BEHIND-THE-SCENES: Supper Club
Willowdale Estate is a 1901 Arts and Crafts stone mansion that sits on 4 acres in the 720-acre Bradley Palmer State Park. In the early years, the mansion was known for hosting many grand events with guests such as President Taft, the Prince of Wales and General Patton. Today, Willowdale Estate is a luxury venue and private caterer for on-site weddings and events year-round. We also host a popular series of public events, including our “Red Door Supper Club”. (more…)
ICONIC OUTDOOR PORTRAITS
One of the many perks of getting married at Willowdale are all the unique backdrops! From our historic fieldstone estate, to the banks of the Ipswich River – there are many options to choose from for portraits and first looks.
REAL WEDDING: Luxurious Details & Full Service Planning
Every year we have a few clients who have a vision for their wedding day that is above and beyond your typical wedding reception décor, and Rob and Niccole’s wedding really stood out for the amazing volume of luxurious details that were incorporated into their day. (more…)
PLANNING FOR PROM
Willowdale Estate is a great option for this years prom season! Our custom sail cloth Sperry Tent is available for use May through October and offers flooring, side panels, heating, fans and lighting. Guests will also enjoy exclusive use of our historic property for a 5 hour reception with access to our 1901 Arts & Craft Mansion.
In order to make the planning process as easy as possible, we have just about everything you need for your event already on-site! We include cocktail and reception tables, furniture for food stations, floor length ivory linens, white garden chairs, glassware and flatware! Upgrade options including centerpiece rentals, farm tables and chiavari chairs are also available!
Our on-site gourmet caterer, WILLOWDALE KITCHENS offers an extensive list of culinary offerings to please every students palette and your dining experience can be customized with our flexible menu. Perhaps you want to offer food stations, a plated meal or a cocktail style reception – we can accommodate all of these requests!
For even more entertainment, we offer a variety of lawn games that can be set up on the lawn and garden courtyard adjoining our tent including cornhole, giant jenga, connect four and more!
Let us help you plan a prom that is easy to plan and impossible to forget!
Contact, Corporate & Social Events Manager Noah Quist for more info!
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BEHIND-THE-SCENES: Cooking Class
There are few things more unifying in life than the experience of preparing a meal from scratch and gathering around a table to eat, drink and share that meal with others. Willowdale Estate is excited to continue with our seasonal Cooking Classes! With just two more classes planned for this year (March 15th & November 15th) we thought it was about time we give you a behind-the-scenes look at our format, the included items in our gift bags, and the overall experience! Read on to the bottom of the post where we share the recipe for our Ricotta Gnocchi!
REAL WEDDING: MELISSA & RYAN
Love is always in the air at Willowdale Estate! Happy anniversary to Melissa & Ryan who got married during our mansion season one year ago on February 13th!
While preparing for the ceremony, Melissa and her bridesmaids enjoyed the Mimosa Getting Ready Package – champagne on ice with the brides choice of two different juices!
Our post and beam style Wedding Suite is the ideal place to get ready for your big day and has the perfect hook to display a wedding dress! Melissa wore a french ivory colored A-line dress with cap sleeves, a scoop neck and elegant layers of tulle.
Wearing comfortable shoes on your wedding day is important! Melissa wore a pair of fashionable pink studded flats by shoe designer “Butter” – which offers many flirty feminine designs including a whole bridal collection!
Are you planning on doing a first look at your wedding? If so, it provides some extra time for special portraits and Willowdale’s house and grounds has no shortage of photo opportunities. Melissa and Ryan are pictured on the pergola just outside of the library in the North Wing of the estate.
When you are planning a winter wedding, it’s important to make sure you and your wedding party are comfortable in the cold! Assorted faux fur shawls are a stylish and savvy choice for outside portraits!
Our in-house flatware, glassware and linens provide a simple, clean and classic tablescape for your reception while our Chiavari chairs and mercury glass candle package add a touch of glamour!
The wedding cake and festive cupcakes from Mayflour Confections in Rockport were beautifully displayed on our farm cart in our unique Dining Room space.
photos: cuppa photography
PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR: Greenery
Every year the king of color, Pantone, comes out with a new “Color of the Year” and this year they went with a springy shade called Greenery. Pantone has become the trusted source for color influence across many industries like fashion, interiors, manufacturing and design.
Greenery is a natural color that plays nicely with all sorts of shades but today we have some inspiration for a Pantone wedding theme using a few colors from the “forest floor” color palette.
Rock Your Socks & Let Your Shoes Shine
Wedding attire is all about the details. Get creative with the shoes and socks you choose to wear on your big day! Selecting styles, colors or themes that are representative of you and your group is a a fun and subtle way to personalize your outfit and always makes for great photos! Willowdale has seen some memorable footwear walk through our doors including these pastel Converse low tops perfect for a spring wedding! (more…)
You’re invited! 2017 Public Event Listings
Every year Willowdale Estate hosts a series of public events to share our unique space with our friends, neighbors and clients. Please join us as we open our doors to the public. Events are separated into three categories:
HISTORIC TOURS – Guided tours of the estate featuring historic details, context and conversation about the history of Willowdale with a light reception to follow.
SIGNATURE EVENTS – Themed gatherings tailored to the seasons offering food, drink and entertainment.
WILLOWDALE KITCHENS – Food focused events including cooking classes led by our Executive Chef AND our exclusive private dining Red Door Supper Club experience.
Five Timeless Wedding Trends
There are many trends that come and go, but there are a few that are here to stay and will make your wedding photos look timeless!