2020 Weddings, The “New Normal”

Elegant Elopements & Micro-Weddings

Newly Engaged? Let’s Start Planning!

 

Being newly engaged is an exciting and joyful time for any couple and their families.  After the engagement, questions begin about the proposal and the ring.  However, a little stress can enter into this Cloud 9 moment as thoughts turn to when and where the nuptials might take place.

Planning a wedding can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be.  It can be a wonderful time of dreaming of the endless possibilities with your fiance and families.  Talk to one another about what you want in your big day to help align your vision. 

 

Are you thinking an outdoor ceremony?

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  Maybe you prefer an indoor ceremony?

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What about the reception?

  The same choices loom and, of course, you do need to make sure that your venue has a Plan B.

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As newly engaged couples begin to tour venues, many bring along their family and friends to help them with this big decision.  They begin to envision their day, but sometimes they forget about a very crucial element.  Most are focused on the size and the cost which are important, but the level of service should receive equal attention.

  • Does the venue provide planners to help you choose vendors and stay on track? 
  • Is a day-of wedding coordinator included to help you facilitate your flawless day while your friends and family simply enjoy being together and celebrating? 
  • Does the venue help with your decor? 
  • Who is setting up and breaking everything?
There are a lot of pieces to a wedding and some fun extras as well.
 
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      Beer Burros anyone?

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                                                              Carriage Ride?

 

Old Glory Ranch has all of these elements and more! Prime Winter and Spring dates are currently available, so book a tour with us today and allow us help you turn your dreams into a reality.

 

Wedding Venue Staff—Important or Minor Detail?

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Real Wedding: Virginia & Brandon

Murder Mystery Dinner Mayhem at Old Glory Ranch

Murder Mystery Dinner Mayhem at Old Glory Ranch happens several times a year.  Although we are often known more as a wedding venue, we are having fun seeking out other ventures and creative ways to serve our clients as an event venue.

 

 

What is a Murder Mystery Dinner?

 

A Murder Mystery Dinner is a type of  theater where audience members interact with volunteer cast members to solve a fictitious crime. Clues are gathered as suspects are interviewed by the emcee as well as questioned by other characters and members of the audience.  The guests try to put the clues together throughout the dinner before the final review. To add to the fun, many people come in period dress even if they are not a suspect or witness.

The Evening’s Agenda:

  • Gates Open and Guests arrive to check-in and to enjoy complimentary beverages, appetizers, and a bit of mingling.
  • Dinner is served.  As you enjoy the delicious meal, the crime is reviewed, suspects are introduced, and the interrogation begins.
  • There is a brief intermission while dessert is served. You may mingle with the characters and see if you can glean any extra information. Top-notch detectives are on the watch throughout the night!

 

There are often a few casualties along the way, but always in fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • The plot thickens as the last of the suspects are questioned and the clues are revealed.  Guests have a chance to confer with one another and then submit their guesses of who they think committed the crime before the guilty party can get away.

 

  • The Big Reveal and apprehension of the “murderer” at the end!

 

After much laughter and shenanigans, the night draws to its inevitable end.  We hope that you can join us to experience your own Murder Mystery Dinner Mayhem in the near future!

 

Check out “Murder Most English” on July 27th &
28th!

OGR’s New “Antique Truck”

An Antique Truck as Something Old?

 

 

Old Glory Ranch’s latest “Antique Truck” addition allows us to continue the bridal tradition of something old and something new. Our 1954 International Harvester R112 purchased originally by a farmer living outside St Louis was once a farm truck. I am quite sure it did not have an inkling of what the future might bring. It has now become a treasured vehicle at our Texas Hill Country venue, Old Glory Ranch, in Wimberley

 

Interesting facts about our Antique Truck:

  • Bryce Engelhart purchased the truck in December 1985 for $3600.
  • In the first four years, Bryce drove the truck 100,000 miles around the United States.
  • It visited Steamboat Springs, Las Vegas, California, and all over Texas as well as the Midwest.
  • The truck has attracted a lot of attention and has been well photographed and has even received a few movie offers.
  • Bryce purchased tires for the truck in 1990 for $95 each and they lasted for 27 years.  They had to finally be replaced in 2017 for $265 each.
  • The truck was once maroon and at one time lay in pieces before becoming transformed into today’s version.
  • Many adventures and memories made before Bryce finally made Wimberley his home in 1994.

