J-D Ranch was still not 100% complete the day I had the privilege to tour the Texas hill country wedding venue when I was invited on a small group tour by Lizzette, with from His garden. But, aah… the views were 100% completely breathtaking. You could literally see across Texas for miles.
J-D Ranch, Pipe Creek, Texas
Gretchen met me us for our private tour of the property and we were not disappointed—even in the slightest. She visited with us for nearly two hours and discussed how the J-D Ranch came to be, told us of all the future plans for the wedding venue, and what types of couples she hoped to attract and serve.
The Dunlap Ranch has been in Mitch’s (Gretchen’s husband’s family) for over 100 years and is actually where they married ten years ago. They love the property so much, they not only live here, they wanted to work here and share the property with others. That’s how the J-D Ranch was born.
As Gretchen and David, of David Pezzat Photography, overlooked the ceremony site, Gretchen explained this is the spot where the future open-air pavilion will be built by 2022. More amenities, like a bridal suite and a groom’s room, are planned but no definitive date has been set for those improvements. Gretchen admitted that all the improvements to the wedding venue will be taken slowly and steadfastly to ensure that they are the right decisions; they are committed to only incurring expenses that their couples want and need.
I admit I should have taken way more pictures during my site tour, but Gretchen was so easy to talk to. I was having just as much fun just talking with her as I do taking pictures. Next time I visit, I’ll take way more pictures, I promise!
More to Know
Okay, so what other facts do you need to know about the J-D Ranch as it relates to your wedding planning?
- Packages for weddings only OR weddings and receptions
- Full (seasonal) pricing is available on the website but starts at $1600
- Available for weddings and events of 200 guests or less
- Amphitheater ceremony seating on limestone butter blocks
- Paved parking for 100 vehicles
- Soooo peaceful out here; Texas skies for miles!
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