Mike Elkins and Montie Smith’s Wedding

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“Take my hand, take my whole life too
For I can’t help Falling in Love with you!”

Marriage License - Bride and Groom - Weddings by Tirzah - Belton Texas

Typically, it is the Couple’s Wedding Vision that comes together into a magical day; however, this was a Surprise Wedding!! The Couple set the date, chose the officiants, and selected the venue, but it was the Bride’s best friends or rather sisters by heart that planned the wedding for Mike Elkins and Montie Smith; the rest of the details were a complete surprise until the Bride and Groom walked through the doors of the venue on their Wedding Day!

Mike and Montie's Wedding - Tirzah Belton Texas - Walking through the Venue Doors

Mike and Montie's Wedding - Bride and the Father of the Groom
Bride with the Father of the Groom which was one of their Officiants

Mike and Montie were married in our vintage venue, Tirzah, located in the Heart of Texas in the Downtown Belton Historic District. It was a beautiful autumn day in October that was filled with with love, laughter, pumpkins, and hay bales. 🍁

Entrance Wedding Tirzah Belton Texas

Mike and Montie's Wedding - Friends Decorating
Allison Finney and Kathy Fritsche, the friends that planned the Surprise Wedding

Mike and Montie's Wedding - Grand Room1

Mike and Montie's Wedding - Courtyard Seating for the Wedding Ceremony1

Mike and Montie's Wedding - Courtyard Seating for the Wedding Ceremony

Mike and Montie's Wedding - Floral Decorations

Mike and Montie's Wedding - Decorations Lantern Pumpkin

The Couple held with Tradition and elected to not see each other on their Wedding Day. This Tradition often builds excitement and anticipation for the Wedding Ceremony.

Mike and Montie's Wedding - Wedding Dress

One of my favorite parts of the Wedding is when the Groom sees his Bride for the first time as she walks down the aisle towards him in her Wedding Dress. The Couple did not see one another until Montie walked down the aisle with her mother.

Montie Smith Bride Wedding Tirzah
Montie Smith, the beautiful Bride
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Mike Elkins, the dashing Groom

Another Wedding Tradition that the Bride included was based on an old English rhyme … “Something old, something new, something borrowed something blue, a sixpence in your shoe!” Brides have been following this custom for centuries. Montie’s dad placed a penny in Montie’s shoe to bring prosperity to their marriage.

Mike and Montie's Wedding - Pick a Seat not a Side

Mike and Montie's Wedding - Love Decoration

Mike and Montie's Wedding - Grand Romm Table Decorations

Mike and Montie's Wedding - Bouquet and Boutonnieres

Mike and Montie's Wedding - Mr and Mrs

The Maid of Honor was Montie’s daughter, Mary, and the Best Man was Mike’s brother, Albert. Mike’s son, Alex, played a song on a guitar as the Wedding Party was walking in.

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Mary, the Maid of Honor

There were two officiants, and the two were each of the Bride and Groom’s dads. The Wedding Ceremony was very beautiful and witnessed by their closest family and friends. The Couple wrote their own vows which told the story of their love.

Mike and Montie's Wedding in the Courtyard at Tirzah

Mike and Montie's Wedding - Wedding Ceremony at the Alter with Father of the Bride

“I now pronounce you Husband and Wife.
You may now kiss your Bride!”

Mike and Montie's Wedding - First Kiss
First Kiss! ♥️

“May we present Mr. and Mrs. Mike Elkins!”

Mike and Montie's Wedding - Courtyard - Couple at the Alter

The Couple’s Guestbook was a Wedding Tree where people added their fingerprint and signed their name.

Mike and Montie's Wedding - Guestbook - Wedding Tree

A Loving Memory display was included to remember their loved ones … “We know you would be here today if Heaven wasn’t so far away.” For as long as there is a memory, they live on in our heart.

Mike and Montie's Wedding - In Loving Memory Display

Montie’s daughter, Mary, and Mary’s friends assembled all of the Party Favors to thank the family and friends for attending the nuptials.

Mike and Montie's Wedding - Party Favors

Coronas De Oro served a delicious meal at the Reception. Wine was served to toast with; the wine bottles were personalized with the Couple’s picture on them, and their children were given a bottle of wine to take home as a gift.

Mike and Montie's Wedding - Bottle of Wine

Another best friend of Montie’s, Allison Allen, made their Wedding Cake.

Mike and Montie's Wedding - Cutting of the Cake

For their final farewell, the guests were blowing bubbles of wedding wishes for the new Mr. and Mrs.

Final Farewell - Bubbles
#HappilyEverElkins

On their way to a happily ever after, the Newlyweds honeymooned in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. While they were there, they went to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, hiked the Appalachian Trail, and saw a black bear. They also explored Elvis Presley’s home, the Graceland Mansion, in Memphis, Tennessee.

Honeymoon - Smoky Mountains

Honeymoon - Appalachian Trail

The couple traveled on to the Blue Ridge Mountains in Asheville, North Carolina and went on a tour and carriage ride at the Biltmore House. The timeless beauty of the Biltmore was built in 1895. This historic landmark is America’s largest home with 250-rooms and 8,000 acres of grounds and gardens.

Honeymoon - Biltmore House

A very special Wedding memory for me was when the Bride thanked me for “making their day so special.”  Those sweet words were a treasure and warmed my heart!

After the Newlyweds returned from their Honeymoon, I gave them a small gift which was an ornament replica of the Biltmore House, and I asked the Bride if she had to do it all over again with the Wedding, would she still have a “Surprise Wedding?” She said, “Yes, I wouldn’t change a thing!!”

