Lighthouse Photography Dream Weddings was founded in the early 2000s by Florio Tilinca and his wife Monica. Their passion for the visual arts and their dedication to high quality imagery has helped propel the company as one of the most reputable wedding photography studios on Nassau County Long Island.
Florio’s passion for upscale photography began in his childhood, where he was surrounded by gorgeous European architecture, art and literature. He was born in Bucharest and raised in Transylvania, Romania, where he met his wife Monica. Together, they started to passionately capture beauty and love at gorgeous venues. They established that Florio was to closely observe all of the companies wedding sessions, meanwhile Monica was to focus on the post production process of the company.
Lighthouse Photography Dream Weddings is located in the historical village of Port Jefferson. Since its founding, the company has added several amazing photographers to the team, every single one has been personally trained and endorsed by Florio and Monica.
The staff is consistently researching the newest and most stunning wedding albums available on the market. The company strives to deliver unique albums tailored for each couple through the editors creative use of color and texture.
Currently, Lighthouse Photography Dream Weddings offers various album options from sleek flush mount albums to true rustic organic albums and soft cover magazines. The company prides itself on the endless options that couples may choose from for their albums. In shorter terms, our philosophy is that each couple is unique, each wedding is different, and thus each album should be as well.
Lighthouse Photography’s portfolio includes celebrities such as Samantha Gutterman, (the most awarded Broadway Producer’s daughter) and John & Maria Santucci (John is one of the co-producers of the beloved show ”Good Morning America “ and ABC producer on politics at the White House).
However, the portfolio is not simply filled with upscale celebrity weddings. It also incorporates the wonderful whimsical backyard weddings, and everything in between.
Lighthouse Photography team is endlessly inspired by our amazing Brides and Grooms and their love stories.
Nassau County /ˈnæsɔː/ is a suburban county comprising much of the western half of Long Island in the U.S. state of New York. At the 2010 census, the county’s population was 1,339,532, estimated to have increased to 1,361,500 in 2016. The county seat is in the Village of Garden City within the boundaries of the Mineola 11501 zip code.
Nassau County is directly east of New York City limits and therefore also within the New York metropolitan area. The county is one of the four counties that occupy Long Island, together with Suffolk County to its immediate east and Queens and Kings counties to the west, which correspond, respectively, to the New York City boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn. Two cities, three towns, 64 incorporated villages, and more than 60 unincorporated hamlets are located within the county. There are 56 public school districts within the county. Post office districts and school districts use the same names as a city, hamlet, or village within them, but each sets the boundaries independently.
In 2012, Forbes magazine, in an article based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, reported Nassau County was one of the highest income counties in the United States and the most affluent in the state of New York, comprising four of the nation’s top ten towns by median income. It also ranks as the most expensive county in America.Nassau County has a designated police department,fire commission, and elected executive and legislative bodies. Nassau County high school students, as do students from nearby Westchester County, often feature prominently as winners of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and similar STEM-based academic endeavors.
The name of the county comes from an old name for Long Island, which was at one time named Nassau, after the Dutch Prince William of Nassau, a member of the House of Nassau, itself named for the German town of Nassau. The county colors (orange and blue) are also the colors of the House of Orange-Nassau.
Several alternate names had been considered for the county, including “Bryant”, “Matinecock” (a village within the county currently has that name), “Norfolk” (presumably because of the proximity to Suffolk County), and “Sagamore”.However, “Nassau” had the historical advantage of having at one time been the name of Long Island itself,and was the name most mentioned after the new county was proposed in 1875.
The area now designated Nassau County was originally the eastern 70% of Queens County, one of the original 12 counties formed in 1683, and was then contained within two towns: Hempstead and Oyster Bay. In 1784, the Town of North Hempstead, was formed through secession by the northern portions of the Town of Hempstead. Nassau County was formed in 1899 by the division of Queens County, after the western portion of Queens had become a borough of New York City in 1898, as the three easternmost towns seceded from the county.
