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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!

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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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REAL WEDDING: Jessica & Edward

On a beautiful spring day last May, photographer, Lisa Rigby, captured the magical moments of Jessica & Edward’s wedding day perfectly. The photo below captures the fairy tale romance of the couple and was taken on a footbridge next to the Ipswich River and adjacent to the Willowdale property.

Bride with long veil & groom in gray suit have their first look outside on a beautiful spring day at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Jessica had a beautiful white lace sweetheart trumpet wedding dress with a rhinestone belt and a traditional tulle veil. The image below displays the dress hanging in the doorway of the library and outdoor pergola where you can see all the intricate details beautifully.

Beautiful white sweetheart trumpet wedding dress with rhinestone belt on display at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Floral displays designed by Flower by Petros of Ipswich, composed of pink & white roses, carnations and baby’s breath covered the archway shaped arbor used in their ceremony and were used as centerpieces for the rustic wine barrel decor and reception tables.

Outdoor wedding ceremony with floral rose arbor design & rustic wine barrel decor with bistro lights  at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com    Rustic wine barrel with floral rose centerpieces  at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

During cocktail hour inside the estate, guests were offered a variety of appetizers to choose from including a raw bar station and passed prosciutto wrapped melon bites with a balsamic glaze.

Oyster raw bar for wedding cocktail hour at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Wedding cocktail hour appetizer prosciutto wrapped melon with balsamic glaze  at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Jessica & Edward enjoyed dinner at their sweetheart table underneath our Sperry Tent which is surrounded by our whimsical butterfly garden courtyard filled with tulips and a variety of other vibrant flowers.

Outdoor wedding reception sweetheart table in garden courtyard at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

All the bright and colorful elements of this wedding serve as great spring-spiration for any couple! If you loved the pictures make sure you check out the wedding day video from Hindsight Wedding Films:

Jessica + Edward Short Feature from Hindsight Wedding Films on Vimeo.

Date: April 10th, 2015
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New Patio Design

Willowdale Estate is part of a unique program of public/private partnerships under the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Historic Curatorship Program. Under the program, DCR enters into a long-term lease with a private curator/tenant who pays rent in the form of services, specifically the rehabilitation and maintenance of the property. The Fandetti-Forsythe family began the process of rehabilitating the mansion in 1999.  Briar Forsythe hosted the first wedding at Willowdale on July 7th, 2007, and she has continued to improve and restore the property since its opening.

nate creamer ceremony image

In April 2014 restoration work began on the garden courtyard patio, which was a combination of stone and large poured concrete squares.  Working with McLaughlin Masonry to design and construct the new courtyard patio, we incorporated colors of stone that mirrored our fieldstone and the slate roof of the property, and evoked the craftsmen designs that are found within the estate.  We love this photo from a recent wedding at Willowdale Estate- shot by Nate Creamer Photography. Let us know what you think!

Date: June 16th, 2014
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