How To Plan Your Transportation: Uber, Lyft, & Taxis

Kelci Alane Photography - French's Point Destination Wedding Venue - Ubers, Lyft & Taxis

French’s Point is a Destination Wedding Venue on the Coast of Maine and a Vacation Home Rental Property. We are privately located at a quiet spot on the coast, with uninterrupted views of the ocean and the Maine landscape. The nearest city or downtown area is 15 minutes from French’s Point and the nearest airport is in the City of Bangor, 40 minutes down Route 1A. Uber and Lyft are great resources in Southern Maine, but once you head up the coastal region and into the midcoast or central regions of Maine, finding an Uber or Lyft is a rarity. We don’t recommend relying on these resources when traveling to French’s Point for a wedding or vacation.

Car Rentals

We recommend renting your own vehicle for the duration of your stay so you can explore all the wonders and attractions this wonderful region has to offer.

Taxi Service

If you must use a cab or taxi, there is one resource in Belfast, Maine, 15 minutes down the road. Please call Bay Taxi at (207) 338-1993. They have a limited number of vehicles.

Event Transportation

If you are the host of an event at French’s Point, please secure a bus, trolley, shuttle or form or transportation service for your guests staying offsite for your events to ensure their safety and enjoyment.

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Photos by Kelci Alane Photography

Vendor Spotlight: Churchill Events

Kate Crabtree Photography - Craig from Churchill Events - Maine Wedding Catering

Our mission is to provide the finest service, event planning, and creative cuisine available. ~Churchill Events

How long have you been operating your business?

23 years

 

What inspired your passion for catering?

No doubt I was inspired by my mother and two grandmothers…all of whom were excellent (and often inventive) cooks.  I was always underfoot in their kitchens, asking if I could help…and even if I could prepare the entire meal.  At the age of 11, I was asked by a university grad student, newly arrived from India, to help him and his wife learn to cook “American style” food.  I guess I was ‘hooked’ at that point.  In addition, I have always had a desire to create, to please clients, and to work with co-workers who are as compassionate about their work as I am.

 

What food items would you suggest to a client hosting a destination wedding in Maine?

Sustainable products from Maine (seasonal vegetables and fruits, lobsters, clams, oysters, salmon, haddock, scallops) wherever and whenever possible.

 

Do you cater rehearsal dinners and other various wedding weekend meals?

We can provide services for rehearsal dinners, sports events kickoff continental breakfasts, brunch, picnic lunches, lobster bakes, and welcome receptions…along with after parties.

 

Please describe your ideal client.

The ideal client: someone who can verbalize what they want in terms of the overall design theme and who can articulate what they like for food…then leave it all to us to propose the complete package for their final approval.

 

How would you describe your wedding fare and service style?

Our wedding fare is generally described by our clients as “the best wedding food we’ve ever had” and tied for first place with the service staff who are always polite, attentive, helpful, and don’t know how to say ‘no’.   Whatever (within reason and the regulations of French’s Point) they want we should be able to provide.

 

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Owner(s) Name: Craig Williams

Business Name: Churchill Events

Address: 1037 Forest Avenue, Suites 8-9

City/State/Zip: Portland, ME 04103

Phone: 207-878-2277

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.churchillcaterers.com

Facebook: @churchill.events

Instagram: @churchill.events

 

Photography by Kate Crabtree Photography

Spring Wedding Weekend Itinerary

Spring Wedding Itinerary at French's Point - Danielle Brady Photography

Thursday

12:00PM Get your marriage license from the Stockton Springs Town Office between 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. to make it official! The Stockton Springs Town Office is not open on Friday.

1:00PM Check in to French’s Point. Settle into your room and soak in the sweet smell of lilacs and beach roses in bloom.

6:00PM Fire up the barbecue grill on the Barbecue Lawn behind the Farm House and enjoy time with your family and friends as they roll into town to join you for the weekend.

