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 char broiler/grille

(1) Exhaust hood & Ansel system

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

(1)Type K extinguisher near stove & char broiler/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 back up supply)

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

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The wash room area includes:

(1)Commercial dish washer

(1)Residential dish washer

(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.

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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

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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Vendor Spotlight: David Murray Weddings

French's Point 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 are 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 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 good bye 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
[email protected]
www.davidmurrayweddings.com
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Vendor Spotlight: Nadra Photography

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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!

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
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Vendor Spotlight: Emily Elizabeth Events

Maine wedding planner | Jamie Mercurio 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 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 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.

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Emily Hricko
Portland, ME
(207) 577-7456
[email protected]
emilyelizabethevents.com

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Vendor Spotlight: Hair That Moves

French's Point Vendor Spotlight: Hair That Moves | Michelle Turner 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 are the stuff of which dreams are made!

Lena Hartford from Hair That Moves is a very skilled traveling hair stylist. 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 hair stylist 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 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 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
[email protected]rthatmoves.com
www.hairthatmoves.com

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Vendor Spotlight: The Purple Orchid Event Planning

Coastal Maine wedding venue spotlights Maine wedding planner

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!

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 vendors 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 six 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
[email protected]
www.purpleoe.com
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Vendor Spotlight: Spring Smith Studios

Preferred Maine wedding photographer at coastal Maine wedding venue

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!

My wedding photographer friend, Spring Smith, of Spring Smith Studios has a special connection to French’s Point. Spring is a French’s Point bride! We were so blessed to host her wonderful family and friends as we celebrated her marriage to Silas. From the moment Spring reached out to me about her wedding, I felt a special connection to her. There is a unique quality that I can only describe as “heart” that gives her a special glow. What makes Spring even more wonderful is her ability to capture the authentic feeling of the most precious moments. That is why this past year, Spring came back to French’s Point and documented some very meaningful moments with my immediate and extended families. She was the very first person that came to my mind when I began thinking about who would photography these very special projects. I am so amazed by the outcome of her work! The images take my breath away each time I look at them. She captured our family beautifully but so very authentically too. In looking at Spring’s work, you can easily see her heart shining through. It is just magical. I am so proud to introduce you to my very special friend, Spring Smith.

How long have you been operating your business?

I started my business in 2009 when I moved back to my home state of Maine. I had been living in the south for a few years post collage and shot weddings with a studio in Texas from 2007-2009.

How would you describe your style?

I would describe my style as soft, romantic, honest and joyful. I do all I can to capture images that will both look and feel authentic to the day and the love that my couples share. I want couples to see themselves in their images not poses that I created for them. I create images that are beautiful and real not stiff, posed and awkward.

What lead you to photograph weddings?

I studied photography in college, but had you asked me if I was going to shoot weddings then I would have laughed. Weddings, as far as I could tell, were boring and stressful. When I started working for the photography studio in Texas I went to my first wedding and remembered crying the moment I saw the bride walk down the aisle. I was making sure to get a shot of the groom’s reaction and when a tear welled up in his eye seeing her walk towards him I just lost it. That whole day I was in awe of their love and their joy. Now, mind you, this wasn’t a fancy wedding and the reception was in the church function hall, but none of that mattered because these two were in love and it was BEAUTIFUL. That day I decided that documenting love and the start of couples’ forever was something that I had to do.

What is your favorite moment to photograph throughout the whole wedding day?

To pick a favorite moment is so hard. Sometimes it’s the toast because of the tears and smiles or the reactions to a funny story and the heartfelt love and congratulations being shared. Sometimes its the first look because it’s a moment when the bride and groom can take a deep breath and share a few moments that are just for the two of them (which is rare on a wedding day). Sometimes its the 10 minutes I get with a bride before the ceremony to take that iconic bridal portrait – where you can see the nerves, the joy, and the excitement all wrapped into one. Sometimes it’s the parent dances when I’m so thankful for auto-focus because I’m over here bawling my eyes out behind the camera as the bride’s dad sings along to “I loved her first.” There are so many moments on a wedding day that are favorites, I don’t think I could pick just one

Do you suggest having a second photographer for a French’s Point Wedding?