Mike and Montie's Wedding - Honeymoon - Biltmore House

We are so happy for this sweet Couple. We wish them many years of love, happiness, exciting adventures, and cherished memories!! 💕

Diana with Bride and Groom Wedding Tirzah Belton Texas

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If you would like additional information about event coordination, planning a romantic adventure, or about the other services that we offer, please contact us at info@tirzah.biz.

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About Us:
A vision has evolved between two determined individuals, a mother and a daughter, with two aspiring dreams that intertwined to create Tirzah! We have embarked on a quest to "Leave a Legacy of Love."

Tirzah is a Historical Venue that existed in the late 1800’s and has the honor of being listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. This grand structure features crystal chandeliers, spacious ceilings, original hardwood floors, an exterior courtyard with party lights, and an outdoor rustic landscaped area. We are conveniently located in the heart of Central Texas in downtown Belton’s Historical District. Step back in time and see a glimpse of the past in this vintage venue that is ideal for those looking for a unique, nostalgic, and intimate setting for a special celebration.

Tirzah offers expertise in the Romance Travel Industry. We design romantic escapes, memorable proposals, honeymoons, anniversary trips, vow renewals, and destination weddings.

Our wedding planning services include destination weddings as well as traditional weddings in the Central Texas area.  We strive to offer a personalized experience to couples by transforming dreams into Cherished Memories!

Tirzah Diana Rose



Diana has fun playing with her grandkids, loves to travel, enjoys going on nature walks, and collects quotes.




Tirzah Candice Rose




Candice is the mother of the cutest little boy and baby girl! She enjoys trying new recipes and playing volleyball. She brings creativity to life.

 

Creating A Vision Board

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With the new year just beginning, what better time to start envisioning all that is possible in your own life? Take the time for yourself to engage with your visions, dreams, and intentions by creating a Vision Board.

Our Vision Board Party Theme is based on Heather Stillufsen’s Rose Hill Designs as she inspires people daily through art and words … one drawing at a time!

Make a Plan! Have a Vision and go for it! 💕🔮

Vision Board Party at Tirzah - Step1 - Vision

What is a Vision Board? 💕🔮

A Vision Board tells a story. It is often called Dream Board or Treasure Map because it graphically illustrates your hopes and dreams; it is a collage of words and pictures that speak to your heart and capture emotions. Think “this is a picture of what makes me happy!” The world is your canvas. Paint it your way!!

Vision Board Party at Tirzah - Step2 - What is a Vision Board

Types of Vision Boards! 💕🔮

A Vision Board can include various realms of your life in general such as wealth, health, career, romance, relationships, travel, education, adventure, faith, family, fun, etc.

Or, it may represent your vision for one particular area of your life such as your career to focus on a promotion.

A specific event could be the subject of inspiration such as your wedding day with emphasis on how you want to feel on the big day or touch on the signature details of your special event such as a photo of the venue, the invitation, wedding dress designs, and other personalized aspects. 💖

Another option might be to attempt different resolutions each month and select graphics that represent the different goals.

And just maybe, it is a collage of pictures that bring you joy such as cute photos of your kids or puppies that make you smile! 😊🐶

Vision Board Party at Tirzah - Step3 - Design - Types of Vision Boards

Reflection! 💕🔮

Take a moment to reflect on what has happened in your life in the past year.

What did you accomplish?
What did you try?
What did you do that made you proud this year?

Vision Party at Tirzah - Step2 - Reflection

Taking account of your successes will help you understand what you need to build on. Think about the direction that you want to take your life next.

Most importantly, take time to reflect and listen for the good Lord to guide you towards the desires He placed in your heart, according to His purposes, and let Him fulfill them for you one step at a time.

“We do not learn from experience … we learn from reflecting on experience.”
John Dewey

Vision Party at Tirzah - Step2 - Reflection

Vision Party at Tirzah - Step2 - Reflection

Prayer! 💕🔮

The 6 P’s of a Vision Board … Prayer, Purpose, Plan, Prioritization, Possibility, and Probability!

As you start to Plan, begin with Prayer and Purpose, Pinpoint your Priorities, and then open your mind to Possibility and Probability.

Vision Board Party at Tirzah - Step3 - Pray1 All that can be

What Does Your Heart Desire?! 💕🔮

Make a list of your wishes, hopes, and dreams. What does your heart desire? Clarify your vision. Include big goals (rescue a dog, clear the clutter, enhance culinary repertoire, travel to a new destination), little wish list (purchase an iRobot vacuum), intentions (spend quality time with family), things you are grateful for (family, home), and possibly select a word for the year (sparkle, shine, delight).

 

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Consider the different elements of your life such as wealth, health, career, romance, relationships, travel, education, fun, etc. It does not matter if you have not figured out exactly how you will achieve your goal. The beauty of the Vision Board is about acknowledging your dreams (realistic or not). The simple act of writing down your goals makes you much more likely to accomplish them.

“As Dream written down with a date becomes a Goal. A Goal broken down into steps becomes a Plan. A Plan backed by Action becomes Reality.”

Create a Vision Board at Tirzah - Step - Goal Written Down

Serendipity! 💕🔮

You will be amazed at how things seem to just appear serendipitously once you set the intention for what you want and how you want to feel. The boards are fun to create, and they can serve as an invaluable tool to motivate and inspire you towards concrete daily action in pursuit of your passion.

“A girl with a passion is unstoppable!”

