Love and Appreciation Notes
Melanie & Alec
December 2016MORE +
“Our guests were utterly amazed at the holiday decor, the grandeur of the building, the professionalism of the waitstaff, and especially the food.”
“My wedding at Willowdale Estate was a dream come true. From the beginning, when we had a tour of the estate, the staff was so attentive and knowledgeable about every detail. During the process of planning the wedding, the entire planning team was at our disposal for any questions or concerns I had along the way. Their attentiveness to my needs helped me feel confident about every aspect of the event that they would be handling.
About 8 weeks prior to our wedding, we were assigned our coordinator, Courtney, who has completely exceeded all expectations I’ve had for a coordinator. She completely personalized our wedding, just how we wanted it. Courtney is professional, patient, warm, and has an expertise that made me have complete faith in her abilities. Being a very particular bride, I was so pleased to find that not only did the staff follow direction really well when it came to my decor, but they made recommendations and worked to make everything far better than I had ever imagined!
The wedding itself was seamless from start to finish. Courtney was in close contact with all of our vendors to ensure that we had everything exactly how we wanted it. Our guests were utterly amazed at the holiday decor, the grandeur of the building, the professionalism of the waitstaff, and especially the food. I’ve received countless compliments on the food, most of which included the phrase, “that was the best wedding food I’ve ever had.” Our guests were dazzled by every detail of the wedding, and were begging to take home the delicious homemade cookies, which really capped off a perfect night.
Every wedding fantasy of mine was fulfilled by having my wedding at the Willowdale Estate. There is not a single item that wasn’t perfection.”
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Katelyn & Andrew
November 2016MORE +
“The combination of the charm and character of Willowdale and the pure class of the staff created a magical wedding day that was far beyond anything we could have imagined.”
“From the time we stepped into Willowdale for the first time we knew it was the only place we wanted to have our wedding, and it couldn’t have been a better experience. Yes, the grounds, venue, and atmosphere are stunning, but we feel we owe most of this to the staff. From sales, to our planner Kelly, to all of the servers, bartenders, chefs and grounds crew, we encountered nothing but extraordinary people and service. They were an absolute pleasure to work with, and made planning our wedding day an enjoyable, and most importantly, fun experience. Our friends and family members who were able to meet those involved always made it a point to say how wonderful they were and how absolutely beautiful and unique the venue is. The combination of the charm and character of Willowdale and the pure class of the staff created a magical wedding day that was far beyond anything we could have imagined. We also have to make a special note about the food – from the hors d’oeuvres to the main course and unique variety of desserts – which were all absolutely incredible, and that our guests could not stop speaking about. Thank you to everyone at Willowdale for making our wedding day such a wonderful and memorable experience.”
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Megan & Robert
October 2016MORE +
“…the process was easy… staff were friendly and helpful the night of… guests have not stopped commenting on how good the food was… the cookies are phenomenal, truly!”
“We had a fantastic reception at Willowdale Estate! The venue itself is beautiful. If you are hosting a winter/autumn event, it is a guaranteed gorgeous backdrop. From beginning to end the process was easy, which was endlessly valuable to us. Lines of communication were open, clear and our wedding coordinator was the eye of the storm. The general staff were friendly and helpful the night of, adding to the warmth of an already great night. Coordination of set-up and break-down was seamless, also something we are grateful for. Our guests have not stopped commenting on how good the food was. Over all we cannot say enough good things about our experience there! I should add, the cookies are phenomenal, truly.”
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Sarah & David
October 2016MORE +
“We couldn’t have dreamed of a more perfect wedding day! … our vision was executed perfectly and our guests could not stop raving about the beauty of the venue and the food!”
“We couldn’t have dreamed of a more perfect wedding day! Willowdale Estate was the perfect venue for us – we live in Texas, but wanted to get married back at home where our families live. Willowdale accommodated our needs in every way – from meeting with our families at times that we could not be there to setting up a private food tasting because we could not make it to the group event. They think of everything at this place! And if there is something that you want that they don’t offer (which really is not very much), they really listen to your suggestions and help figure out a solution. Our wedding day went so smoothly, our vision was executed perfectly by our wedding coordinator, Courtney, and our guests could not stop raving about the beauty of the venue and the food!”
