A New Year for the Wedding Deck Tree
It is hard to believe that we are beginning a New Year. New beginnings are often a time of reflection to contemplate what we have achieved and things we have missed. We reminisce about the good times and try to regroup after the curve balls thrown by Mother Nature.
As we begin this New Year, we begin to think of our beautiful tree that has graced the Wedding Deck over the years since Old Glory Ranch was founded in 1997. We wonder about the stories it could tell.
The Wedding Deck Giving Tree
It has seen many beautiful weddings and witnessed the thrill of new and old relationships and whispered dreams and promises. It has also seen the change of many a season and the tragedy these seasons sometimes bring.
It experienced the Memorial Day flood in May of 2015 withstanding the powerful surge of water as it watch the destruction and devastation that followed. On a more positive note, it helped create a Winter Wonderland during the Wimberley “Blizzard” of 2017.
As we usher in the New Year, we hope to be as steady and strong as our beautiful Wedding Deck tree while we embrace whatever the year may bring. It makes us want to better prepare for the future and be the best I can be. We wish the tree could share and hold its own breakout session at our Old Glory Ranch Wellness Reset as we believe it has much to share and we have much to learn. Instead, we will place the future of our health in the hands of the very accomplished professionals that will be presenting on January 24th and 25th.
In the meantime, we hope the New Year will bring all of you multitudes of joy and happiness and endless memories of love and laughter. And if you should have time, please join us for our Old Glory Ranch Wellness Reset and perhaps visit our tree for a dose of wisdom as well. This estimated 500-year-old bald cypress is indeed “The Giving Tree.”
Unexpected Winter Wonderland in the Hill Country
Leave it to the Texas Hill Country weather to provide us with winter weather in the 80s on Tuesday, December 5th, and 3 inches of snow on
Thursday night, December 7th.
Photo by Darcie Westerlund
The sudden change brought out the child in everyone as pictures of Snow Angels, snowmen, and snowball fights took over social media. Having not seen snow like this since 1985, everyone was caught up in a frenzy of disbelief and laughter as they began to enjoy every moment. The delight continued as the mesmerizing Winter Wonderland created by the snow was revealed the next morning looking less like the Wimberley they knew and more like a Norman Rockwall painting.
The change of scenery may have only lasted a short while, but all were amazed by what a difference a day can make with the help of the Texas weather.
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!
Anthology Photography & Darcie Westerlund Photography