Vision Board Party at Tirzah - Step5 - Passion

Word of the Year! 💕🌟

For your Vision Board, you may want to consider selecting a Word of the Year. It can be an inspirational word or phrase that brings clarity in guiding your daily actions. Generally, it is a positive, motivational, or action word depending on your goals. The word can be a beacon or anchor in your decision-making process.

Maybe you might choose the word “DELIGHT” to remember to take time to enjoy the little things that make you smile. 😊

For Tirzah, we have chosen the word “SHINE” for our Word of the Year to focus on. This word brings back fond memories at church singing “This little Light of Mine, I’m going to let it Shine!” The song not only brings back cherished memories, but the meaning of the lyrics is significant as well. As we pondered the word, it also represents phrases such as “Shine Kindness,” “Rise and Shine,” “Shine Bright,” and “Choose to Shine.”

Here is a sample of motivational words to start brainstorming for a word that might provide inspiration as you embark on your journey.

Word of the Year - Tirzah - Resolutions

Words of Inspiration! 💕🔮

Words and thoughts are the seeds of action.

Throughout history, words have shaped the course of destiny! Franklin Roosevelt’s “a date which will live in infamy” in his address to the nation, Winston Churchill’s famous words “finest hour,” John F. Kennedy’s “Man on the Moon” speech, and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have a dream” are inspirational.

Whether it is inspiring a nation or believing in your dreams, words can change the world!

Is there a word or phrase that inspires you? Consider including words of wisdom in your Vision Board for encouragement.

Vision Board Party at Tirzah - Words of Inspiration

Love … We all want love! 💕🔮

Consider including a photo of you in the center of your Vision Board and surrounding yourself with your inspiring images, words, and things you love.

Love yourself first. Spread love. Do more of what you love. Love and kindness can go a long way!

Vision Board Party at Tirzah - Love

Take Time To Dream! 💕🔮

Do you know that everything starts with a dream? Do you ever just sit and think… dream… hope…?

In our busy lives we must not forget to sit and dream… close you eyes and go to places you may only visit in your mind… dream of the business you want to start… dream of a home you want to have… dream of the relationships you want in your life… dream about your goals, the marathon you want to finish, the college you want to go to… the places you want to visit and live… dream about sunny beaches or snowy mountains… just remember to sit and dream!

Vision Board Party at Tirzah - Step - Sit and Dream

Vision In Your Heart! 💕🔮

What would you do if you knew you would not fail? 💕

If God has placed the Vision in your heart, He will provide you with whatever you need to see it through.

Now, go out there and do it!!

Vision Board party at Tirzah - Step - Follow Your Dreams

Gratefulness! 💕🔮

Appreciate all that you are and all that you have. When you love what you have, you have every little thing you need!

Consider including gratitude for what you already have in your Vision Board such as pictures of you doing something you love, places you have been, special little moments in life, or people that mean a lot to you. Being thankful for what you have opens you up to receiving even more.

Vision Board Party at Tirzah - Step - Gratefulness

What Calls To Your Heart? 💕📷

Your Vision Board must come from the heart. Sometimes our desires are very clear, and sometimes, they are unknown. Most of us have phones with digital cameras. This week, focus on the positive and take photos of the things that make you happy or inspire you.😊

A you focus on what it is that makes YOU happy, do not allow thoughts of possibility and impossibility come to mind; sometimes, you will see themes emerge. When you focus on the things that you really want in life, they will come to the forefront of your conscious mind. Interestingly, you will then notice the opportunities that come your way and choose them.

The limited real estate of the Vision Board forces yet empowers you to focus in on your most treasured desires. Circumstances often pull us in different directions, but a Vision Board can help you stay focused.

Vision Board Party at Tirzah - Step13 - Photography - Focus on the Positive

Discern Your Intentions! 💕🔮

How would you fill in the blanks?  My dream is _________. This is important to me because _________. As you fill in the blanks, your response should feel charming to you and speak to your heart and not feel like work.

Consider the following questions to start brainstorming:

💜 What are 5 things in life that you enjoy doing? For example, painting, singing, spending time with family, playing with your pets, planting a garden, etc.

💜 What is a topic that you are an expert in? Is it something that you can help others in?

💜 What is a thought that you cannot stop thinking about day after day?

💜 What do you want, need, value, and striving for?

💜 What brings you joy?

💜 What activities do you want to learn how to do?

💜 Where would you like to travel one day?

💜 What are your relationship goals?

💜 What are your career goals?

💜 What are you saving for? It is easier to save when you know your $10 is going to your dream.

💜 How do you want to be remembered by others? What type of legacy or footprint do you want to leave?

💜 How do you want to feel when those things are your reality?

💜 How can you contribute to the greater good?

💜 What is an organization or cause you have always wanted to support?

💜 How can you help make the world a better place?

💜 What is on your bucket list?

💜 What do you want to do beyond making money?

💜 What does success look like to you?

As you are creating your Vision Board and Discerning Your Intentions, the process can offer inspiration and bring clarity to your desires and passions, gently guiding you towards a future that makes your heart happy!

Create a Vision Board at Tirzah - Step14 - Intentions

Direction Of Your Dreams! 💕🔮

There comes a time when SOMEDAY becomes NOW! What is one thing you can do today that will move you in the direction of your dreams? Invest in yourself, seek new experiences, go for a walk, read a book, take the trip, mend a relationship, shine kindness … the seeds you are planting today will blossom in the future! 🌸

“What we plant is what we harvest.”

