whimsical photo captured in the grove

whimsical photo captured in the grove

Are you dreaming of an enchanting Redwoods elopement surrounded by the majestic beauty of Northern California? Look no further than Ridgefield, where nature’s grandeur meets intimate luxe celebrations in perfect harmony.

Address: 2242 Fickle Hill Rd, Arcata, CA 95521

Your Redwoods Elopement


Imagine exchanging your vows under a cathedral of towering redwoods, where the whispers of ancient trees and the soft forest floor become the most natural altar for your love. At Ridgefield, the magic of nature weaves into every moment of your special day, offering a seamless blend of grandeur and intimacy.

3 the bell's redwood forest wedding at ridgefield

3 the bell’s redwood forest wedding at ridgefield

Ridgefield: A Hidden Gem for Woodland Weddings

Nestled within an 80-acre estate shrouded by the grand Redwoods of Arcata, CA, Ridgefield emerges as a hidden gem for those dreaming of a woodland wedding. We pride ourselves on the venue’s seclusion and we are committed to creating an enchanting escape for couples seeking the unique synergy of luxury and nature for their elopement or ceremony. The mystical forest setting and refined amenities set the stage for an unforgettable matrimonial experience.

Plan Your Dream Redwoods Elopement

We’ve created this helpful map so you can make the most of your redwood elopement at our Northern California venue. Explore local attractions, go sightseeing, and try a new restaurant.

6 the bell's redwood forest wedding at ridgefield

6 the bell’s redwood forest wedding at ridgefield

Your Dream Elopement Locations at Ridgefield

2 the bell's redwood forest wedding at ridgefield

2 the bell’s redwood forest wedding at ridgefield

Getting Ready

Experience the epitome of luxury and relaxation as you prepare for your special day in our well-appointed Ready Rooms. Nestled within Ridgefield’s main house, these two rooms are thoughtfully designed to provide you and your bridal party with a private, comfortable space to indulge in the moments leading up to your wedding.

5 the bell's redwood forest wedding at ridgefield

5 the bell’s redwood forest wedding at ridgefield

Ceremony Spaces

Garden Terrace

Exchange your vows in the embrace of nature on our charming Garden Terrace. Surrounded by lush greenery and blossoming flowers, this intimate setting offers a romantic backdrop for your ceremony, ensuring an enchanting start to your lifelong journey together.

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The Dryden’s

Redwoods

Exploring the majestic redwood groves is a transformative experience. For a ceremony surrounded by grandeur and timeless beauty, choose the majestic Redwoods as your venue. Towering overhead, these ancient giants create a magical atmosphere, providing a breathtaking setting for a truly memorable exchange of vows.

bubbles on the deck

bubbles on the deck

Cocktail Hour

Following the ceremony, transition seamlessly to the stylish Stone Deck. This paved area offers an ideal space for your Cocktail Hour, where you and your guests can enjoy refreshing beverages and delightful conversation amidst the natural beauty of Ridgefield.

dancing on the terrace

dancing on the terrace

Reception

Dine and celebrate in style on our expansive Lawn. This versatile space allows you to create the perfect atmosphere for your reception, with the surrounding beauty of Ridgefield serving as a picturesque backdrop to your joyous festivities. Ridgefield offers a variety of venue spaces, each meticulously designed to make your wedding day truly extraordinary.

dessert table

dessert table

Planning an Elopement in the Redwoods

Planning an elopement in the woods can be a magical and intimate experience. Here are key factors to consider to ensure your woodland elopement is a success:

  • Choose a forested location that resonates with both of you.
  • Be aware of the local climate and weather conditions during the time of your elopement.
  • Have a backup plan in case of unexpected weather changes.
  • Consider the season for your elopement, as it will impact the scenery and weather.
  • Spring and fall often offer mild temperatures and picturesque landscapes.
  • Choose attire that suits the woodland setting and is practical for walking on uneven terrain.
  • Wear comfortable and sturdy shoes suitable for walking in a forest environment.
  • Consider the possibility of mud or uneven ground.
  • Plan your elopement around the optimal lighting conditions for photography.
  • Discuss with your photographer to capture the enchanting woodland atmosphere.
  • Keep the ceremony setup simple and in harmony with the natural surroundings.
  • Respect the environment and avoid any damage to plants or trees.
ceremony space in the Redwood Grove

ceremony space in the Redwood Grove

Tailoring Your Day with Customized Events

From Vows to Celebration: Curating Unique Experiences

Your eloping journey at Ridgefield should extend beyond vows; it’s an entire journey crafted with moments of joy. Imagine having a post-ceremony picnic with local gourmet delights, or a private concert amidst the Redwoods as you dance for the first time as a married couple.

The magic continues with star-gazing lounges for an evening under the cosmos or a sunrise yoga session to start your first day of marriage rejuvenated. You have the freedom to blend tradition with spontaneity, curating experiences that resonate with your story.

At Ridgefield, we understand the artistry in crafting such unique moments—reach out to our planning team and let them turn your vision into a celebration that echoes through the woods.

11 the bell's redwood forest wedding at ridgefield

11 the bell’s redwood forest wedding at ridgefield

Local Vendors That Bring Your Vision to Life

Ridgefield and its surrounds bristle with creative local vendors eager to bring your elopement vision to life. Select from their curated list, featuring everything from florists who design arrangements that mimic the wild beauty of the Redwoods, to hair and makeup artists who will come to your chosen hideaway, ensuring you look and feel your absolute best.

Photographers: Capture the essence of your day with photographers who know how to harness the dappled light filtering through the Redwoods for breathtaking imagery and unforgettable pics.

Caterers: Delight in culinary artisans who can customize menus with fresh, local ingredients that reflect the essence of the region.

Music & Entertainment: Whether you’re after the classical vibe from a string quartet echoing through the trees or a folk singer imbuing the air with Arcata’s unique musical spirit to enrich your celebration, the options are truly plentiful.

Experiences: Add to the ambiance with unique vendors such as live painters or private chefs to enrich your elopement experience creating a comprehensive elopement package option.

Remember, these vendors are well-versed in the landscape’s nuances, guaranteeing your day is not only beautiful but seamlessly woven into the fabric of the Ridgefield ethos.

13 the bell's redwood forest wedding at ridgefield

13 the bell’s redwood forest wedding at ridgefield

Our Inclusions

Experience the exclusivity and charm of our venue with a range of inclusions designed to enhance your special day. As you embark on this unforgettable journey, our inclusive offerings aim to provide you with the freedom to design a wedding day that reflects your unique style and vision. From the expansive property to personalized touches, we are dedicated to making your celebration truly exceptional.

  • Explore and celebrate across our entire 80-acre estate, creating memories in scenic and diverse landscapes.
  • Elevate your experience by adding our Honeymoon Suite, a romantic retreat for just the two of you.
  • Enjoy access to dedicated ready rooms