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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Garden Makeover Time!

    What a busy 2 weeks here at The Cedars Ranch! The Southern Exposure permaculture team have been hard at work, transforming our garden and adjacent landscape!You all know our garden by now, as we often feature it here in our blog. Well, it’s in the process of getting a HUGE makeover!   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...

  • 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...

  • 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...