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams!” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“Learn from the past, live in the present, and plan for the future.” ~ Audrey Farrell

“Do something today that your future self will thank you for.”~ Sean Patrick Flanery

Create a Vision Board at Tirzah - Step15 - Calendar

Storms! 💕

Even though you are living your dream, not every day will be filled with sunshine. As you travel on your journey, there may be storms and struggles. But, every storm runs out of rain, and the struggles will make you stronger.

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In the end, you will have a beautiful story to share about moments of inspiration, discovery, and learning. People love stories of heroes, journeys, surprises, and happy endings!

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step!” ~ Chinese Proverb

“Whatever the struggle, continue the climb. It may be only one step to the summit.” ~ Diane Westlake

“Today’s struggle is part of tomorrow’s success!”

Create a Vision Board at Tirzah - Step17 - Storms

After You Create Your Vision Board! 💕🔮

A goal in creating a Vision Board is to create a visual reminder of what you are hoping to accomplish and enjoy the journey.

Take a few minutes each morning to revisit the goals that the images and words represent on your Vision Board. Think about something you could do that day toward each goal.

Display your Vision Board in a special place where you can view it regularly in order to maintain your focus and motivation. Imagine what it will be like when your aspirations come to pass!

Your Vision Board will always be growing and evolving. As time goes on, add new images or take away old quotes that no longer seem to quite capture your journey.

Inspiration and visualization are not enough. You must take action to make it happen. Dreams can come true with hard work, passion, and determination! 💖

Create a Vision Board at Tirzah - Step16 - Afterwards

Dream Impossible Dreams! 💕🔮

Now, take the first step in Faith! If you are walking with God, you will always be going in the right direction.

Create a Vision Board at Tirzah - Invitation

Thank you! 💕

Thank you for coming to our Vision Board Party and brightening our world! I hope you had as much fun as I did. I received a tremendous amount joy listening to everyone share the meaning behind their Vision Boards as they talked about their wishes, hopes, and dreams.

Create a Vision Board at Tirzah - Step17 - Thank You

Dream Big! 💕🔮

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Tirzah 

If you would like additional information about event coordination, planning a romantic adventure, or about the other services that we offer, please contact us at info@tirzah.biz.

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Copyright 2019. Tirzah. All rights reserved.
About Us:
A vision has evolved between two determined individuals, a mother and a daughter, with two aspiring dreams that intertwined to create Tirzah! We have embarked on a quest to "Leave a Legacy of Love."

Tirzah is a Historical Venue that existed in the late 1800’s and has the honor of being listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. This grand structure features crystal chandeliers, spacious ceilings, original hardwood floors, an exterior courtyard with party lights, and an outdoor rustic landscaped area. We are conveniently located in the heart of Central Texas in downtown Belton’s Historical District. Step back in time and see a glimpse of the past in this vintage venue that is ideal for those looking for a unique, nostalgic, and intimate setting for a special celebration.

Tirzah offers expertise in the Romance Travel Industry. We design romantic escapes, memorable proposals, honeymoons, anniversary trips, vow renewals, and destination weddings.

Our wedding planning services include destination weddings as well as traditional weddings in the Central Texas area.  We strive to offer a personalized experience to couples by transforming dreams into Cherished Memories!

Tirzah Diana Rose



Diana has fun playing with her grandkids, loves to travel, enjoys going on nature walks, and collects quotes.




Tirzah Candice Rose




Candice is the mother of the cutest little boy and baby girl! She enjoys trying new recipes and playing volleyball. She brings creativity to life.

 

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting and Open House

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It was a cold winter morning.  In fact, it was the coldest day of the year!  As I was driving to our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Tirzah, the temperature in my truck displayed 15 degrees Fahrenheit.  I was thinking that we would have to resort to Plan B and have the Ribbon Cutting inside the building; however, around 10:00 a.m., the temperature warmed up enough so that it was bearable, not comfortable, but bearable so we had the Ribbon Cutting outside.

Tirzah is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places as a contributing building in the Downtown Belton Historic District in Belton, Texas.  We are not sure when the building was built, but through our research, we found documentation supporting the building’s existence in the 1880’s.

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - National Register of Historic Places - Preservation Efforts

This building had been abandoned for over 20 years and had been marked as condemned by the City of Belton, Texas.  The Ribbon Cutting was held in celebration of the restoration of this grand iconic structure, and our guests will be the first to see the preservation efforts. I tend to refer to the preservation efforts of the historic building as ‘Saving Yesterday for Tomorrow!’

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Facade

We had the honor of Adam Lozoya, the traveling pianist, performing beautiful prelude music before the Ribbon Cutting as guests were arriving.  The music started the event with a festive spirit.

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Piano

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Piano
Adam Lozoya, the traveling pianist

The event was opened with a prayer by Reverend John Heckmann from St. Paul Lutheran Church, in The Grove, Texas. Pastor Heckmann also gave a blessing for Tirzah as we dedicated our business to His glory.

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Pastor Heckmann Invocation
Reverend John Heckmann from St. Paul Lutheran Church, in The Grove, Texas

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Pastor Heckmann Dedication

The prayer was followed by the Presentation of the Colors by Boy Scout Troop 118.  Cory Roberts was the Color Guard Commander.  I was so proud seeing the flags as they were walking down N. East Street with the Courthouse in the background, hearing Cory give the commands, seeing the Scouts salute the flag, and everyone saying the Pledge of Allegiance.

