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PLANNING FOR PROM

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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.

Cocktail event with rustic farm cart at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA willowdaleestate.com

In order to make the planning process as easy as possible, we have just about everything you need for your event already on-site! We include cocktail and reception tables, furniture for food stations, floor length ivory linens, white garden chairs, glassware and flatware! Upgrade options including centerpiece rentals, farm tables and chiavari chairs are also available!

Gourmet hors d'oeuvres at Willowdale Estate willowdaleestate.com north of Boston.

Our on-site gourmet caterer, WILLOWDALE KITCHENS offers an extensive list of culinary offerings to please every students palette and your dining experience can be customized with our flexible menu. Perhaps you want to offer food stations, a plated meal or a cocktail style reception – we can accommodate all of these requests!

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For even more entertainment, we offer a variety of lawn games that can be set up on the lawn and garden courtyard adjoining our tent including cornhole, giant jenga, connect four and more!

Heart shaped sunglasses for dance party at Willowdale Estate north of Boston willowdaleestate.com

Garden courtyard with bistro lights at an event venue in the northshore willowdaleestate.com

Let us help you plan a prom that is easy to plan and impossible to forget!

Contact, Corporate & Social Events Manager Noah Quist for more info!

noah@willowdaleestate.com

photos – top to bottom:

shane godfrey

becca dilley

phil fox

once like a spark (left & right)

erin mcginn

hellolove

Date: February 28th, 2017
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LIGHT UP YOUR NIGHT

When it comes to creating the perfect environment for your event, lighting can be an afterthought. Depending on the time of day for the event and the time of year, your event might start in full daylight and end under the stars. Adding ambient lighting as part of the party décor can create a magical transformation to the look feel of the party space. Here are a few of our favorite ways to add some glimmer and gleaming light to your next event!

CENTERPIECES WITH CANDLES & LANTERNS

It may seem too simple but a small votive, lantern, birdcage, jar or hurricane vase with a real flame or LED candle is the perfect accent that looks great during daylight hours, and can transform into more of a focal point with a warm ambient mood at nighttime.

View More: http://cmcphoto.pass.us/jill--keith A lovely cage lantern with sunflowers and candles for a summer wedding at Willowdale Estate - willowdaleestate.com (266x400) Simple shelf decor with lavendar and candles for an outdoor food station at Willowdale Estate - willowdaleestate.com (267x400) Pretty iron lanter centerpiece with candles and floral details added for a winter wedding at Willowdale Estate - willowdaleestate.com (267x400)

(Photos from top left to bottom right: Christina Corneau, Bharat Parmar, Somerby Jones, and Joyelle West)

MANTLES, SHELVES AND TABLE DÉCOR

Indoor events at Willowdale Estate are known for their warm glow coming from the chandeliers and wall sconces but we also add twinkle lights outside in some winter months, and decorate our iconic Great Room mantle in the month of December. One trick we have used for multiplying the appearance of reflective light is by using vessels with mirrored or metallic surfaces. This will not only give off light from within, but reflect the light coming from other candles or lights in the room.

Holiday decor on the mantle with reflective modern lanters, candles and birch in the great room at Willowdale Estate - willowdaleestate.com (800x532) Candles and white lantern for our entryway table in the foyer at Willowdale Estate - willowdaleestate.com (800x533)

(Photos from top to bottom: Bharat Parmar, and Jamison Wexler)

BISTRO / STRING LIGHTS

For outdoor events in our Garden Courtyard or Sperry Tent, we love the use of paper lanterns, bistro lights, colored uplights and more modern installations like chandeliers, grapevine spheres with twinkle lights, pinspot lighting, and a patterned lighting design on the tent canopy or a monogram on the dance floor.

Sring bistro lights and grapevine spheres hanging from our Sperry Tent at at Willowdale Estate - willowdaleestate.com (266x400) Cocktail in the garden courtyard with bistro lights and a bar under the stars at Willowdale Estate - willowdaleestate.com (267x400) A summer event in a sperry tent with bistro lights over the garden courtyard and ambient uplights under the tent at Willowdale Estate - willowdaleestate.com (800x533)

(Photos from top to bottom: Bharat Parmar, Lisa Rigby, Kivalo Photography)

So take a moment to consider light before hosting your next event- and if you need more suggestions or inspiration check out our latest pins from events in all seasons here: Willowdale Estate on Pinterest

If you loved hearing more about how to shed more light on your event details as the sun goes down you might like our other posts about this very subject: Details after Dark or Lantern LOVE!

