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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!

 

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REAL WEDDING: MELISSA & RYAN

 

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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!

wedding suite mimosas north of Boston at WillowdaleEstate.com

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!

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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.

pink designer wedding shoes in the Northshore at WillowdaleEstate.com

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!

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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.

Winter wedding formal attire for bridesmaids - fur shawls

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!

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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!

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The wedding cake and festive cupcakes from Mayflour Confections in Rockport were beautifully displayed on our farm cart in our unique Dining Room space.

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PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR: Greenery

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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.

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Rock Your Socks & Let Your Shoes Shine

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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…)

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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. 

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