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Boy Scouts in front of Courthouse Belton Texas

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Boy Scouts Flag - N East Street Belton Texas

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting - Boy Scouts Flag - N East Street Belton Texas
Boy Scout Troop 118

Dean Winkler, a General Contractor with CRW Construction was introduced, and he said a few words about their experience.  It was a daunting task to renovate this building, but this trusted crew gave our condemned building a productive life; a building that was once abandoned will now thrive for future generations to enjoy.

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Dean Winkler General Contractor

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Dean Winkler, a General Contractor with CRW Construction with his family and crew

Our vintage venue is steeped with history.  Frederick Gillmeister owned the building in the 1880’s and used the building as a restaurant.  Around 1889, Mr. Gillmeister sold the building to William Froderman.  Interestingly, both families, were born in Germany and found themselves living in Belton, Texas.  Mr. Froderman used the building for a bakery and boarding house.  Over the years, they made numerous wedding cakes.  He also used the building as a venue for weddings and banquets.

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Gillmeister Family
The Gillmeister Family

Both families, the Gillmeister’s and the Froderman’s, ran the business downstairs, and they lived upstairs.   Fred and Julia Gillmeister lived in this building along with their only child, Louis Gillmeister.  And the Froderman’s raised six children here.  Imagine what it would have been like to live here growing up as a child.  To give you a glimpse, Louis Gillmeister was quite athletic, and he would entertain the restaurant guests by walking up and down the staircase on his hands.

Louis was an only child; however, he went on to have six boys of his own.  His son, Leonard Gillmeister and several family members of the Gillmeister family were present with us at the Ribbon Cutting.  Leonard is 91 years old and remembers going into the building once as a little boy and seeing a display of cookies and donuts.

I feel like our families have a special connection with each other, and they even showed up early and helped us get ready for the celebration.

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Leonard Gillmeister
Leonard Gillmeister

Interestingly in 1914, Belton’s Downtown “Historic District” was called the “Paved District.”  The Temple Daily Telegram had an article titled “Splendid Sidewalk Work” which stated “the grade of the walk is being raised and new concrete walks laid in front of the building owned by William Froderman and other surrounding buildings.”  Since this building existed numerous years before the pavement was ever added, our guests were cautioned as they enter the building to notice that they will need to step down.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Chalkboard Sign

Several people have asked what we are going to do with the building.  Our business is founded on Christian principles.  Our name, Tirzah, was inspired by Song of Solomon 6:4, “Thou art beautiful, oh my love, as Tirzah.”  The focus of our business revolves around Love and Romance.  We strive to transform Dreams into Cherished Memories.   Our primary repertoire encompasses the following, but we offer so much more!  We are romance travel specialists, and we assist with wedding design including traditional and destination.  Additionally, we will be carrying on the tradition of hosting memorable events in this unique, nostalgic, and intimate setting.  The very first couple under our ownership, Jake Roehl and Whitney Joeckel, will be celebrating their dream day, their wedding, in this beautiful historic venue.

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Jake and Whitney Roehl
Jake and Whitney Roehl

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - First Wedding - Belton Journal

As we took a few more photographs to record a little more history for this building, the City of Belton council member, Jerri Gauntt, was present for the Ribbon Cutting.  Belton’s Director of Finance, Brandon Bozon, and Temple’s Director of Planning, Brian Chandler, were also present.  The members of Belton’s City Council are Visionaries in Preservation, and they have been very supportive in our endeavor.  We were awarded the Facade Improvement Grant by the City of Belton, and in addition, the Belton City Council approved a five-year 100 percent Tax Abatement.

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Belton City Council
City of Belton council member, Jerri Gauntt

The Downtown Belton Merchants have been very welcoming.  A community that supports one another maximizes everyone’s chances for success.  My supportive new neighbors include Leila Valchar with My Giving Tree, Robert Potts with Cochran, Blair, and Potts, Melitza Rivera with Southern Comforts, Maria Aida Riddle with Aida’s Outlet, Michael Cox with East Street Barber Shop, Laura McWha with McWha Bookstore, David Tuma with The Belton Journal, and many more.

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Downtown Belton Merchants
Downtown Belton Merchants

My family is my Circle of Strength.  We are founded on faith, joined by love, and kept by God.  I could not have made it this far without their help, guidance, encouragement, and prayers.

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Circle of Strength Family

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Sunday Dinner Family
My Circle of Strength

A friend is what the heart needs.  Friends divide our sorrow and double our joy. Our joy was definitely doubled at our Ribbon Cutting.  Many friends joined us in our celebration even with the cold temperature.

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Friends

I prayed about the decision to purchase the building.  Was it the path that I should take?  The Sunday before the auction, I noticed a bulletin board at church that said, “If you are walking with God, you will always be going in the right direction.” So as we are walking by Faith, we keep taking the next step.  At the tax auction, we became the blessed owners.  We then took the step in the restoration, and we are celebrating today with the Ribbon Cutting.  My children, Cory and Candice, my greatest blessings did the honors of cutting the ribbon.  We saved the ribbon in between the two cuts, and the rose-gold scissors have been engraved with Tirzah and the date of 1/7/17.

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Diana Cory Candice - The ActualCutting of the Ribbon

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Diana Cory Candice - Holding up the Ribbon

These two pictures touch my heart. I love how Candice and I are so proudly smiling as we watch Cory make the final cut to the ribbon. This is a memory that we will always cherish.

Cory then turned the “Sorry We’re Closed” sign to “Come In, We’re Open” and said, “We’re Open!”

