Sample Winter Wedding Weekend Itinerary

At French’s Point, no matter the season, each wedding hosted here is a reflection of our couples and their vision for the experience they wish to share with their family and friends. We LOVE these weddings! But we love nothing more than a winter weekend wedding at French’s Point. It brings back memories of my own winter wedding 10 years ago. Winter weddings possess a magic and beauty all their own, simply not found in any other season. Perhaps I am biased. I do think that French’s Point was made for weddings, particularly this time of year. If you are considering a winter wedding, I thought I would share a sample winter wedding weekend itinerary with you for inspiration. Put your own touches on this and make the weekend your own!

“Winter weddings possess a magic and beauty all their own, simply not found in any other season.” – Jessika, Owner of French’s Point

FRIDAY

1:00PM Check in to French’s Point! Settle into your room and take a deep breath. A festive weekend lies ahead.

2:00PM Kick off the comradery and memory-making with a snowman making contest, some epic sledding down the West slope behind The Farm or a horse drawn sleigh ride around the estate grounds.

3:00PM Freshly bake snickerdoodle cookies and hot coffee make your guests feel at home.

4:00PM Gather your wedding party, family and everyone participating in the ceremony for a rehearsal at your chosen setting to work out the jitters so everyone  can relax on the big day. Choose from a cozy setting inside the Conservatory with broad views of the bay or a refreshing location at the Gazebo for a ceremony no one will soon forget!

4:30PM Meet at the bar at The Retreat for a cocktail party and welcome your guests to your rehearsal dinner.

5:30PM Enjoy a delicious rehearsal dinner of wood-fired pizza with seasonally-inspired flavors in the Retreat House Conservatory.

7:00PM Cuddle up around the fire pit on the Cobblestone Terrace in a cozy blanket and reconnect with family and friends while you enjoy  in cozy blanket and reconnect with family and friends while you enjoy s’mores fresh off the fire and a hot cocoa bar. 

10:00PM Get some rest! Tomorrow is going to be a big day.

 

SATURDAY

8:00AM Rise and shine, it’s your wedding day! Snowshoe the trails and along the shore in Sandy Point State Park or enjoy a morning yoga session for the wedding party and family lead by a local instructor inside the sun-filled Conservatory.

9:00AM Enjoy a cup of coffee, freshly baked cinnamon rolls, quiche, and fruit with your family at The Farm before you freshen up.

11:00AM Your wedding vendor team arrives to begin preparation at The Retreat. Pampering time begins for you and your wedding party with hair and make-up sessions with your chosen provider in front of the fireplace at The Farm House Parlor. Your ladies snuggle up in front of the fire in the beautiful, locally-made blanket wraps you gifted them for the occasion. Sit back and enjoy the hours leading up to your ceremony with those nearest and dearest to your heart.

12:00PM The wedding party lunch delivered with popovers, warm butternut squash soup & bellinis! 

1:00PM The grooms party enjoys the game on the TV in the Recreation Room at The Retreat while they begin preparing and dressing for the festivities. Don’t forget those wedding rings!

2:00PM Here comes the bride! The Bridal Party moves to the Retreat House and has pre-ceremony photos taken on the balcony overlooking the estate. Don’y forget your wrap! 

The groom’s party enjoys the distraction of a game of poker or pool while awaiting pre-ceremony photos.

3:30PM The ceremony bell rings out over the bay and calls your guests to the ceremony location of your choosing: the breath-taking Gazebo or inside our stunning Conservatory inside the Retreat House. The moment you’ve been waiting for is here! Your ceremony will commence with that storied stroll toward your beloved.

4:00PM Congratulations to the happy couple! Take your first photos as husband and wife, with your wedding party and family. Head outside to catch the beautiful sunset with your new spouse and photographer. We offer a variety of locations to capture this splendid light.

Your guests will warm up with soup and grilled-cheese passed apps in the Lounge by the roaring fire, while they mix, mingle and enjoy cocktail hour with delicious stationary and passed hors d’oeuvres. 

5:00PM Before the dinner reception begins, gather your guests in the foyer and snap some group photos from the balcony. This is a beautiful record of the guests who were able to join you for your big day.

