Peace and Joy on the Blanco River

Since the horrific Memorial Day Flood in 2015, we are proud to have been able to host numerous meaningful events at the Wedding Deck on our glorious stretch of the Blanco River.   The Wedding Deck at Old Glory Ranch has been a sacred place to so many people over the past 20 years.

Just days after the tragic flood we were only expecting to see a barren landscape pilled with rubble.  We got as close as possible to the river with a glimmer of hope for our splendid Wedding Deck Tree.

Although our peaceful paradise was unrecognizable, we spotted a hopeful site of some Cypress branches being pounded by the still raging river.  We just knew it was the top of our “Giving Tree.”   Feeling the emotional words of Frances Scott Keyes, “O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light, what so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming…..”  The swaying branches were so gallantly streaming and ultimately gave proof that our tree was still there!

The Epic Flood changed the landscape of this magical wedding site forever.  However, this magnificent cypress tree has endured an estimated 500 years of weather events to provide a symbol of strength and commitment for so many OGR couples.

We feel very blessed to have been spared this ancient beauty.

As we all learned that night, the river has a mind of its own.  When the Blanco River came ripping through our valley that frightening night, the forceful waters skipped right passed this tiny section of Old Glory Ranch which is so special to so many people.  This was another sign of the sanctification of this tree. What a wonderful foundation this tree provides, as couples exchange vows and begin their married life together.

Surrounded by the few remaining cypress trees, our little piece of heaven is the perfect backdrop for your wedding, baptism, photo shoot or anniversary picnic. Recently, a picturesque baptism began with a blessing in the sparkling waters of the Blanco River.  To the delight of everyone attending, it concluded with the release of doves.   The doves were truly a symbolic gesture of peace with the river.  Also, the sound of the lively flow of water in the background as it makes its way over the smooth rocks is a reminder that water is a symbol of life.

Exactly two years later, with bittersweet reflection, we celebrate and find peace, joy and inspiration on the Blanco River!

Photo Credit:

Anthology Photography & Darcie Westerlund Photography

 

 

Flower Girls and Ring Bearers – Attraction or Distraction?

Should our nieces & nephews be in the wedding, or is this day just about us? 

 

Some couples think it is a family affair while others feel the distraction of children in the ceremony takes away from the bride’s “Queen for a Day Moment”.

 

Making children an attraction at a wedding:

1) Choose appropriate ages for the task. Three to Eight Years Old is usually the ideal age for Flower Girls and Ring Bearers. If you must have a very young child, a wagon pulled by an older participant is a good idea. Taking these young children out after making their appearance, avoids unrealistic expectations.

2) Preparation for the event should include rehearsing. Tell them what a special privilege it is to honor the bride & groom.

3) Emphasize good behavior such as acting like the big boys & girls.

4) Fashionable clothing like Mommy & Daddy can sometimes encourage “best behavior”. Little girls love to be the “Princess for the Day,” while little boys love to dress like Daddy on a special occasion.

5) Attitudes & expressions of children can sometimes ad humor & a sense of relaxation to the ceremony. Old Glory Ranch had a 3 ½ year old twin boy who announced when he exited the chapel after sitting down in the middle of the ceremony, ” ’Dis’ wedding is too ‘Wong’.”

6) When children are expected to stay at the reception, childcare is an excellent idea. Old Glory Ranch provides childcare & entertainment for these children so parents & grandparents can enjoy the celebration. Young children can get very tired & cranky when the evening gets late. Taking young children home after the ceremony is also an option.

Well behaved and adorable children can certainly add great joy to the pomp & circumstance of a wedding. If the bride & groom are set on children in their ceremony, cute kids can lighten the tension & provide wonderful photo opts for the memory book. This is a definite attraction. Some couples still view these precious children as a distraction. When choosing the “attraction” route, always be prepared for the unexpected!

Still on the fence when deciding whether to invite children or not?

Check out these articles from Wedding Wire (The 12 Secrets to Well-Behaved Ring Bearers and Flower Girls) and CNN.com (13 rules for a kid-friendly wedding (or not).

