198 Reviews for Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood
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My husband and I chose Thorpewood for our wedding for the beauty of the place. Nestled in the Catoctin Mountains, Thorpewood offers several different outdoor and indoor ceremony sites (arboretum, pine tree cathedral, stone bridge, barn, pavilion, and more) and a gorgeous lodge that is a perfect reception site.
Beyond the venue itself, the biggest value of working with Mountain Memories at Thorpewood is being able to work with the coordinators Julie and Lexi. Part of your overall package includes these ladies as your month-of and day-of wedding coordinators.... and really, to answer any questions you have along the way at any stage of the planning process.
They went WAY above and beyond they usual coordinator duties by:
- Scheduling multiple times when we could visit the venue with friends and family so they could see the place and help with planning.
- Connecting us with the arboretum's caretaker, Gordon, so that we could plant our own dedicated tree as a "thank-you" to the land.
- Forgiving us when we stopped by the arboretum unannounced one day (oops, that was a no-no!) to envision the setup of the ceremony space.
- Less than two weeks before the wedding, connecting us with a liquor store who could provide us with alcohol, when our previous arrangement fell through at the last minute.
Another nice touch is that they use a program called Social Tables that helped us to seat our guests. We uploaded a spreadsheet of names, dragged and dropped them to the correct tables, then exported a new spreadsheet that included table numbers - made it easy to print table assignment cards!
And a final bonus -- Non-profit organizations in Frederick County can use Thorpewood **at no cost** to hold meetings and events, participate in equine communication/relationship educational events, use the nature preserve, or camp overnight as well. We love knowing that a portion of of money is going to support our community in this way.
Overall, highly recommended!
What a wonderful day on the mountain for you two...and us!! So much planning and it all paid off!! Thanks for choosing Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood for your wonderful storybook wedding celebration!! We can't wait to see the photos!! Please be sure to stay in touch with us!!! Best Wishes!!!
We could not have asked for a better wedding venue. The entire place is absolutely gorgeous. There are so many locations to have your ceremony. In the case of rain, there is no losing because all ceremony sites are breathtaking. We worked with Julie for our day and she was amazing. She made sure everything flowed well and was in place. I️ am So grateful for her and Mountain Memories for making our wedding day perfect.
Hi there!! It was a pleasure for all of us at Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood to work with you as you planned this great day!! We appreciate your very nice review! We will look forward to seeing you often on the mountain!! Until then, best wishes!!!
We had a wonderful wedding at Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood. The grounds are beautiful and so is the lodge. In the event of rain, there are two potential locations for back up that can accommodate your ceremony. They offer several outdoor ceremony locations that provide a wide variety of natural settings and lots of options for pictures. All of our guests had a great time and it was a very special day for my wife and I. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Julie and Lexi provided great communication leading up to our wedding. We highly recommending putting ThorpeWood at the top of your list for venues.
Ben and Rachel: thank you for choosing Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood for your wedding celebration!! We so enjoyed working with you and helping ensure that the day ran as smoothly as possible! We appreciate your very kind review of your experience and hope you will share your memories with others! Send some photos when you get them! We hope to see you again on the mountain....until then, Best Wishes and Congratulations!!!
My husband and I got married on May 26th, 2018. The weather was very crazy during the month of May, and we were sure that it was going to storm on our wedding day. My heart was set on the Pine Cathedral, and I did not want to consider any back up plan. However, Julie made sure to let us know the different back up plans that we could put into place incase the storm hit. She was very on top of it and looked up the weather with us during the rehearsal time. While I was waiting to be picked up on the golf cart the thunder was rolling in. Luckily there was 1 drop of rain that hit me while I was walking down the aisle, and the thunder just added a little extra to our ceremony. Julie was great with keeping everything in line and on schedule. Being a previous event manager and coordinating over 100 weddings, I had extremely high expectations of what I wanted the wedding to be like. Everything was so smooth and our guests constantly talked about how it was one of their favorite weddings and was the most unique setting they have ever been too. The only thing that I would say was that since the storm hit it was extremely humid, and since the lodge does not have AC it was a little hot during dancing. However, it didn't stop anyone from having a blast! This venue was the first venue that we visited when we got engaged, and as soon as we toured we immediately booked and did not look elsewhere. This is a place you can not pass up! The only thing that was a little disappointing was that we were planning on having our cocktail hour in the newly renovated barn, and since the weather was so bad it delayed their progress and we were not able to have it there. But, after seeing picture of what the outside looks like now all upcoming brides should highly consider using that space since its so gorgeous!