5:15PM Guests are ushered into the beautiful Retreat House Dining Room appointed with beautiful farm tables set for family style service and appointed with all the details you imagined for the reception.

5:30PM Before dinner, introductions of the family and wedding party followed by speeches. Cheers to the happy couple!

5:45PM Dinner is served! Enjoy unique fare chosen by you, provided by your wedding catering partner of choice. A harvest-inspired menu of port wine poached pear salad with a fresh goat cheese, roasted turkey & pork with cranberry chutney served with locally sourced vegetables. 

6:15PM Official cake cutting. Enjoy your first dance as a married couple in the Conservatory. It’s time to boogie!

6:45PM Cake and coffee are served.

One last call from the bar. Enjoy one last dance with your sweetie for the perfect ending to a magical day!

9:50PM The Unplugged After Party begins with a laid-back vibe while guest remove their shoes and relax by the fireplace in the Lounge. Fuel the fun with delicious late-night treats with the arrival of a vintage food truck serving sausage subs, pizza, or warm cookies and milk! Take in the silent night and the view of the moonlight dancing on the water and the snow-covered fields. 

10:00PM Vendors begin preparing for the next day’s gathering. 

11:00PM Bid your guests farewell & return to your cozy room & watch the moon sparkle over the freshly fallen snow.  

12:00AM Retreat to your beautiful suite with your new spouse to reflect and celebrate this magical experience.

 

SUNDAY

8:00AM The caterer arrives to prepare for the farewell brunch. Begin your first day as husband and wife!

9:00AM Your guests stop by The Retreat House Dining Room one last time to say goodbye and enjoy a farewell brunch before heading home. Enjoy a beautiful, hearty buffet, or offer portable food and coffee to-go so guests can get on the road after they bid you farewell.

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What Do I Do About Food Between Events?

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When planning a destination wedding, and your guests are all staying on site, there’s always the question; What do I do about food in between events? Do I have to provide every meal- breakfast, lunch, and dinner? Or can I just provide the meals for events?

Here are a few options that will help your guests understand what is provided, what is not provided, and how to provide meals for the whole duration of your stay: 

Create a Weekend Itinerary

Talk with your stationer about creating a weekend itinerary that you can send along to all your weekend guests. You can inform them of the meal times and your event times so there are no questions! Send the itinerary in your invitations or post them on your wedding website. When you arrive at French’s Point, post your itinerary in our Welcome Center in each home so your guests can reference it at Check In and during their stay! 

Post the Expectations on Your Wedding Website

Make it clear to guests the meals that you are providing during their stay and inform them of the food that will be available for them in the nearest residential kitchen. 

Streamline Your Weekend Caterer

Throughout your stay, hire the same caterer to create meals, formal and informal, and even drop-off meals to you and your guests! Many caterers will not only design your wedding day meal, but drop off breakfast, brunch, lunch, and late night treats to your guests throughout your stay! Working with one provider streamlines the communication and helps ensure you aren’t missing any key mealtimes!

Don’t Forget to Provide Coffee in the Morning

You can order coffee from your breakfast caterer, or leave supplies and coffee grounds at each coffee maker for the guests to enjoy for themselves!

Hire a Personal Chef

Some catering companies offer a personal chef to cook meals for you and your guests within the home you are staying in! They will become a member of the family in no-time as they prepare all your favorite eats right in the heart of the home- the kitchen!

Hire Brunch Service

If you have multiple meal providers during your weekend stay, contact Eileen of Creative Catering or JoJo of Bell the Cat to drop off breakfast for your guests, they have everything from brunch/lunch platters to warm, home-cooked breakfasts. They will drop off at both homes, and pick up the platters as soon as you’re done! 

Or a Food Truck!

If a donut truck is more your style, contact Eight 8 Donut Cafe about coming and parking in front of the Retreat House any morning during your stay! They provide fun-filled and uniquely decorated donuts, warm out of the fryer, and locally roasted coffee! It’s all you can eat so invite all your guests staying down Hersey Retreat Road to join you for your early morning treat! The Salt Box Café  is another great breakfast, brunch or lunch option. They provide creative breakfast and lunch sandwiches of your choosing and cook it fresh off the truck!

