What Style of Venue is French’s Point?

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Maine offers two different kinds of wedding venues to suit couples’ needs:

All-inclusive Locations: 

  • Resorts, inns, and restaurants

Blank Canvas Properties

  • Summer camps, private homes, farms, fields, and orchards

French’s Point: A Black Canvas Venue

French’s Point is a simply elegant seaside “blank canvas venue“. This means that we provide the outstanding venue with 8 possible ceremony settings and 14 different gathering spaces. You choose how you wish to use these amenities during your time here. French’s Point is a very large vacation rental property with 14 acres and two beautiful homes which are offered to one couple and their guests exclusively for the entire weekend. Our weekend celebrations feel like a vacation, a reunion and a wedding all combined. Our goal for our couples is for them to have a wedding that is unique to them that suits their vision of their celebration & one that is within their budget. To foster this goal, you hire your choice of vendors: planner, caterer, bar service provider, florist, photographer, etc. This allows you to engage the vendor team that best suits your goals and is within your budget. We have an excellent preferred vendor list of vendors to help you on the search for your team, but you can use whichever vendors best align with your preferences, as long as they are insured (liability insurance) and licensed where applicable (caterer, bar service provider, food truck, baker, hair and make-up design). There are no cookie cutter events here and no food and beverage minimums to meet!

The Retreat House Suite 4: The Brewer Family Suite

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. I shared with you the details of the newly refurbished Suite 1, Suite 2, and Suite 3, all located on the second floor, in recent posts. 

The Second Level 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 one room adjoining a bunk room with two sets of bunk beds and an adjoining bath. Our family LOVES this space and we hope other big families do too. We now have four kiddos that love the bunk beds and my husband and I like the pretty little room next door. 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.    

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Vendor Spotlight: Greta Tucker Photography

Greta Tucker Photography: Maine Wedding Vendor Spotlight at a French's Point Coastal Maine Wedding

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.

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Greta Tucker Photography: Maine Wedding Photographer Vendor Spotlight at a French's Point Coastal Maine Wedding

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Greta Tucker Photography: Maine Wedding Photographer Vendor Spotlight at a French's Point Coastal Maine Wedding

Greta Tucker Photography: Maine Wedding Photographer Vendor Spotlight at a French's Point Coastal Maine Wedding

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Owner Name: Greta Tucker

Business Name: Greta Tucker Photography

Address: 17 Graham Hill Rd #17

City/State/Zip: Westbrook

Phone: 207-294-2993

Email: [email protected]

Website: gretatuckerphoto.com

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

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

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: [email protected]

Website: www.deanssweets.com

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

Pinterest:

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

 

Black Ties and Tales

Elegant black tie seaside Maine wedding | Photo by Bethany and Dan

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

Sunny summer coastal French's Point wedding | Nadra Photography

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

Coastal Maine Wedding | Esra Y Photography

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

Coastal Fourth of July wedding inspiration from real French's Point Maine couple | Christy Murray Photography

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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10 Wedding Tips for a Fabulous Maine Wedding

Tips for a fabulous outdoor Maine wedding at French's Point, a coastal event venue in Midcoast Maine | Haven Photography

#1 Discuss Your Vision

Sit down with your sweetie before you begin planning and discuss your vision of the wedding weekend and prioritize the elements for your wedding together before you do ANYTHING else.

#2 Add a Line to Your RSVP Card

Include a line on your RSVP cards for guests to write in their chosen lodging location. This will provide valuable information when it comes time to set up shuttles and for delivery of welcome bags.

#3 48 Hours of Mindful Nutrition and Wellness

To be and feel your best on your wedding day, we cannot stress enough the importance of preparing in the 48 hours prior to the big day. Get a massage 48 hours prior to the wedding. This will allow time for the redness caused by increased circulation to dissipate, and the toxins to flush from your body. Get lots of sleep in the days leading into to your wedding weekend. Stay on your normal exercise schedule. It will help give you the energy you need to be on top of your game. Be mindful to drink lots of water and limit alcohol before the big day. Eat good quality forms of protein that will give you the balanced energy to sustain you throughout the day and night. Take the time to meditate or just spend a few moments alone soaking in the beauty and emotion of this experience. You will be so glad you did.

#4 Hire a Wedding Planner

Hire a wedding planner to assemble your wedding vendor team and manage all the details of your celebration to bring your vision of this event to life. They will help you create a weekend of meaningful experiences for your guests and allow you to be present to enjoy the event. I cannot stress the value and importance of this enough.

#5 Ask Yourself These Questions

Think about the kind of experience you want to create for your guests and consider this as you make choices about your celebration. Your wedding guests are those people you hold most near and dear, and those relationships you value above all others. Consider their comfort when you draft a timeline.

  • How long will they sit in the sun for the ceremony?
  • Can they hear you as you say your vows?
  • Is there a sound system to ensure this?
  • Are your guests safe?
  • Can your elderly grandparents comfortably walk to the ceremony site or do they need a golf cart ride to chauffer them around?
  • Is the food good, plentiful and memorable (guests remember food more than almost any thing at a wedding)?
  • Are beverages (alcoholic, non-alcoholic and above all else, water) readily available?
  • Are they waiting in long lines for drinks?
  • Are your tiny guests safe and occupied?
  • Did you provide a sitter so parents can relax a bit?
  • Did you provide some activities such as bubbles, air planes, balls or hula hoops to help get some of that post-ceremony wiggles out?
  • Is the music good?
  • Are your guests going to want to dance?
  • Will they be able to hear each other over the music comfortably?
  • Do guests have time to explore the area and see and feel the things that makes Maine and New England special to you?
  • Did you create a list of places to go and things to do for them to consider while here and post on your wedding app or website?
  • Did you allow down time and opportunity in your weekend to visit and relax with your guests?

#6 Create an Emergency Kit

Don’t forget your emergency kit.

#7 Pen a Love Letter

Take the time to pen a love letter to give to your intended before the ceremony. It will set the stage for an even more magical ceremony.

#8 Have a Bustler!

Make sure your wedding bustle is strong and someone knows how to do it beside you. You cannot successfully bustle your own dress while in it!

#9 Forgo the Veil?

If you choose to wear a veil for your ceremony at French’s Point, consider the breeze and keep the veil shorter than finger-tip length, or better still, forgo it all together.

#10 Consider your Shoes

You want to keep in mind you will be on your feet for a few hours. Those beautiful stilettos might look divine for the ceremony, but they will kill your feet and sink into the lawn making it challenging to walk for photos. Have a change of shoes at the ready like espadrilles or flats for photos and the reception. No one can really see your shoes under your dress, so better to be comfortable than suffer through the reception. Save your feet for dancing!

Featured image by Haven Photography.