I think having a second shooter is one of the best choices a couple can make when it comes to a photography collection. Having two photographers allows one to be with the girls and one with the guys while every one is getting ready, it allows you to have one shooting cocktail hour getting lots of fun candids of your guests while the other is shooting your reception details. It gives you two sets of eyes on the whole day from catching the most important moments like the bride walking down the aisle with her dad but also being able to capture the groom’s reaction when he sees her for the first time. There are so many moving parts to a wedding day and having two photographers will always give you better coverage. Even at a venue like French’s Point where the whole day is at that one location, there are so many aspects to the day and to make sure you don’t miss any of those important images a second photographer is a worthwhile investment.

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

I find that 7-8 hours of coverage can truly give you everything you need at a French’s Point wedding. When everything happens on site, you’d be amazed how much coverage you get in 7-8 hours. If a couple wants to get a bunch of photos done ahead of the ceremony and plans a first look you might need a full 8 hours to make sure we have time for some getting ready photos, the first look, family and bridal party photos etc before the ceremony starts. If we are doing most if not all of the formals after the ceremony 7 hours often can work out just as well. I think the key to looking at how many hours of coverage you need is to look at your timeline and decide how you want your day to flow.

I always encourage couples to do as many of their reception formalities as possible early in the night. If you are introduced into your first dance, then do parent dances, then sit for dinner with toasts and then cut the cake just after dinner, by the time your dance floor opens up, the band or DJ only has to work to get everyone out on the dance floor once. When you clear the dance floor for a first dance or parent dance or cake cutting they the band or DJ has to work really hard to get everyone back out on the dance floor. It’s nice to get all the formalities done early for a few other reasons too:

You wont have your planner, coordinator, DJ, photographer or whoever coming up and tapping you on the shoulder reminding you that it’s time to do this or time to do that.

Once you get through those formalities you can kick back and have fun and not have to think about the timeline anymore!

Also don’t forget that you can’t hear the music in the photos.

When I first speak with them, it’s amazing how many couples say “goodness we are going to need 10-11 hours of photography coverage because our reception doesn’t end until 11pm.” Of course, if you have a big send-off planned, then yes you may want your coverage to extend to the end of the night. If you have a cake cutting after dinner and then one hour of open dance floor photos, I can promise you you’ll have plenty of fun and great dancing photos to enjoy.

What is your favorite day trip in Maine?

My favorite day trip in Maine is a really hard question. As I live more in the mountains then by the ocean I’d say a day trip to the coast is my favorite. I do love a walk in the woods along a lake or a day floating down the river, but honestly sitting on the rocks listening to the waves crash is my happy place. I’m a big fan of just heading to the coast, picking a town and wondering around and exploring. Finding little hole-in-the-wall restaurants or coffee shops and a cool little shop that sells some silly tourist gifts. I don’t need to go to a specific place or event to enjoy a day on the coast. I just need a few hours and some comfortable shoes to walk around and explore in.

Spring Smith
Spring Smith Studios
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Vendor Spotlight: Kim Doll Onsite Wedding Stylist

Onsite Maine wedding hairstylist

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!

Here at French’s Point, Kim Doll of Kim Doll Onsite Wedding Stylist is a “go-to” provider for beautiful hair design. Her skill for helping the ladies look their very best on special occasions is incredible. I picked Kim to style our hair for two recent family photo sessions. Kim arrived for both photo shoots with her beautiful smile, calming energy and awesome talent. First, she came for to style us for photos of my immediate family. She styled my hair in a way that integrated the head-piece I wore on my wedding day. It was so unexpected and very creative and beautiful. Kim and I chatted away as she styled my 8-year-old’s hair with a beautiful floral crown. She then styled my mother’s hair and then my grandmother’s, making us all look lovely and feel relaxed in her capable hands. She came again a few months later and styled a number of our extended family members and did a beautiful job. She kept us laughing and smiling the whole time!

