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Woodend Reviews

"Thank you, Rebecca, for all your help. Woodend is a perfect place for a wedding! The Golden-Kroner wedding was a huge success, and the beauty of the grove especially enhanced the experience."

Lorraine Golden
Sunday, July 19

Dear Rebecca

We were so appreciative of all that you and Woodend did to make the wedding such a special occasion. All of our guests loved the venue and are still talking about it. Thank you for accommodating us and allowing us to put a tent up in the grove. It was perfect for the cold day. I don't think the guests felt the cold air.

I know we stretched the capacity for the reception but it worked great. The combination of the tent and the mansion was just right. The guests danced all night and were comfortable doing so. The configuration of the mansion was wonderful for the bar, DJ, photo booth and catering work station.

Thank you again for helping us make our daughter's wedding a memorable day!

Simonetta and Bruce Thorne
November 16, 2014

Dear Rebecca,
Thank you for helping us have a wonderful wedding reception on November 22nd and for all you do to preserve and share the lovely Woodend house. The architecture and design of the house is inspiring and quite a rare treat to see.
thank you

Thanks, Rebecca.

We had a great time and Woodend provided a stunning venue for our fall wedding. The tree out in the grove with the vibrant red leaves made the perfect backdrop for photos (I've attached two photos shared by a friend). I can hardly wait to see my professional photos in 4-6 weeks. :) The staff was also very friendly. I briefly spoke to Gary and he was very responsive when we needed anything. I was also pleased with Main Event Caterers. Spencer was helpful throughout the planning process and quickly worked with staff at Woodend to find a quick fix to an oversight by my florist. I've given you an "Excellent" rating all around.


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Dear Rebecca and the Woodend team,
Thank you! We had an amazing wedding day and event at Woodend. Everyone loved it, all the details, the site, the facilities, the experience – Thank you. Even the weather for our outside ceremony was perfect ("smiley face!")
Richard and Steven (thank you so much! It was a wonderful evening! Absolutely stunning.)
Friday , 10/24/14

Hi Rebecca -

I just wanted to say thank you for all your help in planning our wedding at Woodend. We had an amazing night. Guests absolutely loved the house and grounds and it was just a perfect night for us. I appreciate your help throughout the process and Gary was so friendly the night of.

Thank you so much,
Friday, 9/19/14


We had a great time and everything was wonderful. Thank you for organizing the walk through of the herd of deer just as we were giving our vows! How thoughtful of you!! Yes I did receive the deposit. thank you very much again.

Dennis Coleman
September 12, 2014


We cannot say enough good things about Woodend. It was magical from the moment we first saw it. We visited several times before the day of the wedding, and every time I went I was entranced. I am sad that I have no more excuses to visit! I love a place where there can be a kid's summer camp compost heap on top of where our sweetheart table went a couple weeks later! ;)

We received our deposit back--thanks! I have also attached the survey. I would love to review Woodend; which service is most helpful in getting you new business? Wedding Wire?

Finally, thank you, Rebecca, for your responsiveness and professionalism. Not every wedding vendor is as top-notch!

Warm regards,
Renée and Jay

Hi Rebecca,

Thanks very much for your email. The wedding went phenomenally well and the venue suited us perfectly.

Thanks very much,
--Mayra (and Matt)
August 24, 2014


Hi Rebecca,

Overall our wedding experience was phenomenal. The venue was exquisite. I would highly recommend this as an event venue to anyone.

Doros, MD

Woodend was perfect, including the weather. We are so happy that we held the wedding there.

Thank you for all of your help.

Best regards,
Mary Lee
July 5

Hi Rebecca!

We had a wonderful time at Woodend this weekend. It was truly beautiful and everything went of without a hitch.

The Shewakramanis

The sun was shining, the birds were singing and the deer were watching. The facility is very special. Please thank our site manager, she was wonderful. Kari and Andrew were very happy with their Woodend choice.

Best regards,
Father of the Bride

Hi Rebecca, 

Thanks so much for the update on the deposit. We just returned from a fabulous honeymoon!

