Vendor Spotlight: Greta Tucker Photography

French’s Point is excited to continue our series of blog posts spotlighting amazing Maine wedding vendors that help to make weddings & milestone celebrations at our waterfront estate memorable and meaningful. This series will showcase some of the best providers from our vibrant, talented, dedicated wedding industry community we are so proud to be a part of here in Maine and New England. This group of professional wedding vendors understands and adheres to our guiding principles for the service we endeavor to provide our clients: Be Responsive, Be Kind, Provide Excellent Customer Service, Provide the Very Best Product/Service. Because of these wonderful people, the celebrations here are magical.

In this post, I would like to introduce you to my friend Greta of Greta Tucker Photography. Greta offers fine art photography. Her work is vibrant, elegant and timeless. It is formal and immortalizing. It is also candid and intimate. Greta has a strong sense of family relationships and the traditions and values at the heart of them. She understands the profound nature of the milestone moments she is charged with capturing for her couples and does so in a vibrant manner, every time. She was born in Armenia, raised in Russia and now lives here in Maine with her husband, her adorable daughter and sweet son. She has been working as a wedding photographer for 5 years and has been published in top including Brides, Burnett’s Boards, Bridal Guide, The Venue Report and 100 Layer Cake

Allow me to introduce my sweet and talented friend, Greta Tucker.

How long have you been operating your business?

I have been photographing weddings for the past 5 years.

How would you describe your style?

I am a fine art wedding photographer and above all it is about making beautiful, vibrant images, that are timeless and elegant.

What lead you to be a wedding photographer?

Having lived in different countries gave me an in-depth understanding and appreciation for culture, traditions, family values. Of all traditions, I believe that marriage is one of the most important milestones in a person’s life and being able to document this day is a dream come true for me.

What is your favorite moment to photograph on the wedding day?

I adore photographing the ceremony and particularly the moment the groom sees his bride (even if they chose to have the first look before the ceremony).

Do you have a favorite spot at French’s Point to photograph couples?

One of my absolute favorites is the location directly behind the gazebo, you have the most breathtaking view.

Do you suggest having a second shooter at a French’s Point wedding?

This is one of the must-haves in wedding photography, especially if you are inviting over 100 guests.

How many hours of coverage do you suggest for a French’s Point wedding?

Number of hours always depends on the needs of the couple and ideally I recommend that coverage begins no later than 60 minutes before the bride gets dressed and 60 minutes into the dance party.

What is your favorite day trip in Maine?

One of my new favorites is Otter Cliff in Acadia National Park. We love exploring and finding new stunning locations with my family and always end up using these locations for engagement photoshoots with my couples.

Owner Name: Greta Tucker

Business Name: Greta Tucker Photography

Address: 17 Graham Hill Rd #17

City/State/Zip: Westbrook

Phone: 207-294-2993

Email: gretatuckerphoto@gmail.com

Website: gretatuckerphoto.com

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

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

Maine Made Gifts: Swans Island Company

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 craftspeople 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?

This year, Swans Island Company celebrates 25 years of crafting exquisite textiles here in Maine. Our company was founded in 1992 by John and Carolyn Grace, two retired lawyers seeking a return to the land. They began producing wool blankets by hand on Swan’s Island using traditional techniques, local fleece and natural dyes, winning a Smithsonian Blue Ribbon for Craft. Our current owners, Bill Laurita and Michele Orne, purchased Swans Island Company in 2004. We’re now located on the mainland, carrying on the tradition of handcrafted heirloom blankets, throws, and apparel with our small and talented team of makers.

Describe the products you sell including how they’re made.

Everything we do at Swans Island – from hand-dyed yarns to our signature handwoven blankets – is a testament to the beauty and value of a handmade life. We craft blankets, throws, pillows, wraps, scarves, in our dyehouse and weaving studio. We also collaborate with small, family-run American mills to produce fine knit apparel. From fiber sourcing to our finishing room table, we believe in creating objects of beauty and utility in authentic and earth-friendly ways here in Maine. All are welcome to come to visit our Northport studios to learn more about our processes.

Who typically enjoys your products?

Swans Island’s woven goods are modern-day heirlooms, and our customers come to us time and again to help celebrate life’s many milestones: weddings, anniversaries, welcoming new babies, and more. Our hand-monogramming service and exquisite linen packaging transform our unique handwoven into unforgettable commemorative pieces, designed to be cherished for years to come.

People who love Swans Island Company generally care deeply about how things are made, have strong ties to the Maine coast, and appreciate the traditional approach we take to ensure that everything we produce is at once luxurious and sustainable.

What’s the best way to purchase them?

