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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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    A Yurt Thanksgiving

    We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. To those of you not living in the US, we hope you had a wonderful weekend also!We have so much to be thankful for. Bill and I were hoping we could host family Thanksgiving in the yurt this year, and we did!   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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    The Yurt Is Up!!

    Yes, it's true! The moment has finally arrived! Our yurt is up!We thought the rain at the start of last week was going to hamper our yurt building efforts.   Read More...

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    Yurt Floor Plan

    Work continues on our yurt construction this week. The start of the week saw a lot of electrical work being done. You can see the electric outlets cut into the yurt platform below ... With a peak under the yurt decking, you can see the box is in place ... Here's Bill checking out some of the yurt floor plan details that are been drawn on the subfloor.   Read More...

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    12 Days of Painting!!

    Let me tell you all - it has been a busy busy week! We have been working from sun up to sun down, painting all the yurt boards. Whew!   Read More...

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    Pillars, Platforms & Lattices

    Things have been moving swiftly along here at The Cedars Ranch this week as we continue to prepare for our yurt construction. Here's the crew from Santiago Concrete, a company based here in Wimberley, pouring and shaping the concrete posts ...Here are the completed concrete pillars that will support the timber platform, upon which will rest our brand new yurt ... The timber for the platform arrived just in time ... Our platform is coming along nicely, as you can see ... Meanwh...  Read More...

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    Whitewashing & Moonflowers

    While the rain has been a welcome visitor here in the Texas Hill Country, it has slightly delayed our efforts in moving forward with our yurt. Luckily the past few days have been dry and sunny, and we've jumped at the opportunity to keep unloading our crates and whitewashing our yurt rafters and lattice frames!Here we are opening those tricky shipment crates ... We laid out the lattice structures that will form the walls of the yurt. This is 1 of the 2 side walls ...Here's Bill and ...  Read More...

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    The Yurt Has Arrived!

    Our yurt has arrived!! It has been all hands on deck this week, as we move forward with preparing for our new yurt dwelling! The yurt arrived in various shipping containers ...Luckily we rented a Bobcat to help us unload the various containers from the delivery truck ... Here's a big one ...Well you know Bill and I had some fun during the process! I call this one "Balancing Act"!   Read More...

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    Yurt Platforming & Tree Trimming

    Great news! Our yurt is finally on its way and due to be delivered later this week. The next step in preparations is building the yurt platform.   Read More...

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    Garden Abundance & Beauty

    Our garden and orchards are abounding in beauty, growth and activity. They are such fun places to be! Thanks to our permaculture gardener Paige Dunlap for all her sweet nurturing of our soil, plants and flowers.   Read More...

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    Power Tools & Yurt Preparation!

    We start this week by letting everyone know that we are safe and well in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. We're so grateful!!! A special thanks to Kathie and Mike for taking us in!   Read More...

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    Nature Photo Challenge

    With working outside lately to prepare for our yurt (more about that next week!), plus all the excitement of the solar eclipse, we've been focusing on the outdoors this week, and the beauty and wonder therein!In particular, this week a facebook friend nominated me for a Nature Photo Challenge - to post a photo of nature on my facebook page every day for 7 days. I duly accepted! Will you?Nature Photo Challenge Day 1:Loving the variety of butterflies in the garden ...Nature Photo Challenge Day 2:P...  Read More...

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    Permaculture Queens

    For the past few weeks Marisa Negri has been volunteering every Wednesday at The Cedars Ranch, helping our gardener Paige Dunlap. This week we go behind-the-scenes with Marisa! Here she is pruning some flowers in our garden …We met Marisa one evening when Bill and I were out for dinner.   Read More...

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    Green Grants & Incentives

    Here at The Cedars Ranch, being eco-conscious, climate responsible, and respectful and efficient in how we use natural resources is an important part of how we want to do business. To this aim, we have been researching available support out there in terms of grants and incentives for going “green”. Is there financial assistance available to help us develop a renewable energy campus?   Read More...

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    Dance Hall Reveal & Beautiful Butterflies!

