REAL WEDDING: KATY & MITCH
Katy & Mitch got married at Willowdale on a sunny summer day in June. Mitch serves in the Marine Core and looked dashing wearing his dress blues on his wedding day!
Katy’s off the shoulder wedding dress was stunning with so many ornate details! The dress had 3 quarter length sleeves was adorned with pearls and rhinestones making it sparkle while a long trail of buttons went all down her back.
The natural light shining through the trees made for a perfect backdrop for Katy and Mitch’s first look portraits.
Katy wore a cathedral length veil during the ceremony in our garden courtyard facing the back of our fieldstone mansion. Bistro lights cascaded overhead from the tent to the courtyard where Katy & Mitch exchanged vows in front of our birch arbor decorated with florals by Celia’s Flower Studio in Gloucester, MA.
The groomsmen also looked dapper in their military dress blues complete with ceremonial Marine Corps. swords! They are posing in front of the original entrance of the estate!
The bridesmaids wore floor length chiffon gowns in earth tone colors and held large bouquets with lots of greenery and pops of white.
An assortment of hors d’oeuvres were passed during cocktail hour including mushroom spring rolls and local cod croquette with lemon aioli.
If you’re looking for an alternative to a traditional guestbook, instead have a custom piece of art made that your guests can make their mark on!
The groomsmen conducted an official “arch of swords” as Katy & Mitch walked into through the garden courtyard for the reception.
The reception space was set up with our upgraded walnut farm tables and chiavari chairs which looked great against the whimsy of our garden courtyard.
Instead of table numbers, they decided to name the tables after places they’ve traveled together complete with a photo of them in that place.
When dusk set in the glow of the bistro lights lit up the entire reception area as the guests enjoyed dinner.
To end the night on a sweet note, an assortment of mini desserts was served including whoopie pies, macaroons and cannolis made by Topsfield Bakeshop!
photos: dan aguirre photography
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REAL WEDDING: Brandyn & Tarae
Brandyn & Tarae got married at Willowdale on a beautiful spring day in April of 2014 right before the start of our tent season. Brandyn and her bridesmaids snacked on a fruit platter while preparing for the ceremony in the Wedding Suite. (more…)
CELEBRATE AT THE ESTATE
Milestone birthday parties and commemorative wedding anniversaries deserve extra recognition and celebration! Here at Willowdale, we love a good theme and encourage personalized details and décor. But don’t feel like you need to do all of this on your own – our planning team will help you along the way. (more…)
Willowdale Estate has a tent and mansion space for all kinds of celebratory events, including graduation parties! Springtime is here and it’s time to start thinking about planning a celebratory party for your future graduate! We are located within Bradley Palmer State Park and offer a wide range of event options from a formal gathering, to a casual barbecue! (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. (more…)
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…)
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!
Spread the Love
Most weddings and events are customized & enhanced with wardrobe items, décor pieces and floral accents. While these elements make the event day special, often times there is no use for them once the event has passed. Luckily, organizations have been created to donate items you may not want or need anymore and community businesses are also in need of more supplies.
In the spirit of the month of Thanksgiving, here are a few ideas to pay it forward!
FLAVORS OF FALL
The harvest décor is out at Willowdale Estate and we’ve been serving up delicious fall flavors for our weddings and events! Willowdale Kitchen’s on-site gourmet catering strives to serve local, seasonal, farm fresh ingredients whenever possible.
Willowdale Winter Formals
Our 1901 Arts & Crafts Style mansion provides a beautiful and unique setting for a winter themed dance. Willowdale Estate has unique handcrafted details throughout the house and has a rich history of hosting elegant parties. From November 23rd – January 3rd neutral holiday décor is included in your site rental and includes soft outdoor and indoor bulb lighting, burlap ribbon, embellished fireplace mantles, garland and mercury glass décor.