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Marina & Joseph
September 2016MORE +
“The knowledge and care that they all have for the property truly showed in how flawlessly the planning and actual wedding day went…..I now find every opportunity to attend events at Willowdale. HIGHLY RECCOMEND !”
“My event coordinator, Nicole, and the rest of the Willowdale team has perfected the art of wedding planning. The knowledge and care that they all have for the property truly showed in how flawlessly the planning and actual wedding day went. I cannot say enough amazing things about the Venue and every single person I had the pleasure of working with. You are not just another client on their list you feel a personal investment and you feel that you’ve become a part of their family throughout the experience. I now find every opportunity to attend events at Willowdale. HIGHLY RECCOMEND!”
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Erica & Michael
August 2016MORE +
“It is absolutely beautiful, but what stood out to us the most was the hands-on and professional demeanor of the staff….It was truly more amazing than anything I ever could have dreamed of. I would recommend Willowdale to anyone.”
“When my husband and I left our visit to Willowdale Estate, we knew that we found our perfect venue. It is absolutely beautiful, but what stood out to us the most was the hands-on and professional demeanor of the staff. Our sales representative Belinda was warm, inviting, and very knowledgeable. Kelly Hart (our coordinator) was patient and comforting when we had a question or concern, and she often had helpful suggestions to make wedding planning easier. The Willowdale staff is so good at what they do, couples do not worry about a thing. At our wedding, the staff was taking care of details that I never would’ve even thought of, and I was the bride! And I cannot stress enough, having our coordinator Kelly saved me. If you are worried about being too busy to plan your wedding (I took the bar exam weeks before my wedding), Willowdale is a godsend. Kelly was flexible and helpful, working with me in person or over the phone, always working around my schedule, to make sure that I had the wedding of my dreams. Willowdale also sets up all of your decor for you. On our wedding day, everything was done for us – escort cards, family photographs, decorative lanterns and candles, everything, was set up, and better than I had envisioned. Willowdale caterers use only local farm-raised foods, and it shows. Many guests have told me how much they enjoyed their dinners. Couples get to attend a wonderful group tasting prior to their event, which gives them a chance to try many food and wine options and meet other Willowdale couples. We have gotten so many rave reviews from guests about our wedding!! AND, my husband and I were able to have so much fun at our wedding, too! We had time to visit our guests, eat dinner, and dance all night, because Willowdale staff makes sure the evening progresses on your timeline. It was truly more amazing than anything I ever could have dreamed of. I would recommend Willowdale to anyone, and I am confident anyone who attended my wedding would, too.”
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Michelle & Stephen
June 2016MORE +
“The staff, the food and the venue were above and beyond all our expectations. It truly was the best day ever”.
“If we could do it all over again, we wouldn’t because I don’t think you could get much more perfect. From the day we took the tour, we knew Willowdale Estate was where we wanted to get married.
Amy Sleeper was our wedding coordinator and we couldn’t have asked for anyone better. At our first meeting, she provided us with a great outline of the day which helped us plan and make sure we didn’t miss anything from our side. In the weeks leading up to the wedding, she was always quick to respond to any of our questions or concerns. On the day of the wedding, Amy took the reigns and everything went off without a hitch. Even when a quick thunderstorm hit, she and the staff had the sides of the tent down before the first raindrops fell without our guests even knowing. She was always nearby throughout the day, but never hovering or in the way.
The food at Willowdale Estate is on par with anything you can get in a fine dining restaurant in Boston. Weeks later we are still continuing to get compliments from guests about the food. Make sure you try the chocolate chip cookies!
The staff, the food and the venue were above and beyond all our expectations. It truly was the best day ever.”
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Dana & Brandon
May 2016MORE +
“We would recommend this venue to anyone who wants a classy, magical wedding that your guests will remember as “the best wedding” they’ve been to!”
