Real Review: The Venue Is Out Of A Dream

French's Point - Coastal Maine Destination Wedding Venue - Review - patrick_mcnamara_photo

Julianna & Cody

October 6th, 2018

There will never be enough words to describe how happy and satisfied we were with French’s Point (and Jessika & Nicole)! We found French’s Point in a magazine and just knew we had to set up a tour. From the second we walked into the venue we fell in love with it and couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else. Jessika and Nicole were incredible to work with, they always made time to answer our questions, give us suggestions, and help turn our dream wedding into a reality. Nicole was our wedding coordinator and we cherished and valued the relationship – Nicole was attentive, polite, professional, accommodating, timely, and understanding.

We had both our rehearsal dinner and wedding at French’s Point. The venue is out of a dream – an exquisite estate right on the water. Our guests stayed at Beach Rose Farm House for the weekend, which was equally as beautiful. Our extended family members stayed at other houses located on or near the property, which was very convenient as everything was in walking distance once our guests arrived.

Our wedding day is one we want to relive over and over again, in large part because of the location. We are so happy we chose French’s Point – beautiful, timeless and classy. It is unlike any other wedding venue. Every guest was blown away by the sheer and unique beauty and we continue to receive compliments daily!

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Vendor Team:

Venue: French’s Point

Rehearsal Dinner Bar & Catering: Rita’s Catering

Bar & Catering: 111Maine

Rentals: Wallace Events

Photography: Patrick McNamara

Videography: Nick Eaton of Life in Focus

Officiant: Liam Anderson (Cody’s Friend)

Ceremony & Reception Music: Mike Davis

Hair & Makeup: The Blushing Bride  

Floral Design: Mother of the Groom

Transportation: Country Coach Charters

Other Overnight Accommodations: Belfast Harbor Inn, Yankee Clipper & Hersey Retreat Road Cottages

Patio Heaters: Grand Central Station

What To Wear To A Wedding

Wedding Guest Attire: What to Wear to a Wedding - Wedding Dress Attire Formality _ Greta Tucker Photography

Informing your guests of the level of formality of your wedding day may feel like a daunting task. Our friends at The Black Tux have created a way to make this process a little bit simpler. Once you have chosen your wedding gown, your venue, the vision of the decor, your rentals, and your menu and meal service style,  it is important to educate your guests on what to wear to this celebratory event.  Your guests will thank you for making this clear.

The Use of Pinterest

One way to educate them is through Pinterest. We created an example board called, “Be Our Guest” that helps you envision what we have seen at French’s Point. You can use our board, or create your own to help you guests follow your overall dress formality for your big day. The most popular dress codes we have seen at French’s Point are a mix between Beach Formal and Black Tie Optional where guests are wearing a mixture of florals and heels and summer suits and ties.

Informing Your Guests on Your Wedding Website

Without your guests seeing the decor and all the fine details coming together, the design of the invitation might not be enough to inform them of what to wear. Another way we suggest educating your friends and family about what you wear is on your wedding website or app. You may not have room on your invitation to say more than a couple words about the dress code, but on your website, you can share the definition from The Black Tux or share links to places such as a Pinterest board or blog post.

Don’t Forget to Dress in Layers!

And don’t forget! We always suggest informing your guests that they prepare to dress in layers to accommodate rising and falling temperatures over the course of the day. No matter if you are having a winter, fall, summer or spring celebration, we always want you and your guests to be comfortable for whatever weather that blows our way!

Wedding Guest Style Guide_The Black Tux: What to wear to a wedding, Wedding guest attire: Coastal Maine Wedding Venue: French's Point

Wedding Guest Attire: What to Wear to a Wedding - Wedding Dress Attire Formality _ Greta Tucker Photography

Wedding Guest Attire: What to Wear to a Wedding - Wedding Dress Attire Formality _ Greta Tucker Photography

Photography by Greta Tucker

The Retreat House Suite 2: The May Harris Suite

The Retreat at French's Point: Suite 2 _ Coastal Maine Wedding Destination Venue, Family Rental Home for Vacations, Holidays, Family Reunions, and Gathering Celebrations

As we do almost every winter, the season was spent completing a number of major maintenance and repair projects to keep our beautiful buildings and grounds in top working order. We also completed a major renovation to the bedroom suites on the second and third floors of the Retreat House. I will share with you the details of the newly refurbished Top Level Apartment in the Retreat House and Suite 1, located on the second floor, in future posts.  

