Cannot say enough great things about the Mallard and the staff. Everything about our day from beginning to end was TOP TIER.

Our wedding day dreams come true. From start to finish there was nothing we would have changed. Our guests said it was the best wedding they’ve ever been to between the venue itself, the grounds, the chapel, cocktail hour, and the insane ballroom with the veranda. Oh, can’t forget the magical bridal suite! There are not enough words I can write to explain how grateful we are to have had our big day at such a gorgeous place.

The staff & service was phenomenal. Gianna is the absolute best & would not have gotten through any of the planning process without her expertise. She was a total godsend! Along with the bridal attendants, servers, etc. everything and everyone was phenomenal.

Thank you all SO much for making our day so memorable. It is a day we will cherish & remember forever. XOXO

As mother of the bride I wanted to leave a glowing review for the Ashford Estate.  This is the email I sent this morning:

“It was magical!  The most perfect day!  Your staff was amazing!

My husband kept telling me how Megan was on top of everything, I knew that, but he was just so impressed.  We all were!  Not one detail was overlooked. I actually had a very close friend pull me aside at the rehearsal dinner to tell me that he was there to “run interference” on the day of the wedding for me.  He wanted our family to have the most stress free day as possible so he would be there to relay any issues with your staff.  I can honestly say there was not one second where I was worried about what was happening, what should be happening or worrying that someone was not where they were supposed to be.

Last night my daughter told me it was the best day of her life.  She got her fairy-tale wedding and it was better than she ever dreamed.  Hearing this brought me to tears.

Every guest was in awe.  They truly loved every minute they were there.

Thank you so, so, so much!!!”

We stayed overnight at the estate.  They have 12 rooms and it was the best decision.  The entire bridal party and parents were able to enjoy the reception and after party and then go upstairs to get some sleep.  It made enjoying the evening that much better because we didn’t have to worry about getting back to a hotel and the timing of it all.  Also, the rooms were magnificent.  They were large with each having a gas fireplace, king sized bed and extremely large showers. The mattresses were comfortable and we were able to sleep soundly.  They even had towel warmers and some had alcoves to sit at and enjoy the beauty of the estate.

They had two Maitre d’s.  One was there from before we arrived and stayed long enough to overlap with the second through dinner and then the second one stayed with us until the after-party was over.

The same with the bridal attendants.  There were two of them.  They were attentive and always close by without being a distraction and taking away our privacy.  They were able find anything and/or anyone we needed. The first one was with us until dinner and then the second one took over until the after-party was over.

The entire staff was a pleasure to work with.  I actually commented to quite a few of them that they seemed to really love their jobs.  I never looked at an employee and saw an unhappy or distracted person.  Everyone was always paying attention to what was happening and genuinely looked happy.  One of the staff even elaborated on how well employees are treated and that is why they love working there.  Happy employees are hard to find and their happiness simply flows to the guests.

Our cocktail hour was amazing!  The food was delicious.  The highlights that our guests commented the most on were the Machete – a Tomahawk Steak Carving Station, the Sushi Station and the Cacio e Pepe.  They said it was the freshest Sushi they ever had and the steak was perfect.

The main course was also a big hit.  Speaking for myself, I usually don’t eat the main meal because I filled up on appetizers.  However, I along with everyone I spoke to, ate their full meal.  I had the char-grilled Filet Mignon. Guests raved about the Halibut.

The food service was impeccable.  They did not miss a beat, food came out hot and was delivered to each table at the same time.  Our guests were able to choose what they wanted as their main meal at the reception and could even specify how they wanted their filet done.

We chose to use vendors they recommended for flowers, photography, DJ, video, shuttle service, ceremony music, lighting and the after-party.  Best decision we could have made.  It made the entire event seamless.  The Ashford works with them all the time so they have a shorthand.

The Ashford not only put out everything we dropped off, which included photos, table cards, decorations, signs, table numbers, etc., they also boxed it all up for us after the reception so all we had to do was put everything in our cars.

 

 

Hi Laura,

I just wanted to reach out to you and the Ashford/ Merri Maker team and say a huge THANK YOU for truly making all of my wedding dreams come true. Falling in love with a venue is one thing but having such amazing support from you, Megan, Taylor and so many others made the whole experience even better!

You and your team have been nothing but kind and supportive since the day we met. As a venue who sees many brides I SO appreciated the thoughtfulness in ensuring I felt special and my wedding would be exactly as I wanted, not the cookie-cutter standard.

The day was truly perfect and so many people told us it was the best wedding they had been to. I am biased but hearing it from others was extremely validating!

Truly, I can’t thank you all enough for making it the most special day for Dayne, our family, guests and of course me! I already wrote a review on Wedding Wire but if there is anything else I can do to support you all I would be more than happy to!

PS Dayne was EXTREMELY appreciative that Megan pulled out some candy for him! And I was so excited to get to taste all the cocktail hour food during our alone time, I thought I was going to miss out and was so surprised to see it all there for us. You all went over and beyond as always!

 

Thank you, thank you thank you!