How To Plan Your Transportation: Uber, Lyft, & Taxis

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French’s Point is a Destination Wedding Venue on the Coast of Maine and a Vacation Home Rental Property. We are privately located at a quiet spot on the coast, with uninterrupted views of the ocean and the Maine landscape. The nearest city or downtown area is 15 minutes from French’s Point and the nearest airport is in the City of Bangor, 40 minutes down Route 1A. Uber and Lyft are great resources in Southern Maine, but once you head up the coastal region and into the midcoast or central regions of Maine, finding an Uber or Lyft is a rarity. We don’t recommend relying on these resources when traveling to French’s Point for a wedding or vacation.

Car Rentals

We recommend renting your own vehicle for the duration of your stay so you can explore all the wonders and attractions this wonderful region has to offer.

Taxi Service

If you must use a cab or taxi, there is one resource in Belfast, Maine, 15 minutes down the road. Please call Bay Taxi at (207) 338-1993. They have a limited number of vehicles.

Event Transportation

If you are the host of an event at French’s Point, please secure a bus, trolley, shuttle or form or transportation service for your guests staying offsite for your events to ensure their safety and enjoyment.

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Photos by Kelci Alane Photography

The Sound System at French’s Point

Sound System at French's Point - Estate Destination Wedding Venue - Lindsey Ocker Photography

The Sound System at French’s Point is offered to our guests during their planned events. The Sound System is a property operated piece of equipment.  Guests have access to the sound system from 9am-10pm with the site managers permission. Sound System will be locked at 10:00PM or at the end of your event before the site manager’s departure.

Microphone

Our Sound System broadcasts sound on the Main Level of the Retreat House and outside on the Cocktail Terrace. If you have a speech planned during your event, you are welcome to speak with a French’s Point site manager about using a microphone. Please plan to use the microphone only inside the home, as the microphone will lose it’s line-of-sight connection once it leaves the Main Level of the Retreat House.

Piano

If you plan to have a Pianist, please let us know ahead of time so we can set up the microphone to the piano to broadcast outside on the Cocktail Terrace.

Music

In order to play your music selections, you will need a Phone or iPad with an Aux Port or Aux Port Converter. You are also welcome to play CDs. 

 

For any other Sound System questions, please email Nicole at [email protected].

Photos by Lindsey Ocker Photography

 

What to Include in Your Bathroom Baskets

To better serve your guests and help take care of them during their time here, here are some items we think are perfect to include in your bathroom baskets! At French’s Point there are 4 common guest restrooms, two on the main level and 2 on the lower level of the Retreat House. Please keep in mind if you are a host at French’s Point, you will need two of each of the below:

Women’s Bathroom Baskets:

         Straight Edged Basket

         Mints

         Tic Tacs

         Cough Drops

         Toothpicks

         Floss

         Mini Disposable Tooth Brushers

         Women’s Deodorant

         Perfume

         Bug Spray Wipes

         Sunscreen

         Aloe

         Lotion

         Tide-To-Go

         Chap Stick Tubes

         Lint Rollers

         Q-Tips

         Mini Tissue Packs

         Nail File

         Mini Sewing Kits

         Safety Pins

         Mini Hair Combs

         Contact Solution

         Contact Cases

         Tums

         Band-Aids

         Triple Antibiotic Cream

         Ibuprofen

         Advil

         Mini Pads

         Pads

         Tampons – All Sizes

         Hairspray

         Dry Shampoo

         Makeup Remover

         Hair Ties

         Bobby Pins

         Grass Heel Stoppers

 

Men’s Bathroom Baskets

         Straight Edged Basket

         Mints

         Tic Tacs

         Cough Drops

         Toothpicks

         Floss

         Mini Disposable Tooth Brushers

         Men’s Deodorant

         Cologne

        Bug Spray Wipes

         Sunscreen

         Aloe

         Lotion

         Tide-To-Go

         Chap Stick Tubes

         Lint Rollers

         Q-Tips

         Mini Tissue Packs

         Nail File

         Mini Sewing Kits

         Safety Pins

         Mini Hair Combs

         Contact Solution

         Contact Cases

         Tums

         Band-Aids

         Triple Antibiotic Cream

         Ibuprofen

         Advil

The Best Wedding Rain Plan!

