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Island Pond Event Center, located on the same property as Fernwood Cove summer camp, is a wedding venue located in Harrison, Maine. Boasting 300 acres along the shores of Island Pond, this romantic destination is an ideal setting for your special day. If you’ve been searching for that blend of woods, wildlife, and idyllic hideaway, you’ve come to the right place.

Facilities and Capacity

The natural surroundings and rustic charm of Island Pond will delight you and up to 200 guests. Their event spaces are flexible, offering you and your partner the chance to make this occasion truly your own. On-site accommodation can house all 200 of your loved ones, so no one will have far to go when the evening comes. Island Pond’s impressive auditorium-style dining area lets guests break bread beneath vaulted exposed beams beside a romantic stone fireplace. Bench-style seating brings people closer together, while the personalized menu ensures your dear ones can enjoy all your favorites.

Services Offered

The catering team offers options including a New England lobster bake, a backyard barbecue buffet, or an Italian plated dinner sure to delight your guests. The team can provide day-of guidance for your vendors as they arrive to help keep the events on schedule. You and your partner can prepare for the ceremony and reception in on-site dressing rooms while your loved ones explore over 12 miles of woodland trails. While Island Pond is certainly a romantic retreat, you’ll still have easy access to electrical equipment like microphones and sound systems. Ample parking and wheelchair accessibility streamline arrival and departure. Once you get a breath of this mountain air, you and your guests simply won’t want to leave Island Pond.

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100% Recommended by couples
Molly S. Sent on 09/21/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Best Wedding EVER

As the bride and groom, we are obviously biased, but we had dozens of guests seek us out throughout the weekend to say this was the best wedding they had ever been to. Fernwood Cove is absolutely gorgeous. We visited three times prior to our big day, and each time it was more beautiful than the last. Being at this youth camp during the offseason felt secluded, intimate, and amazingly nostalgic for so many of our guests. Almost all of our 110 guests stayed onsite for the weekend and bunked with family and friends many hadn't seen in years. It was a chance for adults to feel like kids again, and for kids to run and play until they dropped. Having a couple days meant we could all spend more quality time together, rather than just brief conversations over a few hours. Driving up to the camp took so many by surprise. I think some of our not-so-outdoorsy guests thought they'd be roughing it for a couple days, but when you first catch a glimpse of the property after turning down the dirt road, it's clear Fernwood is a truly special place. The grounds are beautifully kept, the pond is clear, the woods that surround the property offer privacy. To wrap that part up - it's beautiful. In fact, we didn't even decorate outside of our dining table place settings.

Secondly, the food Chef Keith and his team prepared was nothing short of mouth-watering. Every bite was excellent. His menu can be overwhelming because he really can do it all. We asked him to choose some of his favorites to help us narrow it down, and it was spectacular. Chef and his team were helpful, kind, positive, and in general a pleasure to be around.

Beigette and Jim, the owners, and their family were in many ways the best part. They have created a place that feels like a home away from home. They were helpful during the planning process, flexible with the ideas we had, and they are two of the nicest people we've met.

We could not have found a better place to kickstart the rest of our lives. We and our guests will never forget our time at Fernwood Cove! Many thanks to Beigette, Jim, Chef, and all the staff at Fernwood!
Shoshanna M. Sent on 09/05/2022
5 out of 5 rating

9/3/22 Wedding (Bride)

My husband and I just got married here on 9/3/22, overall we had an amazing experience. We had perfect weather, so we had the ceremony down on the lake front, had dinner in the dining hall (The Feeder), and had the reception in a separate building (The Chick) located next to the dining hall. The Chick was also our backup plan for an indoor ceremony if weather didn’t allow us to have it outdoors. Having all of these separate spaces to utilize was so nice because we weren’t in the catering staff’s way or vice versa while they tried to clear the tables. The chef catered our reception meal which was Italian pastas, he also allowed us to borrow all table linens and place settings (glasses, silverware, charger plates and dinner plates) free of charge. The entire staff was very helpful and very flexible as far as budget. The cost of the facility rental is well worth it for what you get. The day of, the staff was available if we needed anything but they also stayed away and let us do our own thing and enjoy they day. All of our guests commented on how great the venue and food was. We also really loved being able to make a full weekend out of it so we were able to spend more time with our guests.
Laurie W. Sent on 09/05/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful venue with beautiful outdoor and indoor spaces

My daughter just had her wedding here and I can't recommend the venue highly enough. The owner/director and chef were top notch to work with and the location cannot be beat. Indoor spaces are large and very attractive. Besides the lovely lake, the venue has beautiful grounds and gardens, outdoor fire pits, multiple locations for photos, a large professional kitchen (and the chef catered an amazing meal for us at very reasonable prices!) and loads of cabins as sleeping spaces for guests for a weekend. We loved the Island Pond convention center and would HIGHLY recommend it for weddings.
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