I really can't say enough great things about Julie and her staff at Thorpewood. My parents were so happy and also felt that it was the smoothest wedding they went to. 10/10!!!
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your recent experience with Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood. As the one that worked with you for the months leading up to your celebration, I enjoyed getting to know you and helping you pull all of your planning together. I was happy to play a small part in the success of your day!! The rain and thunder, well, as you say, they added some extra magic into the day!! Wishing you much happiness! Congratulations!!
Fairly certain Julie is an angel sent from the wedding heavens to make sure you have the most perfect wedding day imaginable. The property is stunning and offers several locations for you to host your event to fit your group size. We had a wedding of about 100 people and we very comfortably fit in the main lodge for the ceremony and dinner, with plenty of room for dancing downstairs. There is also a covered patio where we had bar service, and a screened in porch so guests could go cool off but still be right in the action! As mentioned, there are outdoor and indoor locations so in the case of a rain event, there will always be a back-up location prepared so there is no worrying day of!
Julie is also so personable and caring. She truly gets to know each couple on an individual level and make sure she has their exact needs met. She replies to emails within hours usually and is always so informative. Her experience with the industry is unmatched and hearing what has and has not worked was so insightful. She and her staff also helped set-up all of our "small detail" decorations ranging from a photo wall, to a display set, to the centerpieces. They really do it all and to a high standard. We were blown away walking in to the venue the day of and seeing all of the hard work we had all talked about for over a year come to life. She even packed us in her car to drive around to different locations to get some incredible photos. Her knowledge on vendors was also spot on. Every outside vendor we used was on her preferred list from the photographer, to the DJ, catering, shuttles and more! The best thing was each of these vendors all knew each other from having so many events together at Thorpewood!
We could never say enough good things about Julie, or her staff, or the Mountain Memories venue. If you are considering a wedding, this is your one stop shop for an unforgettable day. Julie, we cannot thank you enough for everything you did for us!!
Wow!! Thank you so much for this wonderful summary of your fun wedding day on the mountain!! We had so much fun working with you and helping you pull all of your great ideas together and then to see them come to fruition!! It was a wonderful, joyful, love-filled day!! You have great support in your family and friends....we loved witnessing this special day!! All the best! Please keep in touch!
When our original wedding venue fell through, my husband and I spent months searching for a place that gave us the cozy, rustic, family feel we wanted for our winter wedding. We missed our first appointment with ThorpeWood, but when no other venue felt right, we said what the hell and made the drive to Thurmont. I tried not to get too excited passing the waterfalls and wooded areas on the drive through the Catoctin Mountains, but as soon as we walked into the ThorpeWood Lodge, I knew we had found the place. Since we married in January, we stuck to the Lodge, which with the big log fireplace, wooden interior, and huge windows to look out on the snowy grounds was gorgeous in the winter light. However, the grounds are stunning in any season with a variety of places to hold a ceremony and reception. Take the Tour!
We worked with Julie Castleman, whose laid back demeanor and sense of humor kept me calm while her full competence kept me confident and happy throughout the process. We had a lot of unconventional ideas for our wedding which Julie helped us fit into the feel of the event and the space. When we had a question, Julie helped us find an answer. It was a wonderful experience. We also took advantage of the Pond Cottage for our wedding night, which I highly recommend! I can't wait to go back for our anniversary! The only thing to note is that cell service is very spotty in that area, so don't expect instantaneous responses. Email and all will be well.
