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One of the many perks of getting married at Willowdale are all the unique backdrops! From our historic fieldstone estate, to the banks of the Ipswich River – there are many options to choose from for portraits and first looks.


Date: March 15th, 2017
Categories: Inspiration

REAL WEDDING: Edith & Zachary

Seeing the Willowdale grounds covered in snow adds an element of awe and intrigue that only gets more beautiful as the night goes on and the twinkle lights glow on the fallen snow. Edith & Zachary tied the knot inside the estate, but were surrounded by the snow covered grounds and the unique historical details Willowdale has to offer.

Winter wedding venue at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Edith and her bridesmaids prepared for the day in our Wedding Suite which offers a large open space with lots of natural lighting and is the perfect spot for hair, makeup and ensembles! Her detailed hair clip of pearls and ivory wedding shoes covered in rhinestones were a perfect choice for the neutral palette they used in many details of their day.

Bridal chignon hairstyle with white hairpiece at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com   White wedding shoes with gem toes  at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Zachary and his groomsmen were just down the hall getting ready in the Equestrian Lounge. Their wardrobe choice was a classic three-piece grey suit and dark brown leather Oxfords.

Grooms brown wedding shoes at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com   Grooms boutonniere at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

The pastel wedding invitations matched perfectly with the neutral floral bouquet centerpieces featuring a variety of creams, whites and succulents arranged by Karla Cassidy Designs.

Whimsical wedding invitation at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com   Winter floral bouquet at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

During their first look, Edith & Zachary embraced the snow and took portraits amidst the the winter scenery. Edith’s fur shawl and long white gloves are fashionable outerwear accessories that will help keep her warm and look great in photos!

First look, bride wearing fur shawl at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

The ceremony took place at dusk in the Conservatory under our birch pole chuppah decorated with an assortment of textured greenery.

Winter wedding at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

The reception space included a variety of round and square tables with textured burlap runners, LED candles and classic floral arrangements.

Great room wedding reception with mantle and built-in shelving at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Throughout their event, Edith & Zachary took advantage of all the unique photo opportunities offered by our 901 Arts & Crafts mansion. They are pictured below in the North Wing of the Estate in the Library which features ornate built-in shelving.

Historic wedding venue at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

To see more photos and details of Edith & Zachary’s wedding day, check out their feature on The Knot!

All Photos In Feature: Zev Fisher Photography 

Date: January 22nd, 2016

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