Our Story

Your friends and family will remember your wedding day forever. At Mayflower Venues, we believe those memories need tell your unique story as a couple.

When we surveyed wedding guests to learn what most defines a wedding in their memory, the number one response was “the venue.” That is why we provide you with a myriad of gorgeous, unique open space venues you can customize with all your favorite vendors to create something that is truly you.

Mayflower venues are meant to enable creativity. Here at Mayflower there are no required or exclusive vendors. We offer “venue only” pricing so you get more budget back and our proprietary Mayflower app creates venue specific planning tools to simplify logistics. It’s your wedding day, we just want to help put your inner artist in control of it.

Whether or not it is a Mayflower venue, we hope you find a venue where you can create. We want your wedding to be to leave your guests with a truly unique memory of your story.

Our values

Way back in 2017 there were two values that converged and led to the creation of Mayflower: celebrating couples’ individuality and preserving unique open spaces.

Celebrating Couples’ Individuality

Every couple has a unique story to tell, and therefore should have a unique wedding venue that supports it. We’ve seen too many unique friends have virtually the same wedding. Too often traditional wedding venues and event spaces have restrictions on design and vendor choices, limiting a couple’s chance to convey what makes them, them. Because Mayflower’s open spaces are not wedding factories, the owners are happy to give couples exclusive use of the space for a full 72-hours to allow for far greater customization than traditional venues.

Preserving Unique Open Spaces

As New Englanders, we have long loved the region’s farms, fields, orchards, historic homes and many other spaces that would make breathtaking wedding venues. Many of these spaces are now at risk of being sold or developed as it becomes increasingly expensive to maintain open land. Our goal is to help preserve and celebrate the beautiful and historic open spaces we love across New England. We work with farmers, land trusts and other land owners to connect them with an additional means of capital to maintain their properties. No faceless hotel chains or restaurants here, just real people with real open spaces they love.

Our People

Sam McElhinney

Strategy, Marketing, Sales

Sam, a lifelong New Englander, loves to hike, fish, and spend time with family. He brings six years of sales and marketing experience from his time at Google along with degrees from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and Dartmouth College. When he is not camping, skiing or otherwise outdoors, Sam leads Mayflower’s marketing and sales division where he can apply his love of land to preserving open spaces across New England.

Wesley Ripley

Full-Stack Web Development

While most of us were playing tag, Wesley was learning everything and anything tech! Coding professionally since high school, Wesley graduated from WPI in 2013 and was hired at Wayfair where he handled everything from leading a product focused team, to developing features such as their iconic “idea board” from scratch! Wesley brings experience with large scale websites, e-commerce, and customer centric development and is pumped to make it easy for couples to find unique venues, plan their weddings efficiently, and celebrate in an authentic way.

Kelly Overstreet

Operations

Kelly is what Mayflower likes to call their “creative wedding guru!” She comes to Mayflower with 13 years of professional large-scale event planning experience where she loved unlocking the creativity of each unique client. Kelly thrives on building strong customer relationships and is driven to enhance each customer interaction with streamlined support and superior service. She is wild about the outdoors, and whether hiking, biking, snowboarding, or surfing, you can be sure she’s checking off her next adventure with a smile on her face!

Paige Madden

Marketing, Finance Intern

Paige started her career in Sales & Trading at Goldman Sachs before moving to Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan. At J.P. Morgan, Paige focused on capital markets financings for consumer and healthcare companies. She worked on strategic transactions for several Fortune 500 companies, including Kraft Heinz, Whole Foods, and Johnson & Johnson. A first-year MBA student at MIT Sloan School of Management, Paige is focused on finance and entrepreneurship. Paige earned her B.A. in Economics from Cornell University in 2013. At Mayflower Venues, she is excited about leveraging her background in sales and finance to market the product offering, connecting couples to unique open spaces, while helping support the local farmers and landowners. A Boston native, Paige loves to ski, hike, and run along the Charles River.

Our Advisors

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Donna Levin

Co-Founder Care.com,
Serial Entrepreneur

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42 North

Wedding Planning

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Hummingbird Bridal

Wedding Planning

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Andrei Hagiu

Marketplace Strategy

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