French’s Point Availability for 2020 & 2021

French’s Point 2019, 2020 & 2021 availability by the numbers…

There are 26 weekends May-October. We only host one celebration a weekend to allow each client and their guests ample time for memory-making. As a result, our calendar fills faster than venues that host multiple weddings a weekend.

2019

We are booked!

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2020

Prime Season

When our sail cloth tent is available, we have only April 25, May 9, May 23 & October 17, 2020 weekends remaining available!

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Winter Season

We do have November and December 2020 dates available for events with up to 125 guests

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2021

We are booking now & expect most prime dates to fill before the end of this summer!

Numbers don’t lie, the time to book is now!

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A Sweet Summer Wedding in June

French's Point June Summer Wedding

Carolyn & TJ

Saturday, June 10, 2017

As we begin to shift our focus to the year ahead and another wedding season of hosting beautiful milestone celebrations for our guests here at French’s Point, we can’t help but reminisce on some of the beautiful weekends and guests we hosted here on the shores of Penobscot Bay this past season.

The early-summer wedding of Carolyn and TJ remains a highlight of the summer for our tiny team. This elegant wedding included a guests list of kind, loving and thoughtful family and friends that traveled from near and far to celebrate with the happy couple.  The weather that day could not have been more blessed.

In short, it was the ideal summer day for a wedding; perfectly suited to this wonderful duo. Carolyn and TJ, with help from their wedding planner, Kristin, at Beehive Creative worked to ensure the details of the event came together seamlessly and with the help of Trillium Catering, guests were well fed, always had a drink in hand, and a smile on their face. I recall being struck by the laughter and revelry which floated on the breeze along with the sweet smell of beach rose.

“I recall being struck by the laughter and revelry which floated on the breeze along with the sweet smell of beach rose.” – Jessika Brooks-Brewer

We are excited to see what the future brings this wonderful couple and were beyond honored to host and serve them here at French’s Point where they got their start in life as a married couple.

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Ocean Seaside Maine June Summer WeddingCoastal Maine June Summer Wedding Oceanfront SunsetCarolyn & TJ’s Vendor Team:

  • Bar Services: Trillium Catering
  • Catering: Trillium Catering
  • Ceremony and Cocktail Music: Unknown
  • Ceremony Venue: French’s Point Waterfront Gazebo
  • Design and Styling: N/A
  • Dessert: Trillium Catering
  • Dinner and Dancing Entertainment: Double Platinum Celebrations
  • DJ: DJ Chris – Double Platinum Celebrations
  • Month of Coordinator: Beehive Creative
  • Favors: N/A
  • Fireworks: N/A
  • Floral Design: Broadturn Farm
  • Hair: Glow Salon – Kim
  • Makeup: Glow Salon – Katie
  • Officiant: Kat Logan – Friend of the Couple
  • Photo Booth: Maine to Boston Photo Booth Rental
  • Photography: Ramble Free Photo Co. – Hannah
  • Reception Venue: French’s Point Sailcloth Tent
  • Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals and  French’s Point
  • Transportation: Bo Mar Transportation and Field of Greens (Limo)
  • Videography: N/A

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Maine Summer Wedding

After a couple of the coldest days of the year, we thought it would be nice to see a Maine Summer Wedding!

From the videographer’s perspective:

And the photographer’s perspective from David Murray Weddings blog:

Photographers: Melissa and David
Reception: French’s Point
French’s Point Coordinator: Jessika Brooks
Ceremony: St.Thomas’ Episcopal Church, Camden
Flowers: Alda Stich
Gown: Vera Wang at Saks Jandel, Chevy Chase, MD
Mantilla: Lauren’s mother’s mantilla
Shoes: Blue Tux (love the Blue Tux motto: “good for more than a one night stand”)
Makeup: Joya Beauty, Joanne McDonough
Tuxedo: Calvin Klein
Programs: William Arthur
Cakes: Janice Strout
Band: Tony Boffa
Caterer: Black Tie Company

What a pleasure to spend this wedding weekend with Lauren and Damon and the hosts of this celebration, the wonderful Medleys, a family filled with southern charm and grace. The setting for this beautiful wedding is one of our favorite wedding venues in Maine, The Retreat at French’s Point. Lauren was beautiful in a Vera Wang wedding dress with the mantilla that her mother Pat wore at her own wedding on this very same weekend in June, forty years ago.




