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An intimate ranch wedding with nods to Texas and Tuscany
December 16, 2022
Andria and Chad have a love affair for the ages. Since the two grew up together in San Francisco, California, their relationship began at a young age. But it was platonic at first. It wasn’t until high school in the fall of 2007 that they became an object. Over 10 years later, on July 27, 2018, Chad and Andria decided they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. The duo were vacationing at the family home in Andria, Idaho when Chad popped the question.
The couple had always considered exchanging vows in Italy, but after the birth of their daughter in May 2021, they decided to keep their nuptials close. They chose a private ranch in Wimberley, Texas as their place of residence. “Just 45 minutes from Austin, Wimberley is known for being ‘a little piece of heaven’ with its scenic trails, pools, music, art and wine,” notes Andria. “We wanted to share that small-town feeling of being nestled in the Texas Hill Country with all of our guests, traveling from near and far.”
Their location wasn’t the only change the couple had to make. Due to the pandemic, the bride and groom had to postpone their wedding several times. As Andria is a wedding planner, she was able to call on her friends in the industry to help her orchestrate their special day, amid uncertainty and change. “I feel lucky to have built strong relationships over the years with industry vendors that I now call friends,” she shares. “It was surreal to finally be able to email these contacts about our own wedding.”
On October 8, 2021, Andria and Chad tied the knot in front of 87 friends and family, and their celebration included nods to Texas and Tuscany. Keep reading to see the amazing details behind their big day, planned by Andria Leigh Collishaw and Jessica Shapiro of Andria Leigh Events and photographed by Gracie Byrd Jones.
For their vision, the couple had one overarching goal: to create an intimate and intentional party. “There were elegant details, like the unique and dramatic long tablescape, contrasted with more laid-back vibes, like s’mores around the bonfire and an impromptu late-night swim by the groom and groomsmen. ‘honor’, recalls Andria. Throughout the weekend, they also merged elements that represented Texas and Tuscany.
As their wedding spanned four days, they kicked off the festivities with a rehearsal dinner at Limestone Terrace Vineyard. For the occasion, Andria donned a silk dress with spaghetti straps, a low back and playful fringe from Watters Designs. She accessorized with Jeffrey Campbell cowboy boots to represent the Texas Hill Country and statement earrings. The bride-to-be has her hair done in a waterfall braid. “I felt like I was channeling Kacey Musgraves,” she says. Chad looked dapper in a gray suit jacket, white button-up shirt and black dress pants.
For their rehearsal dinner, a white linen table runner, brightly colored flowers and votive candles were lined up on wooden tables. The duo had each place with plaid napkins and a sprig of greenery. During the event, friends and family joined the couple to eat a family-style pasta dinner and listen to live music.
On the morning of her wedding day, Andria got ready with her wedding party in floral dresses. For the glam, the bride chose natural, timeless makeup that showcased a fresh, glowing complexion. “I didn’t want to do anything too trendy or look too bold,” she explains. She had her hair tied back in an effortless bun, secured with a pearl bobby pin from Twigs & Honey. Andria finished her look with light pink polish on her nails and a spritz of Kai’s Body Glow.
Andria slipped into a silk crepe dress with embroidered lace, an open back and a plunging neckline from Something Blue Vancouver for the big day. “This dress felt the most ‘me’ to me – no frills, no sequins, no tulle and just a touch of lace,” the bride shares. “The silhouette was simple, comfortable, chic and, in my opinion, incredibly timeless.”
After putting on her dress, Andria shared a sweet first look with her dad.
The bride teamed her dress with pearl earrings from Anthropologie and a rose gold diamond necklace from Blue Nile, which Chad gave her.
Chad used Suitsupply for his wedding outfit. He wore an off-white tuxedo jacket with peak lapels, a black bow tie, and black dress pants.
We have no regrets, and walking down the aisle was always such a special moment for us.
Before saying “yes”, Andria and Chad decided to do a first look, so they could take pictures and share an intimate moment together. “We have no regrets, and walking down the aisle was always such a special moment for us since Chad got to see the whole look come together – the veil, the bouquet and especially my dad who walked with me,” notes Andria. The couple’s labradoodle, Leo, was nearby which made the moment even more special.
