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This picture perfect couple had one of the most beautiful weddings at Villa Antonia. View the photos of their amazing wedding and read their love story as told by beautiful Bride below. Also be sure to view Amy’s Bridal Portraits that we did a few weeks before the wedding. They are truly breathtaking! I am so honored to have this wedding featured on the Knot!


How and when did you two meet? What made you fall for each other?

Fate had to work overtime with us through a series of “first meetings” spanning multiple cities. Originally, we shared a parking garage while I was interning in Austin over the summer and, according to John, he would always hold the elevator for me as I came scrambling in late. He even began timing his arrival as to coincide with my tardiness for the chance to initiate small talk. Not much progress was made in these few short weeks. However, the following fall I was studying in the business center at college when I noticed a guy approaching my study area. He asked if I was from Austin and if I spent the past summer interning downtown off of South Congress, already seeming to know the answers before finishing his questions. As you can guess, it was John. At the time, he was studying for an MBA at SMU while I was attending undergrad. During his short two years at SMU we ran into each other at the occasional football games and bars, but nothing ever transpired. It took three years after my graduation and one last chance encounter at an alumna happy hour, for our timelines to align. The mood was set: cocktails were flowing, live music was playing, and then through a part in the crowd I saw John. It was straight out of a scene in a movie- we exchanged glances and he walked over to me. We talked all evening and night and into the following day. He was living in Austin at the time and I was is in Dallas, so we immediately made plans to wear down I35 the next few weekends traveling back and forth between the two cities.

Before realizing it, we had committed to one another. Everything was just so easy and being together came naturally. There were no serious “define the relationship” talks and no moments of doubt on either side. We just knew we were happy being together and before long the plans on how to spend our weekends evolved into what trips to take and eventually discussions on where we would live. Falling for John wasn’t a rush of intense butterflies or kinetic emotions, but rather an overwhelming sense of calmness and comfort when we were together. Being together felt so natural and obvious; I always felt like something was missing when we were apart.

How did he propose?

Our proposal story is unique in that it had quite a rocky start. With the winter months approaching, John suggested we go snowboarding in Steamboat, CO with some of his friends. They are all excellent skiers/snowboarders and have been taking these trips most of their lives, so that immediately left me to fend for myself on the bunny slopes with the ridiculously tall and fearless 8 year olds. It was a rough 2 days of lessons for me, to say the least. My love for excelling at new endeavors is exceeded only by my hatred at failing and it is clearly visible to anyone within sight when the latter occurs.

By the end of the second afternoon, I was ready for a break and rested up for our group dinner plans. Being that there were five of us total, my suspicions were at an all-time low on the proposal front. That was until we were greeted by the hostess. She led us to our table, which was in a private dining area upstairs and away from the rest of the patrons. I noticed our friends in the group hung back a bit as we walked up the stairs and to the right was a giant glass wall exposing a snow covered patio area completely desolate, save for a single cocktail table with 2 dozen roses and a bottle of champagne. John asked if I wanted to see the view of the river and I practically bolted outside in the snow. From there, I don’t remember the exact words he spoke, but as soon as his knee hit the ground, I screamed out “yes!” and jumped into his arms. After much hugging and kissing he asked if I wanted to see the ring. He didn’t even realize that I had ninja’d it out of the box just after accepting his proposal and it had been on my hand for a solid five minutes already.

We spent the rest of the night eating and drinking as we celebrated with our friends.

About the wedding

I knew from the moment John and I were engaged that I wanted the wedding to take place at Villa Antonia. It is an absolutely stunning setting from the romantic architecture to the bright and vivacious foliage. We felt as though we had ventured to a secluded European city, all while staying true to our native Texas roots.
Since the venue was the one absolute from the beginning, it completely set the tone for everything to follow. I’m a big fan of subtle details, so the idea was to keep the romantic theme of Villa Antonia and only enhance the décor where needed. We added soft babies breath down the isle and in the centerpieces, as well as blue flower petals to the fountain. We also used antique window frames for the seating charts.
One project I am most proud of is the table numbers. For each table, I made a side by side photo of John and I at that age (coinciding with the number of the table). It was a true joint family effort to wrangle that many photos and dating that far back (before digital photography?!), but I have to say everyone was super helpful. Going through baby photos and hearing stories from John made me feel even closer to him than I already did. It’s such a wonderful thing to know the moments that helped shape the person you are spending the rest of your life with.
Following the actual nuptials, my main concern was just for all of our guests to have a good time. We have quite the array of friends and family, so we wanted to make sure everyone felt like there was something there that spoke directly to them. With that said, most everyone we know loves playing cornhole, or “bags.” John and I had so much fun making and decorating our own boards, one for SMU (me) and one for UT (John). It was a great way to do a project together, as well as get him involved in helping with the wedding in a fun way. We had our guests sign the boards instead of using a traditional book, and later everyone played with them.


Do you have any tips for future brides?

As cliché as it sounds, my best advice is to not sweat the small stuff. Years and even months after the day is over, you will not remember or even care what your flowers looked like. What will stand out as you reminisce on the events that led up to the wedding, is the way you and your fiancé felt. You will remember the “aw moments,” the bonding, and even the bickering. And when you reflect on the whirlwind of emotions, you will definitely want the heart-heartwarming moments to far outweigh the stressful spouts. I can honestly say that was the case for me, but there were definitely one or two cringe-worthy meltdowns I wish I could’ve avoided.


Wedding Ceremony, Reception, Coordination: Villa Antonia in Jonestown, TX | Catering: Courtney’s Catering | Photographer: Svetlana Photography | DJ: Texas Pro DJ| Videographer: Copper Penny Films | Cake: Loraine’s Cakes | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Hair and Makeup: Rouge Beauty Studio | | Florist: Visual Lyrics | Vintage Furniture: Vintique Rentals |Tux: Ted Baker | Wedding Gown: Pronovias | Shoes: Badgley Mischka




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