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Cory We Are Open

We thanked everyone for coming on this cold winter day and spending part of their day with us. We were excited to have them see the wonderful preservation efforts.  We asked Leonard Gillmeister to do us the honor of being the first guest to enter the building followed by the remaining Gillmeister family.

During the Open House, refreshments were served. Tidbits of history were on display with historical articles, vintage photographs, and various artifacts such as a giant baker’s mixer.

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Refreshments and MinglingTirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - ArtifactsTirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Artifacts Giant Baker's Mixer

Our Ribbon Cutting was a very memorable moment as we reached a milestone. Thank you and welcome!  To God be the Glory!! 💕

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Invitation

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If you would like additional information about event coordination, planning a romantic adventure, or about the other services that we offer, please contact us at info@tirzah.biz.

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About Us:
A vision has evolved between two determined individuals, a mother and a daughter, with two aspiring dreams that intertwined to create Tirzah! We have embarked on a quest to "Leave a Legacy of Love."

Tirzah is a Historical Venue that existed in the late 1800’s and has the honor of being listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. This grand structure features crystal chandeliers, spacious ceilings, original hardwood floors, an exterior courtyard with party lights, and an outdoor rustic landscaped area. We are conveniently located in the heart of Central Texas in downtown Belton’s Historical District. Step back in time and see a glimpse of the past in this vintage venue that is ideal for those looking for a unique, nostalgic, and intimate setting for a special celebration.

Tirzah offers expertise in the Romance Travel Industry. We design romantic escapes, memorable proposals, honeymoons, anniversary trips, vow renewals, and destination weddings.

Our wedding planning services include destination weddings as well as traditional weddings in the Central Texas area.  We strive to offer a personalized experience to couples by transforming dreams into Cherished Memories!

Tirzah Diana Rose



Diana has fun playing with her grandkids, loves to travel, enjoys going on nature walks, and collects quotes.




Tirzah Candice Rose




Candice is the mother of the cutest little boy and baby girl! She enjoys trying new recipes and playing volleyball. She brings creativity to life.

 

Craft A Compelling Elevator Pitch!

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What do you say when someone asks, “What do you do?”  Being prepared for the question, helps you make the best impression in your introduction without rambling. Your response needs to be clear, concise, compelling, and memorable.

An Elevator Pitch is a sweet synopsis of your background and experience or a quick overview of your company where you try to say a lot while only saying a little. It is similar to the Executive Summary in a resume. An Elevator Pitch starts the conversation with the purpose of capturing attention and sparking interest while drawing listeners in by addressing their needs. Choose words that will create the highest impact.

Memorize the key points, but the marketing message should be authentic and tailored to your audience to make a stronger connection. Jacqueline Whitmore uses the analogy of playing an instrument to pitching … “You want to memorize the melody so you can improvise variations and still sound authentic instead of rehearsed.”

When crafting your pitch, consider the following questions:

  • What is your Vision?
  • What does your company do? What problem do you solve?
  • Who are your customers? Who do you help? Do you have a niche?
  • What key benefits do you offer your customers? How do you address your prospect’s pain points?
  • How do you differentiate yourself from the competition? What is your secret sauce?

Consider the following Checklist; an elevator pitch does not have to include all of these components, but it should reflect the essence of your business.

✔️ Name
✔️ Company
✔️ Product
✔️ Target Consumers
✔️ Unique Selling Position (USP)
✔️ Traction [Results, Key Performance Indicator (KPI), Metric]
✔️ Call To Action (CTA)
✔️ Question [To continue the conversation]

The ideal length of the Elevator Pitch is 30 seconds which is the approximate time that it takes to ride an elevator, hence, the name. However, you can make the pitch longer or shorter depending on how much interest is piqued. Here is my short version that I am still in the process of crafting because it is a perpetual work in progress.

“Hi! I am Diana <Name> with Tirzah <Company>. I own a charming vintage <USP> venue <Product> where timeless memories <Traction> are made as families <Market> celebrate the milestones in their lives!” 💕

Depending upon my audience, sometimes, I may stop after ‘timeless memories are made,’ but sometimes, my mini-commercial has a longer version …

“Hi! I am Diana with Tirzah. I own a charming vintage venue where timeless memories are made as families celebrate the milestones in their lives whether it is a wedding, birthday, graduation, shower, etc. There are so many reasons to celebrate! We are located in the heart of the Downtown Belton Historic District near the old courthouse on N. East Street <Location>. I would love to give you a tour <CTA> of our historic building sometime!!” 💕

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After delivering the pitch, if you are met with awkward silence, consider ending the elevator pitch with a question to keep the conversation going. If there is awkward silence after my spiel, then I may go on to say a trivial tidbit of history about the building. 😀

Opportunities are everywhere, and we cannot always control when they appear so it is best to live by the Boy Scout Motto and “Be Prepared!”

Tell us a little about yourself! What do you do?

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If you would like additional information about event coordination, planning a romantic adventure, or about the other services that we offer, please contact us at info@tirzah.biz.

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Copyright 2018. Tirzah. All rights reserved.
About Us:
A vision has evolved between two determined individuals, a mother and a daughter, with two aspiring dreams that intertwined to create Tirzah! We have embarked on a quest to "Leave a Legacy of Love."

Tirzah is a Historical Venue that existed in the late 1800’s and has the honor of being listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. This grand structure features crystal chandeliers, spacious ceilings, original hardwood floors, an exterior courtyard with party lights, and an outdoor rustic landscaped area. We are conveniently located in the heart of Central Texas in downtown Belton’s Historical District. Step back in time and see a glimpse of the past in this vintage venue that is ideal for those looking for a unique, nostalgic, and intimate setting for a special celebration.

