Andy and Melissa found themselves engaged two years after their story first began. They were introduced by a mutual friend and became inseparable soon after. The proposal began with Andy on bended knee at the spot where they first said, “I love you” and ended with Melissa in tears nodding yes. Immediately, Melissa began planning their perfect day.

Andy and Melissa wanted their wedding to be, not only a reflection of their personalities and a symbol of their future life together, but also a time of enjoyment and leisure for their family and friends. They knew they wanted to get married outdoors in the Hill Country, and when they stood on the wedding deck at Old Glory Ranch in Wimberley and took in the scenery of the Blanco River, they knew they had found their ideal wedding location. Melissa remembers, “The beauty and charm of Old Glory Ranch was breathtaking. The open fields, the rustic architecture, the river running across the rocks at the wedding deck…it was intoxicating.”

The wedding weekend began on Friday afternoon with the bride and her friends enjoying lunch and shopping in San Marcos. Meanwhile, the groom and his buddies showed a more adventurous side by cliff diving and speed boating at Canyon Lake. More friends and family joined in the celebration with Melissa and Andy on Friday night at the rehearsal dinner, which was held at Adobe Verde in Gruene. Guests enjoyed a relaxing evening of beer, margaritas, and incredible Mexican food.

The morning of the wedding started at the 6 bedroom house in Wimberley rented by Melissa’s family. Her closest friends soon arrived and were greeted with mimosas and a luncheon of sandwiches, cheeses, and fruits. A frenzy of excitement ensued as hair, makeup, and finishing touches were completed before the bride and her family made their way to Old Glory for the ceremony.

Guests began arriving at the wedding deck at five o’clock where they were handed monogrammed bottles of water and fan programs to enjoy before the ceremony started. At 5:30, a close friend of the bride and groom began playing Steven Curtis Chapman’s “A Parent’s Prayer” on the acoustic guitar as the groom walked his mother down the aisle to her seat and the bride’s mother was seated by a cousin of the bride. The groom and his best man then made their way to the wedding deck to stand next to the officiate of the ceremony, Melissa’s uncle. “My Heart, Your Home” was then played on guitar as the maid of honor, Melissa’s sister and best friend, walked down the aisle to the wedding deck carrying a beautiful bouquet of roses, berries and greenery in hues of yellow, orange, and red. The 2-year old flower girl, cousin of the groom, and ring bearer, cousin of the bride, walked hand in hand down the aisle as guests waited for the bride to arrive.

As the guitar began playing “Entreat Me Not to Leave Thee,” Melissa and her uncle drove up in an antique baby blue Chevrolet pickup truck, a sentimental vehicle that holds many fond memories of her childhood, as the bell tolled from the Chapel Hall signifying that the wedding ceremony had begun. The bride’s uncle helped her out of the truck and led her down a path to where her father was waiting for her. After an emotional walk down the aisle, she finally joined Andy on the wedding deck. After some heartfelt words from Melissa’s mother, her uncle began the ceremony, which he had written specifically for their wedding day. There were very few dry eyes among the 120 guests as Melissa and Andy said their vows and exchanged rings. After they were pronounced husband and wife, Van Morrison’s “Starting a New Life” led them back up the aisle. After the bride and groom were whisked away on the tailgate of the truck, the reception began.

The reception was held in Old Glory’s Chapel Hall and adjoining outdoor pavilion, just a short walk from the ceremony site. The chapel’s wooden architecture, rustic accents, and large windows set the perfect scene for the reception party.

As the couple took pictures, guests were treated to appetizers and drinks on the outdoor pavilion. After the bride and groom were announced, a buffet of barbeque and all the fixings was served. The bride and groom started off the party by dancing to Van Morrison’s “Someone Like You.” The dancing didn’t end there with guests enjoying a night full of line dancing, booty shaking, and old favorites, like “YMCA” and “Shout.” The bride and her friends even attempted the dance from “Thriller!” A favorite memory of the bride and groom was when a close friend of the bride did a hilarious impersonation of Michael Jackson while lip syncing to “Billie Jean.” Another huge hit of the night was the wedding cake, with alternating tiers of vanilla cake with fresh strawberries and cream filling and Dutch chocolate cake with dark chocolate mousse. Guests were even given wedding favors of leaf-shaped cookie cutters with hand-made tags said, “Andy and Melissa-truly cut out for each other.”

After several hours of dancing, laughing, and enjoying the sights and sounds of Old Glory, it was time for Andy and Melissa to leave. Guests showered the bride and groom with dried lavender as they ran to the tailgate of the antique Chevy, complete with tin cans and a hand-made sign that said ‘Just Married.’

The Colliers finally got a little R&R on a weeklong cruise to the Caribbean. “Our wedding couldn’t have been more ideal. We had perfect October weather, a beautiful setting, all of our friends and family surrounding us with love, and wedding that was a perfect reflection of who we are as a couple. We wouldn’t have changed a thing about our night. It was truly a blessing from God, and we will carry those memories in our hearts forever.”

Pictures were taken by Chris Ibe of (820 214-4447) and Suzanne McCord at (512 847-3646)