Date: January 15th, 2016
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REAL WEDDING: Nicole & Paul

Dan Aguirre Photography captured all the special details Nicole & Paul incorporated into their crisp autumn wedding day. The couple utilized a color palette representative of the rich colors of fall and artfully displayed an impressive amount of books & literature to decorate the estate.

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“Library

Nicole and her bridesmaids got ready in the bright and spacious wedding suite. All the windows help to exuviate a bright sunlit glow that encompasses the room. Using this great space, Nicole artfully displayed matching canvas bags filled with treats as a surprise for her bridesmaids.

“Themed

The bridesmaids looked stunning wearing an assortment of long dresses in sparkling gold and silver mixed with softer tones of black and gray. Flowing bright red bouquets prerpared by Foret Design Studio created a dazzling contrast against the different colors and textures of their eclectic dresses.

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Before the ceremony took place, the groomsmen relaxed in the Equestrian Lounge with an assortment of sandwiches & fruit and cheese platters prepared on-site by Willowdale Kitchens.

“Groomsmen

The groomsmen look dashing in their burgundy dress pants and assorted gray and brown suit jackets. To distinguish himself as the groom, Paul wears a classic black suit and burgundy tie with a matching rose boutonniere.

The ceremony took place in our gorgeous butterfly garden courtyard surrounded by the unique fieldstone of the estate.  The couple stood in front of a birch arbor decorated with leaves and flowers while strands of glowing bistro lights hovered over them.

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Bourbon & Vodka based “His” & “Hers” signature drinks were passed by our servers during cocktail hour. Rustic chalkboard signage was used to promote the festive cocktails!

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The focal point of the glass Conservatory during cocktail hour displayed an impressive arch made completely out of of books and was connected on each  side by two small bookcases. This custom piece was crafted by the Seaborne Family in 2013 and was the perfect fit for these literature lovers.

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The reception tables were set with gold colored flatware, goblets, chargers and burgundy napkins rented from Peterson Party Center. Detailed paper flowers crafted by the bride and created from the pages of the classic Jane Austen novel, “Pride & Prejudice” embellished the place settings.

“Ornate

A unique and seasonal dessert option for couples who get married in the fall is a caramel apple bar. Complete with skewered apple slices, pretzels, nuts, Oreo bits, M&M’s and warm caramel & chocolate sauces.

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Congratulations to Nicole & Paul! We really enjoyed their unique style and we hope you do too!

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Date: November 13th, 2015
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FALL WEDDING STYLE

The Autumnal Equinox was on September 23rd marking the official start of fall so we thought we could give you a look back at a wedding that was almost exactly 1 year ago. Ali and Andrew’s wedding day style is rustic and romantic, using pretty details like lanterns, burlap, and lace.

Wedding portrait fall color in new england at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

WEDDING PARTY

Ali’s wedding day look is the definition of pin-worthy. A loosely braided chignon with the elegant neckline the lace trimmed Romona Keveza wedding dress. The intricate textures and unique blooms featured in the bride’s bouquet from Dogwood Floral Design are lovely, and we loved how the natural ivory bridesmaids’ dresses helped the pops of color in the flowers to jump out. This burgundy color is very close to the pantone color marsala and we love these deep reds for autumn weddings– it really is a perfect fall color!

Bridal hair braided chignon fall wedding ceremony at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com    Bouquet details fall wedding peach pink mauve at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Bouquet details fall wedding burgundy peach pink with ivory bridesmaid dresses at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

COCKTAIL HOUR DÉCOR

The personal style of the wedding party worked with the décor perfectly. As guests entered the house they saw a tall floral design with ceremony programs and a welcome sign. The handwritten sign, escort cards and details around the house were made with help from Ali’s mom! Guests enjoyed His & Her Signature Sips and a selection of passed appetizers and our curated cheese and crudités display.