Swans Island Company goods may be purchased at our Camden or Northport locations, online through our website, and by telephone.

What’s your favorite thing about Maine?

We love Maine for its dramatic natural beauty, which inspires so much of our work.

Bill Laurita, Michele Orne
Swans Island Company
231 Atlantic Highway
Northport, Maine 04849
(207) 338-9691
(888) 526-9526

Secondary Address:
2 Bay View Street
Camden, Maine 04843
207.706.7926
info@swansislandcompany.com
www.swansislandcompany.com

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Maine Made Gifts: Wilbur’s of Maine Chocolate Confections

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 craftspeople 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?

Wilbur’s of Maine Chocolate Confections began in 1983 when Tom Wilbur and Catherine Carty-Wilbur opened a small candy shop on Bow St. in Freeport, Maine. Tom and Catherine were both school teachers at the time and were just looking to supplement their income; selling chocolates and candies made by other companies in their store. It was a few years later that they decided to try making chocolates themselves and secured their first wholesale customer: L.L.Bean. We now have three retail locations, a chocolate factory in Freeport and as of 2016 Andy Wilbur, Tom and Catherine’s son, is the new owner of Wilbur’s of Maine.

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

So many products to describe! We make homemade caramels, creams, melt away truffles, needhams, buttercrunch toffee, turtles, marshmallow, fudge, hot fudge sauce, brittle, peanut butter cups, traditional truffles, chocolate-dipped cherries, solid chocolate that is molded into just about any shape you can imagine (seashells, lobsters, bunnies, fish, Santas, shamrocks, pigs, hockey pucks….) we could go on! We can’t forget, of course, our panned chocolates. We are one of the very few factories in New England producing panned chocolates, they are the largest part of our wholesale business and include amazing items like chocolate-covered blueberries, chocolate covered cranberries, malt balls, chocolate covered almonds, pretzel bites, and many, many more! We produce 100’s of different chocolates and confections.

How are these items made? Well, there are far too many items to explain in detail, but we do try to use local ingredients whenever possible, each item is made with care and by hand in small batches. Also, everything we make is done in our Freeport factory at 174 Lower Main St. in Freeport. There are viewing windows into the factory at all times and we offer tours on select days and times. Best to consult our website or Facebook page for that current month’s event/tour dates.

Who typically enjoys your products?

Anyone and everyone! Chocolate knows no bounds! It brings generations together and is the perfect gift. We have products that are made with 72% dark chocolate and other not-too-sweet items like dark chocolate covered ginger and dark chocolate covered orange peel so even if you think you don’t have a sweet tooth, you’re likely to find something here you will enjoy!

What’s the best way to purchase them?

Our website wilburs.com is being updated weekly with more and more products being added and is the perfect way to have our fine confections shipped all over the country to yourself or a loved one! If you are lucky enough to be in southern Maine visit us at one of our three locations:

174 Lower Main St. Freeport, ME 04032 (factory and retail store)

13 Bow St. Freeport, ME 04032 (retail)

143 Maine St. Brunswick, ME 04011 (retail)

What’s your favorite thing about Maine?

It’s hard to answer this question without sounding too cliché, but if we’re being honest it’s for two reasons: first, because the people here are relatable through all walks of life. Second is the available outdoor space. As we mentioned above we try to source a lot of our ingredients locally and that is made possible in part because our suppliers have access to these resources of this great state of ours. Our sea salt comes from a company in Marshfield, Maine and is captured from the ocean’s water using Solar power and our vanilla is made in Portland, Maine.

Owner(s) Name: Andy Wilbur

Business Name: Wilbur’s of Maine Chocolate Confections

Address: 174 Lower Main St.

City/State/Zip: Freeport, ME 04032

Phone: 207.865.4071

Email: (general questions) liselle@wilburs.com

Website: wilburs.com

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Maine Made Gifts: Black Dinah Chocolatiers

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 craftspeople 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?

Black Dinah Chocolatiers (BDC) opened it’s doors in 2007, on tiny Isle au Haut, Maine. Steve and Kate Shaffer operated both BDC’s confectionery production and a busy seasonal cafe, from their island home until 2015. In June of 2015, the business relocated to Westbrook, Maine.

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

Black Dinah Chocolatiers specializes in handmade chocolate confections and gift-worthy presentation. All truffles, sea salt caramels, and novelty confections are made with fairly-traded and sustainably-grown chocolates and sugar. All of our confections are made from whole ingredients, grown locally and/or organically, including cream, butter, fruits, vegetables and herbs.

Who typically enjoys your products?

