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Distinguished Naval Serviceman from Mattituck Selected for Peconic Landing’s 12th Annual Veterans Day Wedding Giveback at Brecknock Hall

Wedding Giveback Receipts Padworski and Tricoli

GREENPORT, N.Y., May 15, 2024 — Peconic Landing is excited to introduce the winners of the 12th Annual Veterans Day Wedding Giveback, Boatswain’s Mate First Class (BM1) Alexander “Alex” Padworski, 32, of Mattituck, New York, and Heather Tricoli, 34, of Chicago, Illinois. This active-duty naval leader and his fiancé were selected by a panel of Peconic Landing members to win the annual contest, which provides a free wedding at Brecknock Hall to current or former military personnel in recognition of their service. The couple was notified during a surprise reveal at Peconic Landing on May 15 with family members present in person and via Zoom.

Padworski and Tricoli alongside the panel of Peconic Landing members who chose them as winners of this years Veterans Day Wedding Giveback

Padworski, in active-duty service since 2011 and currently stationed at PCU JOHN F. KENNEDY (CVN 79) in Virginia, brings a wealth of military experience and dedication to service. His exceptional career, marked by commendations and accolades, reflects his unwavering commitment to duty and leadership. He has received numerous awards, including the Navy/MC Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, GW-Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. Throughout his tenure, Padworski has demonstrated exemplary leadership, contributing significantly to critical missions and multinational exercises, ensuring the security and success of his team aboard USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN-77).

Amidst his remarkable military achievements, Padworski found love in an unexpected place — online. He and Heather’s love story began in January 2022, shortly after his return from a 10-month deployment. Their whirlwind romance blossomed over dinners and adventures in Richmond and Williamsburg, Virginia, culminating in a proposal during a magical trip to Disney World, where Padworski surprised Tricoli with a ring at the Palm Restaurant.

Reflecting on his upbringing in Orient and Mattituck, Padworski fondly recalls the beautiful landscapes and close-knit community that molded his character. “I was a member of NJROTC [at Mattituck High School] and was heavily inspired by Senior Chief Turner who taught my classes – he is still a mentor to me today in and out of the Navy,” he said. “The North Fork is a place I will always consider home, even after living all around the world for the past twelve and a half years.”

Padworski and Tricoli will be provided with a complete wedding on Sunday, November 10, 2024 in celebration of Veterans Day, to be held at Brecknock Hall. Sponsored by Peconic Landing, the giveaway is made possible through contributions from local businesses and organizations who donate an estimated $65,000 worth of time, talents, and services to create a fairy tale wedding.

“A true testament to honor and sacrifice, BM1 Padworski embodies the very essence of service,” said Robert J. Syron, President and CEO of Peconic Landing. “This couple’s dedication to our nation, along with their inspiring commitment to each other, epitomizes the spirit of the Veterans Day Wedding Giveback. Peconic Landing is honored to host Alex and Heather as they embark on their journey together.”

Padworski and Tricoli were chosen by a panel of Peconic Landing members with military ties, who judge the contest based on the number of years served, special military honors, and each couple’s personal love story.

The Veterans Day Wedding Giveback began in 2011 as an opportunity to thank Long Island’s military personnel and recognize them for their service to our country. The annual contest is open to both current and veteran service members; at least one partner must have served or be serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Sponsors of the 2024 Veterans Day Wedding Giveback include: Amanda Seely Photography, Arni Paperie, Beautiful by Dina, Blooms by Design, Brecknock Hall, Bridge Lane Wine, By Hand Catering, Dr. Beat, East End Events Catering, Ever Eventful, Fresh Face Photo Booths, Greenport Brewing Co., Greenport Wines & Liquor, Jerri’s Cakes & Confections, KP Designs, Mad Fashion Love XO, McBurnie Tent, NJROTC, North Fork Bridal Shoppe, North Fork Picture Cars, Riverhead Flower Shop, Southold Fish Market, Sterlington Deli, Sugar Magnolias Flowers, The Shoals, Times Review Media Group, Vineyard Vans, and White Diamond Video.

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