A Traditional Elegant Wedding at Villa Antonia in Austin, Texas

Fareesa Shuja (30 and a dermatologist) and David Sandoval (30 and a civil engineer) met at a party in Houston and couldn’t take their eyes off each other. They ended up talking all night, but didn’t go on their first official date until three months later. One month later, Fareesa moved to Philadelphia for her intern year of residency, but the couple did not let distance interfere with their love. When Fareesa returned to Houston one year later, the two were inseparable, and three years after their first date, David proposed in Fredericksburg, Texas. The couple got married at Villa Antonia in Jonestown, Texas, just a few miles from downtown Austin. Since the majority of their guests were from Houston, the couple was constantly asked why they chose an Austin venue, but according to the bride, “The questions stopped on our wedding day. Everyone was blown away by the beauty of the venue and understood why we wanted to say our 'I do’s' there.” The ceremony took place on a terrace overlooking breathtaking views of the Hill Country and Lake Travis. Fareesa wore a stunning Monique Lhullier wedding dress with an extensively detailed lace applique and traditional bridal henna, while David wore a black Canali suit and pink tie. The eye-catching flowers for the November wedding were in jewel tones of burgundy, pink and plum to reflect the couple’s exuberance and joy. During cocktail hour, a six-piece mariachi band serenaded guests as the sun set over the Austin hills. Dinner fused elements of both Indian and Mexican cuisine to satisfy both sets of family, and desserts included a colorful three tiered wedding cake decorated with a traditional Mexican design. The couple made their grand exit to DJ Snake & Lil Jon’s “Turn Down for What” amid a shower of sparklers.