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!


Laura and Kelsey, Taylor, and everyone who helped me yesterday,

Thank you so so much for everything – that was the best day of my entire life. There was not a single thing I would have changed and I was just so happy and stress-free throughout every minute of it!! I cannot tell you enough how blown away everyone was by your service and attention to detail. We just kept saying how unbelievable every moment was 🙂 thank you for making our wedding a fairytale!!!

All our love,
Julia and Danny

Hi Andrea!
Andrew and I just got back from our honeymoon. I’m pretty sure we are still in a dream. Our wedding day was absolutely perfect from beginning to end. I truly felt everything went soo smoothly and I have the staff at the Bonnet to thank that for. I truly felt like a princess – they were soo attentive!! Everyone noticed and was amazed by the service. Our guests especially my parents just cant stop talking about how amazing everything was. Its hard to put into words how I feel but I hope I got my point across! You were so wonderful from beginning to end – Andrew and I cant thank you enough!
Also, I hope we didn’t leave anything important behind I’m sure we would hear if we did 🙂 thank You so so much again for everything!!


Hi Andrea!
Just wanted to shoot over a quick thank you for everything on Saturday. Kevin and I had an amazing day and the Bonnet staff was awesome. Melody and Ellie killed it!!

Thank you for everything!!😊

Jennifer M.

Dear Laura, Kelsey, Taylor, Melissa, Bonnie and everyone else who made our weekend so special,

What a weekend! Laura, from the moment we met you we knew we would be happy to spend the year and a half with you! You offered an honest opinion, an open mind and a sense of calm that is much needed during the planning. Each and every one of you made our family feel so special, especially our daughter and her husband. From the moment we arrived early Saturday morning to the moment we left after brunch on Sunday we were treated like royalty. Also, I don’t know who drove our elderly Aunt and Uncle on the golf cart but my Aunt asked me to please give a special thank you to that person as he was so attentive and kind. No matter how beautiful the venue is if the people weren’t so kind, caring and professional it wouldn’t be as pretty but in your case the people just enhanced the beauty of the Estate.

We wish you all the best and again, from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you!

Terry and Jeff H.


I can’t even begin to thank everyone that was involved in making our wedding such an incredible success. The staff at Bonnet was PHENOMENAL – thank you ALL for being so accommodating. Please pass along my thanks to everyone involved – especially Ellie and the bridal attendants – everyone was incredible. The day really went so smoothly, so I cannot thank you enough for everything you did!!

Michele D.

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