United States Merchant Marine Academy Wedding | Erica & Matt

Erica and Matt were married on September 10th, with a ceremony and reception at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY.

Erica called me from Florida to tell me about her plans to marry Matt at the USMMA, because that’s where Matt had graduated and where he proposed. As she described their love story to me and all their plans for the big day, I couldn’t help but feel a connection to their amazing story, even over such a distance.

The day started with Erica and the bridesmaids watching a video that had been taken of Matt proposing. Matt had to travel a long distance to propose, and he recorded his journey to where Erica was every step of the way so that she could see his entire proposal story for herself.

From there, it was off to the USMMA for the beautiful ceremony. The weather was perfect, and the sunset was amazing—but the most memorable part of the day was the way they looked at each other. It was a true testament to what is really important.

Erica & Matt, thank you for letting me be part of your amazing day and for reminding me that beautiful weather and scenic views are only part of the wedding story. 

Love, John

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EJ Autism Foundation 2016 Hoodie Event Video

I have been blessed to be able to work with the EJ Autism Foundation for several years as part of an amazing community here in East Islip, NY.

The Foundation raises money to help each child find a chance to reach their full potential, and I absolutely believe in this goal. These children will play a positive role in the future of our community, and I feel that helping them today is so important for our futures, as well as theirs.

Every year, I get to take photos of the remarkable children with developmental disabilities, and I put those images into a slideshow, which is played at the Annual Hoodie event. You can watch the video here, and if you can, I would urge you to donate to EJ Autism, especially during this holiday season of giving!

EJ Autism Foundation 2016 Hoodie Event, Lennon Photo, Long Island Photographer

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East Setauket Engagement Session | Katie & Kyle

Katie and Kyle met up with me on a gorgeous October day in East Setauket, and the more time I spent with them, the more I just wanted to stay around these lovebirds! It was clear they are madly in love with each other, and they love a little risk and adventure!

We’d only gotten about ten feet into our chosen park location on the day of the session when we were approached by a person (we later referred to as the Sheriff) who said we couldn’t photograph in the park. I suggested that we could purchase a permit, but he said that town board had ruled that no permits would be granted for 2016 or 2017.

Well, I tried to explain that Katie and Kyle had come all the way down from Boston to take pictures in the park and that the sun would have set by the time we found another place, but the Sheriff was having no part in our story and asked us to leave.

A kind local homeowner then approached and said that she had overheard our dilemma. She said that her backyard had beautiful gardens that we were welcome to use. We thanked her and said we would think about it, but when she was gone, we jokingly decided that the sweet lady reminded us too much of the story of Hansel and Gretel.

So . . . what to do now? Of course, we did what most daring people do—we watched the Sheriff leave and then continued to photograph in the park. I’ll be sure to donate to the East Setauket Parks as penance.

We had a blast the rest of the day, even looking over our shoulder a few times. These two are such naturals!

Kyle & Katie, I can’t wait for your wedding! Thank you so much for an amazing adventure!

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A Late Summer Wedding at the Bellport Country Club | Amanda & Tom

Amanda and Tom were married in early August, with a ceremony at the Islip United Methodist Church followed by a reception at Bellport Country Club.

I met Amanda and Tom on their locally-themed engagement session. Amanda was adamant about keeping the locations as close as possible to their home, because she loves her community and even made it a point to use mostly local vendors for their wedding (including me). These confident, playful people were so much fun to work with, and one of my favorite moments happened when they saw the swing set at Mother’s Beach—there was no way they were going to leave the beach without having some fun on those swings!

I was so pleased to finally get the chance to photograph at the church. It dates back to 1810, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. What’s more, the Bellport Country Club is one of my favorite places on Long Island—I love the people, the grounds, and the décor, not to mention the fact that the sunlight has a special quality to it this time of year. The way the light caught the intricate details of Amanda’s dress was nothing short of stunning!

Then, we were off to the reception, where it was clear the grandmas were having more fun than everyone else. Amanda’s dad is a musician, so they had a band to keep everyone dancing all night long, too! It was so fun to watch all of their friends and family really letting loose!

Amanda & Tom, I hope you’ll always stay in touch. Thank you so much for letting me be part of this amazing day! Married life is wonderful, and I wish you the best.

Love, John

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Summer Wedding at Snapper Inn | Carissa & George

Carissa and George were married in a beautiful summer wedding, with a ceremony and reception at the Snapper Inn in Oakdale, NY.

The moment I met Carissa and George, I knew I wanted to be their wedding photographer. First of all, they chose the perfect venue—the Snapper Inn sits flawlessly at the mouth of the Connetquot River, and the South Shore beauty, mood, and atmosphere of this unique location always makes for a beautiful event. But more importantly, seeing the two of them in person, I felt a deep connection with them. They love each other and their families and truly have fun together. I was hooked on their sharp and quick-witted banter—and I fell in love with both of them!

On the day of the wedding, Carissa rightfully stole the show with her Hayley Paige bridal gown, with just a hint of blue in the sash and her shoes. It fit her personality perfectly! As she walked, she threw her dress from side to side, and she had the biggest smile on her face as she whimsically moved around in her gorgeous gown.

These two were so captivating all day, and I fell in love with so many pictures of just the two of them. My favorite moment was when Carissa sat on George’s lap in the Adirondack chairs. They laughed, they kissed, and they shared a quiet moment—it was perfect.

Carissa & George, thank you for allowing me to be part of this amazing wedding! Please stay in touch.  Love, John

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