Tag: tent 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

REAL WEDDING: Luxurious Details & Full Service Planning

Every year we have a few clients who have a vision for their wedding day that is above and beyond your typical wedding reception décor, and Rob and Niccole’s wedding really stood out for the amazing volume of luxurious details that were incorporated into their day. (more…)

Date: March 8th, 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


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

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

Details After Dark

Ali and Andrews beautiful September wedding was recently featured on Style Me Pretty with lots of gorgeous photos from by Erin McGinn Photography and flowers from Dogwood Floral Design. We love the pretty portraits and details of the day, but we wanted to “shed some light” on the fun wedding details that can keep the party going all night long!

Bride & groom have first dance under Sperry Tent with fairy lights at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.comBride & groom dancing at reception Sperry Tent with cherry dance floor at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

This savvy bride and groom thought of everything for their guests including shawls to keep warm for the when the sun goes down and heart shaped party shades to dance the night away underneath our Sperry Tent.

Shawls for guests at reception with chalkboard sign rustic décor at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.comParty sunglasses for wedding reception guests  at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Sweet Tooth & The Sugar Babies Band kept the crowd on their feet and provided a soundtrack for photo booth fun with Shutterbooth!

Live band under Sperry Tent for wedding event at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

The perfect weather allowed guests to enjoy the outdoor bar and bistro lighting in our courtyard when they needed a break from dancing.

Garden courtyard with bistro lights for outdoor wedding reception at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

The night ended with a visit from the Whoo(pie) Wagon where guests could choose their favorite whoopie pie flavor before heading home.

Bride & groom whoopie pie wagon desserts at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.comFlavored whoopie pie wedding favors at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

We hope these details after dark inspire you for your own wedding or event!

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

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

Date: June 12th, 2015

IN PRINT: Bliss Celebrations Guide

One of our favorite sources for event inspiration is Bliss Celebrations Guide, a magazine and website dedicated to fresh and modern event ideas.  We were thrilled to find a recent tent wedding at Willowdale Estate featured in their latest magazine!

2014 Spring Bliss Celebrations Guide - page_88_jubilant_jewel_tones

The event is full of luxurious details  including our Sperry Tent with draping from Revelations Productions, floral design from Winston Flowers, lighting from Design Light, and a beautiful cake from Konditor Meister.

Check out more from Rachel Kate Photography, or view the entire magazine online here! 

Date: March 11th, 2014
Categories: Tent Season, Weddings