One of our favorite weddings venues that Flou(-e)r has the pleasure of designing at is Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts. Willowdale Estate is about 4 acres located in the 720-acre Bradley Palmer State Park and has a lot of great history behind it which makes designing there such a thrill, every time!
The original construction on the estate began in 1901 with the owner, Bradley Palmer, and architect Cummings. In 1944 when Palmer passed, the mansion and the estate were turned into a park because Palmer was devoted to nature and conservation.
During the late 1990’s a Boston architect, Gerald Fandetti and his wife Charlotte Forsythe won the lease of the estate through an open bid proposal process and they began to rehabilitate the mansion and land. In 1999 when the family was given the 50-year lease, they began to completely renovate the estate and finally opened up the mansion in 2007 offering it as a full-service event venue. Today the beautiful estate is run by their daughter, Briar Forsythe, who has gained years of experience in hospitality with her family’s successful businesses. The team at Willowdale is beyond reproach with their attention to every detail with clients up to and including full-service event planning. Not to mention there amazing chef that always delights with his masterpieces. OOOh and their cookies, don’t even get us started on those……
We have been honored to be on the preferred vendor list for many years and therefore have worked as the floral designer of choice on many weddings and events hosted at Willowdale, and every event whether it be in the mansion itself or in the lush gardens under the Sperry Tent it is always an honor and exciting to design for our clients. The venue is available for a variety of events throughout the year and offers weddings inside the mansion and tented weddings May through October! We are excited yet again this year to be chosen as the designer for multiple weddings and events!!