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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 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

Top Tips For Fundraising Events

Hosting successful fundraising events are extremely important to non-profit organizations. They provide the opportunity to create awareness of your cause, gain new supporters and recognize those who are already involved.  (more…)

Date: April 22nd, 2016

Celebrations Of Life

If you’re looking for a peaceful and private location to host a Celebration of Life or memorial, Willowdale Estate provides a variety of options. We offer both indoor and outdoor space that is bright, spacious and serene. As professional hosts and planners, we will make the planning process easy and seamless so you can spend the time you need with friends and family.


Date: February 5th, 2016

Tips For Hosting A Corporate Event

Hosting a corporate event creates the opportunity to spend time outside of the office with your co-workers and are meant to be social and fun. There are many reasons to host a corporate event including: nourishing business relationships, team building, product launches, Christmas and holiday parties, wine dinners, inductions, work anniversaries and more. We’ve provided a few tips and ideas for your next corporate event!

corporate celebration social party guests with wine

It’s all in the details! Weather you get creative with décor, food choices or serve a signature cocktail – customizing your event for your guests is important. From a formal dinner party or a backyard barbecue with lawn games – we can accommodate your request. One of the many benefits of booking an event at Willowdale is that we have a full time planning team that is dedicated to creating their clients vision. Hosting an event that runs smoothly will have a positive impact on the guest experience and will only make you and your company look more professionally refined. 

View More: http://cuppaphotography.pass.us/kaitlinmatthewwedding    chalkboard menu signage wedding event celebration gathering

cornhole bean bag toss lawn games   ping pong lawn game event

PR Potential – If you are launching a new product, branch, or honoring a colleague, you may want to hire a photographer or videographer to capture all the highlights (we have a whole list of preferred vendors we can provide you). Willowdale Estate also offers many rental amenities to choose from including a large video monitor, projector screen and a wireless mic for any meetings, speeches or announcements.

event venue meeting projector presentation    corporate meeting estate mansion podium unique space dining room

historic event venue dinner lunch banquet party celebration chiavari chairs

A well planned menu that offers a variety of food options will keep your guests talking about your event for weeks to come. When choosing your menu, be aware of those attending who may have food allergies or are vegetarian. Check out our sample menus online or email Noah Quist, our Corporate and Social Events Sales Manager for our complete list of offerings.

cheese crudite cocktail hour corporate event    gourmet wedding food entree salmon bok choy

Mingle – Don’t forget to enjoy the party and mingle with your guests! Our staff will ensure everything is running smoothly on your behalf!

corporate event venue dinner party cocktail hour mansion

Photo credits from top to bottom, left to right:

Red Bird Photography

Cuppa Photography

Shane Godfrey Photography

Maureen Cotton Photography

Shane Godfrey Photography (4)

Rachel Kate Photography

Leona Campbell Photography

Lisa Rigby Photography


Date: December 11th, 2015


The Autumnal Equinox was on September 23rd marking the official start of fall so we thought we could give you a look back at a wedding that was almost exactly 1 year ago. Ali and Andrew’s wedding day style is rustic and romantic, using pretty details like lanterns, burlap, and lace.

Wedding portrait fall color in new england at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com


Ali’s wedding day look is the definition of pin-worthy. A loosely braided chignon with the elegant neckline the lace trimmed Romona Keveza wedding dress. The intricate textures and unique blooms featured in the bride’s bouquet from Dogwood Floral Design are lovely, and we loved how the natural ivory bridesmaids’ dresses helped the pops of color in the flowers to jump out. This burgundy color is very close to the pantone color marsala and we love these deep reds for autumn weddings– it really is a perfect fall color!

Bridal hair braided chignon fall wedding ceremony at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com    Bouquet details fall wedding peach pink mauve at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Bouquet details fall wedding burgundy peach pink with ivory bridesmaid dresses at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com


The personal style of the wedding party worked with the décor perfectly. As guests entered the house they saw a tall floral design with ceremony programs and a welcome sign. The handwritten sign, escort cards and details around the house were made with help from Ali’s mom! Guests enjoyed His & Her Signature Sips and a selection of passed appetizers and our curated cheese and crudités display.

Front foyer table design with tall floral, design, programs, and welcome sign for a fall wedding at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com    Escort card table with lantern and chalkboard sign share the love at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

Escort card table in unique dining room at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

His signature sip dark and stormy sign at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com    Her signature sip grapefruit margarita sign at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

Cocktail hour food details a cute silver fork in our prosciutto melon hors d'oeuvres at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

Cheese and credit display in glass Conservatory at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com


Our sperry tent was lit with bistro lights hanging from the center poles and a collection of large lanterns and votives with real candles. Using a mixture of farm tables with burlap and ivory runners, and round tables with ivory linens the tent looked perfectly romantic and effortlessly rustic. With just a touch of flowers, some pretty white pumpkins, and birch table number holders this table is both interesting and elegant.

Perfect fall wedding centerpieces with lanterns burlap and lace runner and birch table number signs at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

Perfect fall wedding colors deep plum white pumpkin handwritten table number sign on birch stand on burlap runner at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com    Tent wedding reception fall chiavari chairs at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

See more from this wedding on our fun post about DETAILS AFTER DARK, on the blog of Erin McGinn Photography, or catch the feature on Style Me Pretty!

Foliage portrait for new england wedding at willowdale estate at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

Date: September 25th, 2015