Renee & Ben – A Colorful Summer Wedding
When a wedding design includes pink flamingos, huge paper flowers, and lots of bright colors you know it is going to be a FUN time. Renee and Ben got married on a beautiful summer day at Willowdale Estate. The vibrant colorful details that decorated every aspect of their ceremony and reception were so joyful and unique. We hope you are inspired by these photos and don’t forget to pin your favorite ideas and check out the amazing wedding professionals that helped to make this event happen at the bottom of this post!
GETTING READY & FIRST LOOK
Renee and Ben arrived at Willowdale Estate early so they would have plenty of time to eat, drink, and take photos before the ceremony. The bridesmaids each wore a different gold cocktail length dress with metallic or sequin details. Our favorite portraits of the couple show how happy this couple is together- and this is BEFORE they said “I Do”!
The ceremony was in the Garden Courtyard at Willowdale Estate. As guests arrived they saw large white balloons tied down with colorful ribbon, a cheerful sign greeted them along with our staff passing Cucumber Mint Water and Prosecco. In the entryway there was a paper flower sculpture that stood over 6 feet high. This whimsical entrance set the tone for all of the other details that were to come! The focal point of the ceremony was a custom arbor design with a flush of large handmade paper flowers, real flowers, and ribbons of green, fuchsia, pink and orange.
After the ceremony Willowdale Estate servers passed a Spicy Margarita cocktail made complete by a fun pink flamingo straw. In the Great Room, there was a truly unique escort card display. Green and glittery gold escort cards hung from the mantle from gold beads that were adorned by mini paper flowers and honeycomb balls. Guests enjoyed drinks and passed appetizers in the estate and even got a glimpse of the Wedding Cake displayed in the Dining Room at Willowdale Estate.
If you thought the first half of this wedding was fun wait until you see the tent! Our sperry tent was decorated by a huge custom paper honeycomb garland that hung across the entire length of the tent. The guest tables had a mixture of high and low centerpieces on both round and white farm tables. The courtyard was decorated with furniture and fun wedding pendants.
We love to see a great wedding theme that is truly unique, and the best part is- the vibrant personality and joy from the wedding certainly comes through in the photos! For even more photos check out the post from this couples fantastic photographer here!
Wedding Coordinator: Monique Jeffrey
Photography: Shannon Grant Photography
Custom Paper Details: Fleur + Stitch
Floral Design: Dogwood Floral Design
Farm Tables & Linens: Peterson Party Center
Tent Lighting & Dance Floor: Revelation Productions
Perfect Summer Beverages
Have you ever noticed that on a hot day the most fashionable accessory at a summer party is a refreshing drink? As a service-obsessed event venue we know that quenching our guests thirst is one of the first orders of business for every summer event! So how should you take care of this crucial detail at your next party? Well, have no fear – we have the perfect ideas from simple drink stations to impressive cocktails, right here!
PASSED SIGNATURE COCKTAIL – At larger Willowdale events we usually offer a passed drink as guests are entering the ceremony or reception. The Mojito is a refreshing combination of rum, sugar, lime juice and mint served over ice and soda water. This beautiful clear drink looks great with a festive straw or custom stirrer! The Grapefruit Margarita on the right is equally simple to make- with equal parts tequila, grapefruit juice and triple sec this thirst quenching drink is completed by shaking with ice and topping your glass with a lime wedge and a salt rim.
SELF SERVICE DRINK STATIONS – A self service drink station works great for non-alcoholic beverages like water, lemonade or iced tea. Serving a mocktail, punch, or non-alcoholic beverage from a beautiful beverage dispenser with a spigot is a great low maintenance way to serve drinks at an event that can look beautiful too.
DRINK STATION – A drink station with themed decor is a fun idea for smaller events like a bridal or baby shower. This adorable mimosa bar with a “Sip Sip Hooray” chalkboard sign was setup for a small wedding shower at Willowdale Estate. Guests could choose a mixture of fresh orange juice, grapefruit, or a combination of both with the chilled Prosecco. A Cava, champagne or any other sparkling wine would work well too!
Our clients are always impressing us with cleaver summer cocktails- if you liked this post you might like our “Four 4th of July Cocktails Post” from last summer!
Molly Ann Photography (lemondade & mojito)
Erin McGinn Photography (margarita)
Zev Fisher Photography (self service drinks)
Leona Campbell Photography (drink station)
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.
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.
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.