September 14, 2019
When they began dating during their second year of medical school, Jenna Binkhorst and Lolo Officer quickly became lovesick. Their journey to the altar, however, took a little longer. After Lolo popped the question in 2017, the couple spent the next two years focusing on completing their degrees and landing jobs while planning a celebration at Topsfield’s Willowdale Estate. “It was a lot of rushing from the hospital to the dress fitting in my scrubs,” Jenna says with a laugh. “We went to a tasting after Lolo had worked overnight the night before, and he fell asleep at the table.”
Despite the challenges of juggling RSVPs and residency, the pair says their September 2019 wedding went off without a hitch. Among their favorite memories? Letting loose with loved ones on the dance floor to the tunes of Stevie Wonder and Lizzo. “There were a few moments when we were just jumping up and down together,” the bride remembers. The groom agrees: “Feeling how much love there was between not only us, but everyone there, was great.”
With their bridal party watching from the windows above, the pair shared an intimate first look in the Willowdale courtyard.
The Made with Love dress, which was the first one Jenna tried on, won the bride over with its vintage lace, low back, and form-fitting style. She paired it with Converse sneakers featuring the date of the wedding written on the back. “I am not a heels person,” she says.
The couple envisioned natural and unmanicured blooms, so Greenlion Design arranged bunches of seasonal wildflowers to accent the property’s sprawling greenery.
Prior to the ceremony, Jenna and Lolo read their handwritten vows in the presence of close family members and their bridal party. They also signed a modern version of the Ketubah, a Jewish marriage contract.
Standing under a chuppah with their immediate families, Lolo and Jenna said “I do” in a ceremony officiated by their fathers. “We wanted each member of our family to have some role,” Jenna explains.
“We knew from the beginning that we really wanted to get married outside,” the bride says, and the rustic charm of Willowdale Estate fit the bill. For the reception, the lovebirds migrated to a canopied Sperry tent adorned with ivy and string lights.
The couple chose the Beatles’ “In My Life” for their first dance. “We were actually dancing in our living room trying to picture what it would be like,” the groom says. “When that song came on, we both looked at each other and said, ‘That’s it.’”
Bride’s Dress Made with Love, Everthine Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaid Dresses BHLDN
Cake/Caterer Willowdale Estate
Flowers Greenlion Design
Stationery Kate Hall Design
Videographer Caddigan Films
Getting married? Start and end your wedding planning journey with Boston Weddings' guide to the best wedding vendors in the city.
Source URL: https://www.bostonmagazine.com/weddings/2020/11/30/willowdale-estate-party/
Copyright ©2021 Boston Magazine unless otherwise noted.