We are still hearing compliments from our guests about ThorpeWood. My husband and I were both thrilled. Not to mention, they use the proceeds from the weddings and events they host to fund their equine rehabilitation center. My wedding went to a worthy cause! How cool is that?
Hi Katherine!! Thank you sooooo much for this wonderful review!! It makes me so happy to know that you and Jason have happy memories of your wedding day at ThorpeWood!! Thank you for choosing us!! I loved working with you as you pieced your wonderful celebration together!!! Congratulations!! Hope to see you again soon!!!
Lexi was the Best - they worked with out through out the whole experience - On the wedding day they were attentive and more then accommodating for all are request
The place is beautiful and a wonderful setting for any wedding any time of the year
Would recommend for any Bride
Thank you so much for this fun and helpful review from your experience at your daughters wedding! We appreciate your taking the time to write the review and are so happy that the day was all that you, as the mother, hoped for your daughter!!
We found ThorpeWood at the Frederick Wedding Expo when everyone kept telling us to check it out. After meeting Lexi, we scheduled a tour to see the venue, and as soon as the tour ended we canceled all our other tours because we knew that ThorpeWood is where we wanted to get married. Julie, Lexi, and everyone else at ThorpeWood were all amazing! They were great at staying in contact with us and answering any question we came up with. For such a hectic day, they made sure we were all calm and having the time of our lives. We could not have had a better wedding, we loved everything about it! We also stayed at the Little Pond Cottage afterwards which was very relaxing. Being able to stay on property and not worry about traveling far after the wedding made things very easy. It actually started raining as soon as we got in to the cottage so we were able to enjoy the sounds of the tin roof. Thank you Julie and everyone else at ThorpeWood for making our wedding amazing!
Hi Matthew! Thanks so much for this review!!! We so appreciate your taking the time to share your experiences with Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood! Your wedding day was wonderful and we are all so happy to have been a part of it. Congratulations to you and Samantha!!!! :)
I first came to know of ThorpeWood through attending a wedding there a few years before meeting my husband. He is actually from MD and has family in Frederick. When looking for a venue I knew I had to share this beautiful location with him. Upon leaving our walk through of ThorpeWood we knew we had found our venue.
From our first meeting, up until the wedding day, Julie and her staff were always available for any questions, concerns, or advice.
Our wedding day was perfection. Julie and her staff are amazing, warm and accommodating. We were married in the Arboretum the first weekend in November and autumn arrived bringing beautiful colors and an extra layer of magic. The lodge is a beautiful space and many of our guests commented on how great everything was. The day ran like clockwork, but we never felt rushed or hurried, instead we are left with fantastic memories to share for a lifetime.
If you are looking for a wonderful venue, look no further!
Hi Adam and Travis!! I sure thought we had sent you a response...but alas, I see that did not happen!!! Thank you for your wonderful review. Your wedding celebration was so much fun and so well planned....by you two!! Great family and friends, terrific vendors...the perfect day!! See you in NYC some day!!!
Julie and Lexi are amazing!!! I was "assigned" Lexi but Julie was extremely helpful as well because Lexi was out on maternity leave. As soon as I walked into the lodge at Thorpewood, my husband and I knew it was the venue for us, then Julie sealed the deal with the beautiful property and her welcoming, kind attitude. Lexi took all of the stress out of my wedding day, she set-up all of my centerpieces and decorations, conducted the rehearsal and ceremony order, and helped coordinate guests to and from the locations they needed to be. She even reminded my husband and I what time it was during the reception so we could stay on schedule (always very politely!). My wedding day went perfectly, there was no problems whatsoever and at the end of the night, Thorpewood's staff had packed everything up and set it at the front door! If you want stress free and a beautiful venue, so with Thorpewood! Every guests keeps telling me that it was the most beautiful wedding they had ever been to!
My husband and I were married in the Pine Cathedral in October 2017. It was magical right down to every detail. Julie and Lexi eased every worry we had. Seriously, you could not ask for more. I have recommended ThorpeWood to all of my engaged friends and family, I hope to return one day as a guest to someone else's wedding.