8:00PM Cuddle up fireside and reconnect around one of the many fire pits at the estate. Enjoy the warm, gooey delight of s’mores fresh off the fire.

Friday

8:00AM Start the day off with a morning yoga session for the wedding party and family lead by a local instructor in the sun-filled Conservatory at Retreat House where you can take in the morning fog as it rises off the water.

9:00AM Enjoy freshly baked strawberry muffins and coffee awaiting you in the parlor at the Farm House.

10:00AM Choose your own Maine adventure! Excursions to the top of the tallest bridge observatory in the Northeast at Penobscot Narrows Observatory for spectacular views, and Fort Knox Historic Site, check out the local shops & galleries, ride a bike or hike one of the many trail systems at the surrounding State parks, or brave the white water for a refreshing Springtime adventure!

4:00PM Ceremony rehearsal. Gather your wedding party, family and anyone else participating in the ceremony for a rehearsal at your chosen setting to work out the jitters so everyone can relax on the big day.

5:00PM Sip a Mint Julep and enjoy an al fresco dinner on the terrace and enjoy the fragrant gardens.

7:00PM Take in the sherbet-like Spring sunset over the bay.

8:00PM Cap off the night in front of the fire pit on the terrace reconnecting with your friends.

10:00PM Get some rest! Tomorrow is going to be a big day.

Saturday

8:00AM Rise and shine, it’s your wedding day! Take a walk through the lush family gardens and take in the scent of lilacs, beach roses, salt water and pine and the sound of the loons calling over the water.

9:00AM Enjoy a cup of coffee, freshly baked quiche, and fruit with your family at the Farm House before you freshen up.

10:00AM Your wedding vendor team arrives to begin preparation at the Retreat House.

11:00AM Pampering time begins for you and your wedding party with hair and make-up sessions with your chosen provider in the Top Level Apartment Parlor of the Retreat House. Ladies relax in your gift of floral robes so appropriate for the season. Sit back and enjoy the hours leading up to your ceremony surrounding by the ones you love.

12:00PM Wedding party lunch delivered with fresh goat cheese and strawberry salads & mimosas of course! The groom’s party and family enjoy a casual lunch on the barbecue lawn after enjoying some healthy competition with a game of volley ball on the Recreation Lawn at the Farm.

2:00PM The groom’s party arrives at the Recreation Room at Retreat House to work out those nerves with a game of pool, poker, or watch the game on the TV. Don’t forget those wedding rings! Bridal party gets dressed and has pre-ceremony photos taken on the balcony overlooking the estate.

3:00PM A brass band sets the mood as guests arrive by trolley to mingle and enjoy strawberry lemonade, mint iced tea, and cucumber water on the terrace.

3:30PM The ceremony bell rings out over the bay and calls your guests to the ceremony location of your choosing: the Gazebo with the promenade lined with blooming lilacs and beach roses, the Oceanfront Lawn or East Overlook Terrace. Rain doubles your luck. Embrace the elements with colorful rain boots.

4:00PM Congrats to the happy couple! Take your first photos as husband and wife, with your wedding party and family. Your guests will mix and mingle while they enjoy cocktail hour with delicious drinks and hors d’oeuvres on the terrace, take a stroll on the bluff path, take in the commanding view of the bay from our signature Grand Daddy Adirondack chairs, or play a rousing game of croquette on the oceanfront lawn.

4:55PM Before the dinner reception begins, gather your guests and snap some group photos on the cobblestone terrace. This is a beautiful record of the guests who were able to join you for your big day.

5:00PM Guests are ushered inside the beautiful Retreat House Dining Room or the Sailcloth Tent for the reception with tables set with all the details you imagined.

5:20PM Introductions of the family and wedding party followed by speeches. Cheers to the happy couple! Dinner is served! Enjoy unique fare chosen by you, provided by your wedding catering partner of choice.

5:40PM Official cake cutting.

6:30PM Enjoy your first dance as a married couple. It’s time to boogie!

