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


Showers at Willowdale

Willowdale Estate has been hosting the most charming wedding and baby showers recently, and we figured it was time to share some photos!  Below are some images taken by Zev Fisher Photography from a recent Baby Shower with a color theme of bright yellow shades, with a grey chevron pattern.  The Conservatory and Great Room create the perfect location for a sunny brunch or lunch at the estate, and our new shower package includes all of the tables, chairs, food, and service needed to make planning and hosting an event easy!

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For more information about how to book your next baby or wedding shower at Willowdale Estate, just fill out our contact form or call us at 978-887-8211!

VENUE: Willowdale Estate

PHOTOS: Zev Fisher Photography

CAKE: Topsfield Bake Shop




Putting the FUN in Fundraiser

When planning a fundraiser, it is important to create both a gainful and fun event. With three easy steps, you are sure to hit your fundraising goals!

Focus On Theme

Choosing an enticing and unique theme will capture guest attention and help boost attendance. Keep in mind the audience you are marketing to and choose activities accordingly. Also, decide how you would like to raise funds. Will you host an auction? Perhaps you will host a cooking competition or designer handbag raffle!

Photo: Roland Silva

(20’s Themed Auction for Nazareth Academy – Photo: Roland Silva)

Make It Memorable

What will make your event exciting and fun? Again, consider your guest list and arrange appropriate entertainment. A jazz band may lend itself more to a formal affair, while a DJ will get your guests on their feet! If you are charging a ticket price, make sure guests feel as though there is value in the event. Delicious food, tasty cocktails, and favors are an excellent way to add worth to your fundraiser!

Communicate Your Cause

When fundraising, it is important guests understand what they are supporting and why. Be sure to adequately tell your story and be specific as to why you need their money. Showing videos and pictures, hosting a guest speaker related to your organization, or telling an anecdote can reinforce ethos, logos, and pathos with your audience. With a clear vision, your guests are more likely to understand your need as well as facilitate increased generosity.

The cohesiveness and memorability of your event will increase repeat attendance in years to come. Supplying your guests with a reason to continue their support will reap year-long benefits as opposed to singular annual donations. With an enticing, memorable, and profitable event, you are sure to put the FUN in Fundraising!

Contributed By: Caroline Claire DeBruyckere