Tag: color of the year

Pantone Pairings for Spring Flowers

Spring is such a great time to have a wedding! The bright, sunny weather is the perfect excuse to take advantage of all the colorful blooming flowers and incorporate them into your wedding scheme. (more…)

Date: April 8th, 2016

BEST OF 2015

We had a lot of fun finding the most loved photos, blogs, events and posts from this year across our social sharing platforms. Today we are sharing your favorite things in 2015! We hope you enjoy looking back and we are looking forward to another year of wonderful things to share!



In October we shared a photo of our iconic red door all decorated for the fall season with mums, gourds, and a seasonal wreath. The bright blue sky looks so great against the red slate roof and fieldstone! (photo: Sarah Boucher)

instagram - we love a great seasonal wreath!



From our recent post “PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR” the most pinned image was our Classic/Chic color combo pairing Rose Quartz, Navy Blue, Serenity, and Old Rose. (photo: Sarah Boucher)

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Our most liked status on Facebook is a very recent post- a photo of our 2016 Best of Weddings award! The Knot Best of Weddings is an award representing the highest-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot! It’s an honor to be recognized alongside some of the best venues and catering companies in the business and our followers on facebook cheered us on!




The most viewed blog post of the year was “REAL WEDDING: Jessica & Edward” which was posted on April 10th! Spring is a time of great anticipation at Willowdale Estate, the tulips are about to come up, the Sperry Tent will be installed, and we’ll get to use more of our scenic outdoor spaces. (photo: Lisa Rigby)
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Our most read newsletter of 2015 was actually our very FIRST newsletter of the year “JANUARY 2015” which contained information about our new series of Signature Events, our upcoming Wedding Open House, and lots of fun info about new pages on our website. (photo: Bharat Parmar)

snow photo at willowdale estate jan 15 newsletter bharat parmar



The most popular ticketed public event this year was our FROZEN Tea Parties. Our tickets sold out so quickly that we had to do an encore event which also sold out in just a few hours! Check out a few photos from the event on our blog post “Themed Celebration: Tea Parties at Willowdale Estate”. (photo: Bharat Parmar)

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The most popular free public event this year was our “2nd Annual Bluegrass & BBQ”! Guests enjoyed our spacious garden courtyard, tent and side lawns for an evening of great music, food, lawn games and community! (photo: Shane Godfrey)

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If you missed any of these great posts keep in touch with us on all of our social sharing platforms listed above!

Date: December 31st, 2015
Categories: Events, News, Weddings


Surprise, surprise there are TWO colors this year: Rose Quartz and Serenity!

pantone color 2016 rose quartz serenity wedding inspiration from willowdale estate boston area venue willowdaleestate.com
You might be thinking- how can I use these colors without making my wedding look like a gender reveal party? With some savvy pairings and use of rich fabric textures, creative floral design and signage we see a very bright future for this powerful combo of color!

For the first time PANTONE selected two colors in a symbolic gesture. The colors evoke a sense of balance and equality and bring on feelings of warmth, order and peace. As usual, PANTONE is an excellent resource for color inspiration. Here are 3 color combinations we could see at the basis for wedding themes in 2016.


fig silver gray rose quartz serenity wedding inspiration from willowdale estate boston area venue willowdaleestate.com
These four colors are balanced, strong and modern. Picture a silver grey suit with a rose quartz and fig colored boutonniere. The bridesmaids could wear serenity colored dresses with lovely bouquets of fig and rose quartz. The best thing about this combination is the pop of color and the high contrast between the fig color and the other softer tones.


rose quartz serenity blooming dahlia artctic wedding inspiration from willowdale estate boston area venue willowdaleestate.com
This color palate would look great for a summer wedding. Keep the wedding theme fresh by incorporating geometric patterns, fun signage, and unexpected twists on traditional wedding attire like floral patterns, and perhaps a bow tie or suspenders for the gents!


old rose navy blue rose quartz serenity wedding inspiration from willowdale estate boston area venue willowdaleestate.com
There is something strong and chic with two shades of blue and two shades of pink. This color pairing is balanced and reminds us of the classic coastal color palate for a day by the sea. Shades of pink flowers look so lovely against blues and the benefit of navy blue is it is widely available in linen, clothing, paper goods and other common wedding materials.
We are looking forward to seeing the ways these colors are used in the coming year!
(all images provided by Sarah Boucher with color inspiration from PANTONE)

Date: December 3rd, 2015

2015 Pantone Color of the Year: Marsala

The Pantone Color Institute chose Marsala for the 2015 “Color of the Year”. It is a natural and powerful plush red reminiscent of a rich glass of wine that offers an elegant color palette and can be used as an accent color or stand alone to add a sophisticated statement to your wedding or event.

2015 pantone color of the year marsala

Ahead of the trend, Rachel & Jeffrey got married last October and used a Marsala based color palette in many elements of their wedding day. The bridesmaids wore classic flowing floor length dresses in a plush Marsala hue and their bouquets, created by Karla Cassidy Design, consisted of multiples colors in the above color palette including: Marsala, Cream Pink, Gossamer Pink and Starlight Blue. The deep red wine accents in the bouquets and the bridesmaids dresses themselves adds a great pop of color against the brides white lace gown.

Marsala/burgundy bridesmaid dresses with floral bouquet at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Small rustic birch tree pieces served as vases with the same flower arrangements as the bridal party bouquets and were used for a mantle display in the estate and matched nicely with the intricate stone and woodwork details. For favors, simple burlap pouches in Rugby Tan were designed for their guests with the bride and grooms initials and a small Marsala colored heart with matching ribbon. To tie in these powerful colors to their sweetheart table, larger versions of their initials in the earthy red Marsala rested atop a burlap runner on a rustic brown wooden crate. Mixing strong textures together with lavishly rich colors creates an impactful and memorable look and feel.

Historic mansion wedding mantle décor with birch tree floral displays at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.comBurlap pouch wedding favors with bride and grooms initals at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Bride and groom's initials in large letters and rustic wedding décor - lanterns, gold pumpkins, wooden crate at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

As seen throughout the details of Rachel and Jeffrey’s wedding day, the Marsala color palette is very versatile and creates an element of elegance that can easily be incorporated on a small or large scale. Even the autumn leaves in the landscape of the image below connects the earthy palette to the changing colors of the fall foliage.

Fall wedding with foliage and marsala/burgundy/red accent floral bouquet at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

If you’re interested in seeing more of this couple’s gorgeous wedding day, don’t miss their moving highlight video filmed by Waves Media.

Photos: Ebersole Photography

Date: April 24th, 2015