Real Review: Recommend without Reservation

My husband and I got married here in July, and could not be more thankful we chose French’s Point. From the very beginning to end, the owners and staff were exceptionally professional, organized, and available for suggestions, questions, and concerns. Most importantly, they are genuinely kind-hearted people who don’t just run a business — they clearly find joy in serving their clients.

The venue itself is exactly as pictured — views are breathtaking, the property is beautifully maintained (by the entire family and is overall just… so peaceful.)

We rented both the Farm House & Retreat for the weekend and all our guests couldn’t stop raving about the accommodations, quality of service, and venue as a whole. We recommend it without reservation!

Vendor Spotlight: Greta Tucker Photography

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.

Owner Name: Greta Tucker

Business Name: Greta Tucker Photography

Address: 17 Graham Hill Rd #17

City/State/Zip: Westbrook

Phone: 207-294-2993

Email: gretatuckerphoto@gmail.com

Website: gretatuckerphoto.com

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

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

Vendor Spotlight: David Murray Weddings

French’s Point Estate is thrilled to continue our series of blog posts spotlighting amazing Maine wedding vendors that help to make weddings at our waterfront wedding venue not only successful but truly the embodiment of the experience our clients strive to craft for their family and friends. 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 French’s Point Estate is the stuff of which dreams are made!

David Murray Weddings holds a special place in my heart. I met David over 12 years ago now through some industry friends, Michelle Turner and Stacey Kane. He came to French’s Point the first time when he shot the wedding of my childhood friend Lauren’s beautiful June wedding day. I was beyond excited to have David here for that event. The photos from that day remain some of my favorite ever captured here at French’s Point. I again had the opportunity to spend some time with David when he partnered with Michelle, Stacey, Audra Welton to cover a wedding we hosted for Aron and Gita Gaudet in 2010.

David always seems to have a twinkle in his eye, a quiet smile on his handsome face, and he carries an indelible, subtle, quick wit. He puts his subject at ease with his light heart, disarming sense of humor and calming energy. The best way I can describe David’s relational effect on his couples is that of the big brother they never knew they had.

David prizes family above most everything and I think this makes him an ideal individual to capture such meaningful, defining moments. David has a strong connection to Maine and an appreciation for its landscape and light. New England was David’s childhood home, so he knows it well. He lived here in Maine for some time and travels back often. David now lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Linda, but he travels the world capturing wedding celebrations through his lens. His work is described as Fashionable Wedding Photography, served in a beautifully authentic way.

David is a Pulitzer Prize Finalist and one of the top 5 wedding photojournalists in the world according to International Wedding Photography Association. His wife Linda is a Correspondent for ABC News and CNN and has won a Peabody Award and an Emmy for her work in this field. With David behind the lens and Linda behind the scenes, they have found that the secret to their brilliant capture of emotion for these momentous life events is found at the intersection of life experiences and beauty within the wedding stories they capture and create.

Allow me to introduce my friend, David Murray.

How long have you been operating your business?

I have been a wedding photographer full time since 2003.

How would you describe your style?

I would describe myself as a storyteller who goes straight to the heart of the family legacy. I want to reach out in a way that not only is pleasing to my clients but for those who will come after them.

What lead you to be a wedding photographer?

After working in photojournalism for over 20 years, I was looking for a new way to express myself in image form. A neighbor asked if I shot weddings and it felt so natural to find the love and emotion that are part of each wedding day.

What is your favorite moment to photograph on wedding day?

I love finding moments that will universally speak to all about love and connection.

Do you suggest having a second shooter at a French’s Point wedding?

Having a second photographer allows for both members of the couple to be photographed from prep time to that time when we say goodbye to the couple at the end of the evening.

How many hours of coverage do you suggest for a French’s Point wedding?

For a normal day’s coverage, I think 8 to 9 hours would be good.

What is your favorite day trip in Maine?

My favorite trip is to a small island near Harpswell which is owned by my sister’s husband and brothers. I am most at peace there.

David Murray
David Murray Weddings
Kennebunkport, Maine/Atlanta, Georgia
(207) 229-0881
david@davidmurrayweddings.com
www.davidmurrayweddings.com
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Vendor Spotlight: Nadra Photography

French’s Point Estate is thrilled to continue our series of blog posts spotlighting amazing Maine wedding vendors that help to make weddings at our waterfront wedding venue not only successful but truly the embodiment of the experience our clients strive to craft for their family and friends. 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 French’s Point Estate is the stuff of which dreams are made!

