Shannon and Brodie were married on September 26th, with a ceremony and reception at Brodie’s mother’s backyard in Brightwaters, NY. It was a perfect and intimate NY Wedding.
Brodie and Shannon met in high school and started dating during her senior year. He joined the military and was stationed in North Carolina while she attended college in Maryland, but they stuck it out in a long-distance relationship. He did two tours, and they were engaged just before he was deployed to Iraq when she was just eighteen and he was nineteen. When he returned, they lived together in Maryland for several years before they returned to New York and were finally married.
When I first met Shannon, it was clear that she knew exactly what she wanted. She explained what type of photography she wanted and how important it was to her—as well as gushing about how much she loved Brodie—and I left the meeting hoping she would choose me. In my heart, I knew I could give her what she wanted.
On the day of the wedding, we had a reveal just before the ceremony at Brightwaters Lakes—it was a gorgeous location, and they chose it because Shannon and Brodie would often take walks there.
Throughout the day, it was clear how important family was to Shannon and Brodie. Shannon’s family had been incredibly involved in the planning that went into the wedding—her dad built the arch under which they were married, along with the welcome signs, card box, and the bar in the gazebo.
One of my favorite images from the day was when Shannon was coming down the stairs, just after she put on her dress, and saw her father with her mother crying in the background. I knew how important Shannon’s parents were to her, and so it was important to me to set up a perfect reveal for her dad with her mom there. I made that photo black and white because I wanted it to be timeless.
As the sunlight began falling, I knew that I wanted just a few more photos of this amazing couple. I’d been very happy with the candid photos that I had captured for much of the day, but when I saw the garden on the side of the house with the amazing sunlight shining through, I knew I wanted just a few more shots. It was the perfect time—they were relaxed, and the cocktail hour was ending—so I thought I’d get a few fun shots of just them before the start of the reception. I’m glad they agreed, because those images are some that I hope they will treasure forever.
Probably the most memorable moment of the day for the guests, though, was when the ice cream truck pulled in for dessert! Shannon had managed to find a classic truck, old-school-style, and everyone ate it up!
Shannon & Brodie, thank you for trusting me with your day. I’ll always remember your wedding and the love you two share. Stay in touch – Love John
Dress – Casa Blanca
Shoes – David’s Bridal
Venue – family house
Catering – Lessing’s
Cake – Campbell’s Bakery
Dessert – Richard Blech, “The Vintage Ice Cream Guys”
Flowers – Lake Grove Village Florist
Video – Jay Lim Studio
DJ – Big Time John’s
Tux – Dress Blues from the Marine Corps