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 ot

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.

Villa Antonia Wedding Venue near Austin, Texas
Rustic, Loose Jewel-Toned Bridesmaid Bouquet
The bride wore a blush tulle Monique Lhullier wedding dress with an illusion neckline and detailed lace appliqué.
Monique Lhullier Lace Appliqué with Bridal Henna
The bridesmaids wore tulle pink Amsale dresses and carried rustic, loose bouquets of jewel-toned peonies, garden roses, wild berries and dusty miller.
The groom wore a black Canali suit. His groomsmen wore black suits with pink ties.
Jewel-Toned Floral Wedding Arch on Villa Antonia Terrace
The bride and groom read poems to one another at the ceremony, which took place on a terrace overlooking the Texas Hill Country. The wedding arch included jewel-toned blooms with wild berries and curly willow.
First Kiss at Villa Antonia in Austin, Texas
Recessional from Villa Antonia in Austin, Texas
A six-piece mariachi band serenaded guests as the sun set over the Austin hills.
One of the couple’s favorite touches was the cigar roller who hand rolled cigars throughout the night.
During cocktail hour, guests mingled both within the walls of the Villa and out on the terraces.
The table arrangements were accented with vivid red pomegranates. Everything was arranged with rustic elegance to match the setting of the Villa.
The flowers for the winter wedding were in jewel tones of burgundy, pink and plum mixed with paler blush roses. “We wanted eye-catching bright flowers to match the exuberance and joy we felt,” says the bride.
Desserts included a beautiful, three tier wedding cake decorated with a traditional Mexican design, chipotle brownies, cake balls, petit fours and cupcakes.