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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 these ti...  Read More...

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    Venue Now & After

    This week we thought it would be fun to share some current construction shots of our wedding and events venue here at The Cedars Ranch, and compare them to the "after" images created by our architect team. Now & After: Inside the Great HallThanks to Jamie Crawley, HA Architecture for this black and white photo of the dance of light and shade within our great hall, before the roof is finished. Compare this to a dance of a different kind, once our gorgeous great hall is complete...  Read More...

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    Bridal Extravaganza Vendor Tour

    Last week we shared all about exhibiting The Cedars Ranch at the Bridal Extravaganza wedding show at the Palmer Events Center, Austin, Texas. This week we're bringing you on a little tour through the rest of the wedding show to meet some of the other wedding vendors!! Here's Wow Factor Floral's exhibit booth. We really thought their display had the “wow factor”!   Read More...

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    The Show Is On!

    The Cedars Ranch team were out and about this Sunday, exhibiting our new wedding and events venue at the Bridal Extravaganza wedding show in the Palmer Events Center, Austin, Texas. Booth set up is always fun, but not without its little challenges! While Bill is figuring out how to put the cocktail table together, Marilyn models the cocktail table tablecloth!! Très chic!After managing to reclaim the tablecloth from Marilyn (!), we put the final touches on our booth and we're ready to go!!Fl...  Read More...

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    Sparks, Trusses & Epic Roof Moments

    Sparks are flying here at The Cedars Ranch! Don't worry - they are all good sparks! The bolts we needed for our great hall trusses were so long we couldn’t buy them, so instead our amazing steel team are making them!   Read More...

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    Friends, Chocolate Mint Tea & Wine

    We had the sweet blessing of being visited by our dear friend Brent this week, all the way from New Brunswick, Canada. He, like you all, has been following our progress here at The Cedars Ranch, and was eager to check it out for himself! Here's Bill and Brent at the great hall site ...Brent was happy to be of help during his stay, and there's always plenty work to do on 20 acres of Texas ranch land!   Read More...

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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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    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 poppi...  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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    Luxury Eco Yurt at The Cedars Ranch

    You’ve seen it being built from the ground up! You’ve seen the lattices and rafters being painted under the seering Texan sun. You've been with us from the construction of the platform under the trees, to the erection of the tent itself.   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...