well done & thank you! -Anne H


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