 

The truck then became a popular departure vehicle for our newlyweds at Old Glory Ranch and as even helped a bride reach her ceremony at the Wedding Deck.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of our most beautiful and popular departures involve the Antique Truck and gerbs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bryce recently retired to begin a new chapter in his life. He deemed Old Glory Ranch as a worthy place to leave his antique truck. We are so glad that he did so it can continue send our Old Glory Ranch couples off to their own unique adventures. We warmly welcome our new addition and look forward to all the new memories we will make together.

 

 

 

 

Bluebonnets Arrive at Old Glory Ranch

Spring is Here!

The bluebonnets have arrived at Old Glory Ranch.  We know that spring is here when we peer out the front door of our hill country chapel and see an exquisite field of blue. Our Texas state flower, the bluebonnet, transforms our beautiful venue into a breathtaking portrait that adds a special touch to any wedding or event.

 

Wimberley brides choose April in hopes of having the field full of bluebonnets at their Texas Hill Country wedding.  They  do their research and try to lock in the perfect weekend for their dream wedding. Alas, only Mother Nature can choose the lucky one. Bluebonnets may bloom at the end of March or hide until April.  It really is a gamble as to which weekend will prove to be the best and which bride is the luckiest. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bluebonnets are a huge part of Texas much like the clover is synonymous with Ireland.  People love to drive around the hill country to find the perfect field of flowers for a quick photo.

 

 

 

We love the bluebonnets so much that we have “Miss Texas Moobonnet” watching over our bluebonnet field throughout the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indian folklore called the flower a gift from the Great Spirit.  Many of the men of the 27th legislature in 1901 wanted to go with the cactus or cotton boll.  Instead they bowed to the ladies’ wishes and voted in the bluebonnet as our state flower on March 7, 1901. It was definitely a lady, Lady Bird Johnson, that played a major role in making sure we all have bluebonnets to enjoy every spring.

 

However it came to be, we eagerly await their arrival each year at Old Glory Ranch and love the unique hill country touch they add to all of our spring weddings and special events.

 

A New Year for the Wedding Deck Tree

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.

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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

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.

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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.

 

Guess who is coming to the wedding? Could it be beer packing Burros?

Miniature Donkeys are such a big part of Old Glory Ranch as we have over 30 of them grazing peacefully in our pastures. The mini burros have been part of the landscape at OGR and an integral part of our events since we opened in 1997!

Many times, people come to Old Glory because they have seen the donkeys online or heard about them from friends. These little charmers are not always the first thought of a newly engaged couple as they begin compiling the guest list.  However, beer burros are a wonderful novelty to add to your special day!  As you are planning who to invite to your wedding at Old Glory Ranch, don’t forget the most sought after guests… miniature donkeys.

Frequently, couples think the children at the wedding will adore the donkeys, but your adult guests will love these beer packing burros just as much.

There is little else that is as unique as miniature donkeys serving bottled beer, juice boxes or bottled water during cocktail hour.  They create a bond with your guests to help them begin those initial conversations, as two families become one.  The donkeys are also an icebreaker at corporate events or private parties, creating a more relaxed atmosphere.

They are very skilled and versatile as they can serve numerous other items such as chips and queso.  The donkeys often have their pictures taken as much as the bride and groom.   The mini burros are never released from “duty” until all the “people guests” have had an opportunity to take that priceless selfie with our “donkey guests.”

For more information about our donkeys, how to incorporate them into your Old Glory event or to purchase purchase your very own, visit our Miniature Donkeys page.

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.