Hi Laura,

I cannot find the words (not even close) to express to you and your unparalleled staff what a completely magical, unforgettable night you created for all of us. There was not a detail overlooked, not a thing out of place, not any moment where everything wasnt attended to. I had no doubt that I would be impressed, but no idea I’d be blown away.

From the ceremony straight through the after party, Ed and I were able to completely enjoy the evening with ZERO stress (that says a ton after the last year! LOL). Everyone of course raved about the food, drink, presentation, service, atmosphere-beyond fabulous.

The entire staff was wonderful but there was a moment with Kelsey that I have to especially point out. When dinner was served, I was talking with some friends, so I didnt sit down for about 10 minutes after meals were served. I took a bite of my fish and it was still warm (and delicious) -but before I could put my fork in for a second bite, Kelsy swooped in and took it away and replaced it with a piping hot, fresh plate–it was like magic. I was so appreciative, and that moment really captured how perfect the service was all night.

So Laura, thank you for all you have dealt with throughout this process and thank you for ensuring the most perfect night for my son and daughter in law. I could not be more grateful. If you ever need anything – like one day you decide you want to learn how to juggle, just reach out! I’d be happy to help!

Many, many thanks and kindest regards,
Sharyn(Ed too!)

Where do I even start!? Everything on my wedding day was a dream from start to finish. The grounds are gorgeous. The staff is unbelievable. People are still talking about the food. It really does not get any better than this!!

Ashford team – thank you so much for making my wedding day…and all the days leading up to it so amazing and stress-free!!


I cannot say enough great things about the Merri Makers team at Bonnet Island. I’ve worked for event venues and have planned many, many weddings throughout my career, so when it came to my own wedding, I was a little nervous to let another team take the reins. I should not have been worried at ALL! From the first moment speaking with Andrea (who is absolutely wonderful), all the way through to the end of our wedding evening, I could not have asked for a better team. If you are thinking of working with Merri Makers at Bonnet Island or anywhere else in NJ, do not hesitate – they are simply the best.

Thank you all so much for everything. Saturday was truly the best day and Chris and I couldn’t be happier with how everything went.

We have been hearing amazing reviews about the food, venue and the incredible staff from our family and friends – please pass along my sincerest thanks to everyone at Bonnet!

Wishing you also all the best and we will definitely stop by next time we are in LBI.

Lauren + Chris

Patty was the MVP for our wedding planning process. She answered all of our questions thoroughly, and helped to keep us sane. Every little detail was handled with care, and her hard work was a crucial part in making this the best day of our lives. The chefs at Merri-Makers make delicious food! They even let us customize our menu in very specific and unconventional ways– and the flavor did not disappoint! The wait staff was exceptional as well!

Dear Laura, Kelsey and all Ashford and Merri-Makers Staff-
We can’t thank you all enough for your overwhelming hospitality on our wedding day and every day leading up to the day. All our guests were so impressed with the exquisite grounds, phenomenal food, fantastic service and beautiful accommodations. Most said it was the best wedding they’d ever been to! And we can agree!
Thank you for such a smooth process and making The Ashford Estate feel like our home every time we visited. You and your team made our dream wedding come true, and we can’t thank you enough! We hope to see you again, and wish you all a very healthy and Happy New Year 2020!
10.18.19 was the best day of our lives!
We love you all!
Kara and Joe M.

Dear Laura,

We are on the plane flying back and this is the first quiet moment to write and thank you. It is hard to adequately express our gratitude to you and the entire staff at the Ashford for your expertise and professionalism in creating a magical wedding experience! I have done a lot of event planning and worked in many beautiful places but nothing compares to the experience with all of you. As beautiful as the venue is, what truly stands out is the staff and your attention to detail. And you can ask anyone who knows me, I am all about the details.

Please express our particular gratitude to Kelsey, Taylor and Jenna. It was as if they knew what we needed before we did and always with a smile and gentle demeanor. They are truly wonderful!

The food was spectacular. We were blown away by how delicious and beautiful everything was. The only downside was that so many of us were so busy dancing and socializing, we missed out on most of it but our guests loved every bite. Please convey to your husband, that it was an epicurean delight!

The accommodations are so beautiful that we only wish we could have stayed for the whole weekend. The feedback from all our guests about the venue was that it was the most beautiful setting they had ever attended.

So, once again….thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! I know the Ashford already has the best rating but now we are living proof and would be happy to be a reference. Thank you for guiding us throughout the process, providing a sense of security that everything was in trusted hands.

With deep appreciation,

Debbie and Barry

Hi Andrea –
So sorry for the delay!! Have been completely unplugged for the honeymoon the past few weeks 🙂

Thank you for the note and for all of your help for the past year plus of planning! The wedding was magical – us and our guests had the most amazing time and we’re very appreciative of you and the Bonnet staff for making it perfect and unforgettable! The food was delicious and the day was everything we imagined! We’ll absolutely be back to visit 🙂

Sam & Tony

Hi Patty,

Thank you so much for helping to make our wedding day so special! Everything was perfect from start to finish–from the venue to the beach ceremony and bonfire, to the friendliness of the staff and the delicious food. We are so happy we went with Merri-Makers, and will happily recommend you to anyone who asks.

Thank you for your responsiveness, professionalism, and for putting your heart and soul into making this the best day of our lives. Have a great weekend!

Emily & Tom

Hi Andrea,

We had the MOST incredible wedding day. I seriously cannot thank you or the Merri Makers & Bonnet Island teams enough – you are all amazing, and anticipated everything that night. I have HIGH standards for events (comes with the job 🙂 ) and honestly – it was perfect.

That’s so awesome to hear that everyone loved the decor! I love my jewel tones 🙂

We will definitely come by & have a glass of wine with you next summer!

Again – THANK YOU!


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