Alexa & Dayne

Our wedding was a wonderful day and we were beyond impressed with the Merri Makers staff.  My bridal attendants we incredibly helpful the entire day marking sure that I had what I needed and assisting with our photo session before the ceremony.

We also really appreciated how smoothly Mary and the Maitre d’ made sure that everything ran.  All of this was in on top of amazing food that our guests were raving about.

We had a great time and loved working with the Merri Makers crew.

Thanks!

Julianne

 

Everything was so delicious! There’s lots of flexibility in the menu selection, but you’ll find it hard to go wrong with any of their standard stations/ selections.

As a bride I thought I’d miss out on the cocktail hour food but to our surprise the staff arranged mini plates for us to try a bite of everything! It was so thoughtful and the food was so yummy! My personal favorite was the ramen bar!

Where do I begin? From the first time my husband and I contacted Gianna to then meeting her in person I knew she was the perfect fit to be part of our wedding planning process. We not only fell in love with the Mallard, but we fell in love with the staff as well.

The Mallard is a perfect venue with gardens and water surrounding the venue. The reception hall was an escape by feeling like you were transported somewhere else from the floor to ceiling windows by the beautiful view. And the FOOD was by far delicious. The chef went above and beyond. (The food tasting is such a fun part and at one point my husband wasn’t just “tasting” the food he was actually going back for seconds because it was so delicious.

Gianna, the event coordinator, was always there to answer our calls or emails at any time even on her days off. She helped us with questions or issues that we didn’t know how to deal with. She was amazing, amazing, amazing! When our big day came we met the rest of the staff. Nancy was delightful and throughout the day Nancy and Gianna would check up on me and Joe to make sure we were okay. To see their faces during such an emotional and exciting day, We knew we didn’t have to worry about anything that was going on with the set up. I trusted them and they ensured us to enjoy our morning.

Everyone I talked to ranted and raved about the wedding. My friends were so impressed with the staff as was I. One of my bridesmaids ripped her dress and Jordan (the bridal attended) came out of nowhere with a sewing kit to fit one of my bridesmaids dresses. My bridesmaid didn’t even say anything but there was someone always on site with us. This is very assuring!

The night staff was just impeccable as well. I woke up with coffee and treats. The rest of our wedding décor was all ready for us to be packed up and everything was there for us to take home. As we were driving away, the only thing I was upset about was that I was not able to come back to the Mallard for a meeting and our wedding day was over. Again, I am so happy we decided to have our wedding at the Mallard. I would never choose another venue in a million years.

The staff at the Mallard made our special day run so smoothly. I would do it over 1000++ times again.

THANK YOU TO THE STAFF AND GIANNA! We adore you all so much and from the bottom of our hearts we are so thankful for you all for making mine and Joes day so easy going and special!

-The V’s.

Hands down the best decision we ever made was booking our wedding at Mallard! From start to finish, everything was handled so professionally and seamlessly, I truly never felt stressed in the process and always knew I was in good hands.

Not only is Mallard the most beautiful venue space, the people who work with you throughout the wedding planning process and those there the day of are unmatched. Gianna is the most organized, kind, helpful and diligent coordinator I could ever ask for. She made every step so clear and she was incredibly responsive to any ask. The day of we felt so relaxed, knowing Gianna and the Mallard staff were going to be there to handle absolutely everything for us.

Our day went so perfectly, sometimes I still pinch myself and cannot believe how truly seamless it was. A million times over I will recommend this place!!!!

Hi Kristi,

We all had a wonderful time at Bonnet Island! From the beginning working with Mary to the day of the wedding everyone was so helpful, friendly and accessible. The entire process was so organized and easy for us.

Everyone raved about the food—cocktail hour, main course, and desserts. It was a spectacular presentation!

Although I don’t remember names, the bridal assistants and overnight manager were wonderful and so helpful.

Thank you all!

Jackie

I want to go back as a guest at my wedding to experience all the delicious food again. Our wedding had over 200 guests at Bonnet Island Estate and everyone had a warm dinner. Everyone was raving about the food and all the guests said the presentation, quality, and tastefulness was excellent.

Unbelievable and unforgettable! I want to get married again and again! Everyone was awesome and they know how to make your day so special. It is worth the money!

Hi Laura,

It was magical!  The most perfect day!  Your staff was amazing!

My husband kept telling me how Megan was on top of everything, I knew that, but he was just so impressed.  We all were!  Not one detail was overlooked. I actually had a very close friend pull me aside at the rehearsal dinner to tell me that he was there to “run interference” on the day of the wedding for me.  He wanted our family to have the most stress free day as possible so he would be there to relay any issues with your staff.  I can honestly say there was not one second where I was worried about what was happening, what should be happening or worrying that someone was not where they were supposed to be.

Last night Nicole told me it was the best day of her life.  She got her fairy-tale wedding and it was better than she ever dreamed.  Hearing brought me to tears.

Every guest was in awe.  They truly loved every minute they were there.

Thank you so, so, so much!!!

Thank you,

Cindy Z.

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