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ranch: blue sky land & cattle company

The Blue Sky Land & Cattle Company is a venture by my brother and his fiance’s parents. Together, they own and operate a 440 acre ranch just minutes from where I was raised in East Texas.I took these photos on my first visit to the land after its purchase. Since then, they’ve cleared the fields, built numerous fences and introduced cows and donkeys. It’s gorgeous land, and that’s why I want to get married here.
Yes, this would be a beautiful venue. It’s rugged, rustic, outdoors and currently lacks all the necessary amenities of modern life, like running water, plumbing and electricity. How then, can you possibly get married out there? Good question!
My dream was something intimate, open views and outdoors. I pictured a large tree, with all my loved ones around me, and a tent with assorted vintage pieces. Vintage and mismatched chairs, tables, china, and antique sofas and lounge chairs. String lights, chandeliers, candles and torches. Wood, succulents, greenery, flower garlands, honey, jams, biscuits, sweet tea… Ivory dress, blush, sage, lavender, grey and khaki. Pops of rose gold. Elegant, but simple.
When I visited the land in December, I loved the views overlooking the adjacent peach orchards, and rolling hills and crisp air. I’m hoping we can make this dream happen, and I’d love to hear your feedback if you’ve had a wedding like this before. What did you use for electricity? How did this work for you? Did your guests like the venue, or feel it was too outdoorsy? What are your suggestions?
Have a wonderful week! I have a surprise for you on Friday!

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Chelsea is a marine scientist in Puerto Rico. Her interests include invasive species ecology, fish biology and ecology and marine protected area management. She is a co-founder of the only field course coordination company in Puerto Rico - Isla Mar Research Expeditions.


  1. I picture something very similar when I get married; something along the lines of Bilbo's eleventy-first birthday in the first chapter of Lord of the Rings, with a giant party tree decorated with lanterns. I know some parks and open spaces have hookups, and you can always rent bathroom facilities (not port o potties, legitimate clean restrooms, haha.) There's always the risk of the weather not being perfect (too hot, too cold, too muggy.) But I bet with careful planning you could have a truly lovely wedding at your family's ranch :)


  2. Hey, another Chelsea! That whole area would be gorgeous for a wedding, big open spaces and dancing under the stars…sounds magical!


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