Love Letters

My husband and I had the wedding of our dreams at Maple Shade Farm. It was the first venue we looked at and instantly knew there was no other place we wanted to spend our wedding day. We signed our contract a day later.
The venue is unique and unlike anything I’ve seen on the market. If I remember correctly the barn is restored from the 1800s but maintains all it’s rustic, original character with minor tweeks and updates to accommodate event services (ex: one of the stalls used for animals was turned into a bar, a small service kitchen was added..etc).
With all it’s rustic and raw charm, the barn needs very little in terms of decorations. String lights are already installed throughout the whole venue and the owners (Jay & Abby) have an impressive collection of antiques and accessories for you to personalize the space to your desire.
The venue offers everything you would dream of in a Catskill wedding: beautifully manicured lawns, rustic charm, a constant bonfire that burns through the night, rolling hills surrounding the space and seclusion for you and your party. I can’t rave enough about this place. It is a hidden gem and we feel so lucky to be a part of the history the barn holds.
Jay and Abby (owners) could not have been better hosts. Their organization, style and guidance throughout the whole wedding process was impeccable. The barn is incredible but THEY are the key ingredient that made our experience absolutely perfect. They constantly were anticipating our needs and eliminated all the stress that comes with planning a wedding. They pointed us in the right direction for all your needs including: rentals, decor, set up, break down, transportation, etc. Anyone who has the opportunity to share their wedding with them is very lucky.
P.S. In addition to hosting the wedding of the year, Abby does floral design for the venue on the side. She has beautiful taste and completely understood my vision for our floral decor. I highly recommend working with her!!! It was so helpful and was another element that made our planning process flow seamlessly.
Alicia + Dustin M

“Set against the backdrop of mountains was everything we had envisioned: an old rustic yet elegant-looking barn, beautiful nature, a low-key and cozy vibe, lots of space both inside and outside to let our imagination run wild, and even an occasional handsome peacock making his way to the pond :)”.
“Whenever times got stressful, Abby and Jay were there to ensure everything was under control and to take care of any “hiccups” along the way. The wedding went fabulously and smoothly, and a lot of it had to do with Abby and Jay’s oversight and supervision.”
“Looking back at the day we went to look at the place for the firs time, we now know it was meant to be. We highly, HIGHLY recommend Maple Shade Farm.”
We also would like to give a shout-out to our florist, Rita, who spent A LOT of time with me working on the flowers, color combination, and budget. It was a pleasure to work with her and the results were picture-perfect!
Her website: http://www.jaritas.com/aboutus.asp
Thanks again so much and looking forward to picking up kitties soon (the cat houses haven’t arrived yet)!
Kindly,
Karina

When my husband and I set out in search of a wedding venue, Maple Shade Farm was the first and only place we looked at. It surpassed all of my expectations and was a truly a dream location. Once we met the owners of this amazing venue we knew we were in good hands. Throughout the year of planning Jay and Abby Wilson went above and beyond to help make our day special and unique to us. Not being from the area was a concern of ours, but they were so professional and always answered our phone calls and emails with enthusiasm! They each have a special gift that made it an absolute pleasure to work with them. They are both so calming, supportive, and helpful. Abby did a beautiful job on my flowers and came up with creative and stunning ways to execute my vision for decor. Jay helped the day run so smoothly. We can truly never thank them enough for all they did. Maple Shade Farm is a magical venue that I would highly recommend to anyone in search of a rustic, barn venue in the Catskills.
Jackie