7:00PM Cake and coffee are served.

8:00PM Catch the beautiful sunset with your new spouse and photographer. We offer a variety of locations to capture this splendid light of the setting sun with Western views.

9:45PM One last call from the bar.

9:55PM Enjoy one last dance with your sweetie for the perfect ending to a magical day!

10:00PM Move the gathering inside the Retreat House to enjoy an unplugged after party with a laid-back vibe. Snuggle up in front of the fire as you recount the adventures of the day.

12:00PM Bid your guests farewell and retreat to your beautiful suite with your new spouse to reflect on this magical day. Vendors begin preparing for the next day’s gathering.

Sunday

8:00AM Enjoy your first cup of coffee as a married couple as you enjoy the view from your private balcony. The caterer arrives to prepare for the farewell brunch.

9:00AM Your guests can stop by the Retreat House Dining Room one last time to enjoy a lovely farewell brunch with a garden party feel and a Spring-inspired menu before heading home.

12:00PM Sit in the Grand Daddy Adirondack chairs on the Bluff Path one last time to soak it all in.

1:00PM Check out time. Off to your next adventure!

 

Photography by Danielle Brady Photography

A Neighborhood Wedding Celebration

Brendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding Venue

We are blessed… for so many reasons. One of the things that we cherish most about our work here at French’s Point is that our celebrations are all about family & milestone moments. Every wedding & gathering we host here is a gift; one we give and one we receive back twice again. We know that not everyone is so privileged with work that is so happy. Every once in a while, we get to host a wedding that has a personal connection to us directly.

In June, we celebrated Marion & Alex, alongside their family and friends. Marion was part of the tribe of children who grew up here with me on Hersey Retreat Road. Her cottage was two doors down from my own. The path between our homes was well-beaten as our raggle-taggle crew roamed freely between homes all summer. Marion is the youngest of the four siblings in her family. Her sister and I played and competed in the Miss Sandy Point Competition, one younger brother was close to my younger brother and her other older brother and I were friends and sweethearts for a summer. Her parents were always kind enough to fold me into their activities at nearby Fort Knox, antique shopping, my first trip to Moody’s Diner & adventures aboard their sail boat. Her father is a doctor who mended a broken foot in junior high after a soccer injury. He is a history buff and brought that history to life with the best stories (somewhat rooted in truth and enhanced with fantasy). Her father and mine were childhood friends that grew up in the same cottages, just doors away. Her grandparents were members of the church that owned French’s Point before we bought it. I considered Marion’s grandparents the matriarch and patriarch of our little summer community.  They are very special family to me, and life-long summer neighbors. Marion might have been the smallest of the sea of cousins in the Bradford Cottage, but she was mighty and adored by all. My sweet father dubbed her “Maid Marion” and to this day, the name has endured for him.