    We’ve got another exciting reveal for you this week!! Our local architects, HA Architecture have been working on producing a rendering for the inside of our dance hall. Here’s Jamie mid creative process …Here is the newest dance hall design …We love seeing these spaces come to life!   Read More...

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    Your Feedback - Speakers, Programs & Events

    We here at The Cedars Ranch have been busy developing a schedule of speakers, programs and events for our first year of operation, i.e. September 2018 – September 2019. Up until now, we have mostly been focusing on the wedding market, but The Cedars Ranch will offer much more than a place for wedding and celebration. It's super exciting for us to start to strategize and plan for our first year.   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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    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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    Enchanted Garden

    This week we’re taking you on a special wander through our garden. It’s blooming in all kinds of beauty, activity and enchantment! Thank you to our gardener Paige Dunlap for all her hard work and sweet dedication to mother nature here at The Cedars Ranch!Look at this delicious mix of delicate Violas and luscious Swiss Chard here in our garden raised beds …Beautiful vivid blue Delphinium and flourishing Dill …Look what is hanging out on the African Basil …Do you spot the Foxglove climber on an ad...  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...

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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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    The Wimberley Garden Tour

    What a wonderful day we had on Saturday, being one of the featured gardens on The Wimberley Garden Club's annual Garden Tour!We had a steady stream of visitors all day. In the words of our friend Paige Dunlap, who’s our gardener here at The Cedars: “I felt that many people were very inspired and lit up when they entered the garden. Even though we are very new on the scene, I felt well received by the community.” Here’s some Wimberley Garden Tour visitors enjoying our garden …Thanks to ...  Read More...

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    Come Join The Wimberley Garden Tour!

    This week we're excited to announce that The Cedars Ranch will be featured in this Saturday's Wimberley Garden Tour! Presented by the Wimberley Garden Club, and joined by the Wimberley Valley Art League, The Cedars Ranch will be one of 7 “unique gardens” visited by participants on the annual tour of gardens in the Wimberley area.Come join us for a wonderful day! For more information visit the Wimberley Garden Club website: www.wimberleygardenclub.org Let’s have a quick BEFORE and AFTER glim...  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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    The Seeders

    It’s not all brides, make-up and glamorous style shoots here at The Cedars Ranch! We’re still working hard from the ground up, creating the best possible environment here at The Cedars!In keeping with our focus on sustainable landscaping, and doing what’s best for our Texan ranch land, we’ve been focusing on restoring some of the rough open space near the front of the property to native grassland. For the past week or so, a team of permaculturists* led by Shannon Bro...  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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    Corporate & Organizational Wellness

    Last week we shared some of our wellness vision. This week I want to talk about corporate and organizational wellness.Most of our awake hours are spent between family and work. It is so critical to our well-being that we improve the quality of our work relationships.All the dysfunction that we have learned in our families of origin we bring with us to our workplaces.   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...

  • Tractor Temple & Fairy Flitting!

    It’s 2017! Happy New Year to everyone, from The Cedars Ranch team! We are very grateful that you are part of our onward adventure here at The Cedars.   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...

  • Raised Beds, Roofing, Siding, Framing!

    It's been another busy construction week at The Cedars Ranch. Let's go on a tour and show you our latest updates!GardenOur first stop is the garden. Our stonemasons are making a lot of progress with our stone pathways and raised garden beds.   Read More...

  • So Much Good Design

    Work on our maintenance and garden shed continues this week. The 12 foot walls are framed, and the first section of the ridge beam has just been installed. Here's Tony and Matt, from Southern Exposure setting the rafters.We're loving some of the comments from the Southern Exposure crew on social media, about working at The Cedars ... "Our crew which includes Paige, Tony, Matt, and I have been getting to install SO much good design at The Cedars Ranch in Wimberley, Texas.   Read More...

  • Garden & Fairy Updates!

    This week, we're back to the garden!Garden GazeboCheck out the progress with our beautiful stone pathways leading to our garden gazebo. This is our very own stone reclaimed from the land too. Isn't this beautiful? As you can see, our stone masons are true artists.Work is continuing on the rest of the garden surrounding the gazebo.   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...

