In Full Bloom: 2013 Summer Bouquets

Looking back at this busy and amazing summer, we couldn’t help but reminisce about some of our favorite weddings. It’s fun to compare the unique styles of each couple and what was trending during the season. We make our predictions for what couples will be doing next year, and we’ve gotten good over the years! You can see their personality and style even from the bouquets the couples choose. Their wedding colors and details are all wrapped up in these gorgeous floral arrangements.

Here are some of our favorite bouquets from the past few months.

Bouquets - Maine Wedding Location

All Flowers by: Flora Fauna

Photography: Nadra PhotographyKim Chapman | Mr. Haack | Emilie Inc.

Real Maine Wedding: Kristi and Dan

Kristi & Dan

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Stationer/Invitations: DIY
Hair & Makeup Services: Family and Friends
Officiate: Jesse Cyr
Ceremony & Cocktail Ensemble: Friend/ DIY Ipod
Photography: Craig Dilger
Floral & Design: Flora Fauna
Dinner & Dancing Entertainment: Lights, Camera, DJ

Fall Weddings in Maine

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The soft sunshine and cool breeze that sets the mood for fall in Maine creates the perfect ambiance for a romantic and cozy wedding celebration. Fall is increasingly becoming a more popular season for getting hitched and we can see why.

As we walk around our property, the fall colors are starting to set in and the deep oranges and reds create a naturally beautiful backdrop for a ceremony. We are always getting calls for fall bookings and the season now rivals the summer for the most sought-after wedding dates.

Nationally, September has eclipsed June as the most popular wedding month, with 14% of couples walking down the aisle, according to TheKnot. June still attracts a sizeable 13%, but another fall month, October, comes in third with 12% of all weddings.

Labor Day is by far the most popular time to get married, with the convenience of a three-day weekend. The holiday makes for a relaxed, unhurried event for couples seeking a multi-day destination event.

Here’s one itinerary that will keep your guests well fed and entertained as the summer comes to an end.

DAY ONE

8 a.m.- 2p.m. Guests arrive & check in to area accommodations.
3-5 p.m. Ceremony rehearsal for bridal party.
5-6 p.m. Autumn-themed cocktails on the propane-heated terrace. Sunset hayrides around the property for guests.
6-8 p.m. Harvest dinner on long farm-style tables, with food sourced from local farmers and fishermen.
8-9 p.m. Bonfire with s’mores, hot toddies and warm apple cider.

DAY TWO

8 a.m.-1p.m. Coordinated group trips to the top of the Penobscot Narrows Observatory for leaf peeping and a private tour of the nearby Fort Knox historic site, followed by a waterside picnic.
1 p.m. Bridal party arrives at French’s Point for hair and makeup preparation and a luncheon on the deck of the waterfront bridal suite.
3:30 p.m. Guests arrive by trolley.
4 p.m. Ceremony commences on the heated terrace.
4:30 p.m. Cocktail hour in the conservatory or outside on the lawn.
5 p.m. In a tent or in our dining room, a dinner of around-the-world dish stations featuring rosemary and sage roasted turkey breast, smoked mussels and Maine shrimp, Greek salad, and fresh Thai spring rolls. Served with local harvest ales and wines.
7 p.m. Cupcake pyramid and dancing under the red harvest moon.
10 p.m. Sparkler send-off for bride and groom with guests departing for area accommodations by trolley.

DAY THREE

10 a.m.-noon. Touch football game on the lawn followed by a tailgate-themed brunch.

Real Maine Wedding: Jessica and Ray

Jessica and Ray may have come from families with different cultural backgrounds, but the love and affection these two families share for each other crosses all borders, and communicates across all languages. It is a universal language that we all know, whether we were born in the East, or born in the West — the language of kinship. The joy, exuberance, and happiness, that enveloped the room was felt by all who were honored to share in this special day. Jessica and Ray, thank you for inviting me to experience a little piece of the heaven that you both enjoy together. May all of your days be blessed, and may you look back on these images throughout the years and be reminded of what is feels like to be loved.

Jessica and Raymond

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

Event Planner:  Sarah Ripley, French’s Point
Stationer/Invitations:  Gus and Ruby
Hair Services:  Lisa Nichols Salon
Makeup Services: From this Day Forward- Cynthia Clayton
Wedding Gown Seamstress: Sandi McKeen
Transportation:  Country Coach Charters
Officiate:  Captain Ken Barnes
Ceremony & Cocktail Ensemble: Maine Bella Musica
Photography: Nadra Photography
Videography: Media Northeast
Floral & Design: Flora Fauna
Dinner & Dancing Entertainment:  DJ Jaceman
Dessert: Sweet Sensations
Bride and Groom Preparation Meal Delivery: The Good Kettle

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Maine Gifts: Angela Adams

If you are looking for a gift on the way to a wedding at French’s Point, or want to bring a piece of Maine home with you check out one of our most beloved design studios – the Angela Adams studio at the base of Munjoy Hill. Angela Adams is a designer intimately inspired by Maine’s weather and landscape. She uses that inspiration to create stunning wool area rugs and other home accessories, and her husband, furniture designer Sherwood Hamill, crafts sleek furniture that compliments the beauty of Adams’s colorful pieces, pieces that manage to reflect both Maine’s wild ruggedness and its cool serenity.

Adams’s work is known for its playful use of color and its distinctive textures and patterns. The rugs typically have a modern look, with swooping wave patterns or asymmetrical bubbles or intricate Kaleidoscope arrangements. Adams now also creates one-of-a-kind tapestry rugs under her “Treasure Tapestry” collection that are abstract renderings of nature like “Rain”, “Forest Floor” and “Ocean Floor”. Check out “The Wedding” tapestry rug, a cartoonish collage of domestic and recreational images and abstract swirls on a white background.  These rugs must be commissioned and are priced on a case-by-case basis but typically cost $250-$500 per square foot. The area rugs in Angela’s custom collections are priced starting at $375 to upwards of $3,500.

The company also designs household items and gifts like pillows, linens, glassware, and beach towels. And of course the studio also features Hamill’s elegant furniture that anchors the complicated patterns of Adams’s work beautifully. Definitely worth a visit.

Maine Destination Wedding

Maine Destination Wedding

Real Maine Wedding: Laura and Mike

Laura and Mike

Friday, August 16th, 2013
Event Planner:  Sarah Ripley, French’s Point
Stationer/Invitations: Invited Design Studio
Hair Services:  Lisa Nichols Salon
Makeup Services: From This Day Forward- Cynthia Clayton
Transportation: Northeast Charter Tour
Officiate:  Captain Kenneth Barnes
Ceremony & Cocktail Ensemble: Maine Bella Musica
Photography: Kim Chapman
Floral & Design: Flora Fauna
Dinner & Dancing Entertainment:  Dionne Entertainment
Bridal Party Preparation Meal Delivery: The Good Kettle