Upscale wedding invitations in gray and eggplant were inscribed with fancy script. A wedding makeup artist carefully does up the bride's elegant makeup. The bride wore posh gold-sequined heels by Badgley Mischka. The bride dabs on fragrant perfume while the groom adjusts his sleeves. The groom's party pose in the Baron Creek Resort. Friends of the couple wait for the ceremony to begin in an indoor wedding in Austin. Two cute flower girls wore pink tulle dresses and flowery headbands. The groom cries as the father of the bride escorts the bride down aisle amid rose petals. The beaming bride sees the groom for the first time at a Barton Creek Resort wedding in Texas. The bride and groom stand before the wedding officiant in an indoor ballroom wedding in Austin. Here the bride and groom say their vows in a Barton Creek Resort wedding. The wedding ceremony included an African-American wedding tradition of jumping over a broom. High-class wedding decorations detail the reception at a ballroom wedding in Austin. A bridesmaid speaks about the African-American couple at their fashionable wedding reception. The father of the bride speaks at an upscale Austin-area ballroom wedding. The happy couple laugh at a groomsman's speech in the ballroom reception. The bride and groom dance the first dance at an classy wedding reception. The African-American wedding in Austin was photographed by one of Austin's top wedding photographers. The bride smears wedding cake onto the groom at a Barton Creek Resort wedding. The bride dances at the posh wedding reception with a friend. The wedding party celebrates the happy occasion at the ballroom wedding reception. A happy groom laughs with the groomsmen on the ballroom dance floor. The high-class wedding reception was captured by one of Austin's top wedding photographers. Towards the end of their fashionable wedding reception, the bride and groom dance in the ballroom. The elegant couple leave the wedding reception at the Barton Creek Resort. The African-American wedding in Austin was a fun, enjoyable, and fashionable event.

 

I had such a great time getting to know these two wonderful people. Their wedding was heartfelt and full of love and culture with so many incredible moments to document.

Both Shalaby and Aisha are New Jersey natives who found their way to Texas and fell in love with Austin. Their first date took place one summer night in New York City. Once he learned that Aisha loved to travel, Shalaby listened to audio tapes on flying to conquer his anxiety. Now, they’ve eaten meals all over the world together.

Shalaby proposed to Aisha in December of 2011 and surprised her with a private chef who presented them with a five-course meal full of her favorite foods including pear soup, pecan-crusted salmon and hazelnut cake with chocolate ganache. Yum.

They were married at the Barton Creek Resort in Central Texas in a beautiful ceremony. Aisha wore a curvy white gown designed by Ines DiSanto that was to die for. She also wore her mother’s wedding veil from her parents’ wedding over four decades ago – the beaded headpiece was incredible. Friends well-versed in the DIY craft culture handmade the menu cards and other wedding decorations. One took a copy of Aisha’s favorite book – Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston – hollowed it out and added ribbons in their wedding colors of eggplant and charcoal gray to hold their wedding rings.

Some of my favorite parts of the day were the little ways they honored their different backgrounds and incorporated different parts of their cultural heritage into their wedding. Part of their ceremony was read in both English and Spanish with a nod to Aisha’s Latin ancestry, they put a doll, la muñeca, on display during the reception in recognition of her Panamanian roots and they jumped over a broom in honor of Shalaby’s African-American heritage.

 

A special thanks to all the vendors:

Event Coordinator: Keely Thorne Events

Catering: Barton Creek Spa & Resort

Venue: Barton Creek Resort

Flowers: Verbena Floral

Hair: Sabina Clarke of Sol Natural Hair Studio

Makeup: Gertie Murray of Rae Cosmetics

Dress: Ines DiSanto

Cake: Barton Creek Spa & Resort

DJ: Texas Professional Disc Jockey

Linens: BBJ Linens

Lighting: ILD Lighting

Calligraphy: Susan Salsberry

Escort Cards: Anthologie Press

Photobooth: Booth 66