Maine Made Gifts: Dean’s Sweets

We are so blessed to live in Maine, and not just because of the warm, sunny summers and the picturesque white winters, but because Maine is home to a large number of talented crafts people and artisans like weavers, potters, soap makers, chocolatiers, woodworkers, and jewelers. In every shop in every town, you’ll see incredibly-crafted, unique Maine-made products.

Since many of our couples wish to surprise their wedding guests with welcome bags and/or favors of authentic Maine made products, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite Maine made gifts in this blog series. Of course, many of these handcrafted items would make wonderful bridesmaid or groomsmen gifts as well as gifts for parents of the wedding couple. For guests looking for a unique and meaningful gift for the lovebirds, you will find gift inspiration in this series, too.

How did the business start and who are the owners?

Dean’s Sweets started as a fun and less-than-serious endeavor in 2004 when Dean Bingham made a batch of rum truffles to give away as gifts to friends and family. Kristin, who had just recently graduated with an MBA, joined the picture at the same time. Things didn’t get too serious too quickly, but eventually Dean and Kristin designed the product, the packaging, and the website. And got married. Thus, Dean’sSweets was born.

After chocolatiering in their home in Portland, Dean’sSweets moved to its first commercial kitchen and store front in 2008. Though a little more serious now, Dean still makes all the truffles, caramels, and other chocolates, and Kristin still co-conspires on the business side.

Describe the products you sell (including how they’re made, if applicable).

Dean’s Sweets is known for its Maine-made, hand-dipped chocolate truffles, caramels, and buttercreams. We use only natural products, no artificial ingredients or preservatives, and never any nuts. We use local ingredients whenever possible, for example, we use Coffee by Design in our coffee truffles and espresso buttercreams. We use Kate’s Butter in our caramels. Our maple truffles are made with Maine organic maple syrup. Our Needhams have a touch of Cold River (Maine potato) vodka. The chocolate stout, uses local brew Allagash Black.

In addition to being nut-free, most truffles are gluten free, and several are dairy free (which also makes them vegan).

Who typically enjoys your products?

People of all ages and all backgrounds enjoy our chocolates. Whether someone is coming in to our store to purchase one or two truffles to eat on the spot, or sending an assortment to a friend across the country, the chocolates are fresh and luxurious. Our highest compliment is when visitors come to our store and remark on the high quality of our chocolate. They say our chocolate compares with the best they’ve had in Paris or Belgium. We strive to make every bite a truly rich and memorable experiences.

Our truffles also make great favors or sweet-table treats at weddings and other celebrations. And we’ve heard that the chocolates are never left behind at the end of the evening, so brides and grooms are advised to keep a few tucked away for themselves. Dean and Kristin had their chocolate at their own wedding, now ten years ago.

What’s the best way to purchase them?

Dean’s Sweets can be purchased online at www.deanssweets.com or at our store at 475 Fore Street, in Portland.

What’s your favorite thing about Maine?

My favorite thing about Maine is how authentically friendly everyone is. People greet one another, make time for one another, and are kind to each other. There’s nothing better anywhere.

Owner(s) Name: Dean & Kristin Bingham

Business Name: Dean’sSweets

Address: 475 Fore Street

City/State/Zip: Portland, ME 04101

Phone: 207 899-3664

Email: dean@deanssweets.com

Website: www.deanssweets.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DeansSweets-7548246108/

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deanssweets/

 

Black Ties and Tales

Real Maine Wedding at French’s Point

Ashleigh and Josh had a beautiful, summer black-tie wedding filled with love and lots of wagging tails here at French’s Point! The cuteness of their tiny attendants was only matched by their sweet pooches who sauntered down the aisle in celebration of their marriage. Ashleigh and Josh included all the things that meant the most to them on their big day, as a result, their wedding was truly their own.

Thank you to the wonderful team of vendors which brought this vision to life. We wish this wonderful couple a life filled with love and big, wet kisses and fuzzy snuggles.

Bar Services: The Bar Association
Catering: Blue Elephant Catering and Events
Ceremony Venue: French’s Point Waterfront Gazebo
Dessert: Sweets by Sue
Ceremony, Dinner + Dancing Entertainment: Double Platinum Celebrations
DJ: Double Platinum Celebrations
Event Planner: Blue Elephant Catering and Events
Floral Design: Flowers by Hoboken
Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist: Green with Envy
Lighting: Event Lighting Concepts
Officiant: Ericka (the groom’s sister)
Photography: Bethany & Dan Photography
Reception Venue: French’s Point
Rentals: Wallace Events + French’s Point
Transportation: NorthEast Charter & Tour Co.

