BY ANDREA BOSCO
PHOTOGRAPHS FROM ANGIE DEVENNEY PHOTOGRAPHY & ANTHONY WINCKO PHOTOGRAPHY & DESIGN
Annika Fuller and Vincent Kondaveeti were introduced in New York City by Vincent’s Carnegie Mellon University classmate. Just shy of eight years together, Vincent planned a romantic proposal while at sea! “We went to Miami, [Florida] for my birthday,” says Annika. “He had arranged for us to take a sunset cruise and proposed on the boat. Then, we celebrated with dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, Casa Tua. We had never looked at rings. He definitely shocked me!” With both families anchored in the Northeast and Western Pennsylvania, Annika and Vincent had two wedding celebrations! The first kicked off with a traditional lobster bake rehearsal dinner on Peaks Island, just outside of Portland — Annika’s hometown. The Portland Club served as the site of the ceremony and reception for 150 loved ones, where Annika and Vincent shared their first dance to “Beyond the Sea.” A mix of rich pinks, reds, whites, and magenta, burgundy, and gold flowed through the mansion, from the ballroom to billiard room, and parlor and bars. The space was decorated with submerged orchids, cabbage roses, and hydrangeas from Fiddlehead Flowers, and floating candles. Vincent donned his own Valentino tuxedo, while Annika wore a gorgeous Maggie Sottero number she found while window shopping in New York City, their residence. Weeks later, she slipped into a traditional lehenga for the Pittsburgh fête at the Omni William Penn Hotel. Annika advises of her hands-on approach, “Go with your heart. I did that the whole way, and, in the end, everyone was really happy.” The pair vacationed throughout Italy for their honeymoon.
Discovered in Dumbo, Brooklyn, Annika’s gown was on a mannequin in the window of The White Gown. For simple sparkle, she added a bedazzled belt to the strapless, layered design.
Moio’s Italian Pastry Shop whipped up this German chocolate, colorful confection for the reception in Pittsburgh.
Since traveling is second nature to Annika and Vincent, they named the table numbers at their reception in Maine after places they’ve visited together and places they’d like to see.
The Black Tie Company created a sophisticated and stunning lemon cake with vanilla frosting, topped with orchid blossoms.
Says Annika of the 400-guest celebration in Pittsburgh, “It was beautiful and turned out perfectly, thanks to my mother-in-law.”