Nadra Photography is a woman-owned wedding photography business that has been telling love stories through beautiful, sentiment-provoking imagery for nearly two decades. Owner, Nadra Edgerley, and Principal Photographer, Leigh Doran, set out to create family heirlooms to be prized by their subjects and future generations who love them. A few years ago, I spent what I recall as one of the most emotionally draining days I have experienced as a mother to date (I had three of my four children at the time). We had scheduled a family photo session with Nadra Photography, and it turned out to be cold, gray and pouring rain. That day, my kiddos were in quite a mood from being pent up due to the rain, and I was tired, overwhelmed and not in the right mind to put our best foot forward. The kindness, patience and resolve Leigh and Nadra offered our family that day will never be forgotten. It was humbling and miraculous to see. In spite of the odds, they gave us beautiful images of my family that we cherish to this day.

In the ensuing years since we have had the pleasure of working with Leigh numerous times here at French’s Point. I have come to know and love Leigh for the care with which she serves her couples. The love she has of the amazing wedding vendor community, her obvious appreciation for people of all kinds, and her uncanny ability to capture poignant moments that will be cherished for years and generations to come make Leigh a terrific partner for French’s Point weddings. She is a calming force and a steady hand on an emotionally-charged day. Her big, beautiful heart is what allows her to capture these precious moments on film. I am so pleased to introduce you to my friend Leigh of Nadra Photography.

How long has Nadra Photography been in business?

Nadra Photography was established by Nadra Edgerley in California in 1999. Nadra moved her business to Maine in 2006, and I became a principal wedding photographer with Nadra Photography in 2010.

How would you describe your style?

Real. Authentic. Truthful. Classic. We believe your wedding photography should stand the test of time, and we focus on creating sentimental imagery that will become the family heirloom of the next generation.

What lead you to photography weddings?

For me, weddings are more than just the love between two people; they are the coming together and the joining of two families. I love being able not just to witness this, but also to feel it right in front of me. You can’t help but react to the tremendous love and support coming from the friends and family of the couple. You see it an extra-long embrace, or in a shared laugh, and you hear it in their words when their voice cracks as they toast and celebrate the couple. Love is a universal human emotion we can all relate to, and when I photograph a wedding, I see my own family and my own close relationships, and I am reminded of how special that day was for me when I got married. I love being able to re-live that and capture those moments for others.

What is your favorite moment to photography on wedding day?

That answer has changed through the years as I have lived more of life! Since I became a mom almost three years ago, it’s totally changed how I see the parents on wedding day. I now understand on a whole new level what this day also means for them, and consequently, my favorite moments are with the parents on the wedding day — the moment they see their daughter for the first time in her dress or their son for the first time in his suit or tux and they can’t hold back the tears, or when they clutch each others’ hands during the ceremony as they listen to their children exchange vows, and in the evening at the parents’ dances when they hold on just a little tighter. Being a Mom of boys, the mother-son dance especially gets me going! Can’t help but feel all of the emotion Mom is feeling as her once baby that she held in her arms, is now a fully grown man, holding her in his arms.

Do you suggest having a second shooter if they are having a French’s Point Wedding?

Yes. We believe it takes two photographers to adequately cover an average wedding — from getting ready at the beginning of the day, to the ceremony and cocktail hour and later at the reception, my assistant photographer is always getting alternate angles. I always tell my assistant to surprise me — show me something I didn’t see, and they always do!

How many hours of coverage do you suggest for a French’s Point Wedding?

For an average wedding of 100-150 guests and all of the formalities, we can cover that in 8-9 hours. For larger events, or if you want to explore traveling to different locations with the couple and/or wedding party for portraits, then more is required.

What is your favorite day trip in Maine?

I have always loved Monhegan Island. It’s an adventure from the moment you start traveling there on the ferry or by boat. For someone like me who appreciates history, it is a rare opportunity to step back in time to another day and slow down the pace. Plus, it is a photographers’ sanctuary. You can’t help but be inspired and keep clicking the shutter when you see life in a new way.

Leigh Doran
Nadra Photography
9 Grapevine Lane
Scarborough, ME 04074
(207) 885-9300
www.nadraphotography.com
studio@nadraphotography.com

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Vendor Spotlight: Emily Elizabeth Events

French’s Point Estate is thrilled to continue our series of blog posts spotlighting amazing Maine wedding vendors that help to make weddings at our waterfront wedding venue not only successful but truly the embodiment of the experience our clients strive to craft for their family and friends. 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 French’s Point Estate are the stuff of which dreams are made!

