Tag: rustic

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.

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Date: March 25th, 2016
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Love Your Linen

What’s Your Linen Style?

When it comes to planning a wedding or event, choosing a color scheme or vibe that gives your venue space a cohesive look & feel can make all the difference.

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Date: March 4th, 2016
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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.

Host a birthday retirement party, dinner or corporate training at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

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.

Great room  at historic Christmas party venue at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

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.

Corporate event venue with elegant chandelier at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

Carved wooden orchestra balcony event venue Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

Our custom wooden bar matches the wood elements throughout the house and resides in the Great Room during the tent season.

Custom  wooden bar for wedding or event at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

Large scale built in shelving and a decorative fireplace is structured directly across the room from the orchestra balcony.

Corporate event venue for catered dinner parties at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

Great room shelves with led candles at corporate event venue Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

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.

Historic mantle with etched stone at corporate event and wedding venue Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

Historic mantle corporate party venue at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

Hstoric event venue for catered dinner parties and weddings at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts www.willowdaleestate.com

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 info@willowdaleestate.com

General Phone: 978-887-8211

Photo credits from top to bottom:

Shane Godfrey Photography (3)

Andrew Quist Photography 

Zev Fisher Photography 

Shane Godfrey Photography

Paul Robert Berman

Kerri Lundberg, Marketing Coordinator at Willowdale Estate

Shane Godfrey Photography 

Date: October 2nd, 2015
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Inspiration: Rustic Charm

Rustic décor is simple yet elegant and is often handcrafted or rooted from the earth. This aesthetic is popular for events because it aligns nicely with couples who identify with organic textures, colors and atmosphere.

Mason Jars were originally used for canning and preserving food and have now become increasingly popular wedding décor. This old-fashioned vintage look can be incorporated into your wedding day in many ways.

mason jar tea light rustic centerpiece

Mason jars make great centerpieces and can be easily adorned with tea lights or floating candles to create a soft romantic glow or can even used as small decorative vases.

colored mason jar vase centerpiece

Embellish the look by using colored mason jars that match your color scheme or simply add soft flowers like baby’s breath and use them to line your ceremony aisle.

Mason jar vases as aisle decor with baby's breath flowers at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Using Farm Tables for dinner receptions creates a timeless and high impact look. They are gorgeous on their own and do not need much flair but using simple table runners or rustic centerpieces like lanterns enhances their appearance.

Rustic farm tables with burlap runners, pumpkins and lanterns at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Square farm tables rustic wedding reception at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Willowdale Estate Wedding by Grazier Photography

To create a natural, handpicked looking bouquet or flower arrangement, select wildflowers, leaves, vines and berries that are textured and hang loosely. Or for an even more unique arrangement, incorporate dried flowers, herbs, sunflowers or succulents. Tie your bouquet with burlap string or raffia to complete the look.

Rustic bouquet with dried flowers and herbs at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Image by Caroline Talbot Photography | www.ctalbotphoto.com

Sunflower rustic bouquet at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Using the colorful and textured elements of fall creates a country, homegrown feel.  Harvest décor, such as assorted pumpkins, gourds and corn stalks help to create a welcoming entrance and will set the tone for your event as your guests arrive.

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Incorporate natural wood elements such a tree stump trivets for centerpiece displays, vintage wooden boxes, and birch logs for simple woodland accents that will add to the rustic ambiance of your event.

Rustic wood stump trivet centerpiece with votive candle holders at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Rustic wooden box decor with silverware at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Rustic log place card display at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Burlap is a versatile fabric that is earthy and chic making it a perfect décor element for rustic weddings. Burlap banners displaying a saying, your initials or your wedding date is a simple and fun way to decorate any event space.

Just married burlap  banner on Great Room mantle display at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Combining burlap and lace textures incorporates both rustic and traditional styles and provides an easy to work with canvas for your tablescape.

Burlap & lace table runner at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Image by Caroline Talbot Photography | www.ctalbotphoto.com

If you’re recently engaged and looking for more inspiration for your wedding, check out our Pinterest boards and online photo & video galleries!

Photo credits from top to bottom:

Phil Fox Photography

Wynne & Mintz Photography

Becca Dilley Photography

Erin McGinn Photography

Grazier Photography

Caroline Talbot Photography

Molly Anne Photography

Joyelle West Photography

Becca Dilley Photography (2)

Rachel Kate Photography

Maureen Cotton Photography

Caroline Talbot Photography

Date: September 4th, 2015
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2015 Pantone Color of the Year: Marsala

The Pantone Color Institute chose Marsala for the 2015 “Color of the Year”. It is a natural and powerful plush red reminiscent of a rich glass of wine that offers an elegant color palette and can be used as an accent color or stand alone to add a sophisticated statement to your wedding or event.

2015 pantone color of the year marsala

Ahead of the trend, Rachel & Jeffrey got married last October and used a Marsala based color palette in many elements of their wedding day. The bridesmaids wore classic flowing floor length dresses in a plush Marsala hue and their bouquets, created by Karla Cassidy Design, consisted of multiples colors in the above color palette including: Marsala, Cream Pink, Gossamer Pink and Starlight Blue. The deep red wine accents in the bouquets and the bridesmaids dresses themselves adds a great pop of color against the brides white lace gown.

Marsala/burgundy bridesmaid dresses with floral bouquet at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Small rustic birch tree pieces served as vases with the same flower arrangements as the bridal party bouquets and were used for a mantle display in the estate and matched nicely with the intricate stone and woodwork details. For favors, simple burlap pouches in Rugby Tan were designed for their guests with the bride and grooms initials and a small Marsala colored heart with matching ribbon. To tie in these powerful colors to their sweetheart table, larger versions of their initials in the earthy red Marsala rested atop a burlap runner on a rustic brown wooden crate. Mixing strong textures together with lavishly rich colors creates an impactful and memorable look and feel.

Historic mansion wedding mantle décor with birch tree floral displays at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.comBurlap pouch wedding favors with bride and grooms initals at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Bride and groom's initials in large letters and rustic wedding décor - lanterns, gold pumpkins, wooden crate at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

As seen throughout the details of Rachel and Jeffrey’s wedding day, the Marsala color palette is very versatile and creates an element of elegance that can easily be incorporated on a small or large scale. Even the autumn leaves in the landscape of the image below connects the earthy palette to the changing colors of the fall foliage.

Fall wedding with foliage and marsala/burgundy/red accent floral bouquet at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

If you’re interested in seeing more of this couple’s gorgeous wedding day, don’t miss their moving highlight video filmed by Waves Media.

Photos: Ebersole Photography

Date: April 24th, 2015
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