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Below you will find some of the wonderful things people have had to say about us:

Can't thank you enough for providing an excellent service on Meghan's big day. If any potential clients would like a reference please forward them to me.

—Ernie Wicher

Allison, just wanted to say thank you for making the girls party unforgettable!! All the kids had a blast and the ponies were so sweet and gentle. Thank you! Thank you!


We have had so many compliments on the horse and Cinderella carriage. Candie said she truly had her fairy tale wedding! So glad that I found your website! I will certainly be suggesting you to every bride to be that I know!

– Stacy


We wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for your part in Whitney and Russell's wedding this past weekend. It was such a beautiful day and everything went so well. It truly is an honor to work alongside such amazing wedding professionals. You are valued and appreciated for your talent, skill, expertise, and team effort. Thank you for what you not only add to the Hampton Roads' wedding profession, but who each of you are as individuals. We are honored to be among you! Thank you, again! We hope to work with you all very soon!
Warm regards,

–Brittney, Emily & The Emily Weddings Team

Smithfield Horse & Carriage Co.,
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! You all did a fantastic job and it was truly a joy to work with you! This was such a treat for everyone and your carriage choices worked out perfectly for our residents. We greatly enjoyed having you with us for our Holiday of Lights Celebration!

Happy Holidays (Dec. 2009),
~Windsor Meade of Williamsburg

Dear Allison and Rick,
I simply cannot say enough good things about the regal carriage we stepped into on our wedding day.  Your newest addition to your family of horses was magnificent just as promised and Zha-Zha was a superstar.  Everyone was talking about her for days after the wedding!  Thank you for making our wedding day exceptional—the horse and carriage ride with puppy escort was my favorite part of the festivities and I have continued to hear compliments from our guests as well.  It lent a “fairy tale” air to the day that carried over into the reception.  My memories from that day are priceless. 
Thank you again and again!  I will continue to sing your praises and wish you both continued happiness and prosperity!
~Stacy Geroge (formerly Ostapko)

Dear Allison,
We wanted to thank you again for making Jason and Catherine's carriage ride a wonderful event for their wedding on Ft. Monroe Virginia. They had a wonderful time, while making Princess stop along the way so they can take pictures.

The carriage was decorated perfectly and even yourself match their wedding colors. Even though Catherine loves the color orange and the flowers, sunflowers, I though it might be a little difficult. But you really came through making everything just beautiful.

Everyone thought it was the perfect start for their life journey and received a lot of comments throughout the reception. I am so glad I asked to have Princess, since Catherine wanted to be a princess for the day. Everything turned out just perfect, in spite of  the weather the day before.

Thank you again for everything you have done making their first ride a memorable and enjoyable one.

Julie and Scott Kindred

Good afternoon Allison, Rick, Clyde and Zsa-Zsa,
I just wanted to send you a little note and let you know how much I appreciated everything that you all did Sunday to make Karl’s birthday a special day.  He really enjoyed the carriage ride and as well as I did.   It was a surprise to him and a lot of others at the party.  Allison, it was a real joy talking with you during the ride.  I picked out a few photos and have attached them.  You are No. #1 on my list for horse drawn carriage rides and I would highly recommend you to anyone.  I am glad I got to meet all of you and thank you again for a wonderful day! 

~Suzy G. Eure
DLS Engineering Associates, Inc.
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Engineering Support Division
U.S. Coast Guard, ARSC

We want to take this opportunity to express our thanks for making Melinda's wedding day so very special. Her dream was to arrive at her wedding in your horse "Clyde" drawn carriage. It was magnificent! It was a dream come true! Every step of the process was easy and convenient for all involved. From the first time I contacted your company back in October, got your contract, requested which horse and carriage, decorations and time specifications. I was truly delighted with the attention to detail. The carriage arrived on time at our home in Indian River Plantation and Clyde took us as directed by you to the Pavilion in our neighborhood. The guests rose to their feet as the bride arrived and it was a true sight to see. Thank you! Clyde was so majestic as he patiently waited for the ceremony to conclude so the bride and groom could have pictures taken.
Thank you!
Best Regards,

~Pam Rawlins

The highlight of our 40th anniversary celebration was our magnificent carriage ride from home to the Ruritan Club….I don’t know how I was able to keep it a secret fro my husband.  Thank you for a great ride!

-Sincerely, Mac & Jeanne Fitzgerald

Thank you for making the carriage ride such a success!  Laura and Stephen enjoyed every minute and started out their journey in style….We really enjoyed working with you and wish you much success-may god bless you and yours forever!

-Sincerely, Ron & Carole Hall

On behalf of the Suffolk YMCA staff and Board of Directors, we would like to express our deepest appreciation to you and Smithfield Horse & Carriage Co.  For your generous contribution to our Spray Park Grand Opening on June 24, 2006.  Your involvement allowed several families to spend the day in a safe, fun and exciting environment for hours.  Thank you again for your time and your commitment to our events success.

-Sincerely, Lorraine Worrell, Property Director & Stephanie Clark, Event Coordinator

Dear Allison and Rick,

We want to tell you how much fun we had New Year’s Eve touring Olde Towne Portsmouth!  What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon seeing the sights and learning the history of the area.  Allison was a great hostess and she was very knowledgeable of the architectural styles of the homes and their prior owners, as well as local folklore etc. 

Both of you went above and beyond to give us a wonderful carriage ride experience.  We have raved to all of our friends how nice and accommodating you both were to our party of 5 (even if Brandy did sleep thru most of her ride on her Aunt Debbie’s lap!)

 Please feel free to post this recommendation on any site or at any event.  I want everyone to know how enjoyable your carriage rides are and that we look forward to having another one in the near future!  Also, when Brandy gets older we want to have a pony party for her!

 Take care and may 2007 be a prosperous one for you both and the company!

 -Jeanette, Mark and Brandy Bailey, Norfolk, VA


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