Our confections are most commonly purchased as gifts by people who want to communicate a sincere, heartfelt message to a friend, client, or beloved family member. Our confections are family and holiday traditions and are gifted privately, or used as coveted favors for large corporate celebrations or highly personalized weddings.

What’s the best way to purchase them?

Our full line of chocolates and confections can be purchased on our website, or at our retail locations in Westbrook, Maine and Blue Hill, Maine. Our truffles and barks are sold at retail partners throughout Maine and New England, and across the country.

What’s your favorite thing about Maine?

The abundance of fresh, healthful, and beautiful food, grown, produced and shared on small family farms.

Kate and Steve Shaffer
Black Dinah Chocolatiers
869 Main St.
Westbrook, ME 04092 and 5 Main St., Blue Hill, ME 04614
207-887-9763
info@blackdinahchocolatiers.com
www.blackdinahchocolatiers.com
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Vendor Spotlight: David Murray Weddings

French’s Point Estate is thrilled to continue our series of blog posts spotlighting amazing Maine wedding vendors that help to make weddings at our waterfront wedding venue not only successful but truly the embodiment of the experience our clients strive to craft for their family and friends. This series will showcase some of the best providers from our vibrant, talented, dedicated wedding industry community we are so proud to be a part of here in Maine and New England. This group of professional wedding vendors understands and adheres to our guiding principles for the service we endeavor to provide our clients: Be Responsive, Be Kind, Provide Excellent Customer Service, Provide the Very Best Product/Service. Because of these wonderful people, the celebrations here are French’s Point Estate is the stuff of which dreams are made!

David Murray Weddings holds a special place in my heart. I met David over 12 years ago now through some industry friends, Michelle Turner and Stacey Kane. He came to French’s Point the first time when he shot the wedding of my childhood friend Lauren’s beautiful June wedding day. I was beyond excited to have David here for that event. The photos from that day remain some of my favorite ever captured here at French’s Point. I again had the opportunity to spend some time with David when he partnered with Michelle, Stacey, Audra Welton to cover a wedding we hosted for Aron and Gita Gaudet in 2010.

David always seems to have a twinkle in his eye, a quiet smile on his handsome face, and he carries an indelible, subtle, quick wit. He puts his subject at ease with his light heart, disarming sense of humor and calming energy. The best way I can describe David’s relational effect on his couples is that of the big brother they never knew they had.

David prizes family above most everything and I think this makes him an ideal individual to capture such meaningful, defining moments. David has a strong connection to Maine and an appreciation for its landscape and light. New England was David’s childhood home, so he knows it well. He lived here in Maine for some time and travels back often. David now lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Linda, but he travels the world capturing wedding celebrations through his lens. His work is described as Fashionable Wedding Photography, served in a beautifully authentic way.

David is a Pulitzer Prize Finalist and one of the top 5 wedding photojournalists in the world according to International Wedding Photography Association. His wife Linda is a Correspondent for ABC News and CNN and has won a Peabody Award and an Emmy for her work in this field. With David behind the lens and Linda behind the scenes, they have found that the secret to their brilliant capture of emotion for these momentous life events is found at the intersection of life experiences and beauty within the wedding stories they capture and create.

Allow me to introduce my friend, David Murray.

How long have you been operating your business?

I have been a wedding photographer full time since 2003.

How would you describe your style?

I would describe myself as a storyteller who goes straight to the heart of the family legacy. I want to reach out in a way that not only is pleasing to my clients but for those who will come after them.

What lead you to be a wedding photographer?

After working in photojournalism for over 20 years, I was looking for a new way to express myself in image form. A neighbor asked if I shot weddings and it felt so natural to find the love and emotion that are part of each wedding day.

What is your favorite moment to photograph on wedding day?

I love finding moments that will universally speak to all about love and connection.

Do you suggest having a second shooter at a French’s Point wedding?

Having a second photographer allows for both members of the couple to be photographed from prep time to that time when we say goodbye to the couple at the end of the evening.

How many hours of coverage do you suggest for a French’s Point wedding?

For a normal day’s coverage, I think 8 to 9 hours would be good.

What is your favorite day trip in Maine?

My favorite trip is to a small island near Harpswell which is owned by my sister’s husband and brothers. I am most at peace there.

David Murray
David Murray Weddings
Kennebunkport, Maine/Atlanta, Georgia
(207) 229-0881
david@davidmurrayweddings.com
www.davidmurrayweddings.com
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Vendor Spotlight: Nadra Photography

French’s Point Estate is thrilled to continue our series of blog posts spotlighting amazing Maine wedding vendors that help to make weddings at our waterfront wedding venue not only successful but truly the embodiment of the experience our clients strive to craft for their family and friends. This series will showcase some of the best providers from our vibrant, talented, dedicated wedding industry community we are so proud to be a part of here in Maine and New England. This group of professional wedding vendors understands and adheres to our guiding principles for the service we endeavor to provide our clients: Be Responsive, Be Kind, Provide Excellent Customer Service, Provide the Very Best Product/Service. Because of these wonderful people, the celebrations here are French’s Point Estate is the stuff of which dreams are made!

