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