Morgan & Michael

Abbie Holmes Estate

April 26, 2023

Michael and Morgan Rothman, of Cumberland County, met in college about 10 years ago and “have been together ever since,” Morgan explained. Their venue – the historic Abbie Holmes Estate – let them experience a slice of history while celebrating their love.

Whether a bride loves planning events or stresses out over the details, the staff at the Abbie Holmes Estate in Cape May Court House work hard to make each wedding day as seamless as possible.

The family-owned and operated company, Xenia Catering, was established by Susan Narrigan in 1997. Starting out of her home, Susan catered events of every size at a variety of beautiful offsite locations throughout Cape May County. In 2001, Xenia Catering found its home at the refurbished farmhouse now called The Abbie Holmes Estate.  

“We loved the atmosphere and the rustic feel,” Morgan explained. “It is also so close to several hotels and so easy to get to.”

Morgan and Michael held their ceremony in the outdoor chapel, a barn-style pavilion that guests reach by crossing over a small bridge.

The staff decorated the space with flowers and white curtains, creating a natural haven for the couple to exchange their vows in front of family and friends. After the ceremony, Morgan and Michael chose to keep some of their reception outdoors as well, on the estate’s grounds.

“We also had cornhole on the lawn, and people were free to go in and out throughout the reception,” she said. “The photobooth was outside, and there were cocktails outside if you didn’t want to wait for a drink at the main bar.”

Additional outdoor options at the estate, besides the chapel and lawn, include a porch area for wedding guests to relax and take in the manicured grounds while enjoying appetizers or sipping on cocktails.

The indoor portion of the couple’s reception was held inside the Conservatory, the main ballroom space for the venue. The light, airy room has a large dance floor and plenty of space for larger weddings.

The main house, which holds the Conservatory, also has several smaller areas, ideal for cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres. One such area is the Sun Room, featuring windows that allow natural sunlight to fill the space.

Another area is the Farm House, consisting of many smaller rooms for offering different hors d’oeuvres options and decorated with vintage furniture for guests to relax and chat.

Finally, rounding out the indoor options are the bridal suites, tucked away in a private area upstairs and with spaces for both bride and groom and their wedding parties to prepare and escape for a breather on their big day.

“The food was so good! We used their caterer,” Morgan recalled. “They have a crazy amount of options. For dinner, we did stations, and everything was great.” The staff at the estate gladly took over the planning process for Morgan, who deems herself “not a planner.”

“Abbie Holmes Estate made the planning process so easy,” she explained. “They took care of everything for me. They even did all the floral arrangements and centerpieces for the wedding. They just made my day so stress-free!”