Hi Sarah: Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review! It is so helpful for our business!! We hope that you don't wait too long to come back...book the Little Pond Cottage for a getaway!! Congratulations...it was a pleasure helping you plan your wedding celebration!!!
We got married at Thorpewood in September and we have heard over and over again from our guests that this was one of the best, unique, and memorable weddings they have ever attended. Our guests raved about the beauty of the ceremony site (we were married in the Pine Cathedral), how unique Thorpewood’s lodge and Tree Room were for the reception, and the impeccable service they received from the Thorpewood staff throughout the day. It was, truly, a perfect day. We know this is largely due to all of the hard work that Julie, who coordinated our wedding, and her staff did to make it so effortlessly appear to be a seamless day. From our first visit to Thorpewood in January, Julie has been consistently available and timely to help us in any way we may have needed and we know that she worked hard throughout our wedding day to make it look so beautiful and easy. Speaking of beautiful, this venue is perfect for any couple who, like us, are not as detailed oriented – we had minimal decorations and were still complimented over and over about how beautiful everything looked. We cannot say enough wonderful things about Thorpewood and everyone who works here – we know our wedding was so memorable because of this venue!
Hey Laura!! Thanks so very much for this amazing review! We are so glad your day was memorable...for us too!!! Please keep in touch and send some photos when you get a few you love!!! Your very generous gratuity was very appreciated and shared with our amazing staff!! Congratulations to you and Curtis!!! :)
Our daughter had her fairy tale wedding come true on October 7th, 2017. At first I was against a "destination" wedding - especially since I was doing all the flowers and decorations, but after they took me to the venue, I agreed it was perfect. Working with Julie was a delight! Her love for her job - 17 years doing this- and her degree of professionalism was well beyond a 5 star rating!! We can not sing her praises enough! Everything was beyond perfect, including the weather! Thank you Julie and supporting staff for enabling the dream wedding happen!
It was a great day!! Thank you for choosing Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood. I so enjoyed working with you as you helped plan your daughter's fairy tale wedding. They are a wonderful couple!! Thanks Janna! Maybe we'll see you on December 9 at our Holiday Open House...it is well worth a trip up!! Hugs!!
I fell in love with ThorpeWood just looking at photographs, but seeing the venue in person took my breath away. We worked with Julie, and she was superwoman. Having a day of coordinator saved my life (and my mother's); it made the event go beautifully and smoothly and took off so much stress. Julie and her team went above and beyond to make our day special from setting up the decorations, to coordinating ceremony decorations to reception decorations, making sure we were sticking to our timeline etc. Thank you Julie and team!!!!
Yay!! Makes us so happy that your day was stress free! That is always our goal!! Thank you for taking the time to write this review to share with others considering Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood. It was so wonderful meeting your family and friends. We certainly hope our paths will cross again and often! Congratulations!!
This location is stunning and Lexi was very good to us! I know our guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves. A couple of things to consider- there is limited flexibility at Thorpewood. Here are some examples: limited time to set up decorations if there is a wedding the day before yours (they may allot more time otherwise, I'm not sure); hair and makeup must be done before you arrive at the venue, but you can change clothes there; you have your choice of 2 caterers only; you have to provide all of the sound equipment. Professional DJs/bands probably have everything and can set up, just let them know the venue has no equipment. If you want dinner music upstairs (dance floor is downstairs) I recommend an additional speaker and set up....cocktail hour is typically downstairs or in the pavilion, then dinner upstairs, then dancing and dessert back downstairs. Hope this helps!
