GREENPORT: Love is in the crisp fall air! Two soldiers serving in the U.S. Army, Justin Abbey and Susana Andrade, celebrated their wedding on Sunday as the winners of the second annual Brecknock Veterans Day Wedding Giveback.
The brainchild of Peconic Landing, the lifetime retirement community, the Wedding Giveback gives a free wedding to deserving military personnel as a way to thank and recognize them for their service. Many of the community’s residents are veterans.
The couple marked the occasion in historic Brecknock Hall, and local businesses donated everything from catering to entertainment, flowers, photography and more to make the event extra special.
Abbey hails from Southold and Andrade is a California native. He is an E4 Specialist working toward becoming a Black Hawk pilot and she is an E5 Sergeant with an FAA Certificate for Air Traffic Control. The newlyweds will be stationed together in Fort Drum and are both scheduled to serve in Afghanistan this summer.