You invite all of your nearest and dearest to celebrate your wedding festivities, have you considered including your four-legged pet friends as well?
We are pet-friendly at French’s Point and would love for you to bring them along to be a part of your Maine wedding! Dogs are always a welcomed addition to the big day, and many times they play an important role in the wedding party: carrying a sign or acting as an usher or ring bearer.
Things to Think About When Including Your Pets
First of all, make sure your venue allows pets – French’s Point allows well-behaved pets that are current on their immunizations, are crated when left alone in our lodgings and have a handler.
Then consider how you want your pet to participate in your ceremony. Do you want him to have a central role? As in walking down the aisle as a flower-bearer? Or do you want her in the audience with another family?
Once you’ve figured out what role you want your pet to play, you need to find someone to be in charge of him. This person will walk him where he needs to go, hold onto his leash during the ceremony, and, most importantly, take him elsewhere to discretely do his business if nature calls. Keep in mind that a guest who acts as your pet-wrangler won’t be able to really relax and enjoy your wedding, so consider hiring a pet sitter.
When deciding whether to include a pet, you and your partner should be honest about the risks. Dogs bark, cats can cower or hiss, pigs snort, and as I’ve already mentioned, any pet could make a mess at the worst, possible time.
Still, with a little planning and some practice, a well-behaved pet can make a memorable and adorable addition to the ceremony. And for plenty of pet-lovers, it’s not a question of whether or not to include your best friend in your wedding, it’s simply a matter of how best to make it happen!
“For plenty of pet-lovers, it’s not a question of whether or not to include your best friend in your wedding, it’s simply a matter of how best to make it happen!” – French’s Point
As we begin to shift our focus to the year ahead and another wedding season of hosting beautiful milestone celebrations for our guests here at French’s Point, we can’t help but reminisce on some of the beautiful weekends and guests we hosted here on the shores of Penobscot Bay this past season.
In short, it was the ideal summer day for a wedding; perfectly suited to this wonderful duo. Carolyn and TJ, with help from their wedding planner, Kristin, at Beehive Creative worked to ensure the details of the event came together seamlessly and with the help of Trillium Catering, guests were well fed, always had a drink in hand, and a smile on their face. I recall being struck by the laughter and revelry which floated on the breeze along with the sweet smell of beach rose.
“I recall being struck by the laughter and revelry which floated on the breeze along with the sweet smell of beach rose.” – Jessika Brooks-Brewer
We are excited to see what the future brings this wonderful couple and were beyond honored to host and serve them here at French’s Point where they got their start in life as a married couple.
Our clients choose French’s Point for their Maine wedding because the estate feels like their home. Surrounded by their family and friends here, the exclusive and private property creates the warm and welcoming experience of a “family wedding.” We don’t get the opportunity to host many of our own family members’ weddings here and, when we do, it’s a special treat!
We were blessed to host such a wedding. Hannah, the nanny to our four small children (ages 2, 4, 6 and 8 years old) for the past five years, married her sweetheart Mitch on the most beautiful June day in front of family and friends in the waterfront gazebo here at the Estate. To me, Hannah is a sister, a friend and a confidant. She has been one of my life’s greatest gifts. We adore her and Mitch’s families and we were honored to be a part of their celebration. Bailey, our oldest child, proudly served as the flower girl. The experience was so surreal for me, but it reminded me why French’s Point is so special, not only to me, but also to the people who choose to celebrate their love here with us. Congratulations love birds, we love you!
French’s Point is lucky enough to have been awarded WeddingWire’s Couples’ Choice venue in 2014! We are beyond thrilled at the honor, and have only our beautiful brides and grooms to thank. In this new blog series, we’ll be posting some of the reviews from both WeddingWire as well as The Knot to give future couples a sense of what we at French’s Point can offer for your upcoming celebration.
From the Bride: When Marc and I set about finding a location for our wedding ceremony and reception we knew we wanted waterfront and we wanted to be in Maine, preferably not far from where we live, which is on Mount Desert Island. One of my bridesmaids recommended we tour French’s Point. So we called and they gave us the bridal suite for a night!
We didn’t know what to expect, and when you drive up to the Estate we were filled with anticipation. The Point is breathtaking. It is a family run business and Jessika’s mother is in charge of the gardening. The grounds are lovingly cared for by her. On our actual wedding day it was the summer solstice and the lilacs and wild roses were in flower. As soon as you walked onto the property the air was filled with their perfume. It is a scent that will always take me back to our wedding day.
As soon as you walked onto the property the air was filled with the perfume [of lilacs and wild roses].
Marc and I rented Beach Rose farm, and we had all our immediate family and wedding party stay there. This was the perfect choice for us as we run a vacation rental business. So it just made sense for us to rent the farm, and other cottages on the point. We wanted people to feel like it was a wedding within a holiday, and it was great to have everyone enjoy their trip to Maine without rushing.
Our rehearsal dinner was on the beach and we had a traditional Maine lobster bake. The caters were the same people that do all of the catering for the weddings at French’s Point and it was delicious. There are several fire pits, grills, gorgeous overlooks over the water, swings etc. There is not one area that makes French’s Point special, every part is given the same thought and care. And they keep improving.
We planned our wedding for two years and in that time, they made many improvements and renovations, adding a new sail cloth tent, renovating rooms at the farm, adding gardens etc.
However, above all, it is Jessika and her trusty team, Christina and Sarah that make this place special and stand out from the rest. After planning a wedding I know how stressful it can be, and how important it is to have a good relationship with your vendors. The most frustrating thing can be is not hearing back from someone promptly. I never had this problem with French’s Point. Everyone listens and gives great advice. And on the day they are calming and sensitive to every need and know how to keep the day on track.
I can’t say enough good things about the FP family. If you are dithering between here and somewhere else, look no further. You have found the ultimate private, secluded, romantic spot on earth.
Maine, and especially the Midcoast region of Maine, is known for having some of the best oysters money can buy. From the beautiful shells to the delicious meat inside, incorporating oysters into your summer wedding at French’s Point can bring about a feel that is quintessentially “Maine”! Julie and Bryan did just that for their French’s Point wedding, and the result was magnificent. Maine Seasons Events, Julie’s wedding planner, incorporated oyster shells in the escort cards and as table decor. During the reception, Little Island Oyster Co provided and shucked to the delight of guests. A huge thank you to Rebecca Arthurs for the stunning photography!
From The Bride:
“To give a bit more context, oysters is one of my biggest passions (see: InAHalfShell.com) and we decided that it would be fun to incorporate them into many aspects of the wedding — including an oyster & champagne toast, chocolate oyster wedding cake toppers, and take-home oyster shell souvenirs. I spent about 2 years collecting the world’s most beautiful oyster shells, hand painting the insides gold, and using them as the escort cards! Overall design direction came from Meagan (Maine Seasons Events) but the actual oyster shells on the table were provided by Judy at Flora Fauna.”
We are excited to give you a sneak peak at last weekend’s French’s Point wedding, which was beyond stunning despite the iffy weather. Christy Murray of ISIS Photography did a wonderful job, and was kind enough to share some early images with us via her Facebook page. We can’t wait to see the rest of the photos, but will swoon over these for now!