Colorful Summer Wedding at Willowdale Estate

Erica and Jeff, August 8, 2014, Willowdale Estate, Topsfield Ma

Jeff has been a close friend of mine and my husband Bill since High School.  To say that I was excited and honored to be part of his and Erica’s big day is an understatement!  I absolutely love when I can help my friends to create the wedding of their dreams, especially when they have as beautiful a vision as Erica did!

Erica and Jeff’s ceremony took place behind the mansion in the garden courtyard, surounded by by beautiful manicured gardens in full bloom. The setting was perfect, there were many details including lush, blush hydrangeas and mint bows adorning each chair, which were my favorite detail of the ceremony decor. 

Erica always knew she wanted a traditional all white rose bouquet.  We personalized it for her by adding crystals and pearls to the bouquet handle.  I think it came out perfectly and she loved it. The bridesmaid's bouquets had lots of different blooms which created lots of texture and visual interest against their bright coral dresses. I loved the succulents and the added touch of the mint ribbon. 

Erica picked the color pallette for the reception as well, she chose a mint and coral color scheme with accents of blush pink, then gave me free creative reign on the floral design itself - the best thing I could ask for!  We incorporated lots of crystal accents.  There was a lot of color and a lot of texture in play in the details of this wedding, I loved it! The centerpieces were a mix of roses and spray roses, hydrangeas, dahlias and succulents placed in glass cube vases which we embellished with burlap topped with a coral satin ribbon and a crystal brooch for a little sparkle. Erica made the wooden table numbers, which she painted mint for a pop of color and to tie in the color scheme throughout the evening.

The venue that they chose, Willowdale Estate, is really beautiful.  It has a very pretty indoor area, which can be used in case of rain, or for pretty food displays like Erica and Jeff chose to do, but the outdoor garden and seasonal Sperry tent really make this venue shine.  The outdoor area is surrounded with beautiful plantings, which make you feel as though you are at a party in a private garden!  The setting worked really well with Erica and Jeff’s vision for their wedding day, and the weather was just perfect.  It was a gorgeous night, I am so happy for my friends and so glad to be part of their big day!

Here are some photos take by Benoit & McCarthy.  You can see we incorporated many details both inside and out on the food stations, mantle and under the tent.