The second level of the Retreat House now offers four newly renovated suites with en suite bathrooms and six total bedrooms on this floor. All of the rooms on the top, second level and main floor of the Retreat House have been dedicated to family members and dear friends that played a key role in our stewardship of this property. Suite 2- The Maybel Harris Brooks Suite (my personal favorite on the second level) has a king bedroom with a gorgeous en suite bathroom with new fixtures, a claw-foot soaking tub, and new tiled shower glass enclosure. And private partially covered balcony with cafe tables and chairs, swinging beds and hammock chairs.  The views from this suite are breathtaking. The blue and gray touches in the bedroom bring the water view inside and make this room very soothing.

One of the reasons that I love this room so much is because I have some wonderful memories sitting with my dear grandmother Maybel Harris Brooks the day after my wedding. I remember her soft white hair gleaming in the sunshine that day and her stunning smile. She was a very special lady to me. She was my Matron of Honor and this lovely lady (from whom I get my spunk and determination) is a big part of why we became the stewards of French’s Point.

We will share the details of the other Retreat House Suites  & enhancements in upcoming posts. We hope you love them as much as we do.

The Retreat House at French's Point: Suite 2 with en suite bathroom, private balcony, Maine ocean view, king bed _ Vacation Home Rental for an oceanside Maine destination wedding or family vacation_ Rachael Anderson Photography
King Size Bed

The Retreat House at French's Point: Suite 2 with en suite bathroom, private balcony, Maine ocean view, king bed _ Vacation Home Rental for an oceanside Maine destination wedding or family vacation_ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House at French's Point: Suite 2 with en suite bathroom, private balcony, Maine ocean view, king bed _ Vacation Home Rental for an oceanside Maine destination wedding or family vacation_ Rachael Anderson Photography
Locally Crafted Bedding by Molly’s On Board Fabrics and Maine Heritage Weavers
The Retreat House at French's Point: Suite 2 with en suite bathroom, private balcony, Maine ocean view, king bed _ Vacation Home Rental for an oceanside Maine destination wedding or family vacation_ Rachael Anderson Photography
Private en Suite Bathroom

The Retreat House at French's Point: Suite 2 with en suite bathroom, private balcony, Maine ocean view, king bed _ Vacation Home Rental for an oceanside Maine destination wedding or family vacation_ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House at French's Point: Suite 2 with en suite bathroom, private balcony, Maine ocean view, king bed _ Vacation Home Rental for an oceanside Maine destination wedding or family vacation_ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House at French's Point: Suite 2 with en suite bathroom, private balcony, Maine ocean view, king bed _ Vacation Home Rental for an oceanside Maine destination wedding or family vacation_ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House at French's Point: Suite 2 with en suite bathroom, private balcony, Maine ocean view, king bed _ Vacation Home Rental for an oceanside Maine destination wedding or family vacation_ Rachael Anderson Photography

Claw Foot Tub with Ocean View
The Retreat House at French's Point: Suite 2 with en suite bathroom, private balcony, Maine ocean view, king bed _ Vacation Home Rental for an oceanside Maine destination wedding or family vacation_ Rachael Anderson Photography
Private Balcony Entrance to Suite 2
The Retreat House at French's Point: Suite 2 with en suite bathroom, private balcony, Maine ocean view, king bed _ Vacation Home Rental for an oceanside Maine destination wedding or family vacation_ Rachael Anderson Photography
Private Balcony with Porch Swings
The Retreat House at French's Point: Suite 2 with en suite bathroom, private balcony, Maine ocean view, king bed _ Vacation Home Rental for an oceanside Maine destination wedding or family vacation_ Rachael Anderson Photography
Overlooking the Penobscot Bay

