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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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    A Garden Visit

    Take a little break today and come visit our garden here at The Cedars Ranch! Bill's son Billy Orr, professional photographer living close by in Austin, visited recently and had some fun taking photos in the garden. We've been enjoying spending time in our flourishing organic garden, making sure it's ready to host small wedding ceremonies in the coming months. Visit our "Wedding Special" webpage for our current garden wedding ceremony offer. Aren't these poppi...  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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    Luxury Eco Yurt at The Cedars Ranch

    You’ve seen it being built from the ground up! You’ve seen the lattices and rafters being painted under the seering Texan sun. You've been with us from the construction of the platform under the trees, to the erection of the tent itself.   Read More...

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    Great Hall Progress

    It’s been all about the “trusses” this week, here at The Cedars Ranch!!The trusses are the framework of wood and steel that will support the roof of our venue’s great hall. Viewing an architectural rendering of our completed great hall here below, you can see the triangular truss structures supporting the high lofty roof. The style of these trusses help create this open and expansive feel within our great hall - one of the signature features of our modern great hall archi...  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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    And The Winner Is ...

    A huge THANK YOU to everyone who shared their ad image preferences with us this week! It has been so much fun to see you all cast your votes and read your comments, whether on facebook or via email. We loved hearing from everyone.So the votes have been counted!   Read More...

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    Magazine Ad Options: Cast Your Vote!

    This week we have a fun interactive activity! We would really like for you to help us choose the best magazine ad image and design to move forward with. We are gearing up for the Fall 2017 issue of the Texas Wedding Guide and The Knot Texas Spring/Summer 2018 issue.   Read More...

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    Wedding Style Shoot Exposé part 3

    Welcome back to the final part of our wedding style shoot exposé. A big thank you again to Sydney from Olive and Belle events and Dreamy Elk Photography, as well as all our other amazing style shoot wedding vendors!Have we saved the best for last? You can be the judge of that!This photo took our breath away ... We love the whimsical and elegant feel of these shots, and the gorgeous radiant early evening light at the ranch.Style shoot models Aubrey Moore and Bailey Hamer are wearing dresses ...  Read More...

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    Wedding Style Shoot Exposé part 2

    Welcome back to part 2 of our 3-part wedding style shoot exposé. A big thank you again to Sydney from Olive and Belle events and Dreamy Elk Photography, as well as all our other wonderful style shoot wedding vendors!This week our gorgeous wedding style shoot photos take an adventurous and bohemian turn!The Photo Bus came to join the party! This bright and shiny red VW van functions as a hip and trendy photo booth for weddings.   Read More...

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    Wedding Style Shoot Exposé part 1

    Our official wedding style shoot photos are back! And they are AMAZING!! There are so many gorgeous images to show you and awesome wedding vendors to mention, that we’ll need 3 blog posts to share everything with you!   Read More...

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    Having a Ball!

    We attended our first ever black tie masquerade ball this week! To say we were excited, was an understatement!The wonderful people that run The Bridal Extravaganza and produce the Austin Wedding Guide were hosting a 30th anniversary celebration of their bridal show and magazine. What a phenomenal event!Held at Onion Creek Ballroom in Austin, the event kicked off with decadent cocktails and eclectic entertainers, followed by an evening of delicious food, live music and dancing, along with plenty ...  Read More...

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    Style Shoot Sneak Peek!

    What a fun blogpost we have to share with you this week! The Cedars Ranch hosted its first wedding style shoot last Thursday! A huge thank you to Sydney Campbell of Olive and Belle and the many incredible wedding vendors and models who made it all happen.   Read More...

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    Open House Reveal part 3

    This week is our final installment of our Open House reveal! We finish our tour, by taking a little walk past where our future reception pavilion will be, to our second outdoor wedding ceremony site.Nestled among some of our favorite majestic live oak trees, lays this beautiful natural setting for exchanging wedding vows. Special thanks to Wow Factor Floral and Silver Thistle Weddings for setting up this elegant sacred space.Close by, sweet music is wafting through the air, thanks to Jeremy...  Read More...

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    Open House Reveal part 2

    Welcome to part 2 of our Open House reveal! As you know, we held our first Open House event a few weeks ago, and would love to share more of this event with you.Now let's take a pleasant short walk across the grass to our Event Bar.A big thank you again to Kimberley Bentley from Silver Thistle Weddings, who coordinated and styled this whole event. Loving this bar set up.   Read More...

  • Our Open House Countdown!

    This week, we are all about preparing for our upcoming Open House!! The countdown is on to Sunday February 19th! This will be the first event held at The Cedars Ranch, and we’re really excited to be offering this “sneak peek” of our future wedding venue to the public!Of course, we would LOVE to see you all there!   Read More...

  • The Bridal Extravaganza, Extravaganza!

    This weekend was a busy one for The Cedars Ranch team. All day Saturday and Sunday, we were exhibiting The Cedars Ranch at Austin's largest wedding show, the "Bridal Extravaganza", in the Palmer Events Center. We had a great 2 days, and met lots of wonderful couples, families and other wedding vendors.   Read More...

  • Flying over The Cedars Ranch

    As promised, here's our latest aerial video of The Cedars Ranch showing our construction and landscaping progress so far. Our maintenance and garden shed looks so good! We think it definitely makes our tractors look sexy! What a difference a year makes!   Read More...

  • Tree Pruning & Ladybug Meetings

    This week we've had Bartlett Tree Experts out on our land, tree pruning to their hearts' content!! We're excited at the impact all the pruning is having, and love getting our trees cared for!They are focusing on our outdoor wedding ceremony site, for now. That area has a lot of beautiful trees, but they need some tender loving care! We're having our first “Open House” in February, and we’d love to share a beautiful outdoor ceremony site with visiting brides...  Read More...

  • Back Walls & Breathing Spaces

    The Southern Exposure crew continued work on the inside of our garden and maintenance shed, this week. Here, you can see the back wall going up (just in time for this cold weather!) ...Otherwise, things have been a little quieter on the land this week. As you know, all our garden stonework and construction is completed, and awaiting planting.   Read More...

  • Presenting ... The Cedars Ranch!

    This Sunday was our big Bridal Extravaganza day! This was our first time exhibiting The Cedars Ranch at a public event. We had a blast!The set up began on Friday, in the Austin Convention Center.   Read More...

  • Drawing, Dreaming and Browsing!

    This week was an exciting week for us! We spent some time drawing, dreaming and browsing with our own kitchen in mind. As you can see in the photo below, our current kitchen is not very big!   Read More...

  • Going Green at The Cedars Ranch

    This week we thought we would share a little about how The Cedars Ranch is “going green”. Environmental responsibility and sustainability are central values for us, in the development and operation of The Cedars. Being eco-conscious, climate responsible, and simply just "smart" in how we use natural resources, feels good to us, is good for the planet and is good business sense too. GREEN BUILDING DESIGNWanting both incredibly beautiful and sustainable design, we h...  Read More...

  • Jump on board for an aerial tour!

    We have a special treat for you this week! We are bringing you on an aerial tour of our 20 acres of Texas hill country magic! Check out our drone video below ...   Read More...