Nadra Photography is a woman-owned wedding photography business that has been telling love stories through beautiful, sentiment-provoking imagery for nearly two decades. Owner, Nadra Edgerley, and Principal Photographer, Leigh Doran, set out to create family heirlooms to be prized by their subjects and future generations who love them. A few years ago, I spent what I recall as one of the most emotionally draining days I have experienced as a mother to date (I had three of my four children at the time). We had scheduled a family photo session with Nadra Photography, and it turned out to be cold, gray and pouring rain. That day, my kiddos were in quite a mood from being pent up due to the rain, and I was tired, overwhelmed and not in the right mind to put our best foot forward. The kindness, patience and resolve Leigh and Nadra offered our family that day will never be forgotten. It was humbling and miraculous to see. In spite of the odds, they gave us beautiful images of my family that we cherish to this day.

In the ensuing years since we have had the pleasure of working with Leigh numerous times here at French’s Point. I have come to know and love Leigh for the care with which she serves her couples. The love she has of the amazing wedding vendor community, her obvious appreciation for people of all kinds, and her uncanny ability to capture poignant moments that will be cherished for years and generations to come make Leigh a terrific partner for French’s Point weddings. She is a calming force and a steady hand on an emotionally-charged day. Her big, beautiful heart is what allows her to capture these precious moments on film. I am so pleased to introduce you to my friend Leigh of Nadra Photography.

How long has Nadra Photography been in business?

Nadra Photography was established by Nadra Edgerley in California in 1999. Nadra moved her business to Maine in 2006, and I became a principal wedding photographer with Nadra Photography in 2010.

How would you describe your style?

Real. Authentic. Truthful. Classic. We believe your wedding photography should stand the test of time, and we focus on creating sentimental imagery that will become the family heirloom of the next generation.

What lead you to photography weddings?

For me, weddings are more than just the love between two people; they are the coming together and the joining of two families. I love being able not just to witness this, but also to feel it right in front of me. You can’t help but react to the tremendous love and support coming from the friends and family of the couple. You see it an extra-long embrace, or in a shared laugh, and you hear it in their words when their voice cracks as they toast and celebrate the couple. Love is a universal human emotion we can all relate to, and when I photograph a wedding, I see my own family and my own close relationships, and I am reminded of how special that day was for me when I got married. I love being able to re-live that and capture those moments for others.

What is your favorite moment to photography on wedding day?

That answer has changed through the years as I have lived more of life! Since I became a mom almost three years ago, it’s totally changed how I see the parents on wedding day. I now understand on a whole new level what this day also means for them, and consequently, my favorite moments are with the parents on the wedding day — the moment they see their daughter for the first time in her dress or their son for the first time in his suit or tux and they can’t hold back the tears, or when they clutch each others’ hands during the ceremony as they listen to their children exchange vows, and in the evening at the parents’ dances when they hold on just a little tighter. Being a Mom of boys, the mother-son dance especially gets me going! Can’t help but feel all of the emotion Mom is feeling as her once baby that she held in her arms, is now a fully grown man, holding her in his arms.

Do you suggest having a second shooter if they are having a French’s Point Wedding?

Yes. We believe it takes two photographers to adequately cover an average wedding — from getting ready at the beginning of the day, to the ceremony and cocktail hour and later at the reception, my assistant photographer is always getting alternate angles. I always tell my assistant to surprise me — show me something I didn’t see, and they always do!

How many hours of coverage do you suggest for a French’s Point Wedding?

For an average wedding of 100-150 guests and all of the formalities, we can cover that in 8-9 hours. For larger events, or if you want to explore traveling to different locations with the couple and/or wedding party for portraits, then more is required.

What is your favorite day trip in Maine?

I have always loved Monhegan Island. It’s an adventure from the moment you start traveling there on the ferry or by boat. For someone like me who appreciates history, it is a rare opportunity to step back in time to another day and slow down the pace. Plus, it is a photographers’ sanctuary. You can’t help but be inspired and keep clicking the shutter when you see life in a new way.

Leigh Doran
Nadra Photography
9 Grapevine Lane
Scarborough, ME 04074
(207) 885-9300
www.nadraphotography.com
studio@nadraphotography.com

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