October 4th, 2011

Maine Wedding Officiant: Captain Ken Barnes

For many couples planning a wedding along Maine’s coast, the idea of being married by a sea captain holds a certain nostalgic appeal. We happen to know local seafarer who’s keeping the tradition alive and well. Captain Ken Barnes is a master mariner and notary public who’s been officiating weddings for more than 30 years,…


September 29th, 2011

Maine Wedding Planning Tips

When people think of “destination weddings,” exotic locales like Fiji or Florence often come to mind. But a “destination” doesn’t have to involve the familiar trappings of a long flight, tropical weather or a pocket translation dictionary. For so many couples who tie the knot at French’s Point, Maine holds all the allure of a…


September 27th, 2011

Things to Do: Perry’s Nut House

Driving along Route 1 in Belfast, it’s hard to miss Perry’s Nut House. A roadside attraction and Midcoast institution for more than 80 years, it beckons tourists with giant painted sculptures, novelty items, legendary fudge and, as the name suggests, a variety of shelled nuts. You’ll know you’ve got the right place, if there was…


September 21st, 2011

Maine Wedding Planning Tips: Multi-Day Events

Weddings are among the few events in our lives when nearly everyone we know and love is gathered in one place. That’s why so many couples are extending their weddings beyond the ceremony and reception to include a full weekend of fun and events. Welcome receptions, farewell brunches and group outings give everyone more time…


September 14th, 2011

Maine Wedding Gifts: Vendor Feature – CHART Metalworks

The best wedding gifts evoke a sense of timelessness and capture the unique spirit of each couple’s big day. At CHART metalworks, a gem of a jewelry shop near Portland’s waterfront, you’ll find both. Co-owners (and couple) Charlotte Leavitt and John Guptil craft necklaces, bracelets, cufflinks and other adornments from nautical charts. Picture a pendant…


September 13th, 2011

Real Maine Wedding: Rewind – Sarah and Brandon

Sarah and Brandon tied the knot on July 4, 2010, taking full advantage of the Independence Day holiday by incorporating a spectacular fireworks display. Hosting your wedding on a holiday weekend gives guests more time to travel and enjoy the event and, as Sarah points out, happily means you enjoy an extra day to celebrate…


September 8th, 2011

Things To Do: Wine Tasting

With its snowy winters, coastal Maine may not jump to mind as a destination for top-notch wines. But within an hour’s drive of French’s Point, two wineries are crafting award-winning varietals — including a few made from the iconic Maine blueberry. Just a half-hour drive south of us, Cellardoor Winery in Lincolnville specializes in handcrafted…


August 30th, 2011

Real Maine Wedding : Rewind : Maine Winter Wedding

Today we feature a winter wedding, this post comes to us from emilie inc.’s blog! 1.22.2009 photographers: emilie inc. accommodations: Belfast Bay Inn Belfast, ME florist: Judy Bourgeois Flora Fauna ceremony musicians: Bel Isle Trio reception dj: Denise LaCarubba Dj Deja make-up: Mary Carpenter From This Day Forward dress: Spoil Me Portland, ME (Nicole Miller)…


August 25th, 2011

A Brief History of Midcoast Maine: Hersey Retreat

To arrive at French’s Point, visitors turn off the busy coastal byway of Route 1 in Stockton Springs and onto Hersey Retreat Road. While the property around it has evolved over the years, our street’s name remains a daily reminder of the estate’s historic roots. In the late 1800s, Hersey Retreat served as a getaway…


August 23rd, 2011

Maine Wedding Fashion: Vendor Feature – Sandi McKeen

If you’ve heard of Sandi McKeen, you probably got word from a friend, loved one or acquaintance who appreciates couture fashion. If you haven’t, you’re about to be let in on one of the best-kept secrets in Maine’s wedding world. Sandi has built a reputation over 20+ years as a skilled couturier with sophisticated yet…