Please find our rental survey attached. We could not have had a more lovely wedding day at Woodend!

April 13

Hello Rebecca,

First I wanted to let you know that our wedding on April 19th could not have been better. All the guests commented on how much they enjoyed the Woodend and surrounding land. And Sharee (spelling?) was very helpful.

Most importantly the weather cooperated with us! Thanks very much for your assistance.

Thanks very much and I hope you have a good weekend.



You did great except for the rain. Folks said best wedding they have attended. I'll recommend your venue without hesitation!!


Hi Rebecca,

I just wanted to first of all say thanks for working with us on our wedding. We and all of our guests thought that it was a lovely venue and we had a wonderful time. 


August 2013


I just wanted to thank you for all of your hard work for our daughter, Erica's, wedding on November 2nd. Everyone said how wonderful your venue was and how much they enjoyed themselves. We all had a wonderful celebration.

God bless,

Hi Rebecca,

I received your check returning our deposit to us.  Thank you for the speed with which you sent it!  I will fill out the evaluation form and email it back to you next week.

And thank you so much for everything you did to make Carrie's wedding so perfect!  From the first day we saw Woodend (which was after we had booked it since we sent the deposit from our cross-country bike ride...) we have been so excited to have the wedding there.  The only angst we had was whether we would be able to be outside which I know is not an outcome you can control ha ha, but thanks too for the beautiful day!!

The site coordinator was great!  The TV was out and ready to go, and the biggest surprise was that she cleaned up the bride's room, boxed everything up and brought it downstairs!  The one thing I will put on the evaluation, for both you and the caterers, is that the clean up was much easier than I thought it would be - both the site coordinator and the caterers did much more than I expected to box up our stuff (personal items, decorations, flowers, centerpieces etc.). 

The place was beautiful and all the vendors were great.  Carrie and I will both review everyone on line but I just wanted to thank you personally for your assistance with the whole process.  I don't know if you knew this, but November 9th was not only Carrie and Josh's wedding, but it was my husband's and my 28th wedding anniversary.  It was a great way to celebrate!


Hi Rebecca,

GirlfriendsHope you're doing well. Vince and I had a fantastic time at Woodend for our wedding on Friday, Oct 18th, as the venue was beautiful with the perfect weather, and Main Event and all of our other vendors did a great job.

In the picture attached, it shows that there's the TV in thebackground playing our slideshow (it's a photo of my college girlfriends and me - you can see that I'm very happy!).

Thanks very much. Also, I spoke with Allison and she marveled at what a small world it is that we all know each other!

Joyce (10/18)

Hi there Rebecca - just wanted to send a quick note of thanks here today for all of your help for our wedding on Monday. The day was spectacular, Woodend was in fine form (with even a few deer peeking out from the trees), and frankly, we couldn't have imagined a finer day.

Please convey our thanks to all of the staff at Woodend that assisted for our process - we really appreciated it.

-Shaun & Ale
September 2

Dear Rebecca,

Thank you for helping me c-ordinate my wedding at Woodend on August 4. It was a beautiful, memorable day and I so much appreciate your patience and attentiveness in helping put it together.

Vanessa Vichayakul


We can't think of anything you could improve upon - it was all wonderful. Thanks to everyone at Woodend Sanctuary for making the Strugatch/Haralovich wedding on July 21, 2013 so special.

Bruce and Libby Waldman Strugatch


... Roopa and I are very happy with how everything went. The venue was beautiful and the weather made it even better. Your staff was very helpful, and we are very happy that we chose Woodend for our wedding. 


Friday, May 17 



I can't thank you enough! The location, the setup, the weather--everything was as perfect as it could possibly have been! Woodend is amazing--and your help and enthusiasm were invaluable for an ideal wedding!

Best regards,

Sunday, May 5

Good morning, Rebecca.

Katie's wedding was lovely. The weather cooperated and the outdoor ceremony was truly memorable.

Thank you,
April 13

Hi Rebecca

Shweta and I wanted to thank you for the great help in preparing our wedding.

Also, your colleague on Sunday was extremely professional and went out of his way to help us out.

