Laura,

My daughter and son-in-law were married at the Ashford Estate Saturday, September 10, 2022.  We selected this venue in January 2021 and had 18 months of anticipation.  Our decision was made when we met Laura, who was down-to-earth, warm, and easy to talk to.  To be surrounded by elegance and yet a level of humility was so inviting.  We visited the venue two more times in the winter/spring.  Each time we found the setting stunning, and the people friendly and accommodating.

Our September wedding was beyond what we could have imagined.  Laura and the entire staff went above and beyond to make an enchanting wedding.  We had 211 guests with 20 children ranging from 11 months up.  Meghan served as Maitre’d and ran the event smoothly with attention to every detail.

Our daughter had bridal attendants that looked after her every need and pampered her from noon to night.  Meghan organized the procession into the chapel like clockwork, not an easy task with 9 bridesmaids, 4 flower girls, and 3 ring bearers.

The staff moved the wedding party and guests through a tight schedule with photographs, cocktails, and reception seamlessly.  We never felt hurried, and yet the day unfolded perfectly.

The food was outstanding.  As a vegetarian, I was doubly pleased that Merri-makers offered a wide variety of choices for all diets.  The cocktail hour had creative station choices including all of the usual options but also a ramen bar and lobster rolls.   Our guests could choose from ravioli, salmon and beef at the reception.  The vegetarian option, ravioli with wild mushroom sauce, was delicious.  Our guests raved about the salmon and beef as well. We had passed ice cream sandwiches and a gelato bar along with cake and creme brûlée for dessert along with espresso martinis.

We danced and shared emotional moments filled with joy and cheer.  Throughout the day, evening and well into the night, the Ashford staff took care of our every need.  Our after-party carried on into the morning hours giving us memories that will last a lifetime.

One last comment, the grounds are gorgeous – with photo opportunities in every direction.

We cannot thank Laura, Meghan, the chefs, the attendants, waitstaff, night-time personnel and everyone at the Ashford/Merri-Makers enough.  We wholeheartedly recommend this venue.

 

Denise R.

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