The silver bell, passed from Pat to Lauren, a Medley family wedding tradition:

Lauren and Damon had a great first dance song, Otis Redding’s “These Arms of Mine”:

From all of us at David Murray Weddings, thank you Lauren and Damon for having us document your wedding weekend.

A Brief History of Midcoast Maine: Hersey Retreat

To arrive at French’s Point, visitors turn off the busy coastal byway of Route 1 in Stockton Springs and onto Hersey Retreat Road.  While the property around it has evolved over the years, our street’s name remains a daily reminder of the estate’s historic roots.

In the late 1800s, Hersey Retreat served as a getaway for the Universalist Church of Bangor, drawing churchgoers with cool ocean breezes and promises of community-building and worship during the steamy summer months. The retreat was a lifelong ambition of its namesake, Samuel Freeman Hersey, a prominent banker, merchant and lumberman who earned a fortune investing in timber lands.

Hersey’s wasn’t always a blessed life, however, as he outlived two wives and his only daughter died in infancy, according to old newspaper accounts. A financial crisis known as the Panic of 1837 nearly wiped out the profits from his first business, but Hersey recovered and became a prominent member of the First Universalist Society of Bangor. Only illness and trips out of town kept him from faithfully attending church services.

Hersey taught young men in Sunday school, and sponsored boat and train trips for church youths. He saw the retreat as his legacy, and envisioned a secluded location where children from the parish and their families could enjoy the benefits of “rest, relaxation, and innocent recreation.” He wrote of the project, “This monument I wish to erect in the hearts of the pupils of the Sunday School, which I love so much.”

The retreat was more than just a place to kick back. Summer camps encouraged community building, with participants sharing their life goals and helping with meal preparation and clean up. One historic account tells of “blueberry camp,” where children picked blueberries along the shore while their parent’s enjoyed each other’s company.

The retreat suffered a terrible loss with an Independence Day fire in 1908, but the tragedy fortuitously brought renowned architect Wilfred E. Mansur to the property. Mansur designed a shingle-style estate cottage on the site, ushering in a new era for the point as a fashionable summer tourist destination.

Maine Wedding Fashion: Vendor Feature: Sandi McKeen

If you’ve heard of Sandi McKeen, you probably got word from a friend, loved one or acquaintance who appreciates couture fashion. If you haven’t, you’re about to be let in on one of the best-kept secrets in Maine’s wedding world.

Sandi has built a reputation over 20+ years as a skilled couturier with sophisticated yet uncomplicated designs, from gowns and suits to mother-of-the-bride fashions and one-of-a-kind accessories. “Simple elegance,” is how she describes her style. “I don’t get into a lot of beading and ruffling.”

Sandi, who lives just around the corner in Stockton Springs, outfitted our very own Jessika Brooks for her winter wedding in 2008. Jessika wore a long ivory cape over a strapless dress, augmented by a chocolate brown alpaca bolero jacket, while her bridesmaids donned cashmere capes and the men sported matching scarves. Sandi’s become known for her boleros, in no small part thanks to the striking marigold-yellow one she crafted for the high-profile wedding of Gita Pullapilly and Aron Gaudet, locally famous documentary film producers.

Sandi got her start at a downtown Bangor alterations shop, where she sewed and stitched designer clothing for custom fittings. “By taking things apart, I saw how they were put together,” she says. Sandi later started her own business, and to this day she remains in demand despite doing no advertising and lacking a website. “I never ever have,” Sandi says. “It’s all word of mouth that clients come to me.” Still, just recently a bride from San Francisco managed to track her down, and a short time ago Sandi finished a distinctive wool coat gown for a New York bride. “I’ve never been caught up. I guess that’s a sign that my work is good,” she says, chuckling. Just ask Karen Baldacci, the wife of former Maine Governor John Baldacci, who wore Sandi’s designs to both her husband’s inauguration and President Obama’s 2009 swearing in.