The duo wanted their closest friends and family to be by their side, so they had eight bridesmaids and eight groomsmen. Andria let her team choose her own dress in a shade from a designated color palette. “The colors and fabrics turned out better than I could have imagined, and I loved the personality and color that each girl brought to our wedding,” Andria raves. The groomsmen wore black tuxedos, so Chad’s jacket would stand out.
Andria’s nieces served as bridesmaids and wore white dresses with Etsy’s tulle skirts with blush flower-embroidered cowboy boots to fit the country theme. The couple’s daughter also played an important role in their nuptials.
A lush hedge of hydrangeas and garden roses lined the grassy driveway. “The flowers in the aisle of the ceremony were designed in such a way as to put all the attention on our exchange of vows,” remarks Andria. Instead of a formal altar, the couple decided to exchange vows under an oak tree. Guests watched the ceremony unfold on wooden benches.
Andria waltzed down the aisle with her dad as Yoke Lore’s “Truly Madly Deeply” played. The father-daughter duo brought their own twist to the tradition of the ceremony. “My father and I surprised the guests with a glass of tequila halfway through the procession before walking down the aisle,” the bride recalled.
Before the bride walked down the aisle, no one could find the ring bearer, the Leo couple’s dog. Just as Andria was about to start her procession, she called out Leo’s name, and he came running towards her. “I looked him in the eye and said, ‘Leo, go to Chad’ and pointed in the direction of the ceremony,” she recalled. “The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. Leo instinctively understood me and ran straight to the ceremony site and walked down the aisle. We never even practiced that!
The couple had a close family friend to officiate the ceremony and they recited traditional vows. “Reciting our ‘I do’s and walking down the aisle with our little family was a moment we will cherish forever,” Andria exclaims. “It was so special to include them in our day, and after all the postponements and venue changes, the whole wedding felt like it was always meant to be at Wimberley.”
After exchanging wedding rings and sharing their first kiss as newlyweds, the couple (and their daughter) retired to The Black Keys’ “Gold on the Ceiling.”
To stick with the Western-inspired theme, beer burros and a welcome sign reading “Let’s Party Y’all” greeted guests.
For a nod to their native Italian locale, Andria chose Aperol Spritz for their signature drink, and Chad went with a gin and tonic. Each drink came with a personalized rose gold mirrored stirrer, showcasing their last name.
Guests found their table assignments on ceramic and terracotta flower pots, which the bride and groom reused after the wedding.
The couple and their guests dined under twinkling lights at a long table, which was an idea of their quirky wedding plans in Tuscany. To create the setup, they had 11 interconnected 8-foot tables covered in neutral linens. Floral centerpieces, ribbed candles and stoneware taper candles decorated the tables. For another homage to Italy, their table numbers were travertine tiles sketched in Italian.
The duo had each place setting with cream-speckled chargers, folded linen napkins, menu cards with each guest’s name, matt charcoal cutlery, etched water glasses and fine-stemmed glassware.
The bride and groom listened to speeches from friends and family before speaking a few words to their guests.
Andria and Chad shared their first dance as newlyweds to Disclosure’s “Help Me Lose My Mind.”
Before cutting into their one-tier buttercream cake, the couple updated their wardrobe. Andria changed into a copper silk midi dress from Petal & Pup and sparkly heels from Jeffrey Campbell, and she changed her hairstyle to a half-up look. During the debut of her second dress, the sounds of Stevie Nicks’ song “Edge of Seventeen” wafted around her. Chad swapped his tux for a red bathing suit. “Honestly, it couldn’t be more ‘us’ in the photos, where I’m heading to the dance floor in sparkly heels, and he’s dancing next to me barefoot.”
The bride and groom spent the rest of the evening dancing with loved ones and heading to the photo booth. Despite numerous postponements and a change of venue, Andria and Chad couldn’t have imagined a better celebration of their love.