After Alex proposed at the gazebo at French’s Point, they came to me. It seemed for them that celebrating here was the only option, given their connection to the place. They engaged an incredible team of vendors who brought their plans to life for the weekend. Marion in adulthood is articulate, kind, patient, diplomatic, intelligent, and loving woman. It was such a gift to reconnect with her at this stage in our lives. Alex adores Marion and I am so happy to see the mutual respect and admiration between them. We got to be a part of the sweet, joyful, glorious weekend, and for that, my heart is full.  Brendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - Destination Wedding Venue - Bridal Shoes - French's Point Brendan Bullock Photography - Coastal Maine Wedding Venue - Frenchs Point - Gazebo Ceremony Brendan Bullock Photography - Coastal Maine Wedding Venue - Frenchs Point - Gazebo CeremonyBrendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding VenueBrendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding VenueBrendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding VenueBrendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding VenueBrendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - French's Point Wedding Venue - Maine Wedding - Family HomeBrendan Bullock Photography - French's Point Wedding Venue - Maine Wedding - Family HomeBrendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental - Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - Coastal Maine French's Point Wedding - Neighborhood Family Gathering Brendan Bullock Photography - Coastal Maine French's Point Wedding - Neighborhood Family Gathering Brendan Bullock Photography - Trillium Catering - French's Point Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - Trillium Catering - French's Point Maine Wedding Venue Brendan Bullock Photography - Coastal Maine French's Point Wedding - Neighborhood Family GatheringBrendan Bullock Photography - Coastal Maine Wedding Venue - French's PointBrendan Bullock Photography - Coastal Maine Wedding Venue - French's PointBrendan Bullock Photography - Coastal Maine Wedding Venue - French's PointBrendan Bullock Photography - French's Point Wedding Venue - Maine Wedding - Family HomeBrendan Bullock Photography - Coastal Maine Wedding Venue - French's Point - Tent Reception in MaineBrendan Bullock Photography - Coastal Maine Wedding Venue - French's Point - Tent Reception in Maine Brendan Bullock Photography - Coastal Maine Wedding Venue - French's Point Brendan Bullock Photography - Coastal Maine Wedding Venue - French's Point Brendan Bullock Photography - Coastal Maine Wedding Venue - French's Point Brendan Bullock Photography - Coastal Maine Wedding Venue - French's Point Brendan Bullock Photography - Coastal Maine Wedding Venue - French's Point - Tent Reception in Maine Brendan Bullock Photography - Coastal Maine Wedding Venue - French's Point

Marion & Alex

June 16th, 2018

Bar Services: Trillium

Catering: Trillium

Ceremony and Cocktail Music: Michael Beling – Pianist

Ceremony Venue: The Gazebo at French’s Point

Design and Styling: One & Supp

DessertTrillium

Dinner and Dancing Entertainment: Dan Capaldi

Floral Design: One & Supp

Hair: DIY

Makeup: Vanesse at Beauty Mark Salon

Officiant: Woodrow Travers

Photography: Brendan Bullock Photography

Planner: The Purple Orchid

Reception Venue: The Sail Cloth Tent at French’s Point

Rentals: One Stop Rentals & Wallace Events

Transportation: Golf Carts

Rehearsal Dinner Catering: Bar Harbor Catering Company

Rehearsal Dinner Bar Service: Bar Harbor Catering Company

Rehearsal Dinner Location: The Farm House Beach at French’s Point

Rehearsal Dinner Band: John Smedley

Rehearsal Dinner Florist: One & Supp

Rehearsal Dinner Rentals: Wallace Events

Rehearsal Dinner Portable Restrooms: Wallace Events

Rehearsal Dinner Sound: Wallace Events

Vendor Spotlight: Posh + Walker

Maine Wedding Welcome Bag - Posh + Walker - Personalized Gift Bags - A Fogarty Photography

Are you the type of person who always wants to give a thoughtful personal gift but you don’t have time to find it, buy it, and send it?

Posh + Walker has curated gift boxes for every occasion that are wrapped in style and ready for delivery. Take the hassle out of gift giving and make it personal again. They hand wrap each gift and sign every card with a personal note inspired by you.

How long have you been operating your business?

Posh + Walker officially launched in June of 2017.

 

What inspired your passion for gift design?

We (Amanda & Christina) met in the wedding industry and discovered our shared love of thoughtful gifting during the planning of a styled shoot. We both were already creating custom gift boxes for our engaged couples and had a passion for gifting in our personal lives as well. We realized that although other people want to give more thoughtfully they don’t always have time to put together the perfect gift – not to mention the dreaded run to the post office! The idea of Posh + Walker was born out of the desire to help others gift more thoughtfully without the hassle!

 

How would you describe your products and services?

Posh + Walker offers a variety of curated gift boxes in our online shop, but what we are most passionate about is custom gifting. We create custom gifts for weddings, corporate events, client branded gifts, and so much more. Together, we work with our clients to create a gift that truly represents who they are as a couple or brand. Our goal is to always make our client’s recipient feel loved and appreciated.