Rain on your wedding day does not have to be the end-all of your wedding day excitement! Here are some fun rainy-day features you can bring to life during your wedding weekend in case the rain intimidates you just a little bit!

Clear Umbrellas!

In the chance of rain, order some clear umbrellas for your wedding party to take around the property! Have your first look under a shared rain-drop-coated umbrella. Make sure to get one for your photographer and videographer as well!

 

Colorful Boots!

Skip the heels and transition your bridesmaids into a colorful rain-booty that matches their gowns! Rain boots are the perfect wedding gift for your bridesmaids and you should treat yourself to a pair too!

Rain on Your Wedding Day | Hailey Tash Photography

Indoor Ceremony!

I know what you’re thinking… who wants to get married inside when you can get married outside? The bonus to getting married at French’s Point is that it has the perfect indoor ceremony option. Inside the Conservatory, you and your guests will still have a 280 degree view of the ocean. You can decorate the stairs with greenery, swag and candles. As your wedding party enters through the double doors, you can make your own grand entrance down the estate staircase, only to see the look of your loved one standing in front of the ocean-bay windows.

Dim the Lights!

Rainy days aren’t always darker days, but when they are, it’s the perfect chance to dim all the chandeliers in the Retreat House, turn on the fireplaces, and cozy up around the indoor bar with a specialty cocktail in hand!

Rainy Day Pictures!

With your colorful booties and your double-wide clear umbrella, you can go anywhere! Head down to the beach and take your Oceanside pictures you have been dreaming of! You may think the clouds are a bummer, but trust us, the photographers are so excited about the cloudy-day lighting! No glare, and the perfect white backdrop to your already perfect day! And when the sun sets over the West, take some back-lit, drizzly, nighttime photos! They are always a one-of-a-kind!

Ocean Fog!

On the Coast of Maine, when there is precipitation in the sea air, the fog will roll over the bay, in the morning or all day. But when it does, take an opportunity to take photos walking the bluff path! Just look at how amazing the fog looks rolling up behind this couple! 

Greta Tucker Photography

Double Rainbow!

When the rain clears and the sun shines through the clouds, take a moment to look at the double rainbow stemming from North to South on the Penobscot Bay! It’s a photo opportunity you won’t want to miss! 

Rain on your wedding day

Beautiful Up-do!

If you had plans to wear your hair down, you might want to consider a beautiful up-do if there is rain in the forecast! Work with your hair dresser during your hair and makeup trial to try it both up and down! You will never know it rained if you go with it up!

Rain on your wedding day

Photography by:

Rebecca Aurthurs Photography, Greta Tucker Photography, Hailey Tash Photography & Michelle Turner Photography

How To Plan an Event or Ceremony on The Farm Beach

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The Private Farm Beach is an idyllic seaside setting for a rehearsal dinner celebration or ceremony. It has become increasingly popular over the last couple of years since we installed a new sea wall and regraded the lawn area abutting the beach to allow for tenting of the area. If you are looking into the possibility of hosting a Rehearsal Dinner, celebration or ceremony on the Private Farm Beach, please keep in mind the details we have listed below. We want to ensure our couples & their vendor team are aware of the details that go into planning any event on the Beach.

Key Details:

Maximum Guest Capacity: 100

Event End Time: 9:00PM including vendor & guest departure

  • Beach Area is in shade from afternoon on
  • There is no parking available on the beach & vehicles must remain clear of the roadway at all times so as not to block access to the neighboring cottages
  • There is no power supply on the beach, so a generator is needed if power is required

 

Rental Needs:

Porta Potties or a Bathroom Trailer

Restroom rentals are required for meal events because of very long uphill walk to the public restrooms at the Retreat House.  