Photography by Rachael Anderson

The Retreat House Suite 1: The Reginald Perry Suite

French's Point: The Retreat House Suite 1: Family Rental Home, Wedding Venue, Coastal Maine Lodging, Destination, Oceanside Water Views - Rachael Anderson Photography

As we do almost every winter, the season was spent completing a number of major maintenance and repair projects to keep our beautiful buildings and grounds in top working order. We also completed a major renovation to the bedroom suites on the second and third floors of the Retreat House. I will share with you the details of the newly refurbished Top Level Apartment in the Retreat House in a later post.  

The second level of the Retreat House now offers four newly renovated suites with en suite bathrooms and six total bedrooms on this floor. All of the rooms on the top, second level and main floor of the Retreat House have been dedicated to family members and dear friends that played a key role in our stewardship of this property. Suite 1- The Reginald Perry Suite has two spacious, adjoining king bedrooms with water views and a shared, updated en suite bathroom with gorgeous glass shower enclosure and travertine tile.  These lovely suites overlook the shoreline, tent and the Family Tree to the West.

Our little family (me, my husband Fred, and our four kiddos, Bailey, Payton, Camden & Bristol) lived in this suite for a 8 years before we outgrew the space. Can you imagine?!? I have some wonderful memories of my time spent with my sweet babies in this space. This room is named for Reginald Perry, my father’s dear friend from high school and college. “Uncle Reggie” as I know him, is a CPA (like my husband) and a business advisor and his company helped us define a sustainable path for our stewardship of the properties here at French’s Point. Though I do not see Uncle Reggie often, I adore him and am grateful for his support and counsel. This is a special room in name and in nature. I am sure you will love it.

We will share the details of the other Retreat House Suites  & enhancements in upcoming posts. We hope you love them as much as we do.

French's Point: The Retreat House Suite 1: Family Rental Home, Wedding Venue, Coastal Maine Lodging, Destination, Oceanside Water Views - Rachael Anderson Photography

French's Point: The Retreat House Suite 1: Family Rental Home, Wedding Venue, Coastal Maine Lodging, Destination, Oceanside Water Views - Rachael Anderson Photography

French's Point: The Retreat House Suite 1: Family Rental Home, Wedding Venue, Coastal Maine Lodging, Destination, Oceanside Water Views - Rachael Anderson Photography

French's Point: The Retreat House Suite 1: Family Rental Home, Wedding Venue, Coastal Maine Lodging, Destination, Oceanside Water Views - Rachael Anderson Photography

French's Point: The Retreat House Suite 1: Family Rental Home, Wedding Venue, Coastal Maine Lodging, Destination, Oceanside Water Views - Rachael Anderson Photography

French's Point: The Retreat House Suite 1: Family Rental Home, Wedding Venue, Coastal Maine Lodging, Destination, Oceanside Water Views - Rachael Anderson Photography

French's Point: The Retreat House Suite 1: Family Rental Home, Wedding Venue, Coastal Maine Lodging, Destination, Oceanside Water Views - Rachael Anderson Photography

French's Point: The Retreat House Suite 1: Family Rental Home, Wedding Venue, Coastal Maine Lodging, Destination, Oceanside Water Views - Rachael Anderson Photography

French's Point: The Retreat House Suite 1: Family Rental Home, Wedding Venue, Coastal Maine Lodging, Destination, Oceanside Water Views - Rachael Anderson Photography

French's Point: The Retreat House Suite 1: Family Rental Home, Wedding Venue, Coastal Maine Lodging, Destination, Oceanside Water Views - Rachael Anderson Photography

French's Point: The Retreat House Suite 1: Family Rental Home, Wedding Venue, Coastal Maine Lodging, Destination, Oceanside Water Views - Rachael Anderson Photography

 

“It’s Not Easy Being Green” – The Retreat at French’s Point

The Green Retreat Building of French's Point on the Coast of Maine for Weddings and Vacation Rental

In the spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day and all things green, we share sentiments from our favorite frog about our big, old, beautiful Retreat building

Cuppa Photography - Green Retreat Building at French's Point - Weddings and Vacation Rentals in Maine

 

It’s not that easy being green;
Having to spend each day the color of the leaves.
When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow or gold-
or something much more colorful like that.