We most recently have launched a Thoughtful Gifting Workshop Series where we team up with local vendors to provide a unique experience to our community. We have hosted sold out floral arranging workshops, wellness themed workshops, and have a few holiday centered workshops on the schedule for the upcoming months.

 

What products do you typically provide to wedding clients?  

We work closely with our wedding clients to create custom gifts such as welcome bags, “will you be my bridesmaid/groomsmen” gifts, bachelorette goodies, and more! The options are endless on creating something that is unique and personal for the couples.

We also have an online shop where we sell pre-made gifts that our wedding clients enjoy like our Welcome to Maine Box, His & Her Bathroom Kits, Bridal Emergency Box, and more.

 

Please provide us with a sample of a few gift options with prices for Maine weddings.

Welcome to Maine Box

(https://www.poshandwalker.com/product-page/welcome-to-maine)

$18-$22

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His/Her Bathroom Kits

(https://www.poshandwalker.com/product-page/his-her-bathroom-guest-kits)

$99

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Bridal Emergency Kit

(https://www.poshandwalker.com/product-page/bridal-emergency-kit)

$69

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All custom gifts are created based on the client’s budget, delivery, etc. 

 

Do you do any sort of personalization to your products or gift boxes?  

Yes! The options are endless with our custom gifting. We have done everything from personalized tote bags to cookies from a local bakery!

 

How early in advance should our clients book your services?

If clients are looking to create custom gifts with Posh + Walker we recommend reaching out at least 3-5 months prior to their wedding day.

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Owner(s) Name: Amanda Fogarty & Christina Padavano

Business Name: Posh + Walker

Address: 6 Classical Lane

City/State/Zip: Scarborough, ME 04074

Phone: 207-951-2956

Email: [email protected]

Website: poshandwalker.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/poshandwalker

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

Fall Weekend Wedding Itinerary

Real French's Point oceanfront Maine wedding | Chris Bennett Photography

Here in Maine, Fall wedding celebrations have become increasingly common, and now rival the summer season for the most sought-after wedding dates. We’re seeing the same trends here at French’s Point. Our seaside location makes us the perfect spot to take in the crisp salt air and brilliant fall foliage that autumn in Maine offers.

According to The Knot, the traditionally popular month of June still attracts a sizeable 13% of annual US wedding celebrations with its lush, vibrant florals and beautiful weather and comfortable temperatures.  But the Month of October now comes in third, hosting 12% of all weddings annually with it bright foliage and lovely weather.  November is also rising in popularity here at French’s Point for the same reason.

It’s easy to see why so many couples choose a fall event. Steaming mugs of hot apple cider, cozy conversations by the bonfire, impromptu games of flag football, and hay wagon rides evoke their favorite and memorable fall experiences. A long, fall weekend makes for a relaxed, unhurried celebration. It’s no wonder couples are choosing to get married in Maine at this time of year.

Sample Fall Maine Wedding Weekend Itinerary

Here’s one sample itinerary that will keep your guests well fed, comfortably cozy, and thoroughly entertained while they enjoy all the quintessential elements of fall in New England:

Thursday

  • 12:00 p.m. Get your marriage license from the Stockton Springs town office between 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. to make it official! The Town Office is not open on Friday.
  • 1:00 p.m. Check in to French’s Point! Settle into your room and soak in the salt air and scenery.
  • 6:00 p.m. Fire up the barbecue grill and enjoy burgers and brats and sample fall-inspired local beers like Marshall Wharf Brewing Company’s Danny McGovern’s Oatmeal Stout, Geary’s Autumn Ale and Shipyard Pumpkinhead with your family and friends as they roll into town to join you for the weekend.
  • 8:00 p.m. Cuddle up fireside and reconnect around one of the many fire pits at the estate. Enjoy the warm, gooey delight of s’mores fresh off the fire.