It may seem like such a small detail, but feeling like you are in the care of someone who is invested in making you look and feel your very best, makes such an amazing difference on a special occasion. Kim’s clients love her:

When you put yourself in Kim Doll’s capable hands, the stress of the day seems to disappear. She’s a savvy articulate stylist who has the knack of getting to know her clients while developing a plan for their look. Kim has the uncanny ability to visualize what her next move is like no other artist I have ever worked with.
– Karen M. Benjamen-Lerman

I could not have said it better myself. Let me introduce you to my talented and skilled secret weapon, Kim Doll.

Jessika Brooks-Brewer, French’s Point Owner

How long have you been operating your business?

I have been operating Kim Doll Onsite Wedding Stylist for a little over 16 years. I’ve seen a lot of trends come and go, but what always remains the same is the excitement of the bride and family. My job affords me a behind-the-scenes look at these special occasions and the families that put them together. I feel incredibly fortunate to be part of their day. It’s a very different perspective than most other vendor because we have the ability to actually touch our clients.

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

My advice for brides would be to have your hair washed the day before. Realize that Maine weather is always changing, and that means having a realistic expectation for wind and rain. It’s beautiful to have long tresses cascading all around your beautiful dress, but the reality is that no matter how many pins, anchors, or hair products we use, there is a chance that the client is going to wind up with hair blowing all over the place. I really try to persuade brides to either pick something that can be anchored down, or a back up hairstyle that can be easily pinned up.

How long does it take to style hair for each client on wedding day?

On the wedding day, it usually takes me about 25 – 30 minutes per bridesmaid or mother, and 30 – 45 minutes for the bride. I work very fast and always have a list to keep me on task. Timeliness is absolutely necessary on the wedding day. I have an order, which usually ends with the bride, which allows us the most amount of time together for retouches.

Do you enjoy working on location?

I love the fact that I am able to work onsite; my tools of the trade are very portable. It also makes things far less chaotic for brides and their families, which, let’s face it, is part of the reason we are in this service industry.

Would you recommend always doing a trial run before the Big Day for the client, if so, how much does it cost?

A few things come to mind. First, make sure that a pre-bridal consultation has been scheduled!!!! It does not matter if it is two hours or two months before. This is a client’s opportunity to meet, ask questions, have some uninterrupted time with me to really get exactly what they want and expect on their special day. It is something that I require in order to book a wedding. It usually takes a couple hours, but I cannot say enough how important this time is. This is the best way to ensure realistic expectations for everyone.

The cost is $130.00. A 15-minute conversation with a nervous bride and mother can save a multitude of tears later. I’ve always worked this way. I’m usually fortunate enough to book my makeup trial at the same time. This is also a great way to coordinate schedules and personalities together.

Do you like to see a picture of the clients dress or attire, or hair piece, as well as hair idea images before the wedding day?

I ask clients to bring picture of their dresses, hairstyles, flowers, and anything else that inspires them. At the pre-bridal, I usually do 3 – 4 styles and then do something that maybe the client hasn’t even thought of.

What is your favorite day trip in Maine?

My favorite day trip in Maine is really anywhere at any beach. I’ve always summered in Maine and I’m still enamored with the beauty of the sea. We are so fortunate to live here.

Kim Doll
Kim Doll Onsite Wedding Stylist
www.kimberlydoll.com

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Vendor Spotlight: Sharyn Peavey Photography

The best Maine wedding photographers for your Maine wedding

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!

We are always thrilled to hear that Sharyn Peavey from Sharyn Peavey Photography is coming to French’s Point! We are blessed to feature her on our Preferred Vendor Directory and have the opportunity to collaborate with her on many celebrations at French’s Point. Her communication with our couples and our team from reservation to the final song is thorough and much appreciated; she is a true professional. Because Sharyn is familiar with our whole estate, she knows all the best spots with the best light for the most creative photos. The combination of her awareness of what is here, her 20 years of experience with her camera, and her talent, result in the most beautiful shots, Sharyn is always there at the right moments, capturing them in photos that couples treasure for a lifetime. Her creative energy and passion, which she lends to wedding day, is incredible. She is often a great match for French’s Point couples. If you inquire and she happens to be available, BOOK HER! We guarantee that you will not be disappointed.