The Long Island Rail Road reached as far east as Hicksville in 1837, but did not proceed to Farmingdale until 1841 due to the Panic of 1837. The 1850 census was the first in which the population of the three western towns (Flushing, Jamaica, and Newtown) exceeded that of the three eastern towns that are now part of Nassau County. Concerns were raised about the condition of the old courthouse and the inconvenience of travel and accommodations, with the three eastern and three western towns divided on the location for the construction of a new one.Around 1874, the seat of county government was moved to Long Island City from Mineola. As early as 1875, representatives of the three eastern towns began advocating the separation of the three eastern towns from Queens, with some proposals also including the towns of Huntington and Babylon (in Suffolk County).
Nassau County, with its extensive flat land, was the site of many aviation firsts. Military aviators for both World Wars were trained on the Hempstead Plains at installations such as Mitchel Air Force Base, and a number of successful aircraft companies were established. Charles Lindberg took off for Paris from Roosevelt Field in 1927, completing the first non-stop trans-Atlantic flight from the United States. Grumman (which in 1986 employed 23,000 people on Long Island built many planes for World War II, and later contributed the Apollo Lunar Module to the Space program.
The United Nations Security Council was temporarily located in Nassau County from 1946 to 1951. Council meetings were held at the Sperry Gyroscope headquarters in the village of Lake Success near the border with Queens County. It was here on June 27, 1950, that the Security Council voted to back U.S. President Harry S Truman and send a coalition of forces to the Korean Peninsula, leading to the Korean War.
Until World War II, most of Nassau County was still farmland, particularly in the eastern portion. Following the war, the county saw an influx of people from the five boroughs of New York City, especially from Brooklyn and Queens, who left their urban dwellings for a more suburban setting. This led to a massive population boom in the county. In 1947, William Levitt built his first planned community in Nassau County, in the Island Trees section (later renamed Levittown). (This should not be confused with the county’s first planned community, in general, which is Garden City.) While in the 1930s, Robert Moses had engineered curving parkways and parks such as Jones Beach State Park and Bethpage State Park for the enjoyment of city-dwellers, in the 1950s and 1960s the focus turned to alleviating commuter traffic.
In 1994, Federal Judge Arthur Spatt declared the Nassau County Board of Supervisors unconstitutional and directed that a 19-member legislature be formed. Republicans won 13 seats[clarification needed] in the election and chose Bruce Blakeman as the first Presiding Officer (Speaker).Among the first class of Legislators were Peter J. Schmitt (R-Massapequa), Judith Jacobs (D-Woodbury), John Ciotti (R-North Valley Stream), Dennis Dunne Sr. (R-Levittown), Francis X. Becker (R-Lynbrook), Vincent T. Muscarella (R-West Hempstead), Ed Mangano (R-Bethpage), Michael Fiechter (C-North Bellmore), Roger Corbin (D-Westbury), Salvatore Pontillo (R-Farmingdale), Bruce Nyman (D-Long Beach), Edward Ward (R-Wantagh), Darlene Harris (R-Uniondale), Ed Oppenheimer (D-Rockville Centre), John Canning (R-Sea Cliff), Bruce Blakeman (R-Woodmere), Lisanne Altmann (D-Great Neck), Richard Nicolello (R-New Hyde Park), Barbara Johnson (D-Port Washington).
According to a Forbes magazine 2012 survey, residents of Nassau County have the 12th highest median household annual income in the country and the highest in the state.In the 1990s, however, Nassau County experienced substantial budget problems, forcing the county to near bankruptcy. Thus, the county government increased taxes to prevent a takeover by the state of New York, leading to the county having high property taxes. Nevertheless, on January 27, 2011, a New York State oversight board seized control of Nassau County’s finances, saying the wealthy and heavily taxed county had failed to balance its $2.6 billion budgets.
As you plan your dream wedding and add up the various costs involved, it is reasonable to consider implementing some cost-cutting measures.
But in regards to capturing your big day on camera, here are five reasons why you should never penny-pinch on your wedding photography by requesting your friend or family member with that fancy camera to help you out. Wedding photography is about telling a story. It is for this reason especially, why you should hire a professional wedding photographer.