Friday

  • 7:00 a.m. Start the day off with a morning yoga session for the wedding party and family lead by a local instructor in the sun-filled Conservatory at The Retreat House where you can take in the foliage views of the bay.
  • 8:00 a.m. Enjoy a breakfast of freshly baked apple spice muffins and hearty oatmeal awaiting you in the parlor at The Farm House.
  • 10:00a.m. Choose your own Maine adventure! Excursions to the top of the tallest bridge observatory in the Northeast at Penobscot Narrows Observatory for spectacular leaf peeping with tours of the nearby Fort Knox historic site.  Enjoy a tour of one of the many local wineries and breweries.  Explore a pumpkin patch or pick-your-own apple farms.
  • 3:00 p.m. Ceremony rehearsal. Gather your wedding party, family and anyone else participating in the ceremony for a rehearsal at your chosen setting to work out the jitters so everyone can relax on the big day.
  • 4:00 p.m. Sip Autumn-inspired cocktails on the terrace and enjoy sunset hayrides through the fields and orchard with your guests.
  • 6:00 p.m. Host a family style harvest dinner on long farm tables, with wood-fired cuisine, prepared by your chosen catering partner in the Retreat House Dining Room in front of the fireplace.
  • 8:00 p.m. Cap off the night with hot toddies and warm apple cider enjoyed in front of the fireplace in The Retreat House Lounge.
  • 10:00 p.m. Get some rest! Tomorrow is going to be a big day.

Saturday

  • 7:00 a.m. Rise and shine, it’s your wedding day! Take a walk through the trails in the Sandy Point State Park and enjoy the beautiful foliage and smell of salt water and pine.
  • 8:00 a.m. Enjoy a cup of coffee, freshly baked quiche, and fruit with your family at The Farm at French’s Point before you freshen up.
  • 9:00 a.m. Your wedding vendor team arrives to begin preparations at The Retreat at French’s Point.
  • 10:00 a.m. Pampering time begins for you and your wedding party with hair and make-up sessions with your chosen provider in the Top Level Apartment Parlor of the Retreat House. Sit back and enjoy the hours leading up to your ceremony surrounded by the ones you love.
  • 12:00 p.m. Wedding party lunch delivered with curried pumpkin soup and apple salads. The groom’s party and family can enjoy a casual lunch on the barbecue lawn after enjoying some healthy competition with a game of flag football on the recreation lawn at The Farm.
  • 2:00 p.m. The groom’s party arrives at the Recreation Room at The Retreat to work out those nerves with a game of pool or darts, or watch the game of the TV. Don’t forget those wedding rings! Bridal party gets dressed and has pre-ceremony photos taken on the balcony overlooking the estate.
  • 3:00 p.m. A bluegrass band sets the mood as guests arrive by trolley to mingle and enjoy hot mulled cider on the terrace.
  • 3:30 p.m. The ceremony bell rings out over the bay and calls your guests to the ceremony location of your choosing: the Gazebo, the Oceanfront Lawn, Lower Level Terrace or East Overlook Terrace. Offer locally made wraps to keep them cozy while you say your vows.
  • 4:00 p.m. Congrats to the happy couple! Take your first photos as husband and wife, with your wedding party and family. Your guests will mix and mingle while they enjoy cocktail hour with delicious drinks and hors d’oeuvres on the terrace, take a stroll on the bluff path, take in the commanding view of the foliage on the shores of the bay from our signature Grand Daddy Adirondack chairs, or play a rousing game of cornhole on the oceanfront lawn.
  • Before the dinner reception begins, gather your guests and snap some group photos on the cobblestone terrace. This is a beautiful record of the guests who were able to join you for your big day.
  • 5:00 p.m. Guests are ushered inside the beautiful and cozy Retreat House Dining Room or the Sailcloth Tent Structure for the reception with tables set with all the details you imagined.
  • Catch the beautiful sunset with your new spouse and photographer. We offer a variety of locations to capture this splendid light of the setting sun and rising Harvest Moon.
  • 5:20 p.m. Before dinner, introductions of the family and wedding party followed by speeches. Cheers to the happy couple!
  • 5:40 p.m.  Dinner is served! Enjoy unique fare chosen by you, provided by your wedding catering partner of choice.
  • 6:30 p.m.  Official cake cutting. Enjoy your first dance as a married couple. It’s time to boogie!
  • 7:00 p.m. Cake and coffee are served.
  • 9:55 p.m. Enjoy one last dance with your sweetie for the perfect ending to a magical day!
  • 10:00 p.m. Move the party to The Retreat House to enjoy an unplugged after party with a laid-back vibe.  Fuel the fun with delicious late-night wood-fired pizza with fall flavors like roasted butternut squash and ricotta, and spicy sausage and apple. Snuggle in front of the fire as you recount the adventures of the day.
  • 12:00 a.m. Bid your guests farewell and retreat to your beautiful suite with your new spouse to reflect and celebrate this magical day. Vendors begin preparing for the next day’s celebrations.

