A Classic, Vintage-Inspired Wedding at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts

Edith Butterworth (29 and a civil engineer) and Zachary Schiller (30 and a pharmaceutical researcher) planned an early spring wedding with a subtle vintage-meets-rustic twist and a color palette of emerald green and soft blue hues. The Willowdale Estate was the perfect setting for the affair with its inviting atmosphere and elegant, historic interiors. “I knew I wanted a vintage, classic, slightly rustic look for my wedding and knew Willowdale’s Arts and Crafts style mansion was the perfect backdrop for what I envisioned,” says Edith. The celebration started with a ceremony in the conservatory. The rich wood-paneled walls and large windows opening out onto acres of snow-dusted forest providing a stunning rustic scene for the couple’s “I do’s.” A handcrafted birch chuppah draped in greenery and Zachary’s grandfather’s tallit framed the couple as they exchanged traditional Catholic vows and performed the seven wedding blessings, a Jewish wedding ceremony tradition. “One of the compliments we received from many of our friends and family members was how personal it was and how much it reflected Zachary and I as a couple,” says Edit. A reception in the conservatory followed, where tables were dressed with white and burlap linens, bundles of classic white blooms and pops of emerald green accents. For a personalized feel, Edith and Zachary incorporated pottery from Edith’s mother’s collection into the centerpieces, placed signs Edith’s sister made on each of the tables and displayed vintage photos of their family members on their wedding days. Edith’s sister even brought traditional Italian wedding confetti, flavored almond candies, all the way from Rome for guests to enjoy throughout the evening. After dinner and dessert, it was time for the newlyweds to show off their dancing skills. The pair hit the floor and impressed guests with their moves set to the sound of Ben Fold’s Five’s “The Luckiest,” as performed by their live band Business Time. “Zach and I and my parents had taken dance lessons and it was so much fun to be able to show off what we had learned,” says Edith. Her favorite part of the reception? “Eating wedding cake with Zachary,” says says. “As an avid baker, choosing the cake was a tough process for me. Ultimately, we decided on three single-tier cakes, each in a different flavor. They were all delicious!”