When you drive onto the 150 acres that is Blue Hills Ranch in McGregor, TX in mid spring, you will realize where the wedding and event venue gets its name. Thousands of the Texas’ state flower cover the earth like a rich, blue carpet. And now brides and grooms can have this beautiful scene as the backdrop to their big day.
Owner and California native, Matt Lieberman, has been visiting the Waco area since he was a child, and knew that he someday wanted to relocate to Texas. And when he found the property where his ranch now sits, he knew he was home.
But the single man didn’t initially have a wedding venue in mind.
“The plan was to open a California-style winery and event center for concerts,” he said. “Then someone
asked me if I was going to do weddings, and I said, ‘it’s a big open space, so why not?’”
Blue Hills Ranch hosted two weddings even before construction was finished on the ranch’s crown jewel—a barn made of wood trucked in from Oregon and Washington that holds up to 644 people. And after the venue’s official opening in late March, Lieberman expects that more couples will want to book the location; especially when they see the other amenities that come with the rental.
“We have a dock being built [on one of the property’s lakes], which is a smaller, more intimate type of ceremony location, an outdoor chapel / pavilion, and two cabins for the bride’s and groom’s suites,” he said.
But perhaps the most enchanting thing about Blue Hills Ranch is its animal residents. Right now, the property is home to giraffes, miniature donkeys, miniature pigs, zebras, tortoises, and cows. And Lieberman plans to welcome more.
“We’re hoping to work with other organizations to house animals who need to be adopted or a need a forever home,” he said. “If you’re an animal lover, you can come here and get married amongst the animals.”
Lieberman wants to provide as much as possible so couples and their guests can enjoy their weddings.
“We include tables, chairs, linens, simple décor items, and the concert sound and light system,” he said.
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