Photos by Darcie Westerlund of Innovative Photography

A Tasty Twist on Texas Hill Country Weddings

Lights, Camera, Action … A Tasty Twist on Texas Hill Country Weddings  

Over the years, Old Glory Ranch has been a stunning backdrop for hundreds of weddings, corporate picnics and team building, private parties and a variety of film and photography shoots at this picturesque Texas Hill Country Ranch. But this was the tastiest scene yet… and it was all about a sandwich!   On August 31st, the captivating Chapel Hall Patio and Oak Grove were transformed into a saucy, smoke filled and buzzing film set making Old Glory Ranch the perfect location as a Texas Hill Country background for smoker pits and briskets.  This is almost a sacramental scenario to a Texan!

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Who knew a sandwich had so many “dressing rooms” (AKA refrigerators), so many “make-up artists” and even a bit of a “movie star attitude.”  It was a glamorous sandwich indeed!  It was also a delight to play host to such a “delicious group” of people at Old Glory Ranch, and we look forward to having them back soon.  They even let us take part in some of the action…roll camera role!


 

Murder Mystery Shocks the Texas Hill Country Wedding Scene

Old Glory Ranch – Saturday, August 27, 2016

“People, we are in a chapel!” Sean Homrig, Murder for Hire, Inc, exclaimed, as he fell all the way to the floor.  It could have been a wedding gone bad at Old Glory Ranch, but in this case, it was MURDER!! The chapel might never be the same as a room full of characters took over Old Glory Ranch for the evening to put their sleuthing skills to the test.  From the teary-eyed widow to the retired Col. Henderson or should I say, “Sir, Colonel, Sir!”, all testified as to who might have killed poor old J.G. Hewitt.  There was no talk of a Texas Hill Country Wedding on this particular Saturday, August 27th evening as Old Glory Ranch hosted its first Murder Mystery Dinner.DSC_0535+Hill_country_weddingDSC_0557+austin_brideDSC_0541+Hill_country_wedding

The first arrivals seemed innocent enough, but then guests began to speculate about the man dressed as a Reverend and the woman in the evening gown. Curiosity gave way to whispers as a delicious dinner was served by Austin Catering and the guests began to fill the chapel. IMG_5974+austin_bride

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The true hilarity and fun took off as the “guests turned suspects” began to shift  the blame onto one another.  At times, the MC was even speechless as he discovered the strength of the hidden talent which resides in Wimberley.   Laughter was heard from far and wide as the MC proclaimed, “I could do this all night!”  Many seemed to agree but ultimately the murderer was revealed and justice was served.

Thanks to Murder for Hire, Inc. and to Austin Catering for a fabulous evening!  If you would like to be added to our list to be contacted for future special events or if you would like to scheduled a tour to see the venue for a potential Texas Hill Country Wedding, visit our contact us page at www.oldgloryranch.com
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Seasonal Touches in a Natural State –

This year, the weatherman may not be forecasting a white Christmas in the hill country, but we just can’t seem to get enough of the beautiful colors popping all over the ranch from the late fall foliage! We love changing seasons, especially this time of year so we are not complaining one bit! Take a look at these “Seasonal Touches” in a natural state.
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Check out some of our favorite seasonal touches and accents that serve as beautiful backdrops at Old Glory Ranch page by following this Link

Old Glory Ranch teams up with Gloriously Inviting

Old Glory Ranch has recently launched a new division of their company helping to make the premier Texas Hill Country wedding and event venue more of a one-stop-shop when planning your event. Now, not only can you have a fabulous Old Glory Ranch wedding with amazing florals by their floral team, but they can also help with your printed materials as well!

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When looking for the perfect set of printed material whether for your invitations, save the dates, stadium cups, RSVP cards, thank you cards, napkins, koozies, reserved signs, wedding programs, fans, GOBO monogram, and escort cards to seating charts the day of, Gloriously Inviting, has you covered. Hundreds of optional products to choose from, thousands of creative ways to make your printed materials stand out! They can even address your invitations for you taking one more stressful thing off the bride. Options include choosing from our creative Design Matrix to a completely Custom Design that can make your invitations truly one-of-a-kind. Your design is as open and creative as your imagination!

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Whether you are taking advantage of having your event on the beautiful Old Glory Ranch or some other ideal location, schedule an appointment for your private consultation at 512-847-3646 or via email at event@oldgloryranch.com, or start your order directly online by going to our Gloriously Inviting website.