Golf Cart

A golf cart to shuttle guests from/to the houses & parking is required to transport your guests down to the Farm Beach. During your event, your planner should provide staff to drive the golf carts to shuttle guests to and from the parking area as guests are not permitted to drive themselves once alcohol service has commenced.

Event Tent & Service Tent

You will need to rent a tent in order to have proper weather/rain shelter in the case of inclement weather for an event planned in this area. The size of your event tent should be no larger than 30’ x 60’. Your caterer will need a dry, enclosed & covered space to meal-prep. The service tent for the cater should be no larger than 20’ x 30’. Please contact Wallace Events for your tent rental needs because they know where the  tent is permitted in this area due to the 15’ fire pit on the beach & underground water lines.

Generator

A generator is required if power service is required for music, lighting or catering needs.  Please contact Wallace Events about placing a generator on your rental order. It will need to be large enough to cover your full needs for catering, lighting, and musician or DJ.

Lighting

There is no source of walkway lighting on the path down to the Beach or on the Beach itself other than some tiki torches and a fire pit. Please please plan to light the walkways for your guests safety.  You will also need lighting in the tent for events that take place after dark.

General Rental Equipment

Items you will need to rent for an event on the beach include:                    

  • Chairs
  • Bar
  • Dishware
  • Glassware
  • Linens

Recommendations:

Event Time

We recommend starting the event earlier in the day or hosting an early dinner. This way the event end time of 9:00PM does not seem early to you or your guests and the cost of the necessary lighting is not an issue.

Temperature

We recommend providing blankets at the fire pits, patio heaters & tent heaters(May-June & September & October) as it can get chilly on the water once the sun goes down!

Games

Providing an assortment of lawn games for your guests to enjoy during their time on the Beach is also a great way to keep them entertained and feel at home.

 

We hope you find this information helpful & enjoy this space to really relax and get a true Maine beachside experience.

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Photography by Rachael Anderson

How to Make Coffee & Coffee Station Supplies

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At French’s Point, we have 3 guest coffee stations: one in the Farm House residential kitchen, another in the Retreat House residential kitchen, and one located on the Second Level of the Retreat House. We get asked frequently how to use the coffee makers in our homes and what supplies need to be provided in order to create a successful station. Here is some helpful information on how to make coffee and the supplies you need in the coffee stations at French’s Point. We hope you find this information helpful as you make your wedding weekend plans!

How To Make Coffee:

  1. Place a paper filter in the basket in the top of the coffee maker
  2. Choose your coffee grounds
  3. Measure 1 Tablespoon of coffee grounds per 6 oz cup and place in the paper filter in the top of the coffee maker
  4. Pour 6 oz of water in the reservoir per serving
  5. Close the lid
  6. Turn on the brewer
  7. Savor the rich aroma as the coffee brews
  8. Pour the coffee into your selected coffee mug and enjoy!
  9. When you are done, please rinse the coffee out from the carafe and turn off the coffee maker

Supplies You Need:

  • We provide the appropriate coffee filters for the maker, located in the nearest cabinet to the coffee maker
  • We also provide press-pots located in both of our homes’ residential kitchens
  • Coffee Grounds – Regular & Decaf
  • Coffee Cups
  • Coffee Lids
  • Coffee Stirrers
  • Straws
  • Coffee Cup Sleeves
  • Variety of Sugars & Sweeteners
  • Milk & Creamer
  • Milk Frother
  • Cinnamon & Cocoa
  • Whipped Cream Topping

Tea & Hot Cocoa:

There is also a hot-water-maker at each coffee station at French’s Point. Therefore, we have included some other supplies to consider adding to your Coffee Station:

Hot Chocolate Station:

  • Hot Cocoa Boxes
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Fluff
  • Chocolate Dipped Spoons
  • Cinnamon Shaker
  • Cocoa Shaker

Hot Tea Station:

  • Tea Sachets – Assortment of Flavors, Regular & Decaf
  • Honey
  • Sugar Packets

How Many Chairs Do I Order For My Wedding Ceremony?

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When you select a blank canvas wedding venue, like French’s Point, you will need to work alongside a rental provider to streamline all your wedding weekend rentals. One of the rental items you will need to place on your order form is your ceremony chairs.

