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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.
A “first look” took place before their ceremony outside in our butterfly garden courtyard.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ariel shots taken from the balcony orchestra in the Great Room allow for unique perspectives of dinner and dancing.
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!
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!
RED APPLE CIDER SANGRIA
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)
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)
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.
RECIPE & INSTRUCTIONS
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-/
HISTORIC DETAILS: Great Room
When BRADLEY PALMER resided at WILLOWDALE ESTATE , he had many significant visitors including William Howard Taft and the Prince of Wales. In the 1920’s, he renovated the South Wing of the house and added the Great Room to entertain and host elegant dinner parties.
Today the Great Room is one of the main spaces on the property used for dinner and dancing during the mansion season and as cocktail space during the tent season. The large room has cathedral ceilings with a brass candelabra chandelier, exposed wooden beams and a beautiful piano – the perfect balance of rustic and elegant. The open floor plan is fitting for a variety of event layouts and can be used with the adjacent DINING ROOM or Conservatory.
A cherry wood orchestra balcony carved with intricate ornate detail overlooks the open floor plan and continues to be used for live entertainment just as it was during Bradley Palmer’s time.
Our custom wooden bar matches the wood elements throughout the house and resides in the Great Room during the tent season.
Large scale built in shelving and a decorative fireplace is structured directly across the room from the orchestra balcony.
The mantle is etched with many details including an inscription in Latin which translates to: “Look back, Look Ahead – Today, Live”. The large mantle and shelving provides a great opportunity to decorate seasonally and to personalize weddings and events.
If you liked these photos of our Great Room check out our complete VENUE GUIDE for more information about Corporate and Social Events at Willowdale Estate, or visit us during one of our PUBLIC EVENTS !
To host a holiday party, company Christmas party, corporate dinner or social event, please contact our Corporate & Social Events Sales Manager, Noah Quist for more information! Email: Noah@WillowdaleEstate.com
To inquire about weddings at Willowdale, contact the Sales Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
General Phone: 978-887-8211
Photo credits from top to bottom:
Kerri Lundberg, Marketing Coordinator at Willowdale Estate
Historic Details – Wedding Suite
The Wedding Suite at Willowdale serves as a popular spot for wedding parties to get their hair and makeup done, eat lunch and acts as a place of solace before the ceremony takes place. In addition to weddings, the suite can also be used for small meetings and break-space. It has many large windows and plenty of comfortable seating options creating a bright and inviting environment.
Formally, this suite was Bradley Palmer‘s bedroom. In Bradley’s time, the north facing window presented the perfect view of the Ipswich River, but today the forest trees have blocked that view.
The south facing window of the suite faced the horse stables, which is now home to our unique dining room.
The on-suite bathroom is quite large and evokes warm and bold details such as the multi-colored tile, ornate wallpaper and a grand bathtub that is elevated on a small platform in the middle of the room. The on-suite has the same layout when Bradley lived at the estate, but the original bathtub has been replaced.
If you’re interested in learning more about weddings at Willowdale, please contact: email@example.com to hear from one of our Sales Managers!
If booking a corporate or social event is what you’re looking for, please contact our Corporate & Social Events Sales Manager, Noah Quist: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo credits from top:
Kerri Lundberg, Marketing Coordinator at Willowdale Estate (2)