Virtual Tour of The Retreat House at French’s Point

As we do almost every year, this past winter season was spent completing a number of major maintenance and repair projects to keep our beautiful buildings and grounds in top working order. We completed major renovations to the bedroom suites on the second and third floors of the Retreat House, and refurbished the main and lower levels as well. Explore these new renovations in our new virtual tour of the Retreat House in the below video. We especially want to thank of trusted friend, Josh Swan of Media Northeast for creating this gorgeous video, that captures the essence of French’s Point.

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You can check out the Video page of our website for the Farm House Virtual Tour, the French’s Point Promotional Video, and loads of beautiful real French’s Point wedding videos from our talented film maker friends, of our wonderful couples.

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We know these videos are helpful in many ways, whether you are booking French’s Point site-unseen, you are the host re-touring the spaces to assign guest rooms in advance of your stay, or just relive your memories made here.

 

French’s Point Guiding Principles

French's Point Estate Guiding Principles | Coastal Maine wedding venue

The point of land upon which our coastal Maine wedding venue sits, French’s Point, was formed long ago when the glaciers that shaped the Eastern seaboard slipped into the sea. God made this beautiful place for mankind to enjoy. Of this, I am certain.

In 2002, our family forged a small business here at French’s Point and we became stewards of this beautiful place. At the same time we became caretakers of our clients’ dreams for their special celebrations that happen here at our coastal estate. We have never taken that responsibility for granted. Because we feel honored by each couple who chooses French’s Point for their wedding it was extremely important for our business to be footed on a solid foundation.

Family

When we began this endeavor, we rooted it in family first and foremost. For our family and for those families who choose to come here to celebrate with us. For me, my family is my center, my core, my everything. I think that the couples who are considering us for their wedding events and come for a visit can sense that. Couples who want a “home” wedding in a beautiful seaside setting, where they can spend time with their loved ones, are drawn to French’s Point. They want to come here to this beautiful point to celebrate with their family and make lasting memories.

Communication

The difference between achieving your goals and struggling with failure is almost always dependent on the quality of communication involved. To us, good communication in all aspects of our business is our guiding principle. I tell couples touring our facility that we take a “full disclosure” approach to sharing information. I provide them with all the information they need to know to make an educated decision about whether French’s Point is the right venue for their event. In the words of my wise fireman-husband, “Planning a wedding is like taking a drink from a fire hose,” so sometimes sharing all of this information with our couples can be overwhelming for them. Planning a wedding is a learning process, and our knowledge and experience supports our clients through this process and helps make it more tolerable, easier to navigate, and, yes, enjoyable.

We have established effective systems of sharing information here in our office to ensure our clients feel taken care of and so staff stays informed about each event. If you call French’s Point, you will be greeted by our managers Erin or Sarah, or by me, Jessika, the owner and proprietor of French’s Point. We will be the ones responding to your questions and returning your emails in a timely manner. We will be here, to answer all your questions clearly, honestly and promptly because we value communication.

Commitment

Our commitment is to our clients; to provide the best service possible. This principal really goes back to our first principal: Family. As you prepare to commit your life to another person, your family and your new French’s Point family are all on this adventure together. We are here to fulfill your vision of your celebration. We are here to offer you advice on the best way to use our estate so you can provide a wonderful celebration for your guests. We are here to support you through the process. From the moment you reach out to us, we are committed to you and to ensuring the best experience for your event. We will be there on your wedding day making sure it goes exactly as planned and we will be the ones hugging you goodbye the next day. Our team is tiny but mighty and we are committed to you!

Kindness

Our goal and guiding principle is to treat each and every person we come into contact with each day with kindness and an open heart. One of the things I know to be most true is that we all have different experiences that have shaped us into the people we are today. These collective experiences can make the perception of the world around us very subjective. For this reason, we recognize the importance of getting to know our clients and really understanding them. We do this by listening. By listening carefully we learn what our clients feel, think and need. We are vested in the vision and dreams they have for their event. We strive to be compassionate and offer support, guidance and resources to reach our collective goals. Being kind is our goal in every interaction.

Glowing Review from a French’s Point Bride

Glowing Review from a French's Point Bride | Justin Marantz Photography

Once in a while, in the middle of a busy day with an endless list of things that need to be accomplished, something extraordinary happens that forces you to pause, and really acknowledge the impact you have on the people that your life touches. That is exactly what happened earlier this year when I got the notification from Facebook that French’s Point received another 5-star review. I watch those reviews very closely because they are all incredibly important to my family and our business and to me personally. Each review is so important. It says we made enough of an impression on that person for them to be compelled to invest a few more moments of their time to give us their positive feedback. That is really something in today’s world with so many outlets for distraction and requests for one’s attention.

And this recent review really made an impact on me. Here’s why. Five years ago, I met a sweet, incredibly talented, kind, professional wedding photographer, Spring Smith from Spring Smith Studios. A few months later after collaborating with this beautiful soul, we hosted her wedding, which was full of personal touches, palpable love and wonderful people. It was a proud day because I knew she had the day she dreamed of and worked so hard to create. She assembled an incredible team of wedding professionals who loved her and worked to provide her with a day filled with memories she can cherish for a lifetime. Her wedding vendors did this because to know Spring is to love her. And I do so very much love her…not just for her kind words here, but also because she continues to care for and invest in me, in French’s Point, and my family. Thank you Spring! xoxo

French’s Point is extraordinary. I am in the wedding industry and chose French’s Point for my own wedding 4+ years ago for multiple reasons. The estate is stunning, the location is classic Maine and the owners are the sweetest people on the planet. I wanted my wedding to be intimate and special and getting married at a huge hotel or anything corporate owned wasn’t even a consideration. My husband and I wanted to start our lives together somewhere special, somewhere with meaning and history. We couldn’t have been happier with everything. If you want a wedding venue that cares about you and your family this is the place, if you want a venue thats classic and timeless this is the place and if you want to start your lives together somewhere you’ll be taken care of so that you can ENJOY your wedding vs stress about it – this is the place.