It’s not easy being green.
It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things.
And people tend to pass you over ’cause you’re not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water-
or stars in the sky.

But green’s the color of Spring.
And green can be cool and friendly-like.
And green can be big like the ocean, or important like a mountain, or tall like a tree.

It’s not that easy being green;
Having to spend each day the color of the leaves.
When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow or gold-
or something much more colorful like that.

It’s not easy being green.
It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things.
And people tend to pass you over ’cause you’re not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
or stars in the sky.

But green’s the color of Spring.
And green can be cool and friendly-like.
And green can be big like the ocean, or important like a mountain, or tall like a tree.

Video Source: The Muppet Show: Kermit – “Bein’ Green”

Source: The Muppets – It’s Not Easy Being Green Lyrics | MetroLyrics

8 Reasons to Choose a Blank Canvas Wedding Venue

Haven Photography - French's Point Retreat House Blank Canvas Wedding Venue Coastal Maine

Wedding venues in Maine are numerous and varied in the settings, amenities, and offerings. There are seaside resorts, rustic mountain top lodges, simple lakeside summer camps, storied social halls, grand historic homes, traditional New England Barns and Farms. The range in formality of these options is VAST! In Maine, couples planning wedding nuptials have the benefit of a large and varied pool of options. That is one of the wonderful things about planning a Maine wedding…. There is a location for any couple that wishes to marry here in Maine!

Traditional Venues like resorts and inns offer their event locations by the day or by a number of hours and may host more than one event or wedding per day unless you buy out the lodging for the weekend. Typically, full service venues require you to use their food and beverage services with a minimum to meet for these services, choose specific vendors for event from their preferred vendor list and may require a room block requirement be met. Weddings at this style of venue tend to afford simple planning because events follow a fairly standard timeline and pace over a single day.

In contrast, Blank Canvas Venues like private homes, barns and camps tend to offer the complete location by the weekend from Thursday-Sunday. The end result of a wedding at a Blank Canvas wedding venue is anything but a cookie cutter celebration. Many of this style of venues have some onsite lodging but not all. Most of these venues offer a preferred vendor list, but you can choose your own vendors. These venues appeal to couples with an independent streak and a desire to craft their own celebration that allows them to share what they love most about Maine with their family and friends.

So how do you know if a blank canvas venue is right for you? There are many reasons why couples choose a blank canvas venue over a traditional venue for their wedding celebration. Each couple that makes this choice in venue style prizes these nine things above all others when they are planning their wedding weekend:

Cuppa Photography - French's Point Blank Canvas Wedding Venue on the Coast of Maine - Vacation Rental and Wedding Venue

Quality Time

With use from Thursday-Sunday, you will have more time to have a quality exchange with your guests that have traveled to join you and celebrate. By creating the opportunity to interact with your guests over several days instead of one 6-10 hour time block, you take pressure off yourself, you immediate family that may be hosting this event with you, and setting ales harried pace for yourself and your loved ones. It is likely that you will not have to run from table to table at the reception to be sure to thank each guest for coming on your wedding day should you choose to go Blank Canvas!

 

Privacy & Intimacy

A wedding at a blank canvas venue where your family, friends and your chosen vendors are the only ones about, really allows a very different level of privacy and intimacy than a resort venue. At a Blank Canvas Venue, you run no risk of bumping into another bride on your wedding day because her wedding is just a few doors away. You will not have random guests watching your wedding ceremony from their lounge chair at the pool in their bikini or speedo.

Emily Delameter Photography - Blank Canvas Wedding Venue in Maine - French's Point Retreat Ceremony and Reception

The Whole Place is Yours!

For that reason, you can typically choose where you host your various wedding weekend events with more freedom than that of a TV. Once you rent the venue, you have access to all the spaces offered at the venue in that given time, so location feels more like your home away from home!