Tirzah offers expertise in the Romance Travel Industry. We design romantic escapes, memorable proposals, honeymoons, anniversary trips, vow renewals, and destination weddings.

Our wedding planning services include destination weddings as well as traditional weddings in the Central Texas area.  We strive to offer a personalized experience to couples by transforming dreams into Cherished Memories!

Tirzah Diana Rose



Diana has fun playing with her grandkids, loves to travel, enjoys going on nature walks, and collects quotes.




Tirzah Candice Rose




Candice is the mother of the cutest little boy and baby girl! She enjoys trying new recipes and playing volleyball. She brings creativity to life.

 

New Year, New Start, New You!

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A new year brings the feeling of new beginnings, fresh starts, and clean slates so start the year with small, manageable changes.

We are hosting a FREE community event that offers many health and wellness benefits from increased strength to flexibility to heart health.

Alexa Mathews, a Registered Yoga Teacher, will take our stretching to new dimensions. Alexa strives to lead a class in which individuals of all levels and yoga backgrounds feel comfortable and able to develop their own personal practice.

Yoga Health Benefits

Whether you are a novice or a regular yoga practitioner, come join us at Tirzah, connect with others, and create the possibility of a vibrant new year.  Do you desire to live a healthy lifestyle?  Do you want to make connections within your community? Love may not conquer all, but it certainly can aid in healing. Cultivating the emotional support of friends, family, and community has been demonstrated repeatedly to improve health and healing.

Yoga Health Benefits

You do not have to be an expert to reap the benefits. Adding just a few poses to your daily routine can help your health in all kinds of unexpected ways such as the following health benefits:

❤ Releases tension

❤ Increased muscle strength and tone

❤ Improved respiration, energy and vitality

❤ Maintain a balanced metabolism

❤ Weight reduction

❤ Cardio and circulatory health

❤ Improved athletic performance

❤ Protection from injury

❤ Builds muscle strength

❤ Perfects your posture

❤ Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown

❤ Protects your spine

❤ Increases your blood flow

❤ Improve flexibility, strength, balance, and endurance

Please bring an exercise mat, and plan to stay after class to connect with others. Light refreshments will be served. Afterwards, walk down to Nolan Creek to enjoy the serenity and beauty of nature or visit the charming shops in the downtown historic district.

Let’s meet on the mat! 

Yoga Workshop held at Tirzah

When: ‪Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.‬
Where: Tirzah, ‪115 N. East Street, Belton, TX‬!

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If you would like additional information about event coordination, planning a romantic adventure, or about the other services that we offer, please contact us at info@tirzah.biz.

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Copyright 2017. Tirzah. All rights reserved.
About Us:
A vision has evolved between two determined individuals, a mother and a daughter, with two aspiring dreams that intertwined to create Tirzah! We have embarked on a quest to "Leave a Legacy of Love."

Tirzah is a Historical Venue that existed in the late 1860’s and has the honor of being listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. This grand structure features crystal chandeliers, spacious ceilings, original hardwood floors, an exterior courtyard with party lights, and an outdoor rustic landscaped area. We are conveniently located in the heart of Central Texas in downtown Belton’s Historical District. Step back in time and see a glimpse of the past in this vintage venue that is ideal for those looking for a unique, nostalgic, and intimate setting for a special celebration.

Tirzah offers expertise in the Romance Travel Industry. We design romantic escapes, memorable proposals, honeymoons, anniversary trips, vow renewals, and destination weddings.

Our wedding planning services include destination weddings as well as traditional weddings in the Central Texas area.  We strive to offer a personalized experience to couples by transforming dreams into Cherished Memories!

Tirzah Diana Rose



Diana has fun playing with her grandson, loves to travel, enjoys going on nature walks, and collects quotes.




Tirzah Candice Rose




Candice is the mother of the cutest little boy and little girl! She enjoys trying new recipes and playing volleyball. She brings creativity to life.

 

Our First Wedding at Tirzah – Jake Roehl and Whitney Joeckel’s Wedding

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Jake Roehl and Whitney Joeckel are the very first couple to celebrate their dream day, their wedding, in this beautiful historic building, Tirzah!

Jake and Whitney’s wedding was a very meaningful and intimate occasion. Having a small wedding let them incorporate special moments that would be difficult to include in a large wedding. For instance, as their guests entered, each one found a card on a prayer board with a prayer inside that was written just for them.

Tirzah Real Wedding Jake and Whitney Prayer Board

They even wrote a prayer for me and Cory that we treasure.

Tirzah Real Wedding Jake and Whitney Prayer Board Diana Cory

For the couple’s Guest Book, the guests signed a large wooden letter R with messages of love.

The couple chose not to have a first look prior to the wedding.  Jake arrived first at the venue, and he went into a separate area so that Whitney could go upstairs for the final touches of getting dressed for their wedding.

As the Bride was alone with her father before they walked down the aisle, they said a beautiful prayer together. They walked in to the song called, “Oceans … When oceans rise, my soul will rest in Your embrace. For I am Yours, and You are mine!”

Jake sees Whitney for the first time in her wedding dress as she is walking down the aisle.  This is a look of a man in love!

Jake Whitney Wedding First Look

Both the Bride and Groom wrote their own vows to each other. At the beginning, the Bride seemed a little nervous, but as the Groom was saying his vows to her, you could see her nervousness fade away and be replaced with a radiant smile.