Select Your Chair Style

First, you will need to select the kind of chair that best fits the aesthetic of your venue and style of your wedding. We have found that 90% of our couples rent the White Resin Folding Garden Chairs from Wallace Events.

Choose Your Ceremony Location

Second, you will need to know which location you wish to get married at. French’s Point offers 8 different ceremony settings for you to tie the knot! Choose from the below:

        The Retreat Gazebo – Seating Capacity 200+
        The Retreat Oceanfront Lawn – Seating Capacity 200+
        The Retreat Cobblestone Terrace – Seating Capacity 200+
        The Retreat Conservatory – Seating Capacity 180
        The Farm Gazebo – Seating Capacity 40
        The Farm East Terrace – Seating Capacity 80
        The Farm Private Beach – Seating Capacity 200+

Add Extra Chairs

Once you have chosen your ideal ceremony setting for your celebration, and chosen the chairs that best fit your space, you will want to consider the number of guests attending your celebration. If you are estimating 100 guests, you will want to reserve around 20 extra chairs on your rental order. This way you have those chairs reserved to your name in case your guest count skyrockets. You don’t want anyone to be chair-less!

Count Your RSVPs

As the wedding day draws near, and you have all your RSVPs returned to you, you will want to round up an extra 10 chairs and round to the nearest even number. When your planner sets up your ceremony chairs, you will want both sides of the isle to have an even number of chairs. We also tell you to round up, because believe it or not, your guests never want to fill in every seat in the row! Some families have an uneven number attending.

A Helpful Tip:

To better fill every seat, we recommend assigning an usher to direct guests to the nearest open seat available when they arrive at the ceremony location.

Don’t Forget Your Ceremony Participants!

Now, if you have an officiant, singer, speaker, musician, or any special ceremonial tradition in your service, you will want to ask those who are participating if they will want a chair to sit in. Maybe you will need to sit during the reading or song, then you will want to add two or more chairs to your order, depending on the response from your ceremony personnel.

If You Chose the Gazebo at French’s Point

Lastly, if you have chosen to get married at the Gazebo at French’s Point, you not only want an even number of chairs, but you will want to keep in mind that the promenade on the right-hand side of the Gazebo can only fit 6 chairs across, and the promenade on the left-hand side of the Gazebo can fit anywhere from 6 to 10 comfortably. If you have a small guest count, we recommend 6 across on each side, if you have more than 120 guests attending, we recommend 8-10 chairs on the left-hand side of the promenade, and 6 on the right-hand side to move guests closer to the Gazebo for visual and sound reasons.

Spring Wedding Weekend Itinerary

Spring Wedding Itinerary at French's Point - Danielle Brady Photography

Thursday

12:00PM Get your marriage license from the Stockton Springs Town Office between 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. to make it official! The Stockton Springs Town Office is not open on Friday.

1:00PM Check in to French’s Point. Settle into your room and soak in the sweet smell of lilacs and beach roses in bloom.

6:00PM Fire up the barbecue grill on the Barbecue Lawn behind the Farm House and enjoy time with your family and friends as they roll into town to join you for the weekend.

8:00PM Cuddle up fireside and reconnect around one of the many fire pits at the estate. Enjoy the warm, gooey delight of s’mores fresh off the fire.

Friday

8:00AM Start the day off with a morning yoga session for the wedding party and family lead by a local instructor in the sun-filled Conservatory at Retreat House where you can take in the morning fog as it rises off the water.

9:00AM Enjoy freshly baked strawberry muffins and coffee awaiting you in the parlor at the Farm House.

10:00AM Choose your own Maine adventure! Excursions to the top of the tallest bridge observatory in the Northeast at Penobscot Narrows Observatory for spectacular views, and Fort Knox Historic Site, check out the local shops & galleries, ride a bike or hike one of the many trail systems at the surrounding State parks, or brave the white water for a refreshing Springtime adventure!

4:00PM Ceremony rehearsal. Gather your wedding party, family and anyone else participating in the ceremony for a rehearsal at your chosen setting to work out the jitters so everyone can relax on the big day.

