Real Review: Heaven. Just Heaven.

Jessica & Zachary
Married on October 13th, 2018

Our October wedding at French’s Point was simply amazing. Back in the planning stages, we had plans to tour six or seven other venues, but we canceled all our other tours after we toured French’s Point because we knew we’d just seen something special and that it wouldn’t get any better.

We were right. Everything about the estate is amazing–the location, the view, the estate house itself. It’s warm, welcoming, and elegant. The staff is sweet, encouraging, communicative, and helpful. They provided us with suggestions and inspiration that made our day unique and fun.

“Everything about the estate is amazing–the location, the view, the estate house itself. It’s warm, welcoming, and elegant.” – Jessica

If you book the venue, you should also consider booking the adjacent farmhouse for your family and wedding party. It’s a quaint, cozy, and adorable place to stay, but it’s also incredibly handy to have the wedding party within walking distance of the venue. We were so happy we made the choice to book the farmhouse too!

I can’t thank Jessika and Nicole enough; they were amazing, and I get misty just thinking about what a wonderful day they helped us create. I loved everything about it! We even battled a little rain and couldn’t get married outside at the gazebo, like we planned, but it didn’t for one-second feel like a compromise to get married in the lovely estate. This place is just heaven!

Jessica & Zachary’s Vendor Team:

Bar Services: Harvest Moon

Catering: Harvest Moon

Ceremony & Cocktail Music: Dionne Entertainment

Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Venue: The Gazebo at French’s Point

Design & Styling: DIY

Dessert: The Front Porch Bakery

DJ Dinner & Dancing Entertainment: Dionne Entertainment

Event Planner: Nicole Dearing at French’s Point

Favors: Whoopi Pies

Floral Design: Flowers by Hoboken 

Hair & Makeup: Glow Salon

Officiant: Friend

Photobooth: DIY by Jessica’s Father

Photography: McCoy Photography & Artwork

Reception Venue: The Retreat House Dining Room at French’s Point

Rentals: Wallace Events

Videography: NA

Real Review: Stunning Venue, Friendly Team!

Melanie & Cornelius
Married on May 26th, 2018
I didn’t know a lot about what I wanted for my wedding but I knew I wanted to be married on the water, but not on sand because heels and sand don’t mix. Well after searching around, my husband found the perfect wedding venue to fit those criteria, French’s Point in Stockton Springs, Maine. My mom went to go and tour it since we live out on the west coast, and immediately they said that this was the perfect place for us. With gorgeous panoramic views of the bay and the secluded private event feel, it gave us a breathtaking wedding that we both always desired. From their many fire-pits to an amazing tent, to cozy farmhouse rentals, the property gave us everything and more.

“With gorgeous panoramic views of the bay, and the secluded private event feel, it gave us a breathtaking wedding that we both always desired.” – Melanie

There were a few challenges during the planning period as the venue was going through some major changes at the time and has since altered the way they book the events but the team was very responsive and helpful through many scheduling phone calls. They were patient and understanding of our cross country communication, as we live in CA. Come wedding weekend, we were able to sit back and truly relax as family and friends the way we desired and the team was attentive to all our needs. And when the actual day came, Nicole was there to make sure everything ran smoothly, and hopefully enjoyed the fun times we had during our photoshoot. I would definitely recommend French’s Point as the best authentic Maine wedding destination!

Melanie & Cornelius’ Vendor Team:

Bar Services: Bar Harbor Catering Company

Bar Services: Bar Harbor Catering Company

Catering: Bar Harbor Catering Company 

Ceremony Venue: French’s Point Waterfront Gazebo 

Design and Styling: Emily Herzig Floral Studio 

Dessert: Nothing Bakes Like a Parrot  

Dinner and Dancing Entertainment: Beantown Band 

Floral Design: Emily Herzig Floral Studio 

Hair: Heather and Jocelyn

Lighting: Griffin & Griffin 

Makeup: Heather and Jocelyn 

Officiant: Catherine – Family Friend 

Photography: The Light & Color  

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

Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals  

Transportation: Country Coach Charters 

Videography: Creative Edge Arts

Guest Room Air Conditioning: Domestic Air Conditioning

Guests often ask if we have or need air conditioning at French’s Point. The reality is that the architect Wilfred E. Mansur, who designed the retreat house, did so to take advantage of the near-perpetual breezes here. The transom windows over the bedroom doors on the second floor are a testament to that. In fact, in some of the rooms at the Retreat House, door hooks are offered near the baseboard to keep open doors from slamming closed in the breeze. The Farm House and the Retreat House are both cited at the highest elevations on the point and if you open a door or window for cross-ventilation, the rooms remain quite comfortable most of the time. The exception is the few days in July or August when the air is still and the humidity coupled with higher temperatures does not afford a breeze.

Regardless of the reality, we wanted to be able to assure our guests that their accommodations are comfortable year-round. This spring, we partnered with Mike from Domestic Air Conditioning and Refrigeration to bring air conditioning to our guest rooms in both homes. He finished the installation of the system we roughed in in 2005. The Retreat House bedrooms have central air conditioning with the exception of one room in suite 1, which has a window unit. The Farm House bedrooms all have window units with the exception of suite 12 on the lower level that does not need air conditioning because it always stays comfortable. We are glad to have this amenity to offer to our guests. We know that now they will slumber comfortably, even on the warmest, stillest of summer nights.

The Retreat House Suite 4: The Brewer Family Suite

The second level of the Retreat House now offers four newly renovated suites with en suite bathrooms and six total bedrooms on this floor. Suite 4- The Brewer Family Suite, offers a two-bedroom configuration with a queen in each room with an adjoining bath. Our family LOVES this space and we hope other families do too. When I had my first and second babies, we lived in these suites for a time. I love thinking back to those times rocking my sweet little ones with the moon shining in the window.

We will share the details of the other Retreat House enhancements in upcoming posts. We hope you love them as much as we do.

Photography by Greta Tucker

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

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 a 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.

Sail Cloth Tent

Our brand-new sail cloth tent is up and gleaming in the spring sunshine today… pennants waving in the breeze. I can see many happy celebrations 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.