Sunday

  • 8:00 a.m.  Enjoy your first cup of coffee as a married couple as you enjoy the sunrise over the bay from your private balcony. The caterer arrives to prepare for the farewell brunch.
  • 9:00 a.m- 11a.m. Your guests can stop by The Retreat Dining Room one last time to say goodbye and enjoy a farewell brunch before heading home. Enjoy a beautiful, hearty buffet for a more formal affair, or offer portable food and coffee to-go so guests can get on the road after they bid you farewell.
  • 12:00 p.m. Sit in the Grand Daddy Adirondack chairs on the Bluff Path one last time to soak it all in.
  • 1:00 p.m. Check out time. Pack up your gifts, snap one last picture to immortalize the experience, and hit the road. It’s time for your next adventure!

*Due to the Coast Guard sound ordinance and zoning restrictions, all amplified music must cease at 10:00 p.m and exterior lights extinguish at midnight.

Featured Photo by Chris Bennett Photography

5 Things That Take More Time Than You Think

5 Things that Take More Time Than You Think - Wedding Planning Tips - Creating a Wedding Day Timeline - By Maria Northcott from A Sweet Start & Jessika Brewer from French's Point

Our dear friend, Maria Northcott, the owner of A Sweet Start, travels the State of Maine as the most wonderful wedding officiate. She provides her couples with meaningful, customized, worry-free wedding ceremonies, that are full of love! We adore collaborating with Maria. She is a pro with a huge heart for her clients and the team of wedding vendors that bring their celebrations to life, and it really shows.

Maria and I recently created a list of 5 Things That Take More Time Than You Think On Your Wedding Day. Ask your wedding planner to include these surprisingly time-consuming elements in your wedding day timeline to ensure the festivities flow with ease. Allowing time for them in your day and avoiding the surprise is essential to make sure the day runs smoothly.

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5 Things That Take More Time Than You Think

Featured Textile Partner: Molly Hutchins of On Board Fabrics

French's Point Textile Parter Feature: Molly Hutchins of On Board Fabrics - Maine Vacation Home Rental Property

There is nothing more important to me than family. But right after family, comes the priority of partnering with and supporting small, family-owned businesses in Maine that help us ensure our guests enjoy the best of what the state has to offer. When we renovated the Retreat House this past winter, we teamed up with some of my favorite Maine makers. I wanted to share these special people with you, because without them, the Retreat House project would not have been successful.  

Did you know that both homes at French’s Point offer custom bed linens & textiles, proudly made in Maine?  

In 2014, when we updated bedroom suites located inside the Farm House, we partnered with our friend Molly Hutchins of On Board Fabrics to make the perfect duvet covers, pillow shams and decorative pillow shams for our beds. There are 14 beds in the Farm House, so this was a fairly sizable undertaking, even in the off season. I got to know Molly thought that process and I can tell you with complete honesty, she is a pro. She can troubleshoot, problem solve and calculate so fast, that my poor little layman’s mind simply can’t keep up. We loved the bedding so much that when it came time to update the rooms in the Retreat House, I went straight to Molly (in the off season of course).

