11/09/11 12:00pm
11/09/2011 12:00 PM

SAMANTHA BRIX PHOTO | The Schmanskis with many of the local business owners donating services for their wedding Friday.

The military couple selected to receive a donated wedding at Brecknock Hall in Greenport is tying the knot this Friday, Veteran’s Day.

Johnathan and Cathrine Schmanski, who are both in the Army, fell in love at a military base in Germany in 2009 and got hitched at a Justice of the Peace court in Arizona last year. Only a handful of friends could attend, and the two wished they could have had a large wedding ceremony with all of their family members.

Their dream came true when they were chosen by Peconic Landing to receive a free wedding celebration through the first-ever Brecknock Veterans Day Wedding Giveback.

Nearly two-dozen local businesses are donating everything for the big day, from the food, wine and wedding cake to the gown, makeup and limousine.

SEE WHO’S DONATING SERVICES FOR THE WEDDING

Mr. and Ms. Schmanski could not be reached for comment for this article, since they were both involved in combat training in Georgia this past week, according to Rachel Maloy, Ms. Schmanski’s sister and maid of honor.

Ms. Maloy said the two are expected to land in New York on Thursday and head straight to their rehearsal dinner at Cliffside Resort Waterfront Condominiums in Greenport. They’re going to have to miss the actual rehearsal, Ms. Maloy said.

“They’re at a loss for words at how generous and selfless everyone is,” Ms. Maloy said. “They’re beside themselves for sure, and my family is too. It’s overwhelming.”

The wedding ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. Friday on the front lawn of Brecknock Hall, weather permitting, and a cocktail hour and reception inside the mansion will immediately follow.

Readers of The Suffolk Times and Riverhead News-Review have voted online for many aspects of the wedding celebration through a partnership with Times/Review Newsgroup and Peconic Landing, which owns the grounds of historic Brecknock Hall.

Readers have chosen, week after week, what they’d like to see at the Schmanski wedding. Here are the results:

• Main entrees by Christopher Michael Catering: Filet mignon with horseradish dill sauce, sautéed chicken with rosemary and shallot and citrus marinated tuna.

• Appetizer by The Loft Restaurant: Mini crab and salmon cakes served with a mustard cognac dipping sauce.

• Wine by Macari Vineyards: the 2007 Estate Chardonnay and the 2003 Estate Merlot.

• Beer by Greenport Harbor Brewing Company: Harbor Ale

• Cake by Sacred Sweets: Chocolate with chocolate ganache filling

• Bride’s makeup by Allison Pressler Professional Skin Care: sultry eye

• Bride’s hair by Peconic Clipper: updo as seen on www.hairstylesbob.com

• Groom’s tuxedo from Chap’s Corner: black tuxedo with maroon tie, vest and handkercheif

• Place settings: Hampton Chinaware by Party Rental, Ltd.

• Centerpiece: Yellow and white arrangement by Ivy League Lowers

• Bridal party photo shoot location with Caroline Rochetta Photography: Long Island Sound beach

sbrix@timesreview.com

10/05/11 11:59am
10/05/2011 11:59 AM

You can help pick elements of the Schmanski wedding at Brecknock Hall.

In a partnership with Brecknock Hall, Times/Review readers will have the opportunity to vote on certain elements of the Schmanski wedding on Nov. 11. The wedding reception is being donated to the husband and wife, both of whom serve in the U.S. Army.

The results from last week’s poll are in.

The main entrées by Christopher Michael Catering will be Filet mignon with horseradish dill sauce, sauteed chicken with rosemary and shallot and citrus marinated tuna.

The appetizer by The Loft Restaurant will be Mini crab and salmon cakes served with a mustard cognac dipping sauce.

The wine by Macari Vineyards will be the 2007 Estate Chardonnay and the 2003 Estate Merlot.

The beer by Greenport Harbor Brewing Company will be the Harbor Ale.

And in a very close race, the cake by Sacred Sweets will be chocolate with chocolate ganache filling.

In this week’s poll, you can select the centerpiece for the wedding celebration.

10/04/11 3:50pm
10/04/2011 3:50 PM
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BRECKNOCK HALL

In a partnership with Brecknock Hall, Times/Review readers will have the opportunity to vote on certain elements of the Schmanski wedding on Nov. 11. The wedding reception is being donated to the husband and wife, both of whom serve in the U.S. Army.

In this week’s poll, you can select the menu items for the wedding celebration.