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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



bride groom mansion wedding in winter at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA willowdaleestate.com

Love is always in the air at Willowdale Estate! Happy anniversary to Melissa & Ryan who got married during our mansion season one year ago on February 13th!

wedding suite mimosas north of Boston at WillowdaleEstate.com

While preparing for the ceremony, Melissa and her bridesmaids enjoyed the Mimosa Getting Ready Package – champagne on ice with the brides choice of two different juices!

Hanging wedding dress in wedding suite at Willowdale Estate Topsfield, MA willowdaleestate.com

Our post and beam style Wedding Suite is the ideal place to get ready for your big day and has the perfect hook to display a wedding dress! Melissa wore a french ivory colored A-line dress with cap sleeves, a scoop neck and elegant layers of tulle.

pink designer wedding shoes in the Northshore at WillowdaleEstate.com

Wearing comfortable shoes on your wedding day is important!  Melissa wore a pair of fashionable pink studded flats by shoe designer “Butter” – which offers many flirty feminine designs including a whole bridal collection!

first look winter wedding at Willowdale Estate north of Boston willowdaleestate.com

Are you planning on doing a first look at your wedding? If so, it provides some extra time for special portraits and Willowdale’s house and grounds has no shortage of photo opportunities. Melissa and Ryan are pictured on the pergola just outside of the library in the North Wing of the estate.

Winter wedding formal attire for bridesmaids - fur shawls

When you are planning a winter wedding, it’s important to make sure you and your wedding party are comfortable in the cold! Assorted faux fur shawls are a stylish and savvy choice for outside portraits!

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Our in-house flatware, glassware and linens provide a simple, clean and classic tablescape for your reception while our Chiavari chairs and mercury glass candle package add a touch of glamour!

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The wedding cake and festive cupcakes from Mayflour Confections in Rockport were beautifully displayed on our farm cart in our unique Dining Room space.

photos: cuppa photography

Date: February 14th, 2017


Kate & Ryan got married on a beautiful day in June – not long after the start of our tent season! They incorporated so many attire and décor details into their wedding day we had to share!


Date: September 27th, 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: Danielle & Scott

In order to give a proper sendoff to what was a perfectly wonderful winter wedding season; we thought we could share the dreamy details from one of our favorite weddings from this past December.


Date: March 25th, 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