Centerpiece Ideas

If you’re planning a celebration one detail that makes any table more festive is a centerpiece for your guest and cocktail tables. The most traditional centerpiece has been flowers but there are many ways to mix up that tradition to make your centerpieces stand out. Here are four ideas we hope will inspire you. Our favorite trends for mixing up your centerpiece include the use lanterns with real candles, the addition of seasonal elements like gourds or herbs, and details like white milk glass containers, classic books with pretty covers, or colored glass jars! For more tips and inspiration visit Willowdale Estate on Pinterest!
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photos from top left to bottom right: Joyelle West Photography, Erin McGinn Photography, Zev Fisher Photography, Molly Anne Photography


Choosing Your Boutonniere Style

Boutonniere’s are a great way to add character to your wedding wardrobe. A groom’s boutonniere is worn on his left lapel – closest to his heart and usually ties in with the overall theme of your wedding. We love to see unique styles like the wheat boutonniere featured below adding a rustic twist to any attire and is simple, earthy and elegant. Alternatively, yellow billy button flowers have a circular shape and create a balanced pop of color against a dark suit or tux when matched with a tie. For an extra special touch, incorporating a photo charm is a great memorial to a loved one that can’t be present on your wedding day. And you can’t go wrong with a classic flower such as a rose or carnation in a pastel hue for a more traditional and classic look!

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Photos: Shane Godfrey Photography, Happy Zebra Photography, Zev Fisher Photography, Krista Photography


REAL WEDDING – Nicole & John

Nicole and John were married at Willowdale Estate in late November of 2014. They chose photographer Jamison Wexler who is known for his stunning portraits. We had trouble choosing which portraits to feature here because they are all SO GOOD! The image below shows the Nicole and John on the Ipswich River walkway with the sun setting behind them.

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Nicole wore a fabulous fur shawl to keep warm for her portraits. As we recently posted- we love shoes that show a brides personal style and Nicole chose something blue to walk down the aisle.

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For a couple with such great style they also had a very fashionable cocktail– champagne with a gold rim! To get this look on any golden cocktail just find some gold rim sugar and apply generously to add a swanky and sweet detail to your drink.

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Guests enjoyed a simple and elegant table with lots of candle light and lanterns, which looks perfect for a winter wedding. This mansion wedding was the very last weekend of November and included Willowdale Estate’s holiday decor.  The neutral ribbon textures, garland, lights, and white poinsettias look perfect with the ivory and gold colors of this wedding.

love this beautiful winter wedding portrait in the holiday season at Willowdale Estate - Topsfield, MA

Read more about Willowdale Mansion Weddings here!


If The Shoe Fits

Let your personality shine through on your wedding day with a pair of wedding shoes that fit your unique style. Willowdale couples keep us on our toes with their trendy and classic footwear choices. Our top picks for walking down the aisle range from hot pink heels to comfortable teal high top sneakers. Take a peek and be sure not to miss the bold royal blue high heel with diamond accents or the traditional shiny black tuxedo shoe!

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Photos: MonPetit Studio, Krista Photography, Prudente Photography, Hanna Persson Photography


Outerwear for Winter Weddings

Winter wedding season has so many beautiful details and themes to inspire couples hosting a winter themed event. Think fresh snowfall, romantic candlelight, rustic textures like birch bark, pinecones, paired with mercury glass, and lights on our trees. One detail that we consider an absolute must is outerwear for wedding day portraits. So what are brides wrapping up in to keep warm when they head outside for portraits? Here are a few of our absolute favorites!


A luxurious fur (or faux fur!) stole, neutral cardigan, bright red scarf and classic coat, or this beautiful tartan shawl go a long way to helping these brides keep warm and look impossibly stylish too! For more information about planning your winter wedding at Willowdale Estate check out our Mansion Weddings page!

Photos: Zac Wolf Photography, Shannon Grant Photography and Bharat Parmar Photography