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    Día De Los Muertos

    On the eve of Hallowe'en and The Day of the Dead, we thought it appropriate to share a super fun "Día De Los Muertos” (Mexican "Day of the Dead") event we attended last week, as part of the Austin International Live Events Association's (ILEA) program of social events for members and potential members. The Austin chapter is one of ILEA's largest and most vibrant chapters in the world, and being a new event venue, we thought it would be fun for Th...  Read More...

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    Green Considerations

    We are at that stage of construction for our new wedding venue and wellness retreat, where the detailed design decisions and product selections made many months ago begin to take shape. While we are building a “green” venue (i.e. with solar panels and rainwater collection), this point in our construction journey illustrates the importance of planning and confirmation of design decisions in the development of a sustainable venue.Preparation for rainwater harvesting system on grea...  Read More...

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    Great Hall Updates

    We have some more progress updates on our new wedding and event venue this week! For one thing, our great hall shou-sugi-ban exterior wood cladding is nearly complete. It is such a beautiful material.   Read More...

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    The Story of Place: HA Architecture

    We have to say, it is incredibly rewarding to see your client's dreams begin to literally take shape and even more touching to share those moments with them on site... We are HA Architecture and though it is often said form may follow function we also believe form follows fiction. In this case, this is a story about collaboration, dreaming big and believing we all seem to be a verb.PHOTOS: Art Barn + Garden Folie at The Cedars Ranch (left) and Site Development in studio (right)The story of p...  Read More...

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    We Are What We Create: Acre Architects

    SHAPING CULTURAL IDENTITY – OPERATING ON THE FRINGEArchitecture can convey stories. In the end architecture is something that rethinks the way we see ourselves and the way we live our lives. At their philosophical core, The Acre believes – WE ARE WHAT WE CREATE – and the beginnings of The Cedars Ranch is a testament to the values of a team that espouses this way of living.Building practice in a Canadian province with only 11 Architects under the age of 40, is a testament to the...  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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    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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    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 Jameson Inte...  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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    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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    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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    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Going Online, Magical Sunsets & Love Stories!

    This weekend we attended our first annual meeting and picnic at Burnett Ranch River Park (www.burnettranchriverpark.com). This is a private park for the property owners and members of Burnett Ranch. We are now one of those lucky property owners!   Read More...