Our Story

The number one thing guests remember about a wedding, is the venue. At Mayflower we believe couples deserve exclusive access to gorgeous open spaces that they can customize for a truly one-of-a-kind and personally crafted wedding experience.

To help you create that experience, we offer “venue only” pricing to ensure you enjoy a maximum budget to design a dream wedding that will leave your guests talking for years to come.

So for your wedding day, book a venue that you can really make yours.

Our values

Way back in 2015 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 built his career in marketing and sales at Google. He identified unmet consumer needs for brands by analyzing online behavior data as well as traditional market research data. Sam then leveraged these insights to craft new brand strategies that increased loyalty and sales for startups and Fortune 1000 brands. At Anheuser-Busch InBev he identified product gaps in current market offerings and created a new beverage brand for this unmet consumer need. Sam received a B.A. in Sociology from Dartmouth College and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. A lifelong New Englander, Sam loves to hike, fish and spend time with family. He could not be more excited to help couples create truly personalized weddings while at the same time helping to preserve open spaces across New England.

Wesley Ripley

Full-Stack Web Development

Wesley Ripley has been coding professionally since high school and graduated in 2013 from WPI. After graduating Wesley worked at Wayfair full time for 4 years. There he had his hands in everything from leading a product focused team, to adding many new features from scratch, and making the codebase easier to work with. Wesley brings experience with large scale websites, e-commerce, and customer centric development to the team. He is pumped to leverage technology to allow open spaces to host weddings and also make it easy for couples to find unique venues, plan their weddings efficiently, and celebrate in an authentic way.

Kelly Overstreet

Operations

Kelly has 13 years of operations, logistics, and organizational leadership experience within a prominent international organization. She led dynamic organizations responsible for multi-million-dollar warehousing operations, managed intricate transportation networks, and ran complex re-supply operations. She has extensive background in event planning, project management, and strategic planning, as well as organizational design, process improvement, and human resource operations. Kelly earned a B.S. in Business Management from Western Michigan University, a Masters of Business Administration from Webster University, and a M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College. In 2017, she planned her own Mayflower-style wedding at her childhood home. She treasured sharing her personal and creative style, resulting in her absolute dream-wedding. Kelly now advises Mayflower’s Operations Division, where she combines her operational experience with her passion for turning breathtaking open spaces into each couple’s most meaningful wedding experience.

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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