Emily Hricko, from Emily Elizabeth Events, is a one-of-a-kind wedding planner. Her creativity and designers-eye make her the perfect planner for couples who want a unique and unexpected wedding. She describes her style as artful and sophisticated, which you can clearly see in the photos below. Not only is Emily immensely talented as a designer, she’s extremely organized and never seems to get flustered. Her calm and confidence will mean that you’ll be relaxed on the wedding day. You’ll get to enjoy all the hard work you’ve put into the collaborative process of planning your wedding with one of Maine’s most wonderful wedding planners!

How long have you been operating your business?

Emily Elizabeth Events has been planning and designing weddings and parties since 2012. What began as a part-time passion project and has grown into a full-time endeavor.

How would you describe your services?

I offer full planning and design for eight to ten weddings a year. I work very closely with my couples and it’s always a collaboration – each one a personalized and unique celebration of the two people getting married.

How would you describe your style?

My style is all understated elegance and simple beauty. I try to achieve the right balance between classic and unexpected in all of the events I produce. I appreciate sophistication with personality – elegance with a little whimsy or eclectic touches.

How would you describe your ideal client?

My ideal clients are people who enjoy the journey just as much as the destination. They’re thoughtful, sweet people who appreciate the good things in life.

What is your favorite moment on wedding day?

The dancing – seeing the couple happily enjoying the evening and each other, surrounded by all of their friends and family.

What’s your favorite day trip in Maine?

A day spent in the midcoast, with activities like the beach, shopping, art gallery meandering, window shopping, and cocktails or dinner at a local restaurant.

Emily Elizabeth Events
Emily Hricko
Portland, ME
(207) 577-7456
ehricko@gmail.com
emilyelizabethevents.com

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Vendor Spotlight: The Purple Orchid Event Planning

French’s Point Estate is thrilled to continue our series of blog posts spotlighting amazing Maine wedding vendors that help to make weddings at our waterfront wedding venue not only successful but truly the embodiment of the experience our clients strive to craft for their family and friends. 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 French’s Point Estate is the stuff of which dreams are made!

My friend Kristina, owner of The Purple Orchid Event Planning is a coordinator with an eye for logistics and details! She is the perfect fit for a couple seeking a wedding planner to relieve couples of the burden of managing the vendor’s team and details involved in a wedding in Maine. The Purple Orchid Event Planning specializes in tented, outside, and/or private property weddings that involve more moving parts (for example, tent, rentals, generators, etc) than a resort venue. Kristina’s experience in the hospitality industry has provided her with the skill sets and knowledge needed to ensure your guests have the experience you set out to create for your wedding. If you are planning a wedding in Maine and you want to have the event managed from start to finish so you and your honey can sit back and enjoy the day, you need to meet Kristina, from The Purple Orchid Event Planning.

How long have you been operating your business?

We are so excited (and ready) to be entering our sixth season of business. Prior to opening The Purple Orchid, I had an extensive background in all aspects of the hospitality world.

How would you describe your services (i.e. day of coordinator, full-service event planning, logistics management, event design, etc)?

The Purple Orchid, Event Planning is a full-service event planning company specializing in tented, outside, estate, barn and family-owned properties throughout Maine. Our services include day-of coordination, consultation and custom packaging for all our wedding clients. We strive to be one of Maine’s premier logistical planners and only design weddings for our full-service couples.

Describe your ideal client.

The Purple Orchid team loves to laugh, have fun and enjoy a team approach to event planning. Our ideal client is laid back in their personality but knows they deserve a well-planned and executed event. They work as hard in their world as we do.

What is your favorite moment on wedding day?

Great question! I still cry at ceremonies. When you can see, and feel, that unique love couples have for one another, it makes my heart happy. Having the opportunity to be a part of one of their most intimate days while being welcomed by the most important people in their lives – we are just so grateful and fortunate to be a part of that.

What’s your favorite trip in Maine?

There are so many little gems in Maine; undoubtedly, why people decide to get married here! The Purple Orchid is a based out of Mid-coast Maine because we love that area. Other favorites include hiking in Camden, wine tasting in Portland, skiing in Bethel, swimming in Sebago, camping in Belgrade and trying new restaurants along the way.

Kristina Slocum, Owner
The Purple Orchid, Event Planning
136 Maine Street
Brunswick, ME
207-615-4674
kristina@purpleoe.com
www.purpleoe.com
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