Transforming a Horse Arena Into a Romantic Reception Space

This Bride had a vision of transforming the tree-lined driveway of the Whispering Rose Ranch into her idyllic ceremony setting and a horse arena into a romantic reception space. Yes, you read that right – a horse arena! To bring her vision to life, she knew she needed Vanessa Noel Events, who then brought on some of the most talented and trustworthy vendors – La Tavola, Pretty Vintage Rentals, Little Gem Photo Booth, Copper Willow Paper StudioJen Rodriguez Photography, and more! It’s a good thing, too, because when the inevitable hiccup happened, the sweet calligrapher came to the rescue. See the gorgeous affair and then read more about the story, below!


From Jen Rodriguez PhotographyThis wedding was spectacular for so many reasons. The wedding ceremony was held in the most beautiful tree lined driveway at the Whispering Rose Ranch. The designer and coordinator, Vanessa Noel Events, brought in a mix of warm wooden chairs and benches and softened up the space with textured blankets, pillows, greenery, and candles, which all perfectly accented the already breathtaking location and the beautiful florals brought in by Cocorose. The guests then transitioned to the cocktail hour where they were welcomed by personalized leather escort tags (see crazy side story about the escort cards below!), lawn games, and the start of some yummy food and drinks catered by the impeccable Field to Table Events. After the guests mingled, they moved into a fully transformed space. What was a horse arena just days before was turned into a romantic and etherial reception space that any couple would love. The icing on the amazing reception cake had to have been the flooring of all things! The bride wanted a soft space for her guests to move around on and had the whole inside of the arena sodded! To accent the lush green grass on the floor, the greenery was then also added to the ceiling in way of the dripping greenery chandeliers.

The leather escort cards were lovingly made on the East Coast by a wonderfully talented calligrapher. After the escort cards were finished, they were boxed up and shipped out to California for Carla and Bennett’s wedding day, which also just so happened to fall on a holiday weekend. Because of the impending holiday, the shipping times were postponed, and it wasn’t realized until after the order was shipped that it wasn’t actually going to arrive in time for their big day. The escort cards were set to arrive the following Tuesday. So, what does any customer-service-loving wedding professional do? Well, the calligrapher hopped on a plane from the East Coast and flew all the way to sunny California to re-do the entire order on site. When I arrived to start shooting the details, she was just finishing up. I wouldn’t have believed the story if I hadn’t actually met her myself. All I can say is that it just goes to show the extent that a true wedding professional will go to keep their clients happy.

Photography: Jen Rodriguez Photography | Event Design + Planning: Vanessa Noel Events | Floral Design: Coco Rose Design | Stationery: copper willow paper studio | Ceremony: Gavin Roy | Catering: Field To Table Events | Hair + Makeup : Blushing Beauty | Calligraphy: Fox and Sparrow Design | Band: West Coast Music | Wedding Venue: Whispering Rose Ranch | Cake + Desserts: Frost It Cakery | Landscaping: The Lawn Ranger | Lighting + Draping: Bella Vista Designs, Inc | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photo Booth: Little Gem Photo Booth | Rentals: Town And Country | Security: Triumph Protection | Specialty Rentals: Pretty Vintage Rentals