Tirzah Real Wedding Jake and Whitney Wedding Ceremony

Two signature stand-out moments in this intimate ceremony included a Blessing of the Rings and a Feet Washing Ceremony. Their wedding rings were passed around the room on a beautiful small dish that read, “Amore.”  Each guest prayed a blessing over the rings, and then they passed the rings to the next guest.

Tirzah Real Wedding Blessing of the Rings Amore

Jake Whitney Wedding Ring Exchange

In the Feet Washing Ceremony, Whitney washed Jake’s feet. The beautiful symbolism of the act depicted their love and commitment; it demonstrated a humility of the heart, a sign of being humble, thoughtful, and willing to serve just as Jesus encouraged us to follow in his example.  In John 13:1-17, Jesus washed the disciples feet and instructed that we should do the same.

Tirzah Real Wedding Washing of the Feet Ceremony

Jake Whitney Wedding Feet Washing

Another personal touch was that they had a display to meet the “Maids and Men.” Each had four attendants, and then Jake also had a Best Girl, his daughter Paige. Letters were written about each of the Bridesmaids and Groomsmen with a story introducing each one.  The letter mentioned how they met and why it was important for them to stand by the Bride and Groom on their wedding day, and then some trivia that the guests might ask them to start a conversation.  It was a very nice way for the guests to learn about the wedding party.

Tirzah Real Wedding Bridesmaids and Groomsmen

After the ceremony, the newlyweds took pictures in the courtyard with the rustic rock wall as a backdrop.  The photographers for the event were Jade and Kyle Pierce.

Tirzah Real Wedding Jake and Whitney Rustic Rock Wall Backdrop Couple Photo
Newlyweds
Tirzah Real Wedding Jake and Whitney Rustic Rock Wall Backdrop Family Photo
First Family Photo
Tirzah Real Wedding Jake and Whitney Rustic Rock Wall Backdrop Group Photo
Wedding Celebration with their closest Friends and Family

Since Jake proposed to Whitney on the beach, the reception design incorporated candle-lit lanterns with greenery and seashells. The colors of the wedding were navy with a hint of blush.

Tirzah Real Wedding Reception Tablescape

The florist for the event was Revyn Marburger with Ivory Bell Floral and Boutique. She provided the floral arrangements as well as the lanterns.

Jake and Whitney had a Sweetheart table at the head of the Grand Room.

Tirzah Real Wedding Jake and Whitney

The Bride and Groom chose to have a dessert table with brownies that the Groom’s daughter had made and a small white cake; however, for their cutting of the cake, they cut the cutest cupcake with a little red heart on the top.

Tirzah Real Wedding Cupcake

Tirzah Real Wedding Jake and Whitney Cutting the Cupcake

After toasts and eating a delicious Bar-B-Que meal from Miller’s Smokehouse, they danced the night away under the stars. The first song that the couple danced to was “Who I Am With You” by Chris Young.

Tirzah Real Wedding Jake and Whitney First Dance

When it was time for the Bouquet and Garter Toss, Jake’s daughter Paige caught the bouquet.

Tirzah Real Wedding Jake and Whitney Bouquet and Garter Toss

The couple said their goodbyes and had their final farewell. They laughingly entered the Grand Room, and they stopped to tell me bye and described their day as “magical!” ❤

For their getaway, they left in Jake’s jeep, and Jake lifted Whitney up to help her inside. They honeymooned in San Antonio, the City of Romance, and stayed at Hotel Emma on the Riverwalk at Pearl. Hotel Emma is a historical hotel that was once a 19th century Brewhouse.  The hotel was named in honor of Emma Koehler, who ran the brewery during Prohibition after her husband died.  This riverfront hotel has a genuine cultural flavor filled with a warm social experience.

Tirzah Honeymoon Hotel Emma San Antonio Texas Riverwalk

Tirzah Honeymoon San Antonio Hotel Emma Texas

Filled with faith and full of love, they each married “God’s Best” for each other.  It was a beautiful, heartfelt day full of personal touches!! 💕

Groom Jake Bride Whitney Wedding Planner Diana Weddings by Tirzah

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Vendors:
Venue - Tirzah
Photography - Jade and Kyle Photography
Florist - Revyn Marburger with Ivory Bell Floral
Caterer - Miller's Smokehouse
 
Copyright 2017. Tirzah. All rights reserved.
About Us:
A vision has evolved between two determined individuals, a mother and a daughter, with two aspiring dreams that intertwined to create Tirzah!  We have embarked on a quest to "Leave a Legacy of Love."

Tirzah is a Historical Venue that existed in the 1870’s and has the honor of being listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. This grand structure features crystal chandeliers, spacious ceilings, original hardwood floors, an exterior courtyard with party lights, and an outdoor rustic landscaped area. We are conveniently located in the heart of Central Texas in downtown Belton’s Historical District. Step back in time and see a glimpse of the past in this vintage venue that is ideal for those looking for a unique, nostalgic, and intimate setting for a special celebration.

Tirzah offers expertise in the Romance Travel Industry. We design romantic escapes, memorable proposals, honeymoons, anniversary trips, vow renewals, and destination weddings.

Our wedding planning services include destination weddings as well as traditional weddings in the Central Texas area.  We strive to offer a personalized experience to couples by transforming dreams into Cherished Memories!

Tirzah Diana Rose



Diana has fun playing with her grandson, loves to travel, enjoys going on nature walks, and collects quotes.




Tirzah Candice Rose




Candice is the mother of the cutest little boy! She enjoys trying new recipes and playing volleyball. She brings creativity to life.