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Sweet Garden Wedding in Topsfield

Finding a backyard venue that wasn’t actually a backyard was this couple’s goal. To mimic the beauty of the groom’s home. Once they found that, they layered in sweet fresh from the garden style flowers, a soft pretty palette and a love story that just makes you smile. Make sure to check out more images from Molly Anne Photography and a video from Hindsight Wedding Films!

From the bride…I met my husband in January 2010, soon after we had both moved to Massachusetts in the summer 2009. Brian to attend law school, and I bought a house & moved back to my hometown after living in Connecticut for five years, attending nursing school & working my first nursing job. We later learned we had moved within weeks of each other, as fate would have it.

We met & had our first date shortly after New Years, and from the get go it was clear we were pretty much polar opposites. Life before Brian was cautious & quiet, with many Friday nights in on the couch sandwiched between my two mutts Marlow & Roo, the other loves of my life. Then Brian happened, and life really began for me. Apparently he felt the same way, for he proposed on Cinco de Mayo in 2012. Then came wedding planning.

Never a bridesmaid, I had no idea what I was doing planning a wedding! My husband, who grew up in Vermont, envisioned his wedding in his parents scenic backyard in Vermont. This didn’t coincide with my traditional mother’s belief that the bride should marry near her family’s hometown. So I had a mission: find Brian’s parent’s backyard in Massachusetts. I had looked at many venues with my mom & maid of honor, but the second I stepped foot on the grounds of Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Ma I knew it would be perfect. This was confirmed when we were shown the backyard garden, which could accommodate a tent wedding.

After we locked down the perfect venue, things seemed to fall into place from there. I tried to go for an eclectic wedding style, which was both traditional & classic to portray me, mixed with earthy & rustic to convey my husband’s roots & personality. And of course I had to incorporate our dogs in just a bit! Our wedding day was perfect, a dream come true! It was so special to have all our favorite people (& pups) come together to celebrate our love! It brings us great joy to look at our wedding pictures & videos and remember this amazing day, the first day of a happy forever together with my soulmate & best friend.

Photography: Molly Anne Photography | Wedding Dress: La Reine Bridal | Floral Design: The Corporate Daisy | Cake: Konditor Meister | Invitations: Daisy Days | Ceremony Venue: St. Rose of Lima, Topsfield Ma | Reception Venue: Willowdale Estate | Shoes: Marc Jacobs | Rings: Hannoush Jewelers | Bridesmaid's Dresses: J. Crew | Hair: Hannah Surette | DJ : Jef Ezrin, White Label Wedding DJs | Groom & Groomsmen's Suits: Jos. A. Bank | Makeup: Kacie Corbelle | Save the dates: Minted | Videography : Hindsight Wedding Films

Willowdale Estate and Minted are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Intimate Willowdale Estate Mansion Wedding from Zac Wolf Photography

Intimate and downright lovely, this Willowdale Estate wedding from Zac Wolf Photography is the type of fête that will make your heart do a leap or two. And yes, you’ll grin from ear to ear because of the all the sweet details tucked in this gallery, but what will really make you swoon is just how happy this family is in each and every image. See all the happiness in action here.

From ZacKatie and Max celebrated their love at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA. Two of the kindest people I have truly ever met. The whole day all they cared about was how everyone else was doing and if everyone else was having a good time. They remembered that I told them I never get to eat the cake… so after they cut the cake, I got hand fed a piece of their cake.

The wedding was filled with DIY details and total perfection that emphasized just how great of a venue Willowdale is for small weddings like this one. They got to bring in so many details of themselves and their son to celebrate their love together.

Photography: Zac Wolf Photography | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal | Flowers: Whole Foods Market | Wedding Cake: Konditor Meister | Reception Venue: Willowdale Estate | Makeup Artist: The Makeup Artists | Men's Attire: Vera Wang

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Willowdale Estate Wedding from Molly Anne Photography

This wedding makes me happy. Plain and simple. The colors are enough to make me smile from ear to ear – the pretty pastels, the pops of coral, the patterned dress on the maid of honor – I couldn’t love it more. But the couple at the center of it all? They really take the cake. Because their love seeps through each gorgeous image from Molly Anne Photography, and that just happens to be my favorite thing ever. See every last moment here.


