What to Pack for a Destination Maine Wedding

What to Pack for your Maine Wedding | Photo by Rebecca Arthurs Photography

If you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute.

There’s an old saying in Maine, if you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute. The weather here in coastal Maine can range from tank tops to sweater weather in a matter of a few hours. This unpredictable weather makes packing for a wedding in Maine tricky. You’ll need to plan for warm summer days and cool coastal evenings, when the sun goes down. Here are our suggestions for making your trip here a comfortable one. Take a look at this packing list to ensure sure you’re prepared for any kind of New England weather.

Maine Wedding Weekend Packing List

  • Sun Protection – Outdoor receptions on the ocean in Maine are beautiful, but the sun’s reflection off the water can do a number on your skin and eyes, so be sure to pack hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, and long sleeves. Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to get a sunburn on a cloudy day, so remember to wear sunglasses and sunscreen every day while you’re here. If you plan on being outside, especially during peak exposure hours between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., be sure to don the proper attire. The weekend itinerary will likely involve outdoor activities all weekend and so it’s best to be prepared!
  • Appropriate Clothing – The coast of Maine offers a wide variety of things to do, from hiking in Acadia, sailing on Penobscot Bay, to lazy days at the beach. It’s important to come prepared with the proper attire for days spent exploring and evenings spent enjoying dinner and cocktails with your loved ones. Be sure to pack sneakers, hiking boots, windbreakers and beach gear for the daytime adventures. Of course, you’ll want to pack appropriate attire for the more formal wedding events like the rehearsal dinner and wedding day. Regardless of the dress code at the wedding you’re attending, guys should pack a sport coat or sweater and ladies should bring a light coat or wrap in case there is a chill.
  • Appropriate Footwear – Here at French’s Point we have so many outdoor ammenities: beautiful oceanfront lawn, a gravel bluff walk, a rocky beach path, along with our cobblestone terrace and grassy lawn by the wedding gazebo. You’ll want to bring along appropriate footwear to navigate all of these diverse surfaces.
  • Camera, Go-Pro, Art Supplies, Journal – Whatever your go-tos for preserving memories, be sure to bring them along. Maine offers some of the best natural beauty on the East Coast and your weekend of events is going to create everlasting memories, be ready to capture them!
  • Map/GPS – From secret beaches, to amazing views, to quaint restaurants, you will be surprised at what you will find when you aren’t looking. Maine is a great place to get lost. So bring your map and GPS, but be willing to toss is aside at some point during your visit. If you have time during your vacation, get out and explore Maine!
  • Bike, Kayak/Canoe, Golf Clubs – With hundreds of parks, trails, lakes, courses and miles of coastline, there is plenty to do and see here in Maine. Bring along any of the recreational equipment you use to enjoy the outdoors. If you’re able, add a few days onto the beginning or the end of your visit, so you have plenty of time to experience all Maine has to offer. It’s not often that you get to visit Vacationland, be sure to make the most of it!

We look forward to hosting you here at French’s Point. Give us a call to schedule your tour of our estate.

Featured photo by Rebecca Arthurs Photography.

Fabulous Fall French’s Point Waterfront Wedding

Real French's Point oceanfront Maine wedding | Chris Bennett Photography

We had the honor of hosting the beautiful and memorable fall wedding celebration of Natalya and Christian here at French’s Point. It’s hard to believe it only took them six months to plan their destination wedding weekend filled with fun activities, interesting dialog, delicious food and refreshing drinks for just over 100 of their closest friends and family members! They embraced the autumn weather by having their ceremony at the waterfront gazebo followed by a romantic photo session on the private beach. As the late afternoon sun streamed in, the lovebirds and their guests enjoyed their wedding reception in our elegant waterview ballroom. With the help of Wedding Planner Kristina Slocum, from Purple Orchid Events, and the incredible vendor team they assembled, every detail of the weekend unfolded just as they envisioned it would. We’re delighted they chose French’s Point as the backdrop for their destination Maine wedding!

