Tag: gourmet catering


Katy & Mitch got married at Willowdale on a sunny summer day in June. Mitch serves in the Marine Core and looked dashing wearing his dress blues on his wedding day!

Military groom in his dress blues for his wedding day. -1

Katy’s off the shoulder wedding dress was stunning with so many ornate details! The dress had 3 quarter length sleeves was adorned with pearls and rhinestones making it sparkle while a long trail of buttons went all down her back.

Bride gets ready in the wedding suite at wedding and event Willowdale Estate north of Boston

The natural light shining through the trees made for a perfect backdrop for Katy and Mitch’s first look portraits.

First look portrait at Willowdale Estate

Katy wore a cathedral length veil during the ceremony in our garden courtyard facing the back of our fieldstone mansion. Bistro lights cascaded overhead from the tent to the courtyard where Katy & Mitch exchanged vows in front of our birch arbor decorated with florals by Celia’s Flower Studio in Gloucester, MA.

Outdoor wedding reception at historic Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Mass.

The groomsmen also looked dapper in their military dress blues complete with ceremonial Marine Corps. swords! They are posing in front of the original entrance of the estate!

Marine Core groom and groomsmen pose for a portrait at wedding and event venue Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA

The bridesmaids wore floor length chiffon gowns in earth tone colors and held large bouquets with lots of greenery and pops of white.

Bridesmaids wearing floor length chiffon dresses in neutral colors

An assortment of hors d’oeuvres were passed during cocktail hour including mushroom spring rolls and local cod croquette with lemon aioli.

Egg roll hors' doeuvres for cocktail hour at Willowdale Estate in north shore massachusetts

Gourmet catering from Willowdale Kitchens

If you’re looking for an alternative to a traditional guestbook, instead have a custom piece of art made that your guests can make their mark on!

A great guest book alternative - a blank map of the state you're getting married in with a heart mapping the exact location

The groomsmen conducted an official “arch of swords” as Katy & Mitch walked into through the garden courtyard for the reception.

Arch of swords for wedding

The reception space was set up with our upgraded walnut farm tables and chiavari chairs which looked great against the whimsy of our garden courtyard.

Gorgeous outdoor wedding reception with farm tables under tent in garden courtyard.


Instead of table numbers, they decided to name the tables after places they’ve traveled together complete with a photo of them in that place.

What a great idea if you and your spouse love to travel! Name your reception tables after places you've been together and include a picture of you in that place!

When dusk set in the glow of the bistro lights lit up the entire reception area as the guests enjoyed dinner.

dan aguirre - summer tent wedding with bistro lights

To end the night on a sweet note, an assortment of mini desserts was served including whoopie pies, macaroons and cannolis made by Topsfield Bakeshop!

dan aguirre - whoopie pie and cannoli dessert display

photos: dan aguirre photography

Contact our sales team to learn more about planning a wedding at Willowdale Estate!

info@willowdaleestate.com / 978-887-8211

Date: July 25th, 2017


Willowdale Estate is a historic luxury wedding and event venue in New England located within a secluded area of Bradley Palmer State Park. In addition to the space we have available for celebrations, memorials, weddings, and company outings, we also have our own on-site catering company, Willowdale Kitchens. If you’ve never been to a event here before and you’re a self-proclaimed “foodie”,  attend one of our elusive “Red Door Supper Club” nights.

Date: June 6th, 2017


Willowdale Estate has a tent and mansion space for all kinds of celebratory events, including graduation parties! Springtime is here and it’s time to start thinking about planning a celebratory party for your future graduate! We are located within Bradley Palmer State Park and offer a wide range of event options from a formal gathering, to a casual barbecue! (more…)

Date: March 28th, 2017


tent chinese lanterns

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. (more…)

Date: February 28th, 2017

Holiday Parties at Willowdale Estate

Although it’s only July, now is the time to start reserving a space for this years holiday party – perhaps you need to plan a corporate party for your employees, a family reunion or annual event. Our European influenced architecture and charming field stone siding create an unique place to celebrate any event. (more…)

Date: July 15th, 2016

REAL EVENT: Summer Outing

Last month, local North Shore business, Cornerstone Commissioning, held an all day Summer Outing for their team at Willowdale Estate! A glorified work day complete with a peaceful inspiring environment inside Bradley Palmer State Park, gourmet catering, education training, lawn games and a wine tasting!  (more…)

Date: June 10th, 2016

REAL WEDDING: Mattie & Joe

Mattie & Joe tied the knot on a bright and sunny afternoon last month and took advantage of all the unique photo opportunities around the house and grounds.  (more…)

Date: May 13th, 2016

REAL WEDDING: Adrien & Victor

Adrien & Victor tied the knot early last month at the start of our mansion season. All the detailed elements of their day was captured by Dan Aguirre Photography.  Adrien wore an off-white silk gown with a sweetheart neckline, a stunning necklace and a vintage headband while Victor sports a 3 piece suit with a pink vest and bowtie. Victor’s rustic boutonnière & Adrien’s bouquet consisting of of assorted flowers and succulents were designed by local florist, Karla Cassidy

Groom with pink vest and bowtie with willow boutonniere at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com    Bride with succulents bouquet at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

A “first look” took place before their ceremony outside in our butterfly garden courtyard.

First look with bride and groom at historic wedding venue at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

A ketubah signing followed the “first look”. This is an essential part of a traditional Jewish marriage where the rights and responsibilities of the groom in relation to the bride are defined.

Traditional ketupah signing at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

The ceremony was held in our Glass Conservatory underneath our birch pole chuppah which was adorned with a beautiful floral arrangement that matched the brides bouquet and was also designed by Karla Cassidy.

Mansion ceremony in glass Conservatory with with floral designed chuppah at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Upon conclusion of the traditional Jewish ceremony, cocktail hour started in the North Wing of the house while the Conservatory & Great Room were transformed into the reception space. Our bright, farm fresh stationed cheese and crudité table was displayed on our rustic credenza. 

Mansion cocktail hour with curated cheese and crudités table at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

There were a variety of passed appetizers served to guests including these fall favorites: caramelized apple cider doughnuts with cheese fondue and pecan crusted chicken bits with maple dipping sauce. 

Pecan crusted chicken bites with maple dipping sauce for cocktail hour appetizer at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com   Apple cider doughnut appetizer with cheese fondue  at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Atop our ivory linen, the reception tables were embellished with the warm glow from pillar candles in an assortment of fleur-de- lis and Lacie lanterns. 

Mansion reception in glass Conservatory with lantern rentals at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Entrées included seared salmon and one of our most popular dishes, the New York Sirloin in au ju with crisp potatoes and asparagus, pictured below.

New York Sirloin wedding entrée at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Ariel shots taken from the balcony orchestra in the Great Room allow for unique perspectives of dinner and dancing.

Wedding reception dancing in Great Room at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

The night carried on with plenty of dancing & dessert featuring our “American Cookie Jar” station and an intricately detailed lemon wedding cake with raspberry cream filling!

Detailed wedding cake on display in mansion Great Room at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com Rustic dessert display with wedding cake slices  at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Check out our online photo & video galleries to view more Willowdale weddings!

Date: December 28th, 2015