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Click brochure link below to print our brochure to see some of the amazing products we have for your event.

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Lipinsky brings down the house for WAGala at Old Glory Ranch

Oh, what a night! Lance Lipinsky’s rendition of Jerry Lee Lewis, with a little Elvis thrown in, was a smashing success for the Wimberley Adoption Group & Rescue’s [WAG] recent fundraiser WAGala held at the beautiful Old Glory Ranch. Lance and his band played their hearts out to a packed room with tunes that had everyone’s toes tapping! Energy bounced off the walls as those attending swelled with applause and cheers for the young performer. And to top it all off, lots of money was raised in their live and silent auctions for a very good cause.
A huge thank you is extended to the sponsors and those who attended and opened up their hearts and pocketbooks to help make this one of the most successful fundraisers for the WAG Adoption Group & Rescue to date! For those who were unable to attend, here’s a little teaser of what you missed [click photo below].

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Decor was the perfect blend with vibrant colors of magenta and black, centerpieces of old LP records & 45’s, soda glasses filled with tasty dog treats and straws. Route 66 signs were floating above the stage area as Lipinsky and his group hammered out some pretty spectacular tunes from an era gone by!

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WAG Adoption Group & Rescue organization is in its 6th year with the fulfillment of their dreams inching closer with fundraisers like this one. The WAG Rescue dream and ultimate goal is a noble one, a real brick and mortar no-kill facility that would serve as a temporary refuge for the ceaseless number of abandoned and unclaimed dogs and puppies in the Wimberley and western Hays County area. To date they have found forever homes for over 630 canines of various sizes and ages and also returned hundreds of ‘found dogs to their lost owners’. It’s a very worthwhile project and you can play a part, big or small! All this takes is people like you, who care about man’s best friend, reaching inside their wallets and tossing a little ‘green dough’ in the general direction of WAG Rescue, and they make it pretty easy! If you were unable to come to the event but still want to give, just click here, fill in a few lines and dollar amount and viola!, you’ve just helped save a dog! Or maybe you would like to consider being a foster parent for a dog while their forever human is located, that’s pretty easy, too! And if you have some spare time on your hands and would like to help in another way by volunteering, well, hot dog! they can help you solve that problem, too! See, WAG Rescue is here to help you as well as their canine friends. We’ll make it super simple for you, click here, find the area you want to help and you’re done, not to mention how great you’ll feel knowing you’ve just helped out.

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Jazz Brunch Series at Old Glory Ranch with Austin Catering

Regretfully, we are having to postpone our first Jazz Brunch until a later date. We are not cancelling this “glorious” gourmet special event with Austin Catering, we are merely  rescheduling it for Valentine’s Day Sunday February 14th, 2016.  Mark your calendars now to treat your special someone to live jazz, and scrumptious pairings in a stunning ranch setting.  Check back in closer to the event  for another “lovely affair to cherish” at Old Glory Ranch!”

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Old Glory Ranch is pleased to announce their partnership with Austin Catering for their upcoming “Jazz Up Your Sunday-Funday Brunch” Series. Delight your taste buds with scrumptious offerings lovingly prepared by Austin Catering while your ears are soothed with the sounds of jazz from the Hot Texas Duo. All this while enjoying the glorious beauty of Old Glory Ranch, the premiere Texas Hill Country wedding and event venue. Mark your calendar for Sunday, October 18 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.

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What better way to spend a Sunday than gathering up your family and friends for an art filled day in Wimberley! Start with the Jazz Up Your Sunday-Funday Brunch at Old Glory Ranch, then hit the square for some amazing shopping, boutiques and art studios. Wrap up the evening by attending the Wimberley Players annual fundraiser, “Celebrate”, held at the Leaning Pear featuring jazz-fusion pianist Dylan Meek.

A cash bar will be available. Purchase tickets by 5:00pm on Tuesday, October 13th.

