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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!

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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!

Hanging wedding dress in wedding suite at Willowdale Estate Topsfield, MA willowdaleestate.com

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.

pink designer wedding shoes in the Northshore at WillowdaleEstate.com

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!

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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.

Winter wedding formal attire for bridesmaids - fur shawls

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!

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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!

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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

Date: February 14th, 2017

Holiday Parties at Willowdale Estate

Although it’s only July, now is the time to start reserving a space for this years holiday party – perhaps you need to plan a corporate party for your employees, a family reunion or annual event. Our European influenced architecture and charming field stone siding create an unique place to celebrate any event. (more…)

Date: July 15th, 2016

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.


Date: March 25th, 2016

Winter Wedding Bouquets

In the winter wedding season we start to see some lovely plants and flowers in use for floral design including white anemones, dusty miller, roses, silver brunia, baby’s breath, cedar bough, and even feathers! We’ve gathered a few of our favorite bridal bouquets below and if you need even more winter wedding inspiration check out our WINTER WEDDING pinterest board!


Date: February 12th, 2016

REAL WEDDING: Edith & Zachary

Seeing the Willowdale grounds covered in snow adds an element of awe and intrigue that only gets more beautiful as the night goes on and the twinkle lights glow on the fallen snow. Edith & Zachary tied the knot inside the estate, but were surrounded by the snow covered grounds and the unique historical details Willowdale has to offer.

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Edith and her bridesmaids prepared for the day in our Wedding Suite which offers a large open space with lots of natural lighting and is the perfect spot for hair, makeup and ensembles! Her detailed hair clip of pearls and ivory wedding shoes covered in rhinestones were a perfect choice for the neutral palette they used in many details of their day.

Bridal chignon hairstyle with white hairpiece at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com   White wedding shoes with gem toes  at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Zachary and his groomsmen were just down the hall getting ready in the Equestrian Lounge. Their wardrobe choice was a classic three-piece grey suit and dark brown leather Oxfords.

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The pastel wedding invitations matched perfectly with the neutral floral bouquet centerpieces featuring a variety of creams, whites and succulents arranged by Karla Cassidy Designs.

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During their first look, Edith & Zachary embraced the snow and took portraits amidst the the winter scenery. Edith’s fur shawl and long white gloves are fashionable outerwear accessories that will help keep her warm and look great in photos!

First look, bride wearing fur shawl at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

The ceremony took place at dusk in the Conservatory under our birch pole chuppah decorated with an assortment of textured greenery.

Winter wedding at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

The reception space included a variety of round and square tables with textured burlap runners, LED candles and classic floral arrangements.

Great room wedding reception with mantle and built-in shelving at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com

Throughout their event, Edith & Zachary took advantage of all the unique photo opportunities offered by our 901 Arts & Crafts mansion. They are pictured below in the North Wing of the Estate in the Library which features ornate built-in shelving.

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To see more photos and details of Edith & Zachary’s wedding day, check out their feature on The Knot!

All Photos In Feature: Zev Fisher Photography 

Date: January 22nd, 2016

REAL WEDDING – Nicole & John

Nicole and John were married at Willowdale Estate in late November of 2014. They chose photographer Jamison Wexler who is known for his stunning portraits. We had trouble choosing which portraits to feature here because they are all SO GOOD! The image below shows the Nicole and John on the Ipswich River walkway with the sun setting behind them.

winter wedding portrait by the ipswich river with sunset - Willowdale Estate - Topsfield, MA WillowdaleEstate.com

Nicole wore a fabulous fur shawl to keep warm for her portraits. As we recently posted- we love shoes that show a brides personal style and Nicole chose something blue to walk down the aisle.

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For a couple with such great style they also had a very fashionable cocktail– champagne with a gold rim! To get this look on any golden cocktail just find some gold rim sugar and apply generously to add a swanky and sweet detail to your drink.

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Guests enjoyed a simple and elegant table with lots of candle light and lanterns, which looks perfect for a winter wedding. This mansion wedding was the very last weekend of November and included Willowdale Estate’s holiday decor.  The neutral ribbon textures, garland, lights, and white poinsettias look perfect with the ivory and gold colors of this wedding.

love this beautiful winter wedding portrait in the holiday season at Willowdale Estate - Topsfield, MA WillowdaleEstate.com

Read more about Willowdale Mansion Weddings here!

Date: February 13th, 2015

Outerwear for Winter Weddings

Winter wedding season has so many beautiful details and themes to inspire couples hosting a winter themed event. Think fresh snowfall, romantic candlelight, rustic textures like birch bark, pinecones, paired with mercury glass, and lights on our trees. One detail that we consider an absolute must is outerwear for wedding day portraits. So what are brides wrapping up in to keep warm when they head outside for portraits? Here are a few of our absolute favorites!


A luxurious fur (or faux fur!) stole, neutral cardigan, bright red scarf and classic coat, or this beautiful tartan shawl go a long way to helping these brides keep warm and look impossibly stylish too! For more information about planning your winter wedding at Willowdale Estate check out our Mansion Weddings page!

Photos: Zac Wolf Photography, Shannon Grant Photography and Bharat Parmar Photography

Date: January 14th, 2015