Catering and Bar Services: Bar Harbor Catering Company
Ceremony and Cocktail Music: The Waiters
Ceremony Venue: French’s Point
Design and Styling: n/a
Dessert: Whole Foods
Dinner and Dancing Entertainment: The Waiters
DJ: n/a
Event Planner: The Purple Orchid
Favors: n/a
Fireworks: n/a
Floral Design: Broadturn Farm
Hair: Aphrodite Salon
Helicopter: Owned by couple
Makeup: Bridal Beauties
Officiant: Friend
Photo Booth: n/a
Photography: Chris Bennett Photography
Reception Venue: French’s Point
Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Young’s Lobster Pound
Rentals: Wallace Events
Transportation: n/a
Videography: n/a

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Timeless French’s Point Waterfront Wedding

Coastal Maine wedding at French's Point | Sidney Bensimon Photography

When a couple in the restaurant industry in New York City decides to wed in Maine, amazing things can happen. And that is just what transpired for Amanda’s and Dennis’s Midcoast Maine wedding here at French’s Point. Because of their passion for food, these two wanted to create a special dining experience for their guests. In order to share the very best of what Maine has to offer, they enlisted the help of NYC chef Danny Newberg to cater their wedding. Chef Danny traveled to Maine a week before the wedding to work with a local forager to get the freshest fish, produce, and local ingredients for every part of the wedding meal. Chef Danny worked with the exceptional team at Stone Cove Catering who provided support for service staff, bar, and rentals. The meal was certainly a highlight of the beautiful day, for all 80 lucky guests. Amanda worked with One & Supp to create a dreamy design for their ceremony on the waterfront lawn and for their bright and comfortable reception inside the sailcloth tent. At the end of the reception, guests boarded a bus and took the celebration back to the Lincolnville Motel, where I am certain they celebrated until the wee hours of dawn like only folks from New York can do!

Bar & Catering Service: Stone Cove Catering
Ceremony Officiate: Elliot Walker, friend
Cuisine: Chef Danny Newberg
Dessert: Let Them Eat Cake Bakery
Dinner & Dancing Entertainment: DJ Dmitri Bartlett
Event Planner: Jessika Brooks-Brewer, French’s Point
Floral & Design: One & Supp
Hair & Makeup Services:  N/A
Lodging: Glenmoore By The Sea, Lincolnville Motel and Inn at Ocean’s Edge
Photography: Sidney Bensimon
Rentals/Linens: Wallace Events (organized by Stone Cove Catering)
Stationery/Invitations: Elliott Walker, friend
Transportation: Northeast Charter & Tour Co.
Videography: N/A

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Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

Happy St. Patrick's Day from French's Point | Photo by Irene Davila

March 17 is a widely celebrated holiday honoring Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. History speaks of his travels across Ireland, establishing monasteries and schools, and legends speak of a curse he placed on all venomous snakes in Ireland, forcing them to drown in the ocean.

After his death on March 17, AD 461, the day became a Catholic holiday, St. Patrick’s Day. It has since become a holiday celebrated all over the world, by not only the Irish, but those who wish to be Irish for the day, donning Shamrocks and the color green.

What better way to celebrate the Irish holiday than with a feast of corned beef and cabbage! Check out this recipe from an French’s Point preferred vendor, Eileen Bartlett of Creative Catering and bring a bit of Irish to your dinner table!

Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

From the kitchen of Eileen Bartlett at Creative Catering

Ingredients you will need:

  • One 3-4 -pound corned beef brisket (uncooked), in brine water to cover the brisket
  • A couple of bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons black peppercorns sprinkling of allspice
  • 2 whole cloves
  • Large head green cabbage (about 2 pounds), cut into thick wedges
  • Whole peeled carrots
  • New potatoes (I prefer whole smaller red ones, but you can also peel regular potatoes
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Steps to follow:

  1. Place the corned beef in a large Dutch oven with a tight-fitting lid; add the water, bay leaves, peppercorns, allspice, and cloves.
  2. Bring to a boil, uncovered, and skim off any scum that rises to the surface.
  3. Cover and transfer pan to the oven, and braise until very tender, about 3 hours and 45 minutes.
  4. Transfer the corned beef to a cutting board and cover tightly with foil to keep warm.
  5. Add the cabbage, carrots and potatoes to the cooking liquid and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. I always put the cabbage on top, because I like to keep it a little under cooked.
  6. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cabbage to a large platter. Slice the corned beef across the grain of the meat into thin slices. Lay the slices over the cabbage and surround it with the potatoes.
  7. Ladle some of the hot cooking liquid over the corned beef and season with pepper.
  8. Serve immediately with mustard or horseradish sauce.