From the Bride… Joe and I have always thought of our relationship as the Greatest Love Story of all time. Every single triumph and “tragedy” of our 8-year relationship has served as yet another chapter of Our Story – each chapter working harmoniously together to create the Greatest Love Story. So to answer some questions, and to give you a better idea of “Leigh and Joe”, we’d like to share with you some of the most important chapters of Our Story…

Chapter L: Love Story
The spring semester of their freshman year, is when it all began. On the first day of a mandatory Psychology class, Leigh chose a seat in the second row, next to a girlfriend (who would later be dubbed The Matchmaker). Joe sat right behind Leigh which made poking and other childish flirtatious activities way too convenient. The Matchmaker knew him and the Matchmaker knew her. This Matchmaker saw something special in the two of them, that they didn’t quite see yet. But after a brief summer break, they had no choice but to see it too. The Love Story that lay before them was unavoidable and overpowering…

Chapter B: Bentley Days
Their Love Story picked up full speed during their Bentley Days. Joe and Leigh were both Falcons – Joe at the pitcher’s mound on the baseball field and Leigh at first base on the softball field. They shared a similar friend group which made their free time effortless and fun. They kept each other focused and motivated through many late night study dates in the Bentley Library, and they encouraged each other into the professional world as their college internships became careers.

Chapter W: Willowdale
When the two first stepped onto the Willowdale Estate Grounds in Topsfield, Massachusetts, they instantly fell in love. It’s handsome, masculine features coupled with its rich history and flawless flower gardens create the magical and unique event venue that the couple had dreamed of for their wedding reception. Since booking the venue in June 2012, the couple frequently visits the Willowdale Estate for special seasonal events. Joe and Leigh are so excited to have their reception at this Estate and are even more excited to make it part of their future memories.

Notes from the Bride & Groom:
During the past year of planning and creating for the wedding, our main goal throughout everything was to share Our Story with our guests. After all, Our Story wouldn’t be complete without them. Rather than typical table numbers, we assigned each table to represent a chapter of Our Story. Therefore, instead of Table 12, we had Table W for our “Willowdale” chapter. Each chapter description was written on the back of the menu cards, giving guests a sneak peek into Our Story. For interested guests, our Guest Book (which we invited everyone to sign) contained all chapters and was laced with images from our engagement session.

In terms of style, we wanted to use elements that were meaningful and beautiful to create a romantic garden party. Our color scheme of peaches, corals, yellows, pinks and greens formed a romantic and colorful combination that directly reflected our vibrant and playful personalities. Almost all elements were handmade projects – from the various signs and favors to the menu cards and Guest Book, each element was made with love, over a bottle (or several bottles) of wine! Throughout the past year, leading up to our wedding, we poured our hearts into every single detail as our small condo became a design center and storage facility.

For our vendors, we were careful to only book vendors we formed a connection with. From our beyond fabulous photographer to our impeccable florist, we booked each one because we knew they would accurately portray us. It’s so important to maintain your personalities and ideals throughout the entire process. Because after all, you want your wedding to reflect your relationship, to preach Your Story.

Our biggest piece of advice for brides and grooms-to-be is to keep your center, don’t sweat the small stuff. Your wedding will be absolutely perfect no matter what…so enjoy the planning, sprinkle it with some laughter, and look forward to your best chapter yet!

Photography: Molly Anne Photography | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Floral Design: Petalena Flowers | Invitations: Minted | Ceremony Venue: St. Patrick Parish | Reception Venue:: Willowdale Estate | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Necklace: J.Crew | Rings: DeScenza Diamonds | Crinkle Fans: BHLDN | Earrings: Anthropologie | Event Planning + Design: LoveLeigh Creations by Bride + Groom | Groomsmen Suits: Jos. A. Bank | Maid of Honor Dress: BHLDN

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