I got married at Maple Shade Farm last month, and it is hard to put into words just what an incredible experience it was! The farm is STUNNING- you could not ask for a more scenic and magical setting for a wedding. The barn is 2 floors and has so much space. There are many different areas for guests to explore and it has a really amazing rustic and vintage feel. The outdoor area is beautiful, complete with a pond, fire pit, and peacocks roaming around! However, it is really Jay and Abby Wilcon who make Maple Shade Farm such a special and unique place. Our wedding would not have happened without all of Jay and Abby’s hard work and guidance. Throughout the whole planning process, they were there to answer questions, give advice, and keep us sane! They became like family to us and they are just some of the most hard working, creative, and personable people you will ever meet. We chose to use Abby for our decor and flowers and she seriously went above and beyond our expectations. She knew us better than we knew ourselves! After hearing our ideas and looking at some Pinterest pages, Abby transformed the space in the most incredible way and put in so many personalized details that reflected who we are as a couple. On the day of the wedding, the Wilson family was there with us every step of the way to make sure that everything went smoothly. They handled everything from coordinating our vendors to doing last minute repairs on my ripped dress! We completely put our trust in them and our wedding was nothing short of incredible. People are still talking about how it was one of the most fun and unique weddings they had ever been to! This is a really special venue and I am so happy that we chose Maple Shade Farm.
Sasha (and Randall)

My husband and I just got married at Maple Shade this weekend. Jay and Abby are absolutely amazing. The barn is the perfect blend of rustic and chic. We got married in front of the pond, with the beautiful mountains behind us. Abby is a human pinterest board. We told her what we liked and she created everything and more! Jay is the builder. I told him I loved white birch and he cut down a white birch tree to create our chuppah! If you want a fairytale whimsical wedding, have your wedding at Maple Shade!
Rachel & Dominic Tricase 6.11.16

Abby and Jay are awesome! Their attention to details were impeccable, they exceeded every wish the bride and groom envisioned for their special day. It was a fairy tale come true unique wedding. From the very first time we met Jay and Abby they made us feel like family. The place is filled with love and charm. It was the best party ever and all the guests are still talking about it.
Amanda

WE LOVE THE WILSONS! And we love their beautiful farm!
Our Wedding was the most perfect day. It was more than I could have ever wanted. And the Barn was our foundation for that. Without Jay and Abby, our day wouldn’t have been ½ of what it was. From the moment we decided to have our wedding (ceremony included) at Maple Shade, to the moment we said our “I do’s,” we knew we made the best choice. Having our wedding at Maple Shade was more than just having our wedding at a “barn,” we truly felt like we became apart of their family and Jay and Abby treated us as such. In the months leading up to the wedding the Wilson’s were available by, phone, text, email, anything they were there and willing to help! Most of all, they were realistic about what we should expect from our day. But the best part was they let us TRULY enjoy our wedding. I cannot express how much they truly did for Mike and I. It was just incredible. Our plan was to have our wedding outside by the pond and then move inside for the fun! But it ended up raining and was super cold, BUT Jay and Abby took care of EVERYTHING! They transitioned everything inside, the y created a beautiful back drop for us and it was breath taking. We had 120 people in one room, and it was still such an incredibly intimate experience.
Amanda

As many other reviews have said the Wilson family is awesome, and we agree! We cannot compliment the Wilson family enough, their laid back style was great since planning a wedding can get very stressful! They also make you feel like family; we knew from our first meeting with them at the farm that it was the right location & people for us. Three months after our wedding we’re still receiving “that was the best wedding I’ve been to in a long time”, although we put in a great deal of work, we know that the Wilson family also deserves A LOT of that credit, they truly turn the farm into a magical place on the day of the wedding and accommodated everything we were looking for.
Shannon

If you are looking for an absolutely flawless , stress-free ,perfect venue for your wedding day, look no more. We were so happy with our entire experience at Maple Shade Farm. Our friends and family are still talking about what a great time they all had. Could not be more happy with all the people at maple shade that worked so hard at making our day what we wanted and so much more!
Kylee

My husband and I were married at the Maple Shade Farm in August of 2015 and I can not say enough good things about our experience. The first time we set foot on the property we knew this was where we had to have our wedding. Pictures do not do it justice. It is truly a beautiful setting. Since we are from out of town, Jay and Abby helped us with every aspect of planning. They are truly professionals. I am not the most creative and had very few ideas, but Abby was able to get me and put together some of the most beautiful decor and flowers. Working with them was a pleasure. Our friends and family keep saying it was the best wedding they have ever been to. I am so glad we chose Maple Shade Farm for such an important day. I will never forget our experience.
Lauren