Contact us today to schedule your tour of our coastal Maine wedding venue!

French’s Point Vendor Open House

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Recently French’s Point announced a new business model, whereby we no longer restrict couples to our in-house catering or wedding planning, and instead allow couples to choose caterers and planners (and all other vendors!) of their own. This new model opens up French’s Point as sort of a blank canvas, where couples can truly create the wedding of their dreams. In celebration of this, we invited all of the vendors on our recommended vendor list to come and enjoy some food, libations and lively discussions about the wedding industry. We had a great time getting to see so many familiar faces, as well as meet some new folks and welcome them into the French’s Point family.

Thank you to Flora Fauna, Uproot Pie Company & Holy Donuts for helping pull the event together so beautifully!

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Real Maine Wedding Rewind : Lisa and Jesse in 2011

Photography- Michele Stapleton
Rehearsal Dinner Venue/Catering- French’s Point
Wedding Day Venue/Catering- French’s Point
Accommodations- Beach Rose Farm at French’s Point
Designer- Flora Fauna
Hair/Make Up- Lisa Nichols Salon
Ceremony Music- Opus Trio
Officiate- Sally Bullard- A Maine Wedding
Transportation- Northeast Coach

DJ – Danny DeBruin of Northeast DJ’s
Wedding Cake- Sticky Fingers

From Lisa and Jesse’s traditional lobster bake rehearsal dinner to their formal four course seated dinner service, we loved every moment of this celebration. Everything was gorgeous without being overdone and elegant without being stuffy. After a few days of dreary and overcast weather we were blessed with two days of sunshine for the family and friends of Lisa and Jesse. On Friday, guests enjoyed a quintessential Maine culinary experience of a lobster bake by French’s Point’s Shoreline Lobster Bake Company just as much as they enjoyed peeking into our lobster pit filled with steaming lobsters and seaweed. Saturday began as the families enjoyed waking on the property at Beach Rose Farm, swinging on the porch and taking in the sea air. Judy Bourgeois of Flora Fauna put the final touches on the stunning arrangements for the wedding using bright green glass, rustic wooden boxes and vintage Fenton glass filled with many different types of floral including hydrangea, sweet pea and peonies.

Lisa’s deep purple sash stood out as she made her way down the terraces and promenade to take Jesse’s hand. While Jesse and Lisa were whisked away for photos, guests enjoyed spicy mushroom stuffed phyllo triangles, carrot ginger soup shooters in demitasse, mini tarragon crab salad in a white roll and the favorite amongst the crowd, garlic marinated lollipop lamb chops with mint sauce. Guests were entertained with music by DJ Danny DeBruin from Northeast DJ’s until the first course was placed. Between courses, guests enjoyed the traditional first dance of Lisa and Jesse, wonderful toasts made by Justin, Lisa’s brother, Kelly, Jesse’s sister and Ben, as well as the classic Mother/Son and Father/Daughter dances. After the beautiful cake by Sticky Fingers was cut, Jesse and Lisa made a speech, thanking everyone, especially their parents for making the beautiful day possible. We are perpetually reminded of how lucky we are to be here and how we provide each client with a lifetime of memories.

Real Maine Wedding : Rewind : Gita & Aron

Real Maine French's Point Wedding | David Murray Weddings

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Gita Pullapilly and Aron Gaudet got engaged back in July 2008, but wedding planning took a back seat as they traveled the country promoting their award-winning documentary film, “The Way We Get By.” Together, Gita and Aron had told the story of a dedicated group of men and women who greet every troop member returning from overseas deployments at the Bangor International Airport.

They’d thrown their hearts, their money and their time into the project, leaving little else to plan a wedding. But after learning of their plight, more than 25 area wedding vendors, organized by French’s Point owner and CEO Jessika Brooks and  Amber Small of Sweetest Thing Weddings, came together to surprise the couple with a dream wedding. The three-day affair, much of it kept a secret from Gita and Aron and their nearly 100 guests, took place at French’s Point on Oct. 16, 2009.

“We joke that it was an amazing celebrity wedding, without the celebrities,” Gita says, taking a break from her appearance with Aron at the recent Camden Film Festival to reflect on her wedding day. “I ended up getting a perfect wedding that I could just walk into.”

While she and Aron left most of the details to others, Gita did pick out her gown, a strapless Pronovias dress accented with a marigold bolero jacket by couturier Sandi McKeen. She also wore a pair of black faux fur-lined boots that kept her feet warm as she and Aron exchanged vows under the gazebo. The weather was cold, even for a Maine autumn, but “it didn’t even bother me that day,” Gita says.

Designed to reflect both Gita’s Indian heritage and Aron’s Maine roots, the wedding featured poppies as a focal point, a nod to the flower’s role in Veteran’s Day remembrances and the subjects of Gita and Aron’s documentary. Playing off the couple’s passion for filmmaking, floral design studio Flora Fauna incorporated vintage cameras and film reels into the décor, awash in shades chocolate brown, ivory, gray and mustard yellow. The festivities concluded with a farewell brunch on Sunday.

Photography for the wedding provided by: Michelle Turner, David Murray, Stacey Kane, and Audra Welton.