  • Irish Visitors & Floor Puzzles

    This week we had some special visitors at The Cedars. Fiona and Tara flew all the way from Ireland to visit us and view progress at the ranch!! Well, Fiona was actually in the US to visit her sister Brenda, who is part of our Cedars Ranch team!   Read More...

  • Decisions, Decisions

    This week we’ve been busy making decisions! This is the first time that we have been part of a building project and we are so grateful for our architectural teams!!! After meeting with Micah, our landscape architect (Coleman and Assoc), over more site plan specifics we had final choices to make with Jamie, our Austin architect (HA Architecture), over material choices for our house, the Dance Hall and the Reception Pavilion.Here’s Jamie and Micah reviewing some ideas …Some of o...  Read More...

  • Octagonal Gazebos & Abundant Orchards!

    It's been another busy week here at The Cedars Ranch. The Southern Exposure crew, Kirby, Paige, Tony and Matt have been continuing their hard work under the Texan sunshine, finishing the garden gazebo and planting the berms.Here's some photos of the continued construction of the new garden's octagonal gazebo ... Kirby and Matt figuring it out ...Look at that pretty roof structure ... Our beautiful new gazebo is nearly finished ...Elsewhere on the land, the permaculture crew have been p...  Read More...

  • Constructing the Gazebo

    If you've been following us the last few weeks, you'll know that we've had the "Southern Exposure" permaculture team out on our land, transforming our garden and sections of the surrounding landscape. Well, the work continues! This week the focus has been on constructing our new garden gazebo. While sitting down to redesign our garden a few weeks ago, we both jumped at the chance to include a gazebo in our upgraded garden plans.   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...

  • Eco-Friendly Counters & Ticket Giveaways!

    In choosing products and materials for our future home and event venue, it is helpful to learn about which product lines are greener, and why. This week brought the opportunity to learn from specialists at BMC at their Design Center. What makes a product "Eco-friendly"? There are so many angles to consider:How far does the product travel?How much of the product is made from recycled material or easily renewable material?What are the practices of the business that make them greener...  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...

  • New Perspectives, Overflowing Garden & Fawn Visits

    We both returned this week from an extended vacation in Atlantic Canada. It was so nice to return to The Cedars. It really does feel like home.   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...

  • Concrete and Color!

    It has been a busy and exciting week at The Cedars. We ended last week with the foundation frame for the event bar / shed shack in place. Well, as of yesterday, we have a fully laid colored foundation!   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...

  • Why "The Cedars"?

    This week we wanted to share a little bit about why we called our future wedding venue and wellness retreat “The Cedars” / “The Cedars Ranch”.Well, the most obvious reason may seem to be that we have a whole lot of beautiful Cedar trees on our 20 acres of Texan hill country land ...... But “The Cedars” / “The Cedars Ranch” seemed like the perfect name for many more reasons than that.The place where Bill grew up going to in the summer, in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, is called “The Cedars” and has m...  Read More...

  • Lessons Learned Thanks to the RV

    Usually we will be using this spot in your week to update you. Today we include a few pictures of recent additions and “events” but decided on a more reflective focus also. Relaxation is important to Bill and I but also what we want The Cedars to offer to others. Cedars are actually symbolic, as a plant, meaning healing and restoration.   Read More...

  • The Big Reveal!

    It’s the week before construction starts and we felt it was perfect timing to share the first renderings of our future campus here at The Cedars Ranch, with you all!!We’ve been working with award-winning Canadian architects, The Acre, for over a year now, helping us realize our vision of a modern, elegant and eco-conscious event space and wellness destination designed for hosting weddings, receptions, corporate events and wellness retreats.And now the moment we’ve all been wait...  Read More...

  • Goodbye Austin, Hello Hill Country!

    It’s official! We are now permanent residents at The Cedars Ranch, 506 Burnett Ranch Road, Wimberley! Goodbye Austin, Hello Hill Country!   Read More...