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    Pathways Forward

    While our main venue buildings here at The Cedars Ranch are nearly complete (our gorgeous great hall and event bar), work moves forward on the landscaping. This week the concrete is being laid for the myriad of pathways that will connect all our outdoor and indoor venue spaces. You can get a better idea of what this entails, by looking at this recent aerial image of our emerging new venue. Pathways will connect our main venue campus (the great hall, event bar and plaza) to our large ou...  Read More...

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    Garden Peek

    Today we take a little peek through our organic flower garden …While all the activity and excitement is happening at our new venue great hall and event bar nearby, our garden remains a peaceful haven here at The Cedars Ranch.Our raised flowerbeds are overflowing in all kinds of beautiful plants and flowers. The fall is one of the best seasons to enjoy our flourishing organic flower garden. It's going to be such a gorgeous location for intimate wedding ceremonies next year.   Read More...

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    Stars of the Garden

    This week we thought we'd give you a little break from construction news at The Cedars Ranch, and head over to our flower garden for a little rest and inspiration! From the rear of the great hall, we view the enclosed flower garden nearby …Even though we are in the height of a scorching Texan Summer, our garden is flourishing thanks to our focus on native and drought tolerant species. Here we peek through the fence to our little garden haven within! Without doubt, the star o...  Read More...

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    More Than Just A Great Hall!

    Construction progress on our new venue "great hall" continues this week. You can begin to see that our great hall is more than just a great hall! The construction crew have been building out the area adjacent to the large open hall space, to the south / south east of the building (left in the photo below).   Read More...

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    Site Tours Announcement

    We're kicking off July with an announcement that we are ready for site tours at The Cedars Ranch! Even though we are still under construction, more and more couples who are interested in our venue for their 2019 wedding, are requesting site visits so they can get a feel for The Cedars Ranch in advance of its completion. So it's official! We are taking bookings for site tours at The Cedars Ranch on Sunday July 29th, at 2pm and 4pm. If you wish to reserve a space for one of ...  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 poppies gorgeous?   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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Our Wellness Vision

    Spring is officially here! We are welcoming plenty of new growth and witnessing the blossoming of ideas and visions, here at The Cedars Ranch.This week we welcomed a healer friend to visit The Cedars. Izzy Swanson is a Reiki Healer with Transformation Reiki, who, like a lot of wellness professionals in the Austin and surrounding area, is interested in running healing and wellness retreats in the Hill Country.   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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...