We Coordinate, You Celebrate

By Amanda Parinella

Planning a special event can be as enjoyable as the party — the journey to your destination — if you’re working with the talented and capable staff at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. It’s no secret that Cordillera Ranch is a special place to live, and celebrations centered around the natural beauty and unique features of the property become exceptional events with one-of-a-kind experiences reflecting each individual client’s personality.

Engage your guests in an event customized from every thoughtful detail down to each bite of a perfectly paired food and wine dinner or themed event. Whether your gathering is a grand affair or an intimate dinner party, an office luncheon or other private event, Cordillera Ranch is the perfect venue. 


Photography by Michelle Jones Photography

The Trofa’s daughter, Kristen, decided to have her picture perfect wedding at The Club. Mother of the bride, Gretchen Trofa, couldn’t have been more pleased.

“We hosted the wedding of our oldest daughter at Cordillera Ranch this past April and it couldn’t have turned out more spectacular. Even a few rain drops didn’t mar the beautiful views of the Hill Country. We have the Private Events Coordinator, Amanda Parinella, to thank for pulling it all together. As our main contact at The Club, she was responsible for coordinating the florist, food and rentals to make the event go off without a hitch.

We held the ceremony in front of the small adult pool overlooking an amazing vista. With the help of the staff, we were able to erect a beautiful flowered arbor to frame the wedding couple as they said their vows. After the wedding, a mariachi band led the guests over to the terraces outside The Clubhouse where we feasted on an amazing array of seafood and other appetizers, gazing at more beautiful views. Guests are still talking about the four-foot ice sculpture that Amanda arranged, surrounded by lobster, crab and other shellfish. The size of our wedding pushed the limits of the space, but Amanda creatively suggested various seating arrangements that made it all work.

The Club was very helpful with our various requests, including moving large pieces of furniture, hanging flowers from the chandeliers and working to provide AV equipment and other technical assistance. For dinner, we opted for stations on the terraces. This worked great and provided a nice flow for the guests without long, annoying lines.

The food was simply amazing and Amanda was particularly helpful in getting us to hone in on our menu. At our tastings, we loved everything so it was very difficult to decide! The barbeque was to die for and really gave our out-of-town guests a taste of the Texas Hill Country. Amanda went the extra mile to bring in a sushi chef to accommodate the wishes of the groom.

As the mother of the bride, I was hoping to ‘just get through it without any mishaps,’ however, because The Club had everything under control, I instead had an amazing time, was able to enjoy the party and thoroughly savor every element of the momentous occasion. I know that my daughter and my new son-in-law started their life together with a wedding that can’t be forgotten!”


Photography by Jackie Willome Photography

Avery Bohon’s father has been a member of The Club for years. Ever since she was young, she dreamed of having her wedding at Cordillera Ranch. Her dream came true.

“The Clubhouse at Cordillera Ranch was the perfect setting for our Fall 2016 wedding. The Hill Country views set the tone for a romantic outdoor ceremony on the patio, and the reception area was the perfect space to eat, drink and dance all night.

Once Andrew and I were engaged, I was anxious to start planning the perfect November wedding. We visited Cordillera for our first walk-through and started working with Amanda to begin coordinating all the details of our big day. Her attention to detail and patience with all my ideas and emails did not go unnoticed! The seamless planning process allowed me to relax and enjoy every moment of the day, including being able to see everything we had planned come to life, and see our guests enjoy themselves.

We are so lucky to have had our wedding at Cordillera. The setting was beautiful, the food was outstanding and everyone we encountered was so genuine and helpful to not only us, but our family and friends. A year later, we still receive compliments from our guests on how wonderful the weekend was.”


Photography by Kelsey Grudle

Diane Daniels-Tracey and Mike Tracey are both members of The Club. Being familiar with the level of quality Cordillera Ranch delivers, it was only natural that they chose the venue to host their wedding reception in April of 2017.

“As we were entering a new chapter in our lives of marriage, we wanted the perfect event so we could celebrate with our family and friends, and we quickly decided that The Club was the perfect venue.

From the planning stage to the night of the event, Amanda, Salvador, Chef Isaac and Kelsey were excellent with communication, listening to our wants, and offering suggestions. As we entered party day, we were so pleased that everything fell into place due to their excellent planning and attention to details. Chef Isaac’s team prepared food that was delicious and beautifully presented. The service from the wait staff was efficient, and Kelsey took fabulous photos of the celebration. Amanda and Salvador waved their magic wands and everything fell perfectly into place. They were so good, they even delivered perfect weather for patio partying!

Our friends and family had a wonderful time celebrating with us. The evening made for wonderful memories to begin our marriage.”

Williams’ Christmas Party

Joanne and Aldon Williams had a house warming celebration with their family and friends to welcome them to their new Cordillera Ranch home over the Christmas holidays. They were delighted with the results.

“When we decided to host a holiday party in our new home, there was no question that we wanted to work with the experienced and professional event staff and culinary team at The Club. From our very first contact with Amanda, to planning the details and menu, to the final cleanup at the end of the party, every aspect was perfectly executed and exceeded our expectations!

We wanted to have a lot of input in the menu and party itself, and Amanda, Sal and Chef Isaac were extremely flexible and open to working with us and receiving our input. We couldn’t have been more pleased on the day of the party when Chef Isaac and his team, along with Amanda, Sal and their team, came to set up and help us with the finishing touches. Chef impressively turned our garage into a full staging ‘back-of-the-house’ kitchen and delighted our guests as he masterfully prepared the most amazing and delicious dishes right in our kitchen and on our outdoor grill.

The quality and presentation of the food was superior. Our bartenders and servers were excellent, making everyone feel very comfortable. The team artfully staged food stations and bars around our home, making each area feel more intimate and accommodating to our guests. For us, it felt like it was on par and caliber of our own private wine dinner — only with 125 of our closest friends and neighbors!

Kudos to Chef Isaac, Amanda, Salvador and their entire team! The party was perfect, our guests were impressed by the food and beverage service, and best of all, we were able to relax and enjoy our guests that evening. Like living at Cordillera, everything was ‘first class!’”


When David Sander’s hosted a Corporate Event with his company at the Ranch, they utilized all seven of The Clubs and everyone was able to choose how they spent their day.

“I contacted Monty about the possibility of a Pioneer Natural Resources Corporate spring event at Cordillera Ranch. I explained there would be 40 geoscientists, executives (including the CEO) and a few spouses. They organized a perfect day allowing guests to pick between golf, kayaking, sporting clays, tennis, horseback riding or shopping, followed by a great cocktail sunset and dinner in the Cabana Grill. I was so impressed with the staff’s organizational efficiency and great food that Gail and I followed up with having our son’s fall wedding at The Club. It, too, was perfect!”

To celebrate your special occasion with The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch, contact Amanda Parinella at 830.336.9176.

Amanda Parinella is the Private Events Coordinator at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. She can be reached at aparinella@cordilleraranch.com or 830.336.9176.

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