Thanks Brittanie for this review. It does provide an opportunity for us to address some of your concerns or things your found inflexible. We pride ourselves on being very flexible. We have 155 acres with many ceremony sites, several cocktail hour locations, wonderful covered or indoor back up ceremony locations in case of inclement weather, a golf cart to move you and your bridal around, to name just a few. If you are unable to decorate the day before your wedding, the wonderful thing is WE decorate for you! Which we believe is a huge plus. This way a client does not have to come in the day of their wedding, nor do they have to worry about it. We also pack up all of your decorations for you while you are enjoying your reception. We have 2 wonderful caterers…if more than that are offered the venue becomes less special. I hope you found your food above satisfactory. We have no sound equipment, nor do we need it. For 20 years 90 % of our clients have hired a DJ or Band, who provide this equipment…if we were ti provide, we would have to charge the client, we don’t want to do this as there are so many different set-ups. :) The professionals will always know to provide a speaker for introductions and toasts. Cocktail hour can be in our lodge in the Tree Room, in our covered Pavilion, in our barn, or even in our Arboretum. So, we as a business we feel we are very flexible and offer our clients many options and a full 8 hour event. We at Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood thank you very much for choosing us. We wish you many years of happiness and wonderful memories of your wedding day on the mountain! :)
Brides- Are you looking for a tucked-away treasure of a venue that will suit your rustic vibe? Look no further! I 10/10 recommend Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood for any bride who is looking for a gorgeous venue which comes along with a wonderful wedding coordinator. Julie is a an absolute pleasure to work with. She made sure my wedding day went completely smoothly. She helped fix my bustle when a button popped, worked as a constant calming presence, tamed my mother-of-the-bride-zilla, and answered every question I had from a year out from the wedding to the day of. The only reason why I didn't give Thorpewood a 5/5 was that sometimes Julie lost connection and took a little time answering some of my Emails but again, that was not an issue closer to the wedding. Happy planning, brides! WeddingWire reviews made a difference in my wedding and I'm so glad I found Thorpewood through it.
Hi Christina: We are very happy that your day of and year leading up to your wedding was made easier working with Julie and Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood. We are, however, sorry you felt that we lost connection with you. We can only imagine it was because we were working with other brides whose weddings were coming up prior to yours and Christopher's. We are never happy to learn that a client rated us low because of a lack of communication. We'll look forward to seeing photos of your celebration! Congratulations and best wishes!
We recently attended a fantasic wedding at Thorpewood. Being in the wedding party, we interacted with Julie alot and she was incredible. She even provided babysitters and activities for the kids during the ceremony, cocktail hour and party. The venue was beautiful and her team kept everything running very smooth and were so helpful to us too. The bride and groom were extremely happy with everything too. Hope to get invited to another wedding there!
Thank you so much Greg! I went into another very busy week and weekend and didn't get a chance to thank you for this wonderful review until now! It was a fun day with lots of unique and happy elements! We were glad to be part of it!! it was a pleasure meeting you and your family!! All the best
Thank you Julie and staff for planning and making my daughter's wedding GREAT!!! Julie, I am so thankful to you for the experience you gave us during our special day. Everyone enjoyed the wedding and location. It was beyond great! You have great work ethics and you know how to make things happen. Your event planning, knowledge of the venue, and recommendations, were priceless. THANK YOU!
Thank you Nina! it was a pleasure working with you as you helped Rose and Rob planned their special day!! So happy that all worked out. Congratulations!!
Somehow, without a wedding planner, and an engagement of just 3 and a half months, our wedding turned out to be one of the most beautiful, wonderful experiences of my life. I credit much of that to the support and help we got from the team at Mountain Memories. Julie was calm under pressure, incredibly helpful as a "day of" manager, and gave us great advice on vendors for flowers, deserts, food and more. Thank you Julie, and the rest of your team, for making our wedding such a wonderful moment for us, our families, and our friends.
Hi Rob and Rose! thanks so much Rob for this wonderful review and the wonderful photos!! It was such a fun day and we are so grateful that you chose Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood for this very special celebration!! Please keep in touch!! Congratulations!!!
As soon as my now HUSBAND and I went toured with Lexi, we were AMAZED! This venue is not only stunning, but it was exactly what I was looking for! My enchanted wedding was nothing short of a fairy tale. We had the pleasure of working with Lexi which was truly a breeze. She was very organized, professional, and full of ideas! Thank you Lexi and Julie for making our big day so special. It was everything I dreamed of and more!
Yay!! All we want to hear after a couple has been married at ThorpeWood!! Thanks Julie for taking the time to share your experience and happy memories!! We take huge pride in taking great care of our couples....all clients!! Congratulations!!!!