Maple Shade Farm is picturesque, and Jay & Abby were amazing. They are incredibly friendly, responsive, easy-going, and capable all at the same time. Exactly the kind of people you want around when pulling off a wedding!
Thomas

We couldn’t have asked for a better place to have our wedding! Our day was perfect, stunning, amazing and most of all one of a kind! they help you to make the wedding venue your own! The Wilson’s are amazing people and we wouldn’t have wanted to go through this with anyone else!
Jackie

We worked with Abby for flowers and decor for our wedding at Hunter Mountain. Despite my venue, I wanted to make sure that our reception was cozy, warm and rustic and I wanted all of the flower arrangements/center pieces to be relaxed/casual, looking like they had been cut from a field that morning.

(1) FLOWERS: I was in LOVE with my flowers. I had sent Abby some pinterest boards showing what type of arrangements I liked and the final product was perfect and exactly what I had envisioned. In total, I had center pieces for 25 tables, bouquets for myself, 3 bridesmaids, one jr. bridesmaid/flower girl, 2 flower garlands for the flower girls, lots of boutonnieres and corsages. Each one looked perfect.

(2) DECOR: I had also made some pinterest boards with thought starters for ways to plus up the center pieces (with books, old bottles, etc.) and unique ideas for the dessert, welcome, and gift tables. Abby was great to work with and looked through her inventory of vintage items to find things she thought I would like based on what I had sent her. A couple of weeks before the wedding I visited her farm and toured the barn to look at some of the items in person.

All in all the process was super easy and seamless and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. The room/tables looked exactly like I wanted and the flowers looked so gorgeous in person and in photos!
Joanna

No matter how many positive things we list here, this review will not be able to do the entire experience at MSF justice. Let us first off start by saying that Jay&Abby will go above and beyond to make sure you have everything you need. And then even after that, they will somehow continue to far exceed your expectations in the entire planning process up until the day and then even after. We first fell in love with the beautiful barn on a cold winter day. We had searched a few locations previously and didn’t find the right fit for us. Too many rules or the owners of the venues were folks we didn’t want to work with. Insert Maple Shade to solve all of these concerns. MSF make sure that their farm is your venue for the weekend and it is up to the bride and the groom to make the rules. In addition, they are some of the most generous, selfless, hardworking individuals we have ever met and the exact kind of folks we are lucky to now call friends. MSF provided a list of local vendors to help in the planning process. We informed MSF of what type of wedding we were looking for and all of the sudden this vision of our perfect day came to light. We weren’t overly impressed with the rental farm tables, so MSF hand built gorgeous new ones (seriously, how cool is that!) We wanted a loose set of flowers and effortless center pieces and MSF took care of it all! We wanted a bourbon room and they made it happen! MSF can be involved as much or as little as you want. The day ended up raining which we thought would be a nightmare scenario but it ended up being perfect. A last minute decision to take the ceremony indoors was no challenge to MSF as they quickly arranged the perfect back drop for exchanging our vows. Having our family and friends form an aisle and gather around for our ceremony was absolutely beautiful. Our pictures of those moments are priceless. Don’t think twice about booking this place. Jay and Abby will make sure your day is nothing short of perfect!
Trista and Nathan

From the very first visit with Jay and Abby, we just knew this was the place. The property is absolutely stunning and they have done an amazing job with recent upgrades and quaint little touches. The barn is gorgeous, and can accommodate large weddings. There is a full set up for a band to play (I had a 7 person band that fit very comfortably), or a DJ, and great sounding speakers to plug an ipod into! Beautifully strung lights with handmade farm tables, great antique/vintage touches, and TONS of room! The decorating abilities are endless, and their creative touches really set it apart from anything I’ve ever seen. Our guests were mesmerized by the uniqueness of the barn and the beauty of the property. There is a gorgeous pond, and view of the surrounding catskills when you walk outside.
But the main reason I am so in love with this place, is the people. Jay and Abby treated us like family from the very beginning. They take the time to truly get to know you and form a relationship so they can understand you and make your day perfect. There were many times I was in over my head and they took the reins and truly calmed my fears. They have fabulous vendor recommendations! They have worked with everyone in the area and have great relationships and understanding of the surrounding businesses. They led me to both my amazing caterer and baker, and Abby herself does a wonderful job with flowers for fair pricing. When my band was 2 hours late (not on their vendor list 😉 ), Jay and Abby had everything under control. Even in a stressful situation like that, I knew they had my back. Within moments Jay had microphones hooked up and we had the show on the road. The ability they have to really connect with you is special, and if your day is not everything you’ve ever wanted, they aren’t happy until it is. I just could never say enough about our 2 year experience with Jay and Abby. They are family now, and will always be a special part of our story.
Emily