To purchase tickets go to www.oldgloryranch.com/checkout

For more information call Old Glory Ranch at 512-847-3646 or Email event@oldgloryranch.com

Finding vendors for your Texas Hill Country Wedding

Finding vendors for your Texas Hill Country wedding can be a daunting task, not to mention time consuming. Where does one even start? You may have cousin Josh who strums a pretty mean guitar that could play during your ceremony, or a friend in college that can make angelic music come from her cello. Or, remember that cool Texas Hill Country DJ you and the love of your life danced the night away to? Yes, there are those, but they may also come with a lot of unknowns. Will they be on time? Will they be dressed appropriately? Will they follow your instructions? Do you have someone who can manage all of them leaving you open to enjoy your event?

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Most brides either know exactly what they want and have mentally played through their entire wedding day from beginning to end a million and one times, or there are those that have an idea but don’t know where to start, and yet others that welcome input, guidance, recommendations and all they want is to show up on their special day and enjoy it, leaving all the planning to someone else. And there are the brides who want to do everything themselves, soup to nuts, as they say. There is no right or wrong answer, but people have to be put into place to execute your event from beginning to end, period. And you probably won’t want cousin Lucy who has no experience whatsoever running the show. Weddings are never a one man/woman show, it is far too overwhelming. Especially for those brides planning a destination wedding, or those who are still going to school, or have just stepped into a new career field after college, where will all this planning time fit into their schedule?

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Typically the first thing a couple secures is the venue. With that out of the way, most venues also offer either in-house catering or bartenders, wedding coordinating, bakers, or they offer preferred lists of vendors they have worked with before and trust and can guide you to your ‘vendor match made in heaven’.

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Decide what is the most important to you and budget from there. For some it is the venue, others it’s the food & beverages for their family and friends, there are those who cherish the decor and flowers, while some brides say it is the dress, and yet others say it is the sanctity of the union. If you can prioritize your preferences, then consider that in the financial aspect, and you will be well on your way to mapping out your big day.

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Here at Old Glory Ranch we take a lot of the guesswork out of your planning by offering an in-house experienced day-of wedding coordinator for your Chapel Hall wedding and reception, along with an experienced site manager who will handle the vendor details for your event. We also offer in-house fresh floral & decor which many of our clients have raved over saying their guests have commented on it being the most beautiful flowers they have seen at any wedding. That, and the full service we offer garner the most glowing reviews from our clients.

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Making your wedding cake as unique as your love

After you’ve selected your Groom, venue and that oh-so-perfect dress, one of the next steps is choosing your wedding cake!  The options are endless and your wedding cake is not just dessert after dinner, it is tradition.  But never fear, there is no rule that says you must have the same old traditional cake.  Think outside the box and create a cake that expresses who you are as a couple; one that tells a story…your unique love story.  It may be your favorite beer or sport; or where you are from.  Your cake could represent your career path or where you went to college; You may go for something that shows your love for music, cheese, hunting, fishing and the great outdoors.  Some are just looking for a different texture, shape or topper.

Start brainstorming by putting together a mood/inspiration board to have on hand when talking to your chosen baker.  Here at Old Glory Ranch, we have seen almost everything you could imagine, but here are some of our favorites to help get your juices flowing.

  • Classic Cakes by Lori

  • Classic Cakes by Lori

  • Classic Cakes by Lori

  • Classic Cakes by Lori

  • Classic Cakes by Lori

  • Classic Cakes by Lori

  • Classic Cakes by Lori

  • Classic Cakes by Lori

  • Classic Cakes by Lori

  • Classic Cakes by Lori

  • Classic Cakes by Lori

  • Classic Cakes by Lori

  • Classic Cakes by Lori

  • Classic Cakes by Lori

  • Classic Cakes by Lori

  • Classic Cakes by Lori

  • Simon Lee

  • Simon Lee

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  • Simon Lee

  • Sugar Shack

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  • Cakes By Cathy Young

  • Cakes By Cathy Young

  • Cakes By Cathy Young

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  • Cakes By Cathy Young

  • Envy Pastries

  • Miss Janette’s Wedding and Sculpted Cakes

  • Miss Janette’s Wedding and Sculpted Cakes

  • Better Batter Bakery

  • Better Batter Bakery

  • Better Batter Bakery

  • Better Batter Bakery

  • Coco Paloma Desserts

  • Coco Paloma Desserts

  • Michelle’s Patisserie

  • Michelle’s Patisserie

  • Michelle’s Patisserie

  • Sweet Treets

  • Sweet Stuff

  • Sophie’s Choice Bakery