When my daughter got engaged, we told her if she didn't marry at home she would have to include rooms for her sisters, her father, and me in her budget! LIttle did we know that when she told us she had planned her reception at the bed and breakfast called the Ravine in Oxford we really had no idea what was in store for us! First of all, I must say that as a mother of the bride planning a wedding seven hours away, Joel was fantastic to work with! He was easy to contact and always willing to work with us on details! Next, the bed and breakfast! Joel and his wife have two nice, comfortable rooms inside as well as the cabin near the restaurant! My husband and I stayed in the cabin which was used as the meeting place for all the family who were there for the wedding ceremony and reception. THe spaciousness of this cabin allowed room for everyone to relax and prepare for the wedding! The comfort of the bed allowed my husband and I some much needed rest before the big day! Joel and his wife went out of their way to provide us with whatever we needed -- including extra tables and chairs for the cabin to accommodate those who continually stopped by to visit in the days before the wedding. Included in all the rooms was a fantastic breakfast prepared by Joel, who is an amazing chef! The presentation was ideal but the taste was amazing!
The Wedding Reception itself could rival any in a big city! Guests who came from as far as California, Chicago, Louisiana, and Florida couldn't stop complimenting the elegance of the food, service, and atmosphere! My two other daughters claimed we definately set the bar high for receptions because of the ambiance at the wedding reception at the Ravine! Joel and the bride and groom decided before hand what food was to be served by wait staff throughout the reception and what food was to be set out
through the evening! Not only was the h'ordeurves delicious, Joel added some extra tasty morsels just because he wanted to try something new! This was at no additional cost to us but was a definate additional plus to our guests! As a stressed mother of the bride (the electricity had went off during the wedding ceremony) Joel was at the door of the Ravine to greet me with my favorite drink when we arrived after the wedding! He also thought ahead and saved a plate for the bride and groom including a little of each of the items they had on their food lists! This was a welcome surprise because they spent their time visiting with their guests instead of eating! Joel allowed us to decorate the evening before when his guests had left and his friendly staff were there at the end of the reception to clean up - not allowing us to help but shooing us out to the porch to relax while they did all the work! He even brought us yummy appetizers at the end of the evening while we sat and relaxed with various family members! We couldn't believe our luck in finding this gem in Oxford, MS! Joel, I have to apologize for taking so long to write a review - life got in the way! I would recommend the Ravine for a gourmet meal, a weekend get-a-way, or the Wedding Reception of a lifetime!
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