Jay and Abby were wonderful to work with! Since we had to almost completely plan our wedding from across the country, their tireless work ethic helped to ensure that everything went smoothly.
David

What an incredible venue! Every detail from cocktail hour on the back lawn to dinner on the top floor. Incredible owners who have created an unforgettable space with details that made it a memorable night for all!

This is “THE BEST, ROCKIN’ PLACE” to hold your wedding or other event!! It turned out to be the perfect backdrop for …our daughter Lisa and husband Jason to have their wedding.
Thank you so much to Jay and Abby for all your help, support, and local connections to make this a wonderful day for our family and friends. We couldn’t have asked for a better support team.
We Wish You and Your Family the Best and Continued Success at Maple Shade Farm.
Dan & Patti Serrao

Our wedding was the most perfect day! It was worth the trip, coming from Long Island, and people raved about it. We have been told it was the best wedding they have ever been to. Jay and Abby (the owners) are wonderful, so friendly, fun and most importantly HONEST..the wedding went off without a single issue. What you get for your money is amazing, couldn’t have asked for a better day.
-Adara & Craig

We recently had our wedding ceremony and reception and Maple Shade and it was amazing!! Jay and Abby are so nice and the best, they made us feel so at ease. We got married in front of the new pond and it was beautiful. If you are looking to have a country style wedding, or an outdoor wedding this is the place for you. The scenery is beautiful and the barn is outstanding, its split in two floors. We had dinner on the top and danced the night away on the bottom floor. It was the little things that Jay and Abby did that made our day all the more special. We really couldn’t have been happier and had an amazing, beautiful day.
-Christopher

Dreams really do come true.  My wedding at Maple Shade Farm was magical.  The owners Abby and Jay Wilson were beyond accommodating and went out of the way to make sure every single detail was taken care of.  We had not one thing to worry about, they worked with all of our vendors to make sure the bar ran smoothly, the appetizers and food were on point and everyone was having a great time.  When the wedding was over we didn’t want to leave.  I cant begin to say enough good things about the venue.  It was a pleasure to work with such stand up people who really care about making your day so special.  They will always have a special place in my heart.
-Kelsi and David

Jay and Abby were extremely helpful in planning our wedding day. They thought of things we never would have. They have recommendations and experience on everything from the tiniest decoration to the biggest tent you can find. We loved the location so much we even had our rehersal dinner in their beautiful three story barn! We would highly recommend their venue and their services.
-Michele

Our daughter had her Wedding at Maple Shade Farm on May 31, 2014. Everything was above and beyond our greatest expectations. Jay & Abby Wilson did everything they absolutely could to make this special day just that. They were so helpful & accommodating to us. This Wedding day was special to us & all of our family & friends. It will definitely be a great memory by all.
-Teri & Gary Lockhart

We stumbled upon Maple Shade Farm and instantly knew this was the place to have our dream wedding. We enjoyed the best day of our lives on September 14, 2013, and our guests raved about the setting, the barn, the decorations and the floral arrangements. Jay and Abby were so helpful and accommodating in the planning and execution of the event. Our guests enjoyed the Wilson’s hospitality and said it was the best wedding they have ever been to. We capped off our unforgettable day with a bonfire – it was fabulous.
-Rachel & Jeremy H

Maple Shade Farm was the perfect place to hold our wedding! We needed a location that could easily fit over 250 people and one that showcased how beautiful the area is. Our luau style wedding went off without a hitch. Mahalo Maple Shade Farm!