Cedars Focus Group

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 right decisions. 

Our meeting kicked off in the yurt, where we reviewed the site map and construction plans. Our focus group included Jamie and Ryan from HA Architecture. We were joined by Kimberley Bentley, wedding and events planner with Silver Thistle Events. You may remember that it was the lovely and talented Kimberley that planned our Open House last year. Wedding photography Amy Gawlik, of Al Gawlik Photography also kindly came on board for the day. 

We visited the future event bar and dance hall site, and discussed various wedding and event uses of the indoor and outdoor spaces. 

Kimberley and Amy shared a lot of really helpful information with us, providing us with a much clearer idea of how our guests may want to move throughout the space, and how wedding planners may use the different facilities and features. 

As well as considering the future built structures, we also wanted feedback on landscaping needs and how to integrate our outdoor wedding ceremony sites with our wedding and event campus. Here's one of our larger outdoor wedding ceremony sites, within short walking distance ...

Everyone was in awe of one of our favorite trees adjacent to the outdoor wedding ceremony area! Amy was imagining some gorgeous wedding shots by its base. Kimberley predicted it would be a key climbing attraction for wedding guest children! 

Towards the end of the day, the sun finally emerged as Stan from Lighthouse Solar visited! While the solar panels won't be erected until the final phases of dance hall construction, we needed to confirm the electric needs of the project while the foundation is being prepared.

A big thank you to everyone in our focus group for helping us move forward with this vision. It is very much appreciated and valued.

Before we sign off, a special congratulations to our architect Jamie Crawley, HA Architecture, for being one of 18 architects in the nation to recently receive the 2018 Young Architect Architect Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Well done!

Until next week,

Marilyn & Bill

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