REAL WEDDING: MELISSA & RYAN
Love is always in the air at Willowdale Estate! Happy anniversary to Melissa & Ryan who got married during our mansion season one year ago on February 13th!
While preparing for the ceremony, Melissa and her bridesmaids enjoyed the Mimosa Getting Ready Package – champagne on ice with the brides choice of two different juices!
Our post and beam style Wedding Suite is the ideal place to get ready for your big day and has the perfect hook to display a wedding dress! Melissa wore a french ivory colored A-line dress with cap sleeves, a scoop neck and elegant layers of tulle.
Wearing comfortable shoes on your wedding day is important! Melissa wore a pair of fashionable pink studded flats by shoe designer “Butter” – which offers many flirty feminine designs including a whole bridal collection!
Are you planning on doing a first look at your wedding? If so, it provides some extra time for special portraits and Willowdale’s house and grounds has no shortage of photo opportunities. Melissa and Ryan are pictured on the pergola just outside of the library in the North Wing of the estate.
When you are planning a winter wedding, it’s important to make sure you and your wedding party are comfortable in the cold! Assorted faux fur shawls are a stylish and savvy choice for outside portraits!
Our in-house flatware, glassware and linens provide a simple, clean and classic tablescape for your reception while our Chiavari chairs and mercury glass candle package add a touch of glamour!
The wedding cake and festive cupcakes from Mayflour Confections in Rockport were beautifully displayed on our farm cart in our unique Dining Room space.
photos: cuppa photography
FLAVORS OF FALL
The harvest décor is out at Willowdale Estate and we’ve been serving up delicious fall flavors for our weddings and events! Willowdale Kitchen’s on-site gourmet catering strives to serve local, seasonal, farm fresh ingredients whenever possible.
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!
Tips For Dining Etiquette
Have you ever gone to a formal event and were unsure of the proper dining etiquette? Read our tips and learn how to avoid common mistakes!
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Wedding Ceremony Etiquette: Four FAQ’s
Most wedding guests have common questions that run through their mind when preparing to attend a ceremony.
We thought these four common FAQ’s would be a helpful resource!
photo: Adriano Batti Photography
What should I wear?
Always dress in formal attire unless it is stated otherwise on the wedding invitation. Ladies – never wear white! This color is reserved for the bride. And if you can help it, try not to match the bridesmaids dress color and style. Gentlemen – always wear a suit and tie and make sure it is properly hemmed and wrinkle free!
photo: Lisa Rigby Photography
When should I arrive at the ceremony?
Arriving 30 minutes before the time noted on the invitation is standard. Showing up any earlier is ill-advised since the venue and the couple may still be finalizing all the last minute details and will not want to be seen before the ceremony begins.
photo: Brett Alison Photography
What side to sit on at the ceremony?
In traditional Christian Ceremonies, the brides family & friends sit on the left hand side and the grooms friends and family sit on the right hand side. For Jewish ceremonies, it is the opposite – with the grooms family & friends on the left and the brides on the right. However, a non-traditional growing trend is to allow an open seating plan, encouraging your guests to: “choose a seat not a side, not a side”.
photo: Jenny Moloney Photography
Can I take pictures during the ceremony?
It all depends on the couple! Some couples encourage their guests to take photos and create a unique hashtag for their event. Others prefer an “unplugged” ceremony, which politely asks guests to forgoe electronics during this time or for the whole event. If neither option is noted and you decide to take photos during this time, here is some helpful advice: turn off the flash, don’t stand up and block others view and avoid being in the background of the professional photos, taking photos yourself!
bottom photos: Shannon Grant Photography
We hope these four FAQ’s are a useful guide and reminder to refer to before attending the next wedding on your schedule!