Front foyer table design with tall floral, design, programs, and welcome sign for a fall wedding at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com    Escort card table with lantern and chalkboard sign share the love at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

Escort card table in unique dining room at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

His signature sip dark and stormy sign at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com    Her signature sip grapefruit margarita sign at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

Cocktail hour food details a cute silver fork in our prosciutto melon hors d'oeuvres at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

Cheese and credit display in glass Conservatory at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

RECEPTION DÉCOR

Our sperry tent was lit with bistro lights hanging from the center poles and a collection of large lanterns and votives with real candles. Using a mixture of farm tables with burlap and ivory runners, and round tables with ivory linens the tent looked perfectly romantic and effortlessly rustic. With just a touch of flowers, some pretty white pumpkins, and birch table number holders this table is both interesting and elegant.

Perfect fall wedding centerpieces with lanterns burlap and lace runner and birch table number signs at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

Perfect fall wedding colors deep plum white pumpkin handwritten table number sign on birch stand on burlap runner at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com    Tent wedding reception fall chiavari chairs at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

See more from this wedding on our fun post about DETAILS AFTER DARK, on the blog of Erin McGinn Photography, or catch the feature on Style Me Pretty!

Foliage portrait for new england wedding at willowdale estate at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

Date: September 25th, 2015
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Details After Dark

Ali and Andrews beautiful September wedding was recently featured on Style Me Pretty with lots of gorgeous photos from by Erin McGinn Photography and flowers from Dogwood Floral Design. We love the pretty portraits and details of the day, but we wanted to “shed some light” on the fun wedding details that can keep the party going all night long!

Bride & groom have first dance under Sperry Tent with fairy lights at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.comBride & groom dancing at reception Sperry Tent with cherry dance floor at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

This savvy bride and groom thought of everything for their guests including shawls to keep warm for the when the sun goes down and heart shaped party shades to dance the night away underneath our Sperry Tent.

Shawls for guests at reception with chalkboard sign rustic décor at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.comParty sunglasses for wedding reception guests  at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Sweet Tooth & The Sugar Babies Band kept the crowd on their feet and provided a soundtrack for photo booth fun with Shutterbooth!

Live band under Sperry Tent for wedding event at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

The perfect weather allowed guests to enjoy the outdoor bar and bistro lighting in our courtyard when they needed a break from dancing.

Garden courtyard with bistro lights for outdoor wedding reception at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

The night ended with a visit from the Whoo(pie) Wagon where guests could choose their favorite whoopie pie flavor before heading home.

Bride & groom whoopie pie wagon desserts at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.comFlavored whoopie pie wedding favors at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

We hope these details after dark inspire you for your own wedding or event!

Are you recently engaged and interested in visiting Willowdale? Contact one of our Wedding Sales Managers at:info@willowdaleestate.com

Or if you’re planning a social celebration, company meeting or summer outing for your business? Contact our Corporate & Events Sales Manager, Noah Quist: noah@willowdaleestate.com

Date: June 12th, 2015
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Spring Blooms In Our Garden Courtyard

Spring is a special time of year at Willowdale when our butterfly garden courtyard comes alive and kicks off the start of our tent season.

Garden courtyard outdoor wedding ceremony with white garden chairs and colorful tulips at historic whimsical mansion at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Tulips and daffodils are the main attraction of the courtyard  in the spring, which creates the perfect backdrop for wedding ceremonies and themed outdoor events.

Spring garden tulips in courtyard with flowering trees at wedding venue - Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

As the weather gets warmer and summer begins, our colorful annuals, daisies and zinnias begin to appear and last through the fall season.

Colorful daisies in garden wedding event space at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com    Butterfly garden courtyard summer event and wedding space with bistro lights and daffodils at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Historic rustic wedding event venue with summer garden at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com    Butterfly garden courtyard with zinnias at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Our evolving butterfly garden courtyard and Sperry Tent serve as a beautiful event space for outdoor events from May to October.

Sperry tent in garden courtyard - event wedding space with elegant bistro lights  at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Fall flowers in garden courtyard at wedding event space at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Planning a social celebration, company meeting or summer outing for your business? Contact our Corporate & Events Sales Manager, Noah Quist: noah@willowdaleestate.com

Are you recently engaged and interested in visiting Willowdale? Contact one of our Wedding Sales Managers at: info@willowdaleestate.com

PHOTOS (from top to bottom & left to right)
Hitched Studios
Leah Haydock Photography
Siri Jones Photography
Melissa Nicastro Photography
Melissa Robotti Photography
Melissa Nicastro Photography
Molly Anne Photography

Date: May 15th, 2015
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