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Sunny Summer French’s Point Wedding

Caitlyn and Mike’s sunny, summer French’s Point wedding was the celebration of marriage of two of the kindest souls. They met in law school and took time to carefully plan their wedding and craft the custom wedding experience they were seeking. Their family and friends enjoyed the beautiful, sunny, Maine summer day. Their ceremony at the gazebo was simply beautiful. The sweetest flower girl, cutest little gang of ring bearers, and one adorable pooch preceded the bride! It was one of our favorite moments of the day. During cocktail hour, guests enjoyed the culinary delights of 111 Maine, sipped cocktails, rocked on the terrace enjoying the views, and played games of corn hole. The reception was hosted in the nautical sailcloth tent where they ate, danced, and laughed the night away under a clear, star-filled sky. This joyful celebration was expertly orchestrated by Refinery Events. We loved working with the wonderful vendor team Caitlyn and Mike assembled which brought their vision into reality.

Bar Service and Catering: 111 Maine
DJ: Sirois Sound Production
Day of Coordinator: Refinery Events
Floral Design: Flora Fauna
Hair and Makeup: Glow Salon
Photo Booth: Sirois Sound Production
Photography: Nadra Photography – Leigh Doran
Reception Venue: French’s Point
Rentals: Wallace Events + French’s Point
Transportation: NorthEast Charter & Tour Co.
Videography: Drew Buerhaus Film

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Romantic Maine Wedding of Mallory and Matthew

Mallory and Mathew had the most beautiful summer day to celebrate their 7-year romance here at French’s Point. This warm summer day coupled with all the energy they poured into making sure the details of the event were just right, resulted in a memorable, meaningful, wonderful experience for the couple, their family, and their friends.

One of the moments that resonated with me, as a romantic at heart, was their reading of love letters with a door between them. They could not see each other, but they heard the love-filled words and felt each other’s presence. This enabled them to honor one of my most favorite traditions: the first time they laid eyes on each other that day. Mallory appeared at the top of the promenade to enter the ceremony and meet Mathew who awaited her to start their next adventure together.  It was an honor for our family to host this celebration.  A life filled with joy, love and commitment lies ahead.

Photography: Esra Y Photography
Venue: French’s Point
Catering: Big Cat’s Catering
Bar: Maine Mixologist
DJ: Bouchard Sound Services

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All Kinds of Purple Wedding of Courtney and Ben

For Ben and Courtney’s French’s Point wedding wedding, I had the pleasure of connecting with an experienced party planner: the mother of the bride!  She had spent some time planning, organizing, sourcing and executing other celebrations, so I knew it would be great to work with her on Ben and Courtney’s wedding!  We communicated many times during their wedding planning which made the process of handing things over to day-of wedding coordinator, Wendy Caron from Dragonfly Services, a breeze.

Pops of purple, handmade ceremony program fans, handmade ceremony doors (by Courtney’s Dad!), an embroidered love note on Ben’s tie from his bride, pretty personalized dress hangers for all the ladies, new shades for the guys, cute “getting ready” shirts for the bridesmaids and flower girls…they thought of everything!

From the family made signs to all the creative props, we really enjoyed seeing the wonderful pieces come together for an epic party.  Mike from High Tech Entertainment kept the party going while 111 Maine kept the food coming.  We are so glad we had Wendy Caron to keep everything organized!

All of us here at French’s Point were so excited to see the photos from Ashley & Sierra Photography. We can’t wait to see what Zach from Nova Design Group produces for their wedding film!

Bar Services: Downeast Bartending
Catering: 111 Maine
Ceremony and Cocktail Music: Opus Trio
Ceremony Venue: French’s Point Waterfront Gazebo
Design and Styling: N/A
DJ Dinner + Dancing Entertainment: HighTech Entertainment
Favors: Chocolates
Fireworks: N/A
Floral Design: Chapel Hill Floral
Hair: Kim Doll
Linens: Wallace Events
Makeup: Riley Hutchinson
Officiant: Matt Hubbell – cousin of the bride
Photo Booth: N/A
Photography: Ashley & Sierra Photography
Reception Venue: French’s Point
Rentals: French’s Point + Wallace Events
Transportation: N/A
Videography: Nova Design Group
Wedding Coordinator: Dragonfly Services

Fourth of July Pinwheel Wedding Celebration

If you’re looking for some fun and festive Fourth of July wedding inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. Real French’s Point couple, April and Michael, got married over Fourth of July weekend and incorporated the patriotic, red, white and blue theme into all aspects of their wedding. From her star necklace to the chevron stripes on the tables, they truly embraced the holiday spirit! But the most charming accent were the pinwheels. The groomsmen wore pinwheel boutonniere and the bridesmaids carried pinwheel clusters rather than flowers. What a clever twist on the Independence Day tradition. We know you’ll find this real Maine wedding inspiring and fun!

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