Check In For Your Stay

Check In To Your Stay at French's Point - Coastal Maine Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental

If you are hosting a stay at French’s Point, we want you and your family to have a smooth arrival without surprises, know what to expect while you are here, and enjoy the property to the fullest extent. As the host of of a reservation at French’s Point, in preparation for your stay at French’s Point, there are a few things we want share with you before you arrive to ensure a wonderful experience:

  1. Please confirm your arrival time between 1:00-3:00pm with our office no later than 1 week prior to your arrival. Please do not be late for your check in appointment. We suggest that you arrive an hour or two before your guests so you can get unpacked and settled before you welcome the rest of your group. We will confirm with you before you arrive, who will be here to greet you that day from the property.
  2. A welcome area with a 2’x3’ bulletin board is provided at the entryway to both the Retreat House & Farm House to help guests find their rooms. A map of the 14-acre property & floor plans of the houses are posted near each of these boards. Signs will help direct guests to their rooms once inside the homes. We also suggest posting the weekend itinerary on the bulletin board & providing a copy in your guest’s room. You can send this to us in advance and we will happily post it for you before your arrival.
  3. Please complete the attached digital template room assignment list for both buildings no later than 1 week prior to your arrival and we will be sure these are posted on the bulletin boards. We will write the names of each suite’s occupants on chalkboard signs which hang on hooks on the outside of the suite doors. This will help them find their rooms.
  4. Your event planner is responsible for the details & events of the weekend. We will post their name & contact information on the bulletin board in the entryway of the Retreat House and the Farm House so that your family can contact them directly with questions.
  5. When you arrive, you will be given a key to the main entrance at the Retreat House and a key to keep doors from locking throughout the main and lower levels of the Retreat House. Your planner will also be given a set of these keys. We suggest unlocking the Retreat House doors in the morning and securing them after all guests are inside for the night. However, should your guests exit during the period of time that the doors are locked, they will not be able to reenter the Retreat House. For this reason, you can opt to forgo locking the Retreat House. We do not have security concerns that would require you to lock the doors at night. Main entrance keys are not required for the Farm House because we do not suggest locking that building at night.
  6. The catering kitchen located on the lower level of the Retreat House will be locked. When events are taking place, this area will be locked between the hours of midnight and 9am.
  7. Keys to each guest room will be in the keyhole upon check in. If an additional set of keys is needed for guest rooms, please contact our office during business hours.
  8. If you are providing welcome bags, boxes or baskets, you can deliver these to the suites upon arrival, prior to their check in.
  9. When you arrive, if you have items that need to go in the cooler, you can store them in the walk-in cooler just outside the tent hallway and recreation room on the west side lower level of the Retreat House. We suggest packing items to go in the cooler in a way that allowed for them to be the first unloaded from your vehicle. This cooler is accessible between the hours of 9am-4pm, or when you have events of more than 50 guests taking place. This cooler is locked at night. Please be sure to get provisions stored in this cooler when it is accessible. Please note that late September – mid May, we do not recommend storing flowers in this cooler because of cool night time temperatures.
  10. If you need to store event décor or other items, there is room to do so in the West stairwell hallway on the main floor. This area is not secure during the day. Store anything of value in your suite.
  11. If you have items to deliver to the tent, do so at check in so you do not have to move these items twice. Keep this in mind when you are packing. We suggest labeling bags and boxes by their event location and event name/date.
  12. If you would like to have items shipped to French’s Point for your stay, please ensure that they are received by our office no sooner than the Monday prior to your arrival date due to our limited storage. Please send tracking information to our office and advise us if you are expecting a package or mailing during your stay and by what means it is being sent. You can mail items to French’s Point 246 Hersey Retreat Road Stockton Springs, ME 04981 ATTN: Your Name. Please note that USPS, UPS and Fed Ex deliveries typically arrive between 2pm-5pm Monday-Saturday. Items delivered after our office closes will be delivered to you the next day.

We look forward to hosting your family and friends during this special time. Thank you for choosing French’s Point.

 

The Retreat House Suite 3: The Gay Bean Dion Suite

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

As we do almost every winter, this 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 have shared with you the details of the newly refurbished Top Level Apartment in the Retreat House, Suite 1 and Suite 2, both located on the second floor, in recent posts.  

The second level of the Retreat House now offers four newly renovated suites with en suite bathrooms and six total bedrooms on this floor. All of the rooms on the top, second level and main floor of the Retreat House have been dedicated to family members and dear friends that played a key role in our stewardship of this property. Suite 3- The Gay Bean Dion Suite is our largest suite with a massive ocean view deck with hammock, hammock chairs, cafe table and chairs to take in the views. The room also offers a sitting area and an en suite bathroom with tub/shower unit.   

When we first opened the Retreat House in 2006, I had connected with a childhood friend that had grown up here on the point with my father in the summer times. Her name is Gay Bean Dion. She became a very dear friend and worked very hard to help get the Retreat House up and running. My children know her as “Nanny Gay”. She just recently moved to Rhode Island to be closer to family and we miss her (and her cookies). I dedicated the room to her because she was such a good friend and like a mother to me in some ways. The views from this room really are remarkable, just like Gay. This room is special to me because I lived in it for a time with my wee little girl, Bailey. She learned to walk in this room. Her swinging cradle made by my father used to hang next to my bed and the breeze blowing in from the ocean rocked her to sleep on summer nights.   

We will share the details of the other Retreat House Suites  & enhancements in upcoming posts. We hope you love them as much as we do.  

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

Photography by Rachael Anderson

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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  • 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 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/

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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

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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.