Category: Tent Season

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!

Military groom in his dress blues for his wedding day. -1

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.

Bride gets ready in the wedding suite at wedding and event Willowdale Estate north of Boston

The natural light shining through the trees made for a perfect backdrop for Katy and Mitch’s first look portraits.

First look portrait at Willowdale Estate

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.

Outdoor wedding reception at historic Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Mass.

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!

Marine Core groom and groomsmen pose for a portrait at wedding and event venue Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA

The bridesmaids wore floor length chiffon gowns in earth tone colors and held large bouquets with lots of greenery and pops of white.

Bridesmaids wearing floor length chiffon dresses in neutral colors

An assortment of hors d’oeuvres were passed during cocktail hour including mushroom spring rolls and local cod croquette with lemon aioli.

Egg roll hors' doeuvres for cocktail hour at Willowdale Estate in north shore massachusetts

Gourmet catering from Willowdale Kitchens

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!

A great guest book alternative - a blank map of the state you're getting married in with a heart mapping the exact location

The groomsmen conducted an official “arch of swords” as Katy & Mitch walked into through the garden courtyard for the reception.

Arch of swords for wedding

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.

Gorgeous outdoor wedding reception with farm tables under tent in 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.

What a great idea if you and your spouse love to travel! Name your reception tables after places you've been together and include a picture of you in that place!

When dusk set in the glow of the bistro lights lit up the entire reception area as the guests enjoyed dinner.

dan aguirre - summer tent wedding with bistro lights

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!

dan aguirre - whoopie pie and cannoli dessert display

photos: dan aguirre photography

Contact our sales team to learn more about planning a wedding at Willowdale Estate!

info@willowdaleestate.com / 978-887-8211

Date: July 25th, 2017
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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…)

Date: March 8th, 2017
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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.

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Date: February 8th, 2017
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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…)

Date: January 24th, 2017
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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!

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Date: January 4th, 2017
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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!

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Date: November 8th, 2016
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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.

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Date: October 11th, 2016
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Tent Season (May-October)

Willowdale Estate is one of the few historic mansions in New England that can offer parties in every month of the year. In this post we are going to celebrate the end of our 2016 Tent Season by looking back at the parties we’ve hosted this year and sharing some details to get you all ready for more fun next year!

Between May-October 2016 we will have hosted 74 Weddings and 38 Corporate, Social, and Public Events! (more…)

Date: October 5th, 2016
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REAL WEDDING: KATE & RYAN

Kate & Ryan got married on a beautiful day in June – not long after the start of our tent season! They incorporated so many attire and décor details into their wedding day we had to share!

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Date: September 27th, 2016
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Flower Girl & Ring Bearer Outfit Ideas – You Can’t Handle The CUTE!

While appointing a flower girl and/or ring bearer is completely optional, it is an excellent way to involve the little people closest to you and your partner. No matter how they perform- walking children down the aisle is a great way to ensure that a wedding ceremony starts with smiles. (more…)

Date: September 20th, 2016
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