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My husband and I LOVE the Lighthouse !!! We booked with them a year & a half before our wedding and we have enjoyed working with them ever since. Florio has made us feel as though we are family and has always been prompt with responses and any thing else we need! The team was professional and genuinely excited on our wedding which made working with them even more wonderful. We have only seen teasers from our wedding pictures thus far, but they are absolutely beautiful and we KNOW we will be impressed with all of the pictures and the video. I would recommend them to my friends, my family, to every one!! –
Kelly Anne, 5-31-2013 – Weddingwire Review
Absolutely love Lighthouse Photography!!! Monica was always fantastic to work with. Our main photographer was Joe, who made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera and he made the shoot super fun. For our wedding we got to work with Joe again, and this time Kevin joined as our second photographer and Jonathan for video. Needless to say we couldn’t have picked a better team to capture our wedding – this is the best team on Long Island!!!
Maria 6-3-2017 – Weddingwire Review
Florio and his team were absolutely incredible, he captured everything we were looking for and we had so much fun working with them on our wedding. Our pictures are absolutely stunning and I haven’t been able to stop looking at them, many of our friends have said they are some of the most beautiful wedding photos they’ve ever seen. I would recommend Lighthouse a million times over!
Shannon, 5-20-2017 – Weddingwire Review
The Lighthouse team is amazing! We booked Florio and company 18 months before our August wedding and since then, it has really been a dream to work with them. From the first meeting, to our engagement photos with Florio, to our wedding photos, thank you cards, video and soon-to-be albums, they made the entire process as easy and stress-free as possible. Monica and I were in contact often – she is sweet, professional, punctual and a delight to work with! Florio’s vibrant personality and sense of humor made us feel comfortable in front of the camera during both our engagement photos and on our wedding day. Flora and his team did a great job not only of capturing our wedding perfectly, but also keeping us on time/on a schedule throughout. He has such a talent and creative eye – we were so happy with the way our pictures came out and will treasure them for years and years to come! We made the best decision in booking Lighthouse for our wedding!
Christina, 8-21-2015 – Weddingwire Review
We booked this company after working with Florio in another wedding my husband and I were in. After seeing how he handled my girlfriends special day I knew I wanted him to capture my wedding. We were lucky enough to have Florio and Luis and they were both professional, fast, perfectionists, and passionate. They made sure the shots and lighting were exquisite. They took special requests all day long as well as capturing all the moments one would want on their wedding day. Besides actually getting married the photographer is the most important part of the wedding as they will capture the moments you’ll cherish for life and look back upon. We know that we had the best with this company and would recommend them if you want to have fun and have the most beautiful pictures you could dream of ! They made sure to be efficient without rushing but making sure we enjoyed our party as much as possible. We are looking forward to seeing the memories captured by these amazing artists !!!! Thank you Florio and Luis we loved working with you both !! – Rob and Lindsey Semprini
Lindsey, 9-26-2017 – The Knot Review
Absolutely adore Lighthouse !! Florio and Monica are a pleasure to work with. They came highly recommend by a few friends of ours and we were not dissapointed. We knew from the moment we met them that we wanted them to do our wedding. Monica and Florio were so welcoming and we really vibed with them both. My January winter wedding was nothing short of magical and the lighthouse team played a huge part in that! We are forever grateful !
Cherish, 2-12-2017 – The Knot Review
One of the best decisions we made throughout the wedding planning process was choosing Lighthouse. From the start, Monica was a pleasure to work with to design the perfect photography and videography package for us. She stayed involved throughout the entire planning process, helping schedule our engagement shoot and coordinating the day-of schedule for our wedding. Our lead photography was Florio, the owner. I cannot say enough wonderful thing about Florio. His expertise is obvious and his outgoing personality and enthusiasm were infectious. He made us feel very comfortable in front of the camera, something we are not used to, at all! We also had the pleasure of working with Louis (2nd photographer), Danielle (assistant) and Jonathan (videographer) on our wedding, who were also incredibly professional and lovely to work with. We received our wedding photos less than two months after the wedding and are already working on our albums! The Lighthouse team beautifully captured the best day of our lives so far and we are so very grateful. Thank you again for providing us with a means to relive the most magical day over and over again.
Danielle, 8-19-2016 – The Knot Review