March 02 • 2015
Though chance of rain loomed large upon the horizon on Tess & James’ wedding day, the couple’s sunny disposition won out, and the weather obligingly turned pristine. This beautiful outdoor ceremony took place at the coastal French’s Point estate in Stockton Springs, Maine.
French’s Point served as both a home state wedding venue for Tess, who is from northern Maine, as well as a knockout destination venue for James’ family, who calls England home. Not only do Tess and James herald from entirely different continents, but they met on a third while Tess was singing in Hong Kong! The couple decided to have a travel themed wedding in honor of how they met, their international guest list, and the fact that both Tess and James travel for work (Tess is a singer and James a pilot).
Christina Grimsley, the couple’s event coordinator, recalls how much she liked the flow of the event. “We were able to unfold one event at a time, keeping the guests and the couple themselves looking forward to what was next! The ceremony was held at the gazebo, with cocktail hour following on the terrace. Guests were then invited inside the estate for an underworld sea-life experience. After dinner guests danced the night away in our sailcloth tent to the Larry Williams Band.”
Christina’s comment highlights one of French’s Point’s best features: the ability of the estate to offer multiple spaces for a single event, making it possible to have every part of your wedding at the venue without it ever feeling old or crowded. This is partly due to the fact that the venue rents out the entire estate to a single event at a time, meaning that guests can have the run of the entire complex, which includes not only a gorgeous multi-story estate house complete with a wood-paneled ballroom and granite-tiled bathrooms, but also the ability to freely explore the grounds of the estate, which are replete with little hideaways like rows of Adirondack chairs overlooking Maine’s rocky coast and a secluded rope-swing. From May-Oct, French’s Point also offers a luxurious tent that can fit up to 300 guests, has poured concrete floors that mimic the texture and color of wood (so they’re both beautiful and perfectly level for dancing!) and has a built-in area for caterers. The perfect combination of elegant form and function!
As you can see from the pictures below, Tess & James took full advantage of this stunning Maine venue, utilizing all parts of the estate while filling it to the brim with love and laughter, as well as Tess’ gorgeous jazz singing when she serenaded her new husband!
Congratulations to Tess & James, and a huge thank you to Cuppa Photography for sharing these swoon-worthy photos with us and to Ready Set Film for their fabulous video, which can be seen directly below!
Venue: French’s Point
Event Cooridnator: Christina Grimsley, French’s Point
Hair & Makeup: Jessica Candage
Transportation: Cyr Bus Line
Officiate: Family Friend
Ceremony, Cocktail, Dinner & Dancing Entertainment: Larry Williams Band
Flowers: Chapel Hill Floral
Designer: Brett McCormack
Dessert: Nothing Bakes Like A Parrott
Photographer: Cuppa Photography
Videography: Ready Set Film
Venue: French’s Point