Thorpewood is so incredibly gorgeous of a venue that that in itself deserves 5 stars. It is a huge property that has multiple beautiful options for the ceremony and perfect for pictures. You also get the venue for 8 hours so you don't have to feel rushed and have more flexibility on when things start. However, Thorpewood is made even more amazing by the team there. Lexi was my coordinator but I also worked with Julie. They are both so responsive, communicative, and experienced. Lexi gave me great ideas and feedback. She was also amazing the day of my wedding, keeping everything moving according to schedule. Everything about this venue is on point and I am so lucky to be able to have my wedding here. I literally cannot recommend them enough!!
Wow Jenny, what a wonderful review of your experience and day at ThorpeWood! We all enjoyed helping you prepare for your day...which was a beautiful day on the mountain. Thank you for taking the time to share!! We hope to see you again soon!!! Best wishes and congratulations!!!!
HAVE YOUR WEDDING HERE. I was just a bride at Thorpewood in August and I can tell you it's as simple as that! Julie and Lexi are amazing and they walk you through the entire process from beginning to end - and they answered my millions of emails very quickly which alleviated all of my concerns and worries! The venue is naturally GORGEOUS - my guests were super impressed, and I truly couldn't have dreamed of a more romantic and beautiful setting. The staff is all very sweet and helpful, and very accommodating and flexible to meet your needs and desires. Julie even offered advice and decor tips to help create my perfect wedding and ran the day with no stress at all. My last piece of advice: GET YOUR DATE BOOKED! ;) Oh, and stay at the Little Pond Cottage. It's perfect.
Hi Jessica!! Thank you for this amazing review and endorsement of Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood!! We are so happy that your day was all that you hoped for and you felt your day was perfect! It was a pleasure!!! :)
My husband and I were married here in August 2017 and we are still in awe at the beauty and magic that day was for us. Julie was our coordinator, and I can't compliment her enough. She was organized, helpful, and extremely calm. She answered our questions prior to the day with promptness and gave extremely valuable advice to simplify the planning process. The day of, she was always two steps ahead of me taking care of small details that I was worried would be forgotten. We were married in the Pine Cathedral and despite being August, the weather was a cool 68 degrees. In the lodge, dinner was stunning and everyone loved the uniqueness of the tree room for cocktails and dancing. The venue is so beautiful that you do not need many decorations. For us, it was perfect to have the dancing in a space that allowed for alternative activities including smores, outdoor photobooth, and porch sitting. I'd recommend Thorpewood a hundred times over for anyone who is interested!
Hi Sarah!! Yay! I am so happy that you had the wedding celebration you hoped for!! That is our goal...always!! We look forward to seeing photos!! Congratulations!!!
The venue is absolutely breathtaking, and Julie and her team are amazing. They handled everything for us on the day of the wedding and I didn't have to worry at all! I couldn't have asked for more.
Hi Jenna!! It was a great day...love seeing your photos! We are so happy that your wedding day was all that you had hoped for!!! Thank you for choosing Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood.
My husband Chris and I just got married at Thorpewood mid-July. Everything about our wedding at ThorpeWood was incredible.. Our rehearsal went off without a hitch, and there was plenty of time to decorate. In fact, the ThorpeWood staff took extra time to take the extra decorations we had and used them throughout the site, which was awesome. On the wedding day, Julie took care of all of the details and we did not have to worry about a single thing all day. She is an incredible person who is very detail oriented and was able to coordinate everything effortlessly. In addition, they have so many different wedding sites to choose from, and the lodge for the reception is breathtaking. While many people danced, there was also a porch for grandparents to relax on, a large patio, a bonfire, and room for lawn games. This is THE PLACE to get married if you want a fun, beautiful, and unique wedding venue that is run by caring, engaging individuals.
Yay!! Thank you for such a wonderful review! It was such a fun day and we are so happy that you have great memories of a day you planned so well!! We look forward to seeing photos and to keeping in touch. All the best and congratulations!!