Enjoy! From all of us at French’s Point: Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Featured photo courtesy of Unsplash by Irene Dávila

Best Coastal Maine Wedding Venue 2017

best all around coastal Maine wedding venue and best coastal Maine wedding venue for large weddings

We have some great news to share! We have earned two great honors from the folks from the wedding blog Borrowed & Blue (Maine). We won “Best All-around Wedding Venue” and also “Best Venue for Large Weddings!” We are in the very best of company, check out the other winners!

The Best of B&B 2017 award is the equivalent of a Michelin star in the wedding world: it identifies only the most talented, well-respected vendors in all of Coastal Maine.

The winners were chosen by Maine Wedding Vendors, our beloved peers. I could not be more touched. Congratulations to all the Borrowed & Blue award winners here in Maine. If you were not already aware, Maine is blessed with a vibrant, talented, hard-working, dedicated community of professional vendors who help us make dreams come true, every single weekend.

Real Review: Gorgeous Location, Excellent Service

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The first thing you notice when you arrive at French’s Point is the ocean. The views are breathtakingly beautiful, especially on a sunny day. Once you have taken in your natural surrounding you start to notice the beauty of everything else. The landscaping at French’s Point is immaculate. Over the course of my engagement I visited French’s Point several times during three of the four seasons. Each time I visited the seasonal flower variety only added to the natural beauty of the location.

Overall, the venue was gorgeous and the service was excellent.

The interior of French’s Point is almost as beautiful as the outside. The large windows allow guests access to the view while enjoying dinner and dancing. We had 150 guests at our September wedding, which was a perfect fit for this location. All of our guests comfortably fit into the dinner room and left plenty of room for dancing and visiting in the other rooms. Because the weather cooperated we were able to enjoy a cocktail hour on the patio. An additional bar was set-up outside for the cocktail hour to better serve the guests.

This is the best location and venue I have ever seen for a wedding!

We have received and continue to receive raving reviews about the French’s Point venue, including a friend’s mother saying “my son is definitely getting married here.” My grandfather, who is not quick to give out compliments, said “this is the best location and venue I have ever seen for a wedding.”

We were able to have our hair and makeup done onsite while enjoying the beautiful views and the ocean breeze.

The bridal suite upstairs was the perfect place for me and my bridal party to get ready. We were able to have our hair and makeup done onsite while enjoying the beautiful views and the ocean breeze. The service while we were getting ready was also excellent. There was always someone checking in to see if how everything was going and if we needed anything.

Jessika, the owner of French’s Point, was also a pleasure to work with. She is very professional. The French’s Point website also offers a wealth of knowledge on local vendors and things to do while in the area. I referenced and referred it constantly during the wedding planning process. Overall, the venue was gorgeous and the service was excellent.

-Annie G.

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The Beautifully Relaxed Wedding of Emily and Zach

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We loved teaming up with Adrienne Horty of Refinery Events for Emily and Zach’s waterfront celebration here at French’s Point this past summer! Adrienne is known for her level-headed, calm demeanor and she exhibited just that on wedding day! The only way to describe the wedding is “beautifully relaxed.” The weather was great which was ideal because they had an eight-minute fireworks show near the end of the event. The fireworks were so dramatic and fun and they definitely kept the excitement going right until the end of the celebration!

Bar Services: Downeast Bartending
Catering: Creative Catering
Ceremony Entertainment: Affordable Elegance
Cocktail, Dinner and Dancing Entertainment: Wavelength Band
Day of Coordinator: Refinery Events
Dessert: Let Them Eat Cake
Fireworks: Central Maine Pyrotechnics
Floral Design: Floret Flowers
Hair Services: Kimberly Doll
Makeup Services: From This Day Forward
Officiant and Bagpipes: Captain Ken Barnes
Photography: Eager Eye Photography
Rentals and Tent: French’s Point and Wallace Events
Transportation: Cyr Bus Lines
Venue: French’s Point
Videography: Insight Video

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Real Review: Wedding Weekend Bliss

“We could not be happier with our decision to host both our wedding and reception at French’s Point! They were there every step of the way, answering questions, providing guidance, and soothing nerves.

