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A Fourth of July wedding at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA


Erika & Charles met in high school over a decade ago on a double date - but not with each other. They went to separate colleges, wishing each other the occasional “Happy Birthday” on Facebook. As fate would have it, though, they met once again as classmates in grad school in Pennsylvania in 2016. They quickly became friends, and took a chance on each other - and they’re so glad they did!

Charles popped the question at Acadia National Park, and they both marvel at the fact that it took them so many miles and so many years to find each other, even though they grew up 15 minutes from each other. Erika picked out the perfect beach for their engagement photos at Crane Beach in Ipswich (peep their gorgeous sunrise photos here!) and celebrated their big day not too far away on the Fourth of July at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA.

They had a perfectly sunny day complete with a wild and energetic wedding party, photos of all their world travels together, American and Korean traditions blending together seamlessly, and an ice cream sundae bar to put the cherry on top of their perfect day. Congrats #teamcherika!!!

Thank you to all the amazing vendors!

Venue: Willowdale Estate - Photography: Lena Mirisola - Coordinator: Nichole Armano - Videography: Some Fuzzy - DJ: DJ Case - Hair + makeup: Love Notes By June - Florals: Karla Cassidy Designs - Dress: Pronovias - Bridesmaids dresses: Lulu’s - Grooms attire: Indochino - Rentals: PEAK

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An autumn wedding at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA

An autumn wedding at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA

There’s nothing like a fall wedding at Willowdale Estate - PLUS, don’t miss Sadie the adorable flower dog, an ice cream sundae bar, 3 kinds of wedding cake (including funfetti) and homemade baklava baked by her mama!

A summer Willowdale Estate wedding in Topsfield, MA

In the words of the groom, “People said it will never work - she is a beautiful angel and he is a unique-featured weirdo.”

Mallory & Ryan have known each other since high school, through awkward encounters and mutual friends. After realizing they were particularly sweet on each other, Mal & Ry patiently waited for the right timing to be together. Between law school, medical school, Connecticut, and Boston, Ryan popped the question by the romantic reflecting pool in Boston, and she said YES! 

With the forecast showing thunderstorms and rain at Willowdale Estate all day, Mallory & Ryan prepared themselves for a wet wedding day. It poured all morning long, as predicted. As Mallory descended down the stairs to see her husband for the first time, something miraculous happened: the SUN came out. After a joyous first look, the ceremony began. Right before their first kiss, everyone could hear the pitter patter of drops bouncing off the tent - it began to pour as they sealed their marriage with a kiss and ran down the aisle. 

Here's to an INCREDIBLE Italian honeymoon and a lifetime of love, dancing, basketball, scooper bowl ice cream, getaway weekends to Burlington, beer, running, and HAPPINESS! <3

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Hair & makeup - Traveler Beauty Company
Invitations - Jen Simpson Design (Etsy)
Dress - Mikaella Bridal
Suit - Joseph A Bank
DJ & live musicians - Czone Entertainment
Florist - Petals, Inc
Cake - Topsfield Bakeshop

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A whimsical summer Willowdale Estate wedding in Topsfield, MA

"You know I'll never be lonely, you're my only one and I love the things, I really love the things that you do... you're my best friend"

Kate & Ryan are one of my most loving, bubbly, thoughtful, joyful couples. They are over the moon for their pup Oliver, are health & fitness fanatics (see Kate doing push-ups at her reception below), and love hanging out together, whether it's hiking through Vermont or lounging at the beach. 

I knew Kate had my sense of humor when I got her contract back in the mail. She listed her address, and under the "Groom's address" section, she wrote "Same! Living in sin ;)" I had a good laugh that day, and that was just the beginning.

On the 10th day of June, the sun was shining at a perfect 70 degrees on Willowdale Estate. Kate and her girls rocked mint green Converse Chuck Taylors, with Kate's being a blinged-out white pair with "Donovan" stitched along the back. A piece of her mother's veil was wrapped around her bouquet, which was filled with roses, peonies and lots of succulents. After laughing through a teary eyed "I do", they danced into their reception with Kate's hoisted over Ryan's shoulder, backside first to Queen's "Fat Bottomed Girls". Epic? Very. They partied the night away to almost every Queen song ever written, including their first dance. At the end of the night, a familiar tune caught the ears of the guests, and an ice cream truck pulled up with tasty frozen treats.

Wishing Kate & Ryan a happy marriage 'till the day Kate annoys Ryan into the afterlife, and they both learn how long forever really is. But, I think they know that it's pretty awesome when you're with your soulmate. XOX

Thank you to the amazing vendors!

Venue, planning + catering: Willowdale Estate
Assistant + second shooter: Mei Lin Barral
Flowers: Petals, Inc
Hair: Jessie & Tara of Boston Makeup Artists
Makeup: Amber of Boston Makeup Artists
DJ: Keith Leavitt of Cape Tunes
Cake: Frederick's Pastries
Ice cream truck: Cool Cow Ice Cream
Dress: Allure
Suits: Tommy Hilfiger

Planned Perfectly Vendor of the Week

Hello friends!

This Sunday, I'm so excited to share this awesome feature with you! The lovely ladies at Planned Perfectly named me the vendor of the week this week - and I'm so honored! You can read advice on how brides can maximize their wedding planning process and special day, learn about my favorite wedding styles, and take a peek at how all the behind the scenes of wedding booking works.

Read the rest of the interview here!

Matt & Melissa // A nature inspired Willowdale Estate wedding

Almost ten years in the making, I introduce to you, Mr. & Mrs. Campbell.

Matt & Melissa are one of my most loved and cherished wedding couples. You really get to know a couple when you shoot their engagement, go out for ice cream, bridal shower, secret video shoot, meetings over lunch... by the time their wedding day FINALLY rolled around, I thought, "Oh! So this is what we were all waiting for? Well gosh!" The two of them are such deep soulmates. They're best friends, always laughing at each other, doing sweet things for each other, and being the best people they can be.

Melissa, her mother and her sister got ready on the second floor of the incredible Willowdale Estate, followed by the boys across the hallway. Lace from her mother's wedding dress was sewn into Melissa's silk dress belt, while she wore her grandmother's ring on her finger. The couple exchanged gifts without seeing each other, until their first look. They exchanged vows with tears from the audience, and sealed it with a kiss and HUGE smiles! They attended their own (gorgeous) cocktail hour, surrounded by vintage boxes and crates and live music. Matt & Melissa entered their reception with a surprise video, followed by Melissa breaking into an epic air guitar dance with her dad, and Matt giving everyone a tear-jerking dance with his sister. They had the most DELICIOUS cupcakes and warm, gooey cookies straight out of a Toll House commercial, fuel for them to dance the night away.

I don't have enough "thank you's" to give to my incredible second shooter Anthony Fusco, and Leslie and the team at Planned Perfectly Weddings & Events. M&M fell in love with Anthony right away, and Leslie and the girls couldn't have made anything more perfect for Matt & Melissa on their special day. 


This was Matt & Melissa's surprise reception video. The summer before their wedding, we met up (in secret!!!) and filmed their introduction video - as they talked about what they're most looking forward to in life, how they met, and read parts of their Dear John letters when Matt was overseas.

Venue: Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA
Catering: Willowdale Estate
Event planning: Planned Perfectly
Cupcakes: Creative Cakes by Deb
Clergy: Elizabeth Gemelli
Ceremony music: Matt Descoteaux
Hair & Makeup: Andrea from Indra Salon
Florist: Garden Designs
DJ: All Start Entertainment
Signs & rentals: Antea Amoroso Design
Transportation: McGinn Bus Company