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    Sparks, Trusses & Epic Roof Moments

    Sparks are flying here at The Cedars Ranch! Don't worry - they are all good sparks! The bolts we needed for our great hall trusses were so long we couldn’t buy them, so instead our amazing steel team are making them!   Read More...

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    Great Hall & Event Bar Transformations

    Construction is moving forward at a steady pace here at The Cedars Ranch, the past few weeks. Grady Burnette Builders are doing a great job bringing the vision to life.  Remember those roof trusses we saw being made a few weeks ago for the great hall?   Read More...

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    Classic Construction at The Cedars Ranch

    Great hall construction continues this week at The Cedars Ranch, this time in sophisticated black and white! Check out these classic shots taken by our local architect Jamie Crawley, with HA Architecture.We shared with you previously about the fabrication of the roof trusses. This week the trusses were lifted and moved in order to prepare them for painting.   Read More...

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    Announcing Our Garden Wedding Ceremony Special!

    As we hinted last week, we have a "Wedding Special" announcement to share with you! As you know, our venue opens late Fall 2018, but our gorgeous enclosed garden with gazebo is already in bloom and ready to go! We don't have to wait to share the goodness and beauty.   Read More...

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    Love is Love: LGBT Wedding Expo

    The Cedars Ranch team had a super fun Sunday afternoon, exhibiting at the Rainbow Wedding Network’s ‘Same Love, Same Rights’ LGBT Wedding Expo! We haven't exhibited our venue at a wedding show since June last year, so we were excited to be back on the road and spreading the word about our new wedding venue! Here’s our customary crazy photo booth team shot before the show started!! TheTravelingPhotoBooth.comThe wedding expo was held at the Omni Hotel, downtown Aus...  Read More...

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    Why Native Plants Matter

    Recently Bill (and Marilyn a little) took a course at Texas’ official Botanical Garden, Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center on Native Plants. This is an amazing center with lots to see, classes and amazing resources based on constant research.We thought it would be fun to share some of what we learned. We learned it for Texas but the principles apply everywhere.   Read More...

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    Wedding Venue Updates

    With construction now well underway, we are full steam ahead advertising and promoting our new wedding venue. We’re currently updating our brochure for 2 upcoming wedding shows we'll be exhibiting at, and thought we'd bring you all up-to-date on some of the brochure changes too! Plus, as always, we'd love your feedback.Our Booking TimelineGiven our construction timeline, we're scheduled to be ready for weddings and events by late Fall this year.   Read More...

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    Yurt: All Hands On Deck

    Amid all the excitement of our dance hall construction, work has still been continuing on the yurt. For the past few weeks Gary Woolfolk and Bill have been building a railing surrounding the raised yurt deck. Here's Gary and Bill hard at work ...   Read More...

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    Foundation From Sunrise to Sunset

    This week was a big week for The Cedars Ranch, as the foundation was poured for our new gorgeous dance hall! It's sunrise over The Cedars Ranch, and the activity is about to start ... Everyone's busy as the concrete is being poured ...The workers polish the newly poured concrete to ensure a smooth and even surface ...Such a big part of the story of The Cedars Ranch is its Canadian "roots". Not only because Marilyn is from Canada, but our amazing architects that have h...  Read More...

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    Cedars Focus Group

    Even though we are still in the early stages of our dance hall construction and site development, this is the time when we need to pin down key structural and design decisions such as where we need electricity outlets, what are our lighting requirements, and certain traffic flow considerations throughout the site. To this aim, our local project architect Jamie Crawley of HA Architecture convened a meeting here at The Cedars Ranch this week with some key wedding professionals, to help us make the...  Read More...

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    Magic of Spring!

    While construction had to slow down this week due to the rain, the garden has been coming back to life! Our broccoli and brussel sprouts have been loving all this rain ...We saw this quote recently, and felt it was appropriate for noticing the beauty of Spring around us here at The Cedars Ranch: "The world is full of magic things patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper." ~ W.B. YeatsWe planted a bunch of bluebonnets, but these guys came up on their own in the garden granite!   Read More...

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    Here Come The Plumbers

    Moving along with the exciting momentum of breaking ground last week, the next step is preparing our dance hall site for plumbing. Here are the plumbing crew on site... The team must first measure and mark out where the trenches will go for the eventual plumbing ... Chase is the lead plumber on the team, and is captured here keeping an eye on everything!Time for the big guns! Once measurements are final, it's time to cut some trenches!Trenches are dug and the ground is covered as ...  Read More...

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    CONSTRUCTION HAS STARTED!!!

    IT HAS BEGUN!! Yes, in all caps because we are that EXCITED!!! The construction of The Cedars Ranch event center has commenced!   Read More...

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    Eco Features In The Yurt

    As you know, environmental sustainability is an important value to us here at The Cedars Ranch. There are many ways that our new wedding venue and wellness retreat will be eco-friendly. You can visit our "Green" webpage for more information on how our future event center will be ecologically sustainable and climate responsible. This week we want to share some eco-friendly features in the yurt!Reused and Recycled Materials We both, in conjunction with our interior designers Ja...  Read More...

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    Yurt Updates & Grandbaby Announcements!

    There are still a lot of little details to be completed in the yurt, but we anticipate that in about a month of so it will be ready for weekend rentals. We'll share more about that in a later blogpost! This week our kitchen shelf went up. This is the shelf after Gary Woolfolk, our "master" carpenter coated and sanded it.Our kitchen backsplash tile also went up this week.   Read More...

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    Yurt Finishing Touches Part 2

    The next step in completing the inside of the yurt was hanging all the interior divider curtains and light fixtures. Joshua's back! You may remember him from being part of the team constructing the yurt. Luckily he's not afraid of heights, and is ready to hang some curtains and fixtures!Here we go on another clockwise tour around the yurt, showing you the new curtains and light fixtures!   Read More...