 

Going With Your Own Flow

At a Blank Canvas Venue, there are likely some limits to the hours you can host your event, as is the case with any venue. But you can be certain, that at a BCV you can craft a timeline that suits your flow for the day with more freedom than a Traditional Venue. This allows you to spend the time on the things that matter to you most… You want an hour and a half for cocktail hour so you can partake in this after your wedding photos are complete, you can do it! You want 3 full hours on the dance floor to dance your heart out to your incredible band, you can do that too!

Emily Delameter Photography - Dancing at the Reception at French's Point Tented Estate

Define Your Own Traditions 

Weather you go the traditional route, or wish to forge your own way, you have the choice to decide at a BCV. There is no expectation that you make any traditional moment, part of your wedding.

 

Unique Reflection of You 

At a BCV, you can make the experience you offer your guests specific and meaningful to because each part of the weekend. Not a fan of the bouquet toss or dollar dance, skip them and spend more time chatting around the fire pit enjoying a hand crafted s’more or breaking out your best dance moves.

 

Budgetary Control 

BCV offer the benefit of more control over the wedding budget. With no food or beverage minimum to meet, or 50+ lodging block to buy out as is often the case with a TV. At a BCV you choose the priority of where wish to invest your wedding budget based on your mutual vision. If you want a kick butt band, but are not prioritizing gourmet faire, you can invest your money in the band. If an open bar is a key element in your event, but you are not focused on an over the top floral design, invest in the bar. Obviously, planning a wedding and working within a budget is all about making choices. At a BCV, you have the opportunity to make more choices.

 

Draft Your Own Vendor Team

Maine is blessed with the asset of an incredibly talented, dedicated, abundant wedding vendor community. At a BCV, you can pick a vendor team that suits your priorities, vision and budget that will help you create your vision of the weekend.

A Blank Canvas Venue is going to offer you a very different outcome for your wedding as compared to a Traditional Venue. Almost always, BCV weddings offer hybrid experience with a bit of a wedding, a reunion and a vacation all mixed together, for more fun and more vivid memories for all.

Kelci Alane Photography - French's Point Retreat Estate House on the Ocean in Maine

 

Red Flags When Choosing Your Vendors : Series Part I : They don’t call you back within 24 hours

Maine Wedding Location | Maine Destination Wedding

99% of all major issues at on your wedding day are avoidable.

We’ve seen the good, bad and ugly behind the scenes at weddings– and there is an ugly! Our experience as a destination wedding venue has afforded us the wherewithal to avoid problems before they begin. The brides we work with are typically located outside Maine. They rely on us to find the best vendors for their wedding, and we welcome this responsibility as a privilege. We put all of our vendors through a rigorous vetting process, not just once, but on a yearly basis.

For many brides, choosing a photographer, florist, band or cake purveyor means pouring over websites and intensely studying product images and online testimonials. However, a vendor is more than just a pretty website and newsletter. Vendors are people with incredible talents. While vendors have the ability to make your wedding a stunning event to remember, poor communication and human error of a vendor’s part can cause major issues.

Here is the first part of our 5 part series to help you choose the best vendors.

1. They don’t call you back within 24 hours

The most common problem our brides face is finding a vendor who will call them back. This seems counterintuitive since these are brides with budgets, ready to invest in highly competitive services. We take great care at French’s Point to respond to inquiries and requests within two business hours. If we’re totally swamped with an event, we will at least call you back to let you know that we’ll follow up with you at the end of the day or the following day. Any well respected wedding industry vendor should respond to a client within 24 hours. If you haven’t heard back from a vendor after 24 hours, you should take your business elsewhere. An untimely response may seem like a small issue now, but it is the first indicator unprofessionalism and unreliability.

When the pressure is on the week before or the day of your wedding, you will be overwhelmingly grateful to have chosen a responsive vendors. A good photographer will return your call regarding a change of schedule and good cake maker will make your last minute frosting change without question. A responsive and punctual team of vendors will save you frustration and stress on your big day.