“It’s been three weeks since our wedding day, and we are still getting compliments from our friends and relatives who loved Willowdale Estate. We worked with Kaitlin Umbro to book the venue 16 months before the wedding day, and Willowdale staff have been there for us since the day we toured the estate. Courtney Hickey, our assigned coordinator, was impeccable; she really understood my vision for decorating the venue and happily accommodated our last minute requests and changes. We truly felt as if we were working with a good, caring friend to make our dream wedding come true. We didn’t do a rehearsal on site, but our ceremony went so smoothly– thanks to Courtney! We had intermittent rain showers and low temp (~low 50’s) for our tent wedding (first weekend of Willowdale’s tent wedding season), BUT our ceremony was still beautiful under the tent and our guests were kept warm with four strong heaters! Willowdale’s food is amazing, and their staff are unbelievably professional. We really didn’t have to worry about anything once we got to the venue because everything was taken care of by the staff, coordinated by Courtney. We are SO happy that we got married at Willowdale. We would recommend this venue to anyone who wants a classy, magical wedding that your guests will remember as “the best wedding” they’ve been to!”
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Jillian & John
May 2016MORE +
“If you’re thinking about Willowdale, you can’t go wrong. Well worth the cost.”
“Willowdale was the most perfect location we could have ever picked for our wedding. We chose Willowdale because we were initially impressed by the beautiful venue and thought that it would be fun to get married right in my hometown.
But it’s also so much more than just a pretty place. Everyone there was easy to work with and professional. They were very flexible which was important to us, since we live in California and couldn’t always fly back to meet the team throughout the planning process. On the day of the wedding, everything ran extremely smoothly. Our coordinator Amy took care of everything from making sure we had snacks while getting ready, to lining up the bridal party, to interfacing with all of our vendors so that they knew where to go and what to do.
Finally, the food was awesome, which is something that isn’t typical for wedding venues. We had the opportunity to meet the chef during our planning process. He’s super passionate and knowledgeable about food and it really shows in both the appetizers and main courses that he and his team make.
If you’re thinking about Willowdale, you can’t go wrong. Well worth the cost.”LESS -
Erica & David
May 2016MORE +
“Our friends and family are still talking about “the best wedding they have ever been to” even a month later!”
“Willowdale Estate is a magical venue. From the moment we walked in for our first tour to leaving on our wedding night, there are nothing but positive things to say about this place. The sales manager, Belinda, was professional, patient and very helpful with answering our millions of questions. Once you book, you do not get assigned your wedding coordinator until about 2 months out. But don’t let that scare you. They have an amazing planning team that is always there to answer questions. They really make sure to answer your emails very quickly and are very detailed with their responses. When we got assigned our coordinator, it had felt like we were with her from day one. Courtney knew all of the details we had planned thus far, and made the transition so seamless. She was extremely patient, helpful, fun to work with and always super responsive. Our wedding day was better than we could have ever imagined. Courtney made our vision come to life perfectly. Our friends and family are still talking about “the best wedding they have ever been to” even a month later! Everything from the service staff, the food, and the venue was incredible. Thank you to the entire Willowdale Team, especially Courtney! We can’t thank you enough!”
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Emily & Edward
April 2016MORE +
“I can confidently say that they truly provide a service and it’s so worth the value. From the food, to the venue, to their team – they are truly a great team of professionals!”
“Willowdale served as the absolute perfect backdrop for our wedding. The space is so unique and beautiful that it truly speaks for itself and doesn’t need much added. We had our ceremony and reception inside of the mansion which was a delight. Each room is so different than the last and all of our guests thought it was absolutely breathtaking.
The food at Willowdale is worth noting – typically venue food is nothing to write about, but Willowdale is gourmet and absolutely delicious. So many of our guests were raving about the food to us after and especially their cookies! The cookies alone sold my fiance on getting married here
Finally, I can’t say enough great things about our day-of coordinator, Amy. Willowdale was great with answering questions throughout the entire planning process. They are so experienced and professional, they thought of things that I never would have. Once we found out we’d be working with Amy on our wedding day, she took over and was an absolute delight to work with. I didn’t realize how much I appreciated having her until a few days before our wedding and the actual day of when she coordinated with all of our vendors to make sure everything was executed properly and I didn’t have to have any additional stress. She always made sure we had drinks and food and ensured everything ran according to plan – like reminding me about our parent dances when I had totally forgotten!