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    Yurt Finishing Touches Part 1

    "What's the latest with the yurt?", we hear you say! Well, this month the interior designers and contractors are putting the finishing touches on our new ranch home. We'll take you on a little tour, clockwise, from our living room library all the way around to our kitchen!   Read More...

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    Butterfly Whisperers of The Cedars Ranch

    Today we thought you'd enjoy some gorgeous shots of various butterflies seen in our garden, orchards and ranch land throughout 2017. If you remember, early last year Bill was getting quite adept at capturing images of butterflies in our garden. So impressive was his skill, we nicknamed him the "Butterfly Whisperer"!! Well, it seems Bill started to generate some competition for the title towards the end of 2017!   Read More...

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    2018: The Vision

    This new year we are all contemplating what 2018 will bring. What does 2018 hold for The Cedars Ranch? What will we be blogging about this time next year?!   Read More...

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    Yurt Christmas Party & Exciting News!

    As the year comes to a close, it's a chance for us both to count all our many blessings and celebrate how far we've come. We feel very fortunate to have so much wonderful support around us - all our friends, family and colleagues, including everyone reading these blogposts (that's you!). We are super appreciative of our small team here at The Cedars Ranch, that helps keep everything ticking along throughout the year!   Read More...

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    It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!

    We started our week getting into the festive mood, decorating our yurt and surrounding trees with Christmas lights and ornaments. How fun! Little did we know that later in the week nature was going to provide us with her own type of Christmas decoration!Look how cozy this scene looks!   Read More...

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    A Tale of One Yurt Wall

    Drywalling was the big thing going on this week! If you are familiar with yurts at all, you have probably mostly seen open plan yurts with no internal walls. As our yurt is a large "family-size" yurt, and we want it to be a fully functioning self-contained home, we need some internal walls to separate our restroom and kitchen area.   Read More...

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    Momentous Moments & Moving In

    This week has been moving in week! What joy! While the yurt is still not fully completed inside, we have been making a lot of headway, and we're already reaping the benefits of our new "home"!Perhaps not the most glamorous place to start this week, but still important; our yurt septic tank went in on Wednesday and passed inspection!This week Bill and I became experts at IKEA assembly!! Here's one of our completed IKEA bookcases volunteering as a pantry in our yurt kitchen ...  Read More...

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    Yurt Love At First Sight!

    Here's our fully constructed yurt in all it's glory. Ta dah ... !!Now it's time to prepare it so we can move in!Here's Marilyn staining the front doors ...The builders were kept busy this week building the stairs up to our back door ... and putting up the internal walls ...It is super exciting to start moving in some of our furniture and appliances.   Read More...

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    Cedars Creatures

    We often get asked, especially by friends not living in Texas, “What wildlife do you have?” We thought it might be fun to share a list of the different creatures we live with here, especially during this pre-open season while it is quiet here. This is not an exhaustive list but is a good start!Some of the bigger animals here include:Deer (pictured above)Grey FoxArmadilloRed SquirrelGrey SquirrelEastern Black-Necked Garter Snake (pictured below)Smaller Creatures:Texas Brown Turan...  Read More...

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    Double Celebration!

    Great news! Borrowed & Blue, a popular national go-to wedding planning website, has just published our style shoot, entitled "Rustic Wine-Hued Romance Styled Shoot’s Wedding". Here's the link to check it out: https://www.borrowedandblue.com/us/weddings/rustic-wine-hued-romance-styled-shootNot only that, they loved it so much that, in their words:"We have selected this gem as the creme de la creme ...   Read More...

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    Irish Family at The Cedars Ranch

    Recently we had the good fortune to be visited by our Irish family! Brenda Ryan, our Operations and Sustainability Manager (aka our right-hand woman) is from Ireland, and her parents, even though a continent away, have been supporting us every step of the way since the beginning. It has meant so much to Bill and I to receive their many comments on our social media posts, or private messages of encouragement and friendship along the way. So what a delight it was for everyone, that they trave...  Read More...

  • Teamwork Makes The Dream Work!!

    This week we share some photos from our local architect Jamie Crawley, HA Architecture. He paid us a visit at The Cedars to check out progress with the maintenance shed and garden."It's a great day for a Texas Hill Country excursion and project site visit. The Cedars Ranch is a 20 acre green wedding venue we are fortunate to be a part of with our collaborators Acre Architects of New Brunswick.   Read More...

  • Finished Stonework & Festive Fairies

    There's been huge progress with our maintenance and garden shed this week. Southern Exposure are doing such a great job with the construction and siding. Here's Kirby and Paige hard at work ...We're already starting to store some of our machinery in there! Look how beautiful the inside shed walls look too! In the photo above, you can peek through the gap and see our garden and gazebo in the distance.   Read More...

  • Site Plans, Shed Walls & Mystery Move-Ins

    There's been a lot of exciting movement and progress at The Cedars this week. Yesterday, our local architect, Jamie from HA Architecture, dropped by with a massive roll of newly completed architectural and engineer site plans under his arm!These engineer stamped plans for The Cedars Ranch include structural plans, foundation plans, floor plans, plumping site plans, electrical site plans and much more architectural and engineering detail for our future development. They literally outline the...  Read More...

  • Our Glamorous Life!

    This week the septic specialist was out on the land, testing to see where on the site we can put the new septic system! I know, I know, probably not the most glamorous subject, but we’re excited! This is the next step in moving towards our first foundation being constructed, and our shed shack (future event bar) being moved to its permanent location.   Read More...