A Stunning September Willowdale Estate Wedding

I’m absolutely going to bookmark this blog post so that when it’s the middle of winter and the sun is nowhere to be seen, I can be taken back to the warmth and joy found in abundance at A & N’s beautiful Willowdale Estate wedding!

I mean it when I say that every wedding I photograph is memorable, but when I meet a couple who smiles with their eyes and laughs together simply by exchanging a glance, it’s just such a rush to be a wedding photographer. Add to that my favorite venue on the North Shore, Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA (the stonework and wood carvings are a dream), and you have a wedding that I’d love to photograph again and again! Be sure to scroll down to the sunset photos and the twilight hour ones- I can’t get enough of  those twilight-blue skies and cafĂ© lights.

Wishing you both a lifetime of love and happiness, A & N. It was such an honor photographing your sunny and heartfelt wedding celebration!

Willowdale Estate Wedding, couple walks hand in hand in front of stone building.
The couple stands in front of the iconic red door at this Willowdale Estate Wedding.
At sunset, the couple strolls hand in hand back to Willowdale Estate.
Details including the ring, invitation, and the makeup artist
The bridal suite at Willowdale Estate has the perfect place for hanging a dress. The bridesmaids gather for a photo in their robes.
The gentlemen enjoy beer while they get ready. The groom fixes his hair and puts on his tie.
The groom reads a card from the bride and the bride reads a card from the groom at Willowdale Estate.
The bride gets into her dress at this Willowdale Estate Wedding. Her sisters help button the buttons.
The bride and her mother share a last moment together before the bride descends the stairs at Willowdale Estate. The groom waits for her outside in the courtyard.
The couple share their first look outside in the courtyard of Willowdale Estate.
The ceremony is held at a Catholic church nearby. The bride is walked in by her father.
The bride gets her veil on and the groom waits behind the glass nervously.
The bridesmaids come down the aisle first, then the ring bearer, and finally the bride escorted by her father.
The couple shares looks during the church ceremony.
The couple shares their first kiss and then recesses out the church doors into the sunlight.

Immediately after the wedding, I get ready for the “Hugging Challenge!” to see how many hugs I can catch of the couple getting those first, emotion-filled, hugs from close family and friends. It’s so exhilarating because they’re happening like fireworks all around me!

Lots of hugs!
Family portraits outside the church and wedding party photos back in the courtyard at Willowdale Estate.
The entrance to Willowdale Estate is beautiful.
The flowers under the tent, tablescapes, and the view of the room set up at this Willowdale Estate Wedding.
People come in with excitement to the reception at Willowdale Estate.
Toasts under the tent at Willowdale Estate.
The sun sets and the couple slips out to enjoy the beautiful grounds of Willowdale Estate.
The toasts are funny, the couple laughs and kisses. The college group gathers for a large photo.
Under the lights of the courtyard, the couple cuts their cake while a young child looks on.
The bride shares a dance with her father, the groom with his mother at Willowdale Estate.
The couple dances together at their Willowdale Estate Wedding.
The party atmosphere revs up as the dance floor fills at Willowdale Estate.
The celebration is over and the couple departs Willowdale Estate in a Rolls Royce car.

Fab Vendor Team:

Venue: Willowdale Estate, https://www.willowdaleestate.com

Photography: Salty Raven Studio & Event Photography, https://www.saltyraven.com

Make-up and Hair: Pro Radiance Artistry, http://www.proradianceartistry.com

Cake: The Danish Pastry House, https://www.danishpastryhouse.com

Flowers: The bride!!! (the centerpieces were incredible!)

Dress and Tux: Maggie Sottero Noelle wedding dress, Hayley Paige bridesmaid dresses, and Black Tux for the groomsmen suits

DJ: E.C.F. Entertainment, http://www.ecfentertainment.com

Transportation: Michael’s Limousine Company, https://www.michaelslimousine.com

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