Right now, Sandi’s outfitting a local mother-of-the-bride who came home from shopping trips to Boston and New York empty handed. Sandi, lamenting today’s often dowdy and overly adorned MOB fashions, is making the proud mother a dark grey silk shantung dress trimmed with velvet.

You might think such a skilled seamstress would wear nothing but her own creations, but all the work for clients keeps Sandi too busy. She does have one off-the-rack favorite, however. “I have a love affair with Ralph Lauren,” she says.

Sandi also travels to French’s Point to steam wedding gowns for our brides onsite. She totes along her own equipment and expertly presses wrinkles out of delicate fabrics so brides are picture-perfect on the big day.

If you want Sandi to be part of your special day, here’s her much sought-after contact information. To get in touch with Sandi, call her at 207-567-3477 or email her at [email protected]

The gorgeous yellow bolero was made by Sandi McKeen Couture.

Photography by David Murray Weddings / Stacey Kane / Michelle Turner / Audra Photography /

Real Maine Wedding : Rewind

This wedding was from a few years ago and shows that you can have a great day no matter what the weather!

“Jen and Brad had the most amazing destination wedding in Maine at French’s Point.  Like so many other days this summer, the morning started out overcast and it gradually started to mist.  I wasn’t too worried, because after photographing Jen and Brad’s True Romance shoot on Wednesday (read one post down to see the pics from our day in Acadia) I knew that they would roll with the punches.  It was still misting right before the ceremony started, but Jen and Brad decided to go ahead with the outdoor ceremony anyway.  I have to admit that I was totally excited by the prospect of having the ceremony outside- I love ceremonies with interesting weather.  I think that it makes for fabulous pics!  The ceremony started, and as Jen walked down the aisle it started to pour- she and her dad started laughing, and the ceremony proceeded.  Everyone had umbrellas, and the guests were such good sports- everyone was smiling and laughing- this is certainly a wedding that they will never forget!  After the ceremony, we headed to the beach in the rain- Jen and Brad were up for anything, which I love in a wedding couple!  And of course, the reception was absolutely gorgeous- the French’s Point is one of my favorite venues in Maine!   Congratulations, guys!  I had a blast!”  Maine Wedding Photographer Michelle Turner

Maine Wedding Summer Itinerary

The balmy months between June and September showcase some of the best Maine has to offer: refreshing ocean breezes, long sunny days stretching into mild nights, meals of fresh seafood on outdoor patios, we could go on and on.
With so much to see and do, itineraries for summer weddings here at French’s Point are as varied as the brides and grooms themselves. But here’s one suggestion for planning a three-day event — follow the schedule in full, in part or just let it inspire your vision for a warm-weather wedding.

DAY ONE

8 a.m.-2 p.m.  Guests arrive & check in at area accommodations.  The bridal party embarks on a custom charter ride aboard the Miss Nina Schooner around the waters of Penobscot Bay.
4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Ceremony rehearsal for the bridal party.
6 p.m.-8 p.m. The rehearsal dinner, a traditional New England lobster bake on our waterfront terraces.

DAY TWO

8 a.m.-2 p.m. An excursion to Bar Harbor for private carriage rides along the historic carriage trails of Acadia National Park, the lasting legacy of John D. Rockefeller. Break for a visit to the Jordan Pond House for tea and popovers or a lunch of seafood chowder on the lawn.

2:30 p.m. The bridal party returns to French’s Point for hair and makeup preparation.
4 p.m. Guests arrive by luxury coach.
4:30 p.m. Ceremony commences at the waterfront gazebo.
5 p.m. Guests enjoy a cocktail hour and the music of a spring quartet on the front terrace.
6 p.m. Reception on the lawn under an outdoor tent. Dinner kicks off with chilled blueberry soup and a salad of sliced strawberries with cashew-crusted chevre medallions, followed by an entrée course of herb-encrusted halibut served with a sweet pea and mint risotto.
7:30 p.m. Cake cutting, followed by the first dance and open dancing.
10 p.m. A sparkler send-off for the bride and groom. Guests depart by luxury coach.

DAY THREE

10 a.m.-noon A farewell brunch at Beach Rose Farm.