Tag: summer wedding


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


Every year the king of color, Pantone, comes out with a new “Color of the Year” and this year they went with a springy shade called Greenery. Pantone has become the trusted source for color influence across many industries like fashion, interiors, manufacturing and design.


Greenery is a natural color that plays nicely with all sorts of shades but today we have some inspiration for a Pantone wedding theme using a few colors from the “forest floor” color palette.


Date: February 8th, 2017

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

Renee & Ben – A Colorful Summer Wedding

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When a wedding design includes pink flamingos, huge paper flowers, and lots of bright colors you know it is going to be a FUN time. Renee and Ben got married on a beautiful summer day at Willowdale Estate. The vibrant colorful details that decorated every aspect of their ceremony and reception were so joyful and unique. We hope you are inspired by these photos and don’t forget to pin your favorite ideas and check out the amazing wedding professionals that helped to make this event happen at the bottom of this post!

Renee and Ben arrived at Willowdale Estate early so they would have plenty of time to eat, drink, and take photos before the ceremony. The bridesmaids each wore a different gold cocktail length dress with metallic or sequin details. Our favorite portraits of the couple show how happy this couple is together- and this is BEFORE they said “I Do”!A bride's dress hangs in the wedding suite at willowdale estate colorful summer weddingmetalic gold sequin bridesmaid dresses at willowdale estate colorful summer weddingbridesmaids flowers metalic dresses and bright bouquets at willowdale estate colorful summer weddingportrait with historic green garden door at willowdale estate colorful summer wedding   portrait in front of historic red door at willowdale estate colorful summer wedding

The ceremony was in the Garden Courtyard at Willowdale Estate. As guests arrived they saw large white balloons tied down with colorful ribbon, a cheerful sign greeted them along with our staff passing Cucumber Mint Water and Prosecco. In the entryway there was a paper flower sculpture that stood over 6 feet high. This whimsical entrance set the tone for all of the other details that were to come! The focal point of the ceremony was a custom arbor design with a flush of large handmade paper flowers, real flowers, and ribbons of green, fuchsia, pink and orange.

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After the ceremony Willowdale Estate servers passed a Spicy Margarita cocktail made complete by a fun pink flamingo straw. In the Great Room, there was a truly unique escort card display. Green and glittery gold escort cards hung from the mantle from gold beads that were adorned by mini paper flowers and honeycomb balls. Guests enjoyed drinks and passed appetizers in the estate and even got a glimpse of the Wedding Cake displayed in the Dining Room at Willowdale Estate.

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If you thought the first half of this wedding was fun wait until you see the tent! Our sperry tent was decorated by a huge custom paper honeycomb garland that hung across the entire length of the tent.  The guest tables had a mixture of high and low centerpieces on both round and white farm tables. The courtyard was decorated with furniture and fun wedding pendants.

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We love to see a great wedding theme that is truly unique, and the best part is- the vibrant personality and joy from the wedding certainly comes through in the photos! For even more photos check out the post from this couples fantastic photographer here!

Wedding Coordinator: Monique Jeffrey

Photography: Shannon Grant Photography

Custom Paper Details: Fleur + Stitch

Floral Design: Dogwood Floral Design

Farm Tables & Linens: Peterson Party Center

Tent Lighting & Dance Floor: Revelation Productions

Date: August 28th, 2015

Spring Blooms In Our Garden Courtyard

Spring is a special time of year at Willowdale when our butterfly garden courtyard comes alive and kicks off the start of our tent season.

Garden courtyard outdoor wedding ceremony with white garden chairs and colorful tulips at historic whimsical mansion at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Tulips and daffodils are the main attraction of the courtyard  in the spring, which creates the perfect backdrop for wedding ceremonies and themed outdoor events.

Spring garden tulips in courtyard with flowering trees at wedding venue - Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

As the weather gets warmer and summer begins, our colorful annuals, daisies and zinnias begin to appear and last through the fall season.

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Our evolving butterfly garden courtyard and Sperry Tent serve as a beautiful event space for outdoor events from May to October.

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Fall flowers in garden courtyard at wedding event space at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Planning a social celebration, company meeting or summer outing for your business? Contact our Corporate & Events Sales Manager, Noah Quist: noah@willowdaleestate.com

Are you recently engaged and interested in visiting Willowdale? Contact one of our Wedding Sales Managers at: info@willowdaleestate.com

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Leah Haydock Photography
Siri Jones Photography
Melissa Nicastro Photography
Melissa Robotti Photography
Melissa Nicastro Photography
Molly Anne Photography

Date: May 15th, 2015