Molly made two sets of pillow shams for the eight guest rooms. She made decorative pillows too. Molly made the beautiful velvet curtains in the top floor apartment, and suites 1, 2, and 3. We are talking hundreds of yards of velvet here, which I learned can be hard to work with. Molly also covered all the cushions for the built-in benches and church pews on the main and lower levels of the Retreat House. She also made gray cushions for the new lounge furniture my father made on the upper level of the Retreat House terrace and the East Overlook Terrace at the Farm House. Now guests can find a comfortable seat to take in the views inside AND outside! With her help, we chose very neutral and soothing fabrics that tied beautifully with the architectural elements of the homes. And they are gorgeous, and the craftsmanship is unparalleled.

Molly, her husband Glan, and their employee Melissa all tackled this big project with dedication and zeal that I am quite confident can only be found here on the coast of Maine. You can visit On Board Fabrics website, or follow Molly on Facebook. She’s a hoot! On Board Fabrics barn is located on Route 27 leading to Boothbay, at 660 Boothbay Rd. Edgecomb, Maine. Tell Molly that Jesse sent you!

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Photography Curtesy of Rachael Anderson Photography

 

The Retreat House Top-Level Apartment: The Brooks Family Nest

The Retreat House Top Level Apartment: The Brooks Family Nest at French's Point - Coastal Maine Wedding Venue and Vacation Home Rental

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.  

The Top Level Apartment

We updated and refurbished the Top-Level Apartment in the Retreat House to offer it as as cozy nest to guests, with an impressive view of the bay. My parents, Bob and Bonnie made this apartment home for eight years. They hosted many a family dinner, had slumber parties with their grandchildren in the large closets under the eaves of the roofline that they dubbed the “Hobbit Holes” and rested their weary heads after long days of love poured into the property. They loved the gentle breezes, the sound of the rain on the roof and the incredible sunrises and sunsets. My mother lovingly refers to this space as “The Nest”. I think this name is quite appropriate. This winter, they moved just down the road to the Beach Rose Cottage located next to the Farm House with my sweet Grandmama, making way for guests to enjoy this charming apartment.   

The privacy that this space offers will give our bridal parties a place to gather, relax and prepare on the wedding day with an open concept kitchen, dining and living space and a waterfront fireplace parlor with a beautiful deck with broad ocean views which is perfect to enjoy a wedding day brunch and watch as the setting below comes to life for your wedding. Just inside from the balcony, the parlor has beautiful natural light and is the perfect place for your hair and make-up artists to set up shop on your wedding day. In the parlor is a tiny sink which was my grandfather, Edgar’s. He loved antiques and saw the beauty in the forgotten. It is a sweet little detail in this space. There are two large, elegant king bedroom suites on this floor as well with sitting areas, beautiful bathrooms and private balconies looking to the east and west. You are going to love the cozy setting, gorgeous views and soothing privacy that the top floor offers you and your nearest and dearest!

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.

Open Concept Kitchen, Dining, and Living Space

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Waterfront Fireplace Parlor

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East Apartment Suite

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West Apartment Suite

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Photography by Rachael Anderson

Sail Cloth Tent

Sail Cloth Tent at French's Point - Coastal Maine Destination Wedding Venue Oceanside

Our brand-new sail cloth tent is up and gleaming in the spring sunshine today… pennants waving in the breeze. I can see many a happy celebration enjoyed in the shade of this beauty. Thank you to our friends at Wallace Events for ensuring that our tent is always clean and secure and our guests are comfortable.  

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Sail Cloth Tent at French's Point - Coastal Maine Wedding Destination Venue Oceanside - Midcoast Maine - Summer Reception

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