Willowdale was one of the more expensive venues we looked at, but I can confidently say that they truly provide a service and it’s so worth the value. From the food, to the venue, to their team – they are truly a great team of professionals!”
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Mattie & Joe
April 2016MORE +
“The Willowdale team works tirelessly behind the scenes to perfect every detail, truly collaborate with the vendors you choose and provide an absolutely unforgettable experience for guests. “
“When we started planning our wedding, there are no words to describe how overwhelmed we were with all the immediate decisions that had to be made. We considered venues all over the Northeast, and being based in Boston we truly fought to keep our wedding vision unique to us, while finding a place our friends and family (all traveling in for the celebration) would love. We visited Willowdale on a freezing cold, ugly January day. From the minute we stepped inside the house, we knew we had found something special – everything from our initial meet and greet with the team, the house tour, and the professional but incredibly kind demeanor of every single staff member made this one decision in our yearlong planning process, the easiest one we made. Through the year we kept in close contact with staff asking questions, getting advice, confirming details – and not once did they ever make us feel like we were overstepping, in fact they made it clear that they were available to help us with any piece of the planning process (and there are many) and always gave us quick, incredibly helpful responses. When we were assigned our coordinator, Nichole, we were absolutely blown away by how easy she made the last three months of planning for us. Every single detail was managed and carefully discussed over meetings that weren’t stressful in the slightest, and various email threads – each one assuring us that their team had all the moving pieces carefully coordinated – food, room layouts, decoration, day-of schedule, vendor communication and setup – little things that couples often forget about or end up worrying about were completely taken care of. Our wedding day went by in a flash, but the one thing we do remember is how easy it was to enjoy ourselves. Not a single thing went wrong, and our guests absolutely raved (and are still raving) about how relaxing and welcoming the house was, how delicious the food was, and how the day truly reflected us as a couple. There is no bigger compliment to a bride and groom, than to know that what they worked so hard on came to life – and it is no small feat to make that happen seamlessly. The Willowdale team works tirelessly behind the scenes to perfect every detail, truly collaborate with the vendors you choose and provide an absolutely unforgettable experience for guests. Nichole spent the days before and day of our wedding being a calm, constant reminder that we had absolutely nothing to worry about other than having a wonderful day and we are so grateful to of had that type of support. As a bride, I feel so lucky to have had a coordinator not only keeping track of the logistics I had no time to worry about, but also someone I was genuinely thrilled to have helping my friends and family navigate the day happily.
From start to finish we felt like we were taken care of, and not just another event on a busy calendar for the venue – on one of the happiest days of your life, having a team of kind, professionals on your side is absolutely invaluable. I would recommend the venue over and over again to prospective couples.”
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Celebration of Life
May 2015MORE +
“What particularly distinguishes Willowdale from many other possible locations is the genuine residential quality of its surroundings and attentive staff.”
“Last May, brothers Harry L. Curtis, III and John P. Margolis engaged Willowdale Estate to host a Memorial Luncheon honoring their late mother Lillian Prince Margolis. The house and grounds proved to be the idyllic setting in every regard. Considering the brutal New England winter that preceded, May 17th turned out to be literally the very first Spring day with clear blue skies and an abundance of blooming tulips and lilacs framing all the outside terraces.
Originally the Celebration of Life event was actually planned by Mrs. Margolis during her final months. She envisioned a festive luncheon with her closest friends and family would gather – instead of in a dreary chapel service. Her plan was fully realized posthumously with some modest direction from her two sons. The Willowdale Estate exceeded their expectations as they honored her legacy over a sumptuous sit down luncheon for 180 people with an elegant buffet. The staff and and food were all superlative.
What particularly distinguishes Willowdale from many other possible locations is the genuine residential quality of its surroundings and attentive staff. The rooms have an intimate, home-like feeling to them, and several are crafted in natural wood with an authentic Arts & Crafts quality – elegant, but not pretentious.
We gladly recommend Willowdale Estate without reservation.”