Tag: fall wedding

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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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!

“Bar    “Chalkboard

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.


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.


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.


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


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Date: November 13th, 2015

Perfect Fall Beverages

It’s time to get into the spirit of the season by serving colorful cocktails, punches and seasonal drinks at your parties! We have four drink ideas that not only have the perfect seasonal colors of red, gold, orange and amber but they are simple to create and taste great too!


Colorful apple sangria signature drink wedding at a Topsfield Massachusetts event venue - Willowdale Estate

photo: Joyelle West http://www.jwestwedding.com/


1 bottle  red wine

2 cups apple cider

½ cup orange juice

½ cup brandy

Fruit: apples and/or pear


Pour the wine, cider, juice, and brandy into a large pitcher or punch bowl. Ice this drink to chill, or prepare early and refrigerate until ready to serve. When you are ready to serve, spoon out some of your fruit garnish into a wine glass and then add in your sangria over the fruit. Garnish the wine glass with a cinnamon stick or orange slice!


THE GOLD RUSH – (close cousin to the HOT TODDY)

The Gold Rush a great yellow cocktail for a signature drink at a Topsfield Massachusetts event venue - Willowdale Estate

photo: Bonnie Estell Photography http://www.b-ephoto.com/


3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons boiling water
1/2 cup bourbon
1 1/2 lemons, juiced, about 4 tablespoons


Pour honey into a small jar or mixing bowl. Pour in the boiling water and whisk vigorously until they form a thin simple syrup. Whisk in the bourbon and lemon juice. The beauty of this cocktail is you can serve it as a Hot Toddy or to make this drink into the Gold Rush, simply shake it with ice and pour it into a cocktail glass with or without rocks. (makes 2 drinks)



A Rum Swizzle perfect color for a fall signature drink at a Topsfield Massachusetts event venue - Willowdale Estate

photo: Brett Alison http://brettalison.com/


4oz Dark Rum

4oz Gold Rum

5oz Pineapple Juice

5oz Orange Juice

¾ oz Granadine

6 dashes of Angostura Bitters


Combine your Dark Rum, Gold Rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, Grenadine and Angostura bitters into a pitcher ⅓ full of crushed ice . Churn vigorously until a frothing appears or mix in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a collins glass with or without rocks.



photo: Caroline Talbot Photography http://carolinetalbotphoto.com/


If you aren’t one for a cocktail, try a Beertail! Pour Southern Tier’s “Pumking” into Pilsner Glass and garnish with Cinnamon Stick or try a Cinnamon Sugar Rim on the glass.

We hope you liked our tips for some colorful cocktails for your next event! Find even more of our favorite drinks over on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/willowdale/signature-drinks-/

Date: October 9th, 2015

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

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Molly Anne Photography

Date: May 15th, 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