Annie and Abhay met in college at Point Park in Pittsburgh. Abhay’s brother Halavah, who stood as his best man, introduced the two of them almost a decade ago. He and Annie were friends. Both Annie and Abhay have connections or roots to West Virginia, which is where they chose to return for a weekend of wedding celebration at Sandscrest Retreat Center in Wheeling.
Chef Sarah Lydick created delicious vegetarian fare. Friends and family helped DJ and film their day. Two close friends, one who had flown in from England, provided live music for the ceremony; and they composed and performed a surprise song at the reception. Abhay’s father, who has an award-winning antique business in Brooklyn, brought in furniture to decorate. A childhood friend of Abhay’s served as the officiant. It was inspiring to see how everyone worked together with smarts and ease to make a beautiful wedding day.
Annie is one of the most delightful and appreciative people I have met. “Anyone who meets Annie falls in love with her, man or woman,” stated her made of honor in her toast at the reception. All the guests nodded their heads in agreement, including the photographer. It’s not surprising that Annie uses her gift charming people all over the world, especially children, with her comedic acting.
Abhay is a beautiful compliment to Annie. He’s thoughtful and kind and real. He works as a documentary filmmaker and editor alongside his brother at Positively 4th Street Productions in NYC. His latest film “Waiting for Mamu” was an official selection at the Traverse City Film Festival. Annie and Abhay have made their home in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
It’s an honor to work with loving and talented people like Annie and Abhay.
Thanks to Roberto Lopez Zavaleta and Joe Appel for sharing their photography experience and talent to help capture the day.