At Merry Hill, we want to put love into everything we do and make each couple and their families feel like family here. We are very fortunate to have a team of wonderful people who make up our Merry Hill family. Here are some of the friendly faces you'll see around Merry Hill!
Joannie is an event manager at Merry Hill. She is from Mebane - in fact, she was Natalie and Grace's Bible School teacher at Hebron Church, just down the road! Whether she is acting as house attendant or working as the manager of a wedding, she always puts her whole heart into what she does, and we are truly fortunate to have her as an event manager at Merry Hill. She is also the mother of two children, Richie and Emily, and grandmother of the world's cutest grandbaby, Oliver James.
Rachel takes on lots of roles at Merry Hill, from working as a parking attendant to painting the farm's beautiful white fence. She is Sammy's daughter and has an adorable little girl, Marleigh Grace. She is engaged and plans to be married at Merry Hill one day. We can't wait to see what a beautiful bride she'll be!
Ed keeps the Merry Hill IT up and running. He makes sure there is wifi for you to take your selfie with a peacock or check in on Facebook from the groom's cottage. Merry Hill is peacefully tucked away in the countryside, but Ed makes sure we are well connected to the hustle and bustle outside. We'd be lost without him!
Bernard has been part of our Merry Hill family since our very early days. He is our farm's guardian angel, often behind the scenes fixing things before we knew they broke and taking care of things before we could even ask. The first to check in after an ice storm or to double check that the horses have water in high summer, he is a wonderful and dear friend, and we are very thankful to have him as part of our set-up and take-down team.
Sammy can just about fix anything, any time, anywhere. Some of the best mornings at Merry Hill begin with him showing up with Biscuitville biscuits at dawn and making everybody get to work! The beautiful fields you see around Merry Hill are all thanks to his hard work, year round, to keep them green and healthy to feed the horses and cows and produce the best hay around. As Lynne's cousin, he has a heartfelt passion for the original family farmland and family history – if you want some good stories, he's the one to ask. He also created the beautiful pine dance floor at Merry Hill and is part of our set-up and take-down team. He is pictured here with his daughter Rachel, and has a beautiful granddaughter Marleigh Grace.
Grace is Lynne's daughter and grew up at Merry Hill. She looks after our website and social media. Some of her best memories are of riding horses around the farm with Natalie, family cookouts in the yard, and baking cakes for big family Christmases at Merry Hill. She recently got her PhD at Oxford University and lives in London, England, but comes home whenever she can.
Natalie makes sure everything is kept in order in the bookkeeping for Merry Hill. She has traveled around the world and lived in Wales and Korea, but no matter how far she roams she always makes time to lend a helping hand in any way that's needed. We say "bookkeeping" but in reality we couldn't put one name to all the things Natalie does – you can find her herding donkeys, fixing Lynne's cellphone, cleaning windows, and any other number of things! She even makes beautiful custom clothes for reenactment days at Historic Halifax (the girl makes a mean bonnet). She is like a sister to Grace and a daughter to Lynne, and we are so thankful to have her as part of our team and family.
Jen is an event manager at Merry Hill. She lived in Forth Worth, Texas before coming to North Carolina. She is super organized and attentive to detail in everything she does. Her positive, friendly attitude often reminds us that although weddings can be stressful, they don't have to be!
Lynne is the owner of Merry Hill and the heart of our Merry Hill family. She is also the artist of many of the lovely paintings on the walls of the Merry Hill house. She cares sincerely about each couple that gets married at Merry Hill and is always honored to help their wedding dreams become reality. If you show up unannounced it is not unusual to hear her blasting Lynard Skynard from the time you reach the mailbox. She lovingly takes care of all our farm animals and knows each rose and tree by name. She will never accept the credit, but she is the heart and soul of Merry Hill.