5:00PM Sip a Mint Julep and enjoy an al fresco dinner on the terrace and enjoy the fragrant gardens.

7:00PM Take in the sherbet-like Spring sunset over the bay.

8:00PM Cap off the night in front of the fire pit on the terrace reconnecting with your friends.

10:00PM Get some rest! Tomorrow is going to be a big day.

Saturday

8:00AM Rise and shine, it’s your wedding day! Take a walk through the lush family gardens and take in the scent of lilacs, beach roses, salt water and pine and the sound of the loons calling over the water.

9:00AM Enjoy a cup of coffee, freshly baked quiche, and fruit with your family at the Farm House before you freshen up.

10:00AM Your wedding vendor team arrives to begin preparation at the Retreat House.

11:00AM Pampering time begins for you and your wedding party with hair and make-up sessions with your chosen provider in the Top Level Apartment Parlor of the Retreat House. Ladies relax in your gift of floral robes so appropriate for the season. Sit back and enjoy the hours leading up to your ceremony surrounding by the ones you love.

12:00PM Wedding party lunch delivered with fresh goat cheese and strawberry salads & mimosas of course! The groom’s party and family enjoy a casual lunch on the barbecue lawn after enjoying some healthy competition with a game of volley ball on the Recreation Lawn at the Farm.

2:00PM The groom’s party arrives at the Recreation Room at Retreat House to work out those nerves with a game of pool, poker, or watch the game on the TV. Don’t forget those wedding rings! Bridal party gets dressed and has pre-ceremony photos taken on the balcony overlooking the estate.

3:00PM A brass band sets the mood as guests arrive by trolley to mingle and enjoy strawberry lemonade, mint iced tea, and cucumber water on the terrace.

3:30PM The ceremony bell rings out over the bay and calls your guests to the ceremony location of your choosing: the Gazebo with the promenade lined with blooming lilacs and beach roses, the Oceanfront Lawn or East Overlook Terrace. Rain doubles your luck. Embrace the elements with colorful rain boots.

4:00PM Congrats to the happy couple! Take your first photos as husband and wife, with your wedding party and family. Your guests will mix and mingle while they enjoy cocktail hour with delicious drinks and hors d’oeuvres on the terrace, take a stroll on the bluff path, take in the commanding view of the bay from our signature Grand Daddy Adirondack chairs, or play a rousing game of croquette on the oceanfront lawn.

4:55PM Before the dinner reception begins, gather your guests and snap some group photos on the cobblestone terrace. This is a beautiful record of the guests who were able to join you for your big day.

5:00PM Guests are ushered inside the beautiful Retreat House Dining Room or the Sailcloth Tent for the reception with tables set with all the details you imagined.

5:20PM Introductions of the family and wedding party followed by speeches. Cheers to the happy couple! Dinner is served! Enjoy unique fare chosen by you, provided by your wedding catering partner of choice.

5:40PM Official cake cutting.

6:30PM Enjoy your first dance as a married couple. It’s time to boogie!

7:00PM Cake and coffee are served.

8:00PM Catch the beautiful sunset with your new spouse and photographer. We offer a variety of locations to capture this splendid light of the setting sun with Western views.

9:45PM One last call from the bar.

9:55PM Enjoy one last dance with your sweetie for the perfect ending to a magical day!

10:00PM Move the gathering inside the Retreat House to enjoy an unplugged after party with a laid-back vibe. Snuggle up in front of the fire as you recount the adventures of the day.

12:00PM Bid your guests farewell and retreat to your beautiful suite with your new spouse to reflect on this magical day. Vendors begin preparing for the next day’s gathering.

Sunday

8:00AM Enjoy your first cup of coffee as a married couple as you enjoy the view from your private balcony. The caterer arrives to prepare for the farewell brunch.

9:00AM Your guests can stop by the Retreat House Dining Room one last time to enjoy a lovely farewell brunch with a garden party feel and a Spring-inspired menu before heading home.

12:00PM Sit in the Grand Daddy Adirondack chairs on the Bluff Path one last time to soak it all in.

1:00PM Check out time. Off to your next adventure!

 

Photography by Danielle Brady Photography