Retreat House Catering Kitchen

Our 1,200 sq. ft. catering kitchen is located on the lower level of the Retreat House and is available to licensed and insured caterers approved by our office for meal preparation for events and cooking classes. Use of the kitchen and equipment is offered at no additional cost.

Available Equipment

The preparation area of the kitchen includes:

(1)8 burner gas stove with double convection ovens

(1)36″ propane charbroiler/grille

(1) Exhaust hood & Ansel system

(2) Standard fire extinguishers (located near exit & near prep area)

(1)Type K extinguisher near stove & charbroiler/grille

(1)Kitchen dedicated 8′ x 10′ walk-in cooler with storage shelves

(1)Rolling ice bin with granite cutting board

(1)Proofer/Warmer (electric, full size 120 volt; holds sheet pans)

(1)Upright freezer

(1) Upright refrigerator

(2) Electric steam tables

(8)Stainless steel work tables

(2)Pre-lined 20-gallon trash cans

(1) Food prep sink

(2) Speed racks for sheet pans

(1)500lb. Ice machine (This unit cannot provide sufficient ice quantity for the demands of an event, but is available to the caterer as a backup supply)

(100)Place settings in the butlers’ pantry of dinnerware, silverware, glassware and napkins

The washroom area includes:

(1)Commercial dishwasher

(1)Residential dishwasher

(1)3 well pot sink

(3)Drying racks

(1)Mop sink

(1)Trash can

Note: French’s Point does not offer towels or small wares of any kind. Please bring or rent all implements required for service.

Catering Kitchen Regulations

For your safety, if you choose to host an event, guests are not permitted in the commercial kitchen. Fryolators are not permitted for use inside at any time. Before the end of the rental term, the kitchen must be returned to its original condition, cleaned before departure and trash & recycling removed to the dumpster area on the west side of the property.

A Sweet Summer Wedding in June

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.

Carolyn & 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

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: Hair That Moves

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!

Lena Hartford from Hair That Moves is a very skilled traveling hairstylist. I had the privilege of working with Lena for both the rehearsal dinner and wedding day for my own wedding. The morning of my wedding, she styled my bridal party, mother and grandmothers; it was a busy day. There were so many of us and Lena did a beautiful job with each style she provided. Lena has a wonderful calming energy, and because we had a trial in advance, my hair was exactly what I envisioned for my wedding day. What more could a bride want? Her years of experience and skill make her an incredible member of any wedding vendor team. If you are still seeking a hairstylist who will travel to your location for your wedding, consider my friend Lena.

How long have you been operating your business?

It will be 23 years in April 2017.

How long does it take per client on their wedding day to do their hair?

It takes about 30 minutes for bridesmaids and other attendants. I like to schedule an hour with the bride.

Would you recommend always doing a trial run before the wedding day for the client? How much does it cost?

Well yes, I do recommend having a hair trial, and the cost is included in my fee. Sometimes, with out-of-town brides, I don’t get to see them for a trial before the wedding. That happens often but it’s not a problem, we make it work.

What would be your most sage advice for a client having an outdoor wedding in Maine?

I always recommend people chose their hairstyle knowing the weather could be less than ideal. I often recommend a Plan A and a Plan B. The Plan B would still be gorgeous and something they love, but it might be a style like an up-do that’s more secure and has more longevity than the Plan A style.

Do you like to see a picture of the client’s attire or hairpiece before the hair trial? Is it ok for clients to send you photos of hairstyles they like?

Yes, I love pictures. This is a visual craft and seeing everything helps me to get an understanding of the feel for the wedding and the look the bride is trying to achieve. In most cases discussing these photos with a bride helps her solidify the look that she is trying to achieve – teamwork!

Do you enjoy working on location?

Of course, I love it!

What is your favorite day trip in Maine?

I would say York. My family and I love the beaches and exploring, but there are not many places in Maine that I don’t love!

Lena Hartford
Hair that Moves
24 Gahan Lane
Berwick, Me 03901
(603) 682-4465
lena@hairthatmoves.com
www.hairthatmoves.com

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