When we realized we were missing the car keys, and needed to wait for somebody to pick us up, he waited with us until 10pm. That was really nice of him. Please thank him on our part too, I don't have his contact.

Everybody loved the mansion and the park, and all our guests had a great time.

In summary, we loved it.

thanks and have great day
March 24


Dear Rebecca,

We has a dream-like wedding at the heavenly Woodend! Thank you so much for all your help and kindness.

Zeynep & Fatih
September 15

Hey Rebecca,

We were delighted with our wedding and the extra touches--thank you! As expected, Woodend was a beautiful venue for our celebration. :-)


September 21


We just wanted to thank you for a great evening at Woodend on Saturday night. Despite the rain, we had a wonderful ceremony in the Great Hall, surrounded and huddled by our close friends and relatives. People were commenting all night about the beauty of the location and the sporadic sights of deer grazing on the grass onsite.

September 22

Hi Leslie and Rebecca -

We cannot thank you enough for all your help during the last few months. Our wedding was just wonderful, and it was mostly due to the both of you! THANK YOU

Thanks again!
September 14

Hi Rebecca,

Our wedding on Aug 18 was spectacular! The weather and venue couldn't have been more perfect.

Thanks for your help,

Melissa Phillips


On June 3, 2012, we enjoyed the most wonderful occasion of our lives, the marriage of our daughter, Jamie Lichtenstein, to Adam Stackman.

It couldn't have been more perfect and, obviously, Woodend played a major role in everything.

We couldn't have been more pleased with how things turned out.


Irene G. Lichtenstein

Hi Rebecca,
Thanks so much for your email. The wedding at Woodend was amazing!! The weather was beautiful and all of the guests were commenting on the beauty of the venue. Adam and I had a great time and it was just a perfect day for us!!
Thanks so much!
June 3

Hi Rebecca,
Thank you again for all your help coordinating Woodend. Our wedding was amazing and everything was so beautiful. Everyone complimented us on the beautiful venue - it was truly stunning.
Again, thank you so much for all your help with everything! It made our day extra special.
April 21


Thank you so much for your support and helping us to have an incredible wedding this past spring. It will be cherished forever. You guys have an amazing location and the support was significant while never being intrusive.  David and Caroline Vargas. Thanks again!

May 14


We wanted to thank you for all of your help. We also want to mention that Kathy was great and so helpful too.

Our guests marveled at the beauty of the Mansion and the outdoors made our wedding ceremony very unique and memorable. We made several important decisions in planning our wedding, but surely our decision as to where to host our wedding and reception was one of the most important. We can not image a better place to host a wedding!!!

Please feel free to share our thoughts with any couple planning their wedding.

Warm regards.

Steve and Sandy
October 16

Hi Rebecca,

We wanted to thank you for the wonderful success of Ilana's Bat Mitzvah. In spite of (Hurricane) Irene, we managed to pull off a miraculous celebration. Ilana had the time of her life and we had wonderfully positive feedback from many friends and relatives. Thanks again for all your help and attention to detail. I hope the evening wedding was equally successful. (It was!)


August 27

Thank you for facilitating our wedding.

The place was gorgeous and your staff was very, very friendly and helpful. We will certainly recommend Woodend to anyone!



July 9

Dear Rebecca,

Thank you for having us at Woodend for our wedding on Saturday. We had the most exquisite experience. The house and the gardens were pure magic, and I had the best day of my life. I know I have you to thank, as well as the team at Woodend.

My deepest thanks,
Charlotte Walker
May 28

Rebecca, I just wanted to send you a note to say thank you so much for everything at Woodend on Sat. The wedding was absolutely perfect, and we loved having it there! You were so comfortable to work with, and we appreciate how responsive you were with any questions or concerns.

Have a wonderful summer!

Eileen Marston and family


Woodend looked so beautiful, especially with all of the bright green grass and trees! It was a stunning venue for a wedding. Everyone was amazed at the place.

