Andrea & Matt: A Traditional Wedding in Austin, TX

Andrea first met Matt back in high school.  To me, he was an older, and much too cool, junior, she recalls. To him, I was his friend's little sister.

Andrea first met Matt back in high school. To me, he was an older, and much too cool, junior, she recalls. To him, I was his friend's little sister. They gradually became friends and kept in touch all through college. After graduation, both moved back to Houston and began spending more time together -- still just as friends. Then literally one day it all changed, and from that moment we never looked back, says Andrea. The Bride Andrea Little, 25, law student The Groom Matthew (Matt) Gentle, 27, insurance broker The Date May 27 After becoming engaged, the two started planning a mini-destination wedding in the Texas Hill Country, an area special to the bride and groom. With a full weekend of wedding events for their 350 guests, fun was guaranteed.

Green taffeta linens covered the tables at Andrea and Matt's reception. They made such a wonderful bright welcome to the ballroom, says the bride.  While their guests sat at round tables, Andrea and Matt dined with their wedding party and families at a pair of banquet tables with low arrangements of orchids and roses set down the center.
Andrea and Matt's menus, along with many of their other paper items, were created in a deep purple hue and incorporated the couple's logo. Each was tucked inside a deep purple napkin.
The pews at Andrea and Matt's ceremony were adorned with clusters of white hydrangeas and tulips tied with gold ribbon. I wanted the decor to be simple and not distracting, explains the bride.
Andrea and Matt's wedding cake featured seven tiers covered in alternating patterns of gold and ivory sugar balls and thick gold stripes of fondant. Inside, the flavors alternated between traditional Italian cream and white chocolate truffle torte.
Andrea and Matt's guests tossed green flower petals into the air as the newlyweds made their escape.
The escort cards doubled as favors. The purple cards were affixed with brown ribbon to boxes of Junior Mints.
Andrea's 12 bridesmaids -- yes 12! -- and four cousins all wore custom-made silk dupioni dresses with bubble skirts.
Orchid blossoms pinned to branches created a unique treelike effect, blooming upward from the brilliantly hued, low centerpieces of orchids.
The bright green and white bridesmaid bouquets were filled with button mums, orchids, roses, and hypericum berries.
Andrea and Matt exchanged traditional vows in their wedding ceremony, which also included songs performed by a group of nine Austin singers and musicians. The selections included Seasons of Love from the musical Rent, in honor of the bride's background in theater.