You will find no finer people and no finer location.

Being able to stay in their farmhouse and spend time with our family and friends prior to the wedding was the icing on the cake to an absolutely beautiful ceremony and reception. It was the first and BEST decision we made in our wedding planning process.”

-Emily

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The Ultimate Private, Secluded, Romantic, Waterfront Venue

The ultimate private, secluded, romantic waterfront Maine venue! Michelle Turner Photography

When Marc and I set about finding a location for our wedding ceremony and reception we knew we wanted waterfront and we wanted to be in Maine, preferably not far from where we live, which is on Mount Desert Island. One of my bridesmaids recommended we tour French’s Point. So we called and they gave us the bridal suite for a night! We didn’t know what to expect, and when you drive up to the Estate we were filled with anticipation. The Point is breathtaking. It is a family run business and Jessika’s mother is in charge of the gardening. The grounds are lovingly cared for by her. On our actual wedding day it was the summer solstice and the lilacs and wild roses were in flower. As soon as you walked onto the property the air was filled with their perfume. It is a scent that will always take me back to our wedding day.

It is Jessika and her trusty team that make this place special and stand out from the rest.

Marc and I rented Beach Rose farm, and we had all our immediate family and wedding party stay there. This was the perfect choice for us as we run a vacation rental business. So it just made sense for us to rent the farm, and other cottages on the point. We wanted people to feel like it was a wedding within a holiday, and it was great to have everyone enjoy their trip to Maine without rushing.

There is not one area that makes French’s Point special, every part is given the same thought and care. There are several fire pits, grills, gorgeous overlooks over the water, swings etc. And they keep improving. We planned our wedding for two years and in that time, they made many improvements and renovations, adding a new sail cloth tent, renovating rooms at the farm, adding gardens, etc. However, above all, it is Jessika and her trusty team that make this place special and stand out from the rest.

They are calming and sensitive to every need and know how to keep the day on track.

After planning a wedding I know how stressful it can be, and how important it is to have a good relationship with your vendors. The most frustrating thing can be is not hearing back from someone promptly. I never had this problem with French’s Point. Everyone listens and gives great advice. And on the day they are calming and sensitive to every need and know how to keep the day on track. I can’t say enough good things about the French’s Point family. If you are dithering between here and somewhere else, look no further. You have found the ultimate private, secluded, romantic spot on earth.

-Victoria

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Featured photo by Michelle Turner Photography.

The Beautiful Day When Kathryn Married Anthony

The beautiful fall day when Kathryn married Anthony | Sharyn Peavey Photography

Kathryn and Anthony wanted their wedding celebration to last all weekend long when they decided on French’s Point, and they certainly made sure it did! With an intimate lobster bake on Friday night with their closest friends and family, they kicked off the wedding weekend. Saturday afternoon was a backyard party with all of their guests enjoying each other’s company playing lawn games, having cocktails and eating BBQ outside on the lawn and cocktail terrace. They said their “I do’s” under a perfectly blue Maine sky on Sunday, and guests danced the night away with Groove Alliance under the sailcloth tent, taking breaks to enjoy the fire pit and s’mores just steps away. All in all, the perfect Maine wedding weekend!

-Erin Ripley, French’s Point

Event Planner: Erin Ripley, French’s Point
Wedding Ceremony Venue: French’s Point
Makeup and Hair Service: Kate Emmerich
Transportation: Country Coach Charters
Officiant: Dr. Susan Corso 
Wedding Reception Venue: French’s Point 
Cocktail Hour Entertainment: Groove Alliance
Photographer: Sharyn Peavey Photography
Floral Design: Broadturn Farm
Dinner and Dancing Entertainment: Groove Alliance
Wedding Catering and Dessert: Trillium Caterers
Rehearsal Dinner: Trillium Caterers
Welcome Cocktail Reception Catering: Have Chef Will Travel
Welcome Cocktail Reception Bar Service: Doug Forrester

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