Thanks for everything-

Betsy (April 29)


I want you to know how much we appreciated the beauty and graciousness of your setting [for our daughter's recent wedding].
We had a wonderful occasion and were entirely thrilled to host our party at Woodend. It seemed especially appropriate since Pam (my daughter) worked in the nature program there the summer of 2001 and has since become a biologist who is committed to conservation. I especially want to thank Rebecca Robinson for all she did to facilitate the Woodend decision; her assistance at every necessary step of the way was excellent, and the low-key manner in which she worked with me was quite pleasant. I will always have delightful memories of the entire experience, which was a very significant one for me.

Pat Thompson
Kensington, MD


Dear Rebecca,

I can't thank you enough for helping to make the Celebration of Life for my husband so wonderful. The setting, the service providers, the glorious weather, all helped us to find joy under difficult circumstances.




Hello Rebecca

We so enjoyed our wedding reception. The Mansion was just beautiful and the perfect setting for our reception. We were so lucky with the weather and also got some beautiful pictures taken on the grounds of the Sanctuary. It was absolutely perfect!

I also wanted you to know that we highly recommend our caterer (Paris Caterers). They did a phenomenal job. Also, just in case, you would like to add to your list of providers - both our photographer (Karen Stump) and videographer (Always & Forever Video) were exceptional. We got so many comments from our guests on how polite and unobtrusive they were. And the pictures and video came out fantastic.

Thank you again for all your help.
All the best,
Birgit and Edson


Dear Rebecca,

Thank you for all your help in making our wedding ceremony at Woodend truly memorable. It was a pleasure to work with you. Best of luck for all future events. We look forward to visiting Woodend whenever we can for years to come.

Warmest Regards,
Dawn & Phil


Dear Rebecca Robinson and Woodend Staff,

Thank you for all your help at my wedding last Sunday, June 6th. The location is so beautiful and you all do such great work keeping this organization going! Thank you so much for allowing me to have my wedding in your beautiful space.

Best wishes,
Lynn Scow

Dear Rebecca,

The wedding was really wonderful. I just loved it all. The weather was great, the redbuds and the grove were resplendent, and the house was warm and inviting. Best of all, Occasions Caterers outdid themselves. The food and service were excellent. I never would have found them if they hadn't been short-listed for Woodend.

Thanks for all your help,
April 10

Dear Rebecca,
Thank you again for all your efforts in providing the most perfect venue for our wedding. It was more than we could have imagined. All our guests loved the space, and we had a 70 degree day and a ceremony outside! Kathy S. was also a great help and very nice to work with.

Again, it was a pleasure to work with you and have our wedding at Woodend.

All the best,
Kristen & Matt
April 2

Our experience at Woodend was wonderful! From Rebecca's initial responsiveness and flexibility, to Festive Foods' careful planning of our beautiful day, we couldn't have asked for anything better.

The venue was perfect for the several small children we had at our celebration, because they played in the field and woods behind the main house with their babysitters and had a blast!

The staff was warm, welcoming, and helpful. The venue was plenty spacious enough for our 130 guests, and it still felt cozy, almost like a large, gracious family home. The staircase was grand without being overdone, and we loved being announced one by one and coming down onto the dance floor.

We have been to many wedding locations and loved ours the best...by far! We would highly recommend Woodend!

April 24

Dear Rebecca,
Thank you, so much, for everything you and your staff at Woodend did for us for our wedding. We couldn't have asked for a better setting to tie the knot - it was exactly what we wanted, and everyone is still commenting on what a great place Woodend is. We know you all work very hard to make it so, and we are mighty glad you do.
Thanks again for everything!

Tara and Brian
June 15

Hi Rebecca.

Thank you for everything!!! The wedding was amazing and we are so happy with how everything turned out. Andrew was a big help. The whole day went perfectly.

Thanks again!!
Yvonne and Adam
May 2

Hi Rebecca,
I just wanted to get in touch. My wife, Efrat and I were married at the Woodend Sanctuary in July 2007. The venue was perfect for us and was a crucial part of what made the day so unforgettable. We will always appreciate how helpful you were in making our special day come together.
All the best,
Eli Meir Kaplan

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