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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

This Technicolor Summer Wedding Will Make Your Day

Let me describe these summer wedding photos for you in three simple words – bright joyful color! We know that pretty pastels and neutrals will always be in style for weddings but every so often we crave a bright pop of color. This summer wedding has way more than a pop; it’s the perfect mixture of ALL of the happy summer colors we can imagine! With bright hues including teal blue, plum, purple, fuchsia, turquoise, orange and emerald green we know that this wedding is the perfect colorful send off for summer!


Date: August 19th, 2016

Rainy Day Wedding

It is important to embrace whatever weather your wedding day brings, especially when it rains! In many cultures, rain is wished upon for couples “I do’s” because of it’s many positive meanings. (more…)

Date: March 18th, 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


Before ever getting married many couples raise their first ‘fur baby’ and we aren’t surprised when our clients invite their pups to play a role on the wedding day. If you are planning to have a “Dog of Honor”, “Best Dog”, or even have your pup as the flower dog or ring bearer- here are some photos and tips that will help keep you and your pet relaxed on the wedding day.


TIP 1 – Have a dedicated attendant or pet-sitter to help bring your pet to and from the ceremony. There are lots of sights, sounds, and smells that could distract your dog from the task at hand and a helper will ensure that you are not stressed about the safety of your pet while you are saying I DO!


flower dog with rose collar at a willowdale estate wedding ceremony - Read more tips about having your dog at your wedding at willowdaleestate.com


TIP 2- Have a plan for where your pet will stay after the ceremony and pictures are over. Unless you are taking your dog on the honeymoon it is most likely a good idea to get your family dog back to a doggie day care, or kennel after you snap a few pictures.


A formal look for this greyhound wearing a blue bowtie at a Spring Willowdale Estate Wedding - Read more tips about having your dog at your wedding at willowdaleestate.com Bride & Groom with dog at a Willowdale Estate Wedding - Read more tips about having your dog at your wedding at willowdaleestate.com


TIP 3- Keep it simple! If your pet is anxious and unpredictable in strange settings it may be best to just include them in photos instead of parading your pet down the aisle. Even the most friendly and well behaved pets can get overwhelmed by large crowds.



Top: Geneve Rege

Bottom Left: Shannon Grant

Bottom Right: Grazier Photography

Date: April 17th, 2015
Categories: Wedding Trend, Weddings

REAL WEDDING: Jessica & Edward

On a beautiful spring day last May, photographer, Lisa Rigby, captured the magical moments of Jessica & Edward’s wedding day perfectly. The photo below captures the fairy tale romance of the couple and was taken on a footbridge next to the Ipswich River and adjacent to the Willowdale property.

Bride with long veil & groom in gray suit have their first look outside on a beautiful spring day at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Jessica had a beautiful white lace sweetheart trumpet wedding dress with a rhinestone belt and a traditional tulle veil. The image below displays the dress hanging in the doorway of the library and outdoor pergola where you can see all the intricate details beautifully.

Beautiful white sweetheart trumpet wedding dress with rhinestone belt on display at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Floral displays designed by Flower by Petros of Ipswich, composed of pink & white roses, carnations and baby’s breath covered the archway shaped arbor used in their ceremony and were used as centerpieces for the rustic wine barrel decor and reception tables.

Outdoor wedding ceremony with floral rose arbor design & rustic wine barrel decor with bistro lights  at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com    Rustic wine barrel with floral rose centerpieces  at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

During cocktail hour inside the estate, guests were offered a variety of appetizers to choose from including a raw bar station and passed prosciutto wrapped melon bites with a balsamic glaze.

Oyster raw bar for wedding cocktail hour at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Wedding cocktail hour appetizer prosciutto wrapped melon with balsamic glaze  at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Jessica & Edward enjoyed dinner at their sweetheart table underneath our Sperry Tent which is surrounded by our whimsical butterfly garden courtyard filled with tulips and a variety of other vibrant flowers.

Outdoor wedding reception sweetheart table in garden courtyard at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

All the bright and colorful elements of this wedding serve as great spring-spiration for any couple! If you loved the pictures make sure you check out the wedding day video from Hindsight Wedding Films:

Jessica + Edward Short Feature from Hindsight Wedding Films on Vimeo.

Date: April 10th, 2015