How long have you been operating your wedding photography business?

I have been photographing professionally since 1995. In Maine, since 2002 when I transitioned my business from New York.

How would you describe your style?

I am a 90% photo journalistic photographer with an editorial flair. Unlike strict photojournalists I do get involved and direct periodically throughout the day. People need direction in posed portraits and I give that. I will first model what I want people to do and let them give it a try. Because of my years of visual arts college and dance training I know how important it is to be shown what to do. Being strictly photojournalistic would mean that I don’t create images, which I do as well as blend in behind the scenes and document. Both documentary and directive styles have a place on the wedding day!

What lead you to wedding photography?

I began shooting weddings while attending the Maryland Institute College of Art. I was working in the photo department and we would receive calls from Baltimore brides looking for an alternative to traditional photography. (What was available in the 90’s for wedding photography was almost horrendous). I was the only student willing to shoot weddings that came in. I liked the challenge and the drama of the day. It reminded of my Theater experience, like a performance you only get one chance. I was drawn to the elements of fashion and doing bridal portraits. I was also drawn to the world of family dynamics and emotion that each wedding held. I find people fascinating. This is how I got into the business of photographing weddings!

What is your favorite moment to photograph throughout the whole wedding day?

Oh gosh, this is a tough one because every wedding is so different. My favorite moment to photograph is the most emotional one! The last wedding I did my favorite moments were the bride dancing with her dad. He took such pride in dancing with her and both were tearing up, the whole room was, including me!

Do you suggest having a second shooter for a French’s Point Wedding?

I think it is always helpful to have a second shooter. Someone can be shooting candids while the other is focusing on portraits. Someone can be up in the balcony while the other is out on the lawn during the ceremony. Just a trip to the car, bathroom or main building from the tent one could miss a good candid moment! So to leave a photographer at the tent is a great idea. Is it necessary? No, but I do suggest it.

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

On average 8 hours is great coverage for a wedding day at French’s Point. With the ceremony scheduled at 4 p.m., coverage from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. is perfect for most weddings. With that said, some weddings do have more going on before the ceremony so that can be helpful. For instance if there is a first look with family photos scheduled before the ceremony, starting at 12 p.m. is best. Also rehearsal dinner coverage the night before is great at French’s Point!

What is your favorite day trip in Maine?

My favorite day trip this past summer was going to Thompson Lake in Casco Maine with my assistant Matt and my daughter. We would paddle board, swim and take the underwater housing out for great under water photographs. Sometimes we would go out and relax on his family’s pontoon boat – there’s nothing like a good getaway with friends and family on the water.

Please feel free to include more information you feel could be helpful for our clients better understand who you are.

I believe a smile in a photograph starts with a smile from the photographer! I have been told since I was teenager that I smile a lot. I think this helps people I photograph enjoy the process too!

Aside from shooting, an important aspect to how I approach weddings, is I can help plan out the day and the where and when of picture taking. Having years of experience shooting weddings I have seen many things that got overlooked, and I like to help avoid that when possible. Being a part of the wedding day planning not only will help the couple for the day-of but will aid in better pictures which carries on past the wedding day. The experience of the wedding day extends long after the tables are cleared and the guests go home. The wedding day lives each time a memory is recalled, like every time someone looks at their pictures on the internet, their iPhones, or wedding album. I want couples to remember how good they felt, not that they were starving, stressed, rushed, and thirsty because there was poor planning in when and how pictures were taken.

Sharyn Peavey
Sharyn Peavey Photography
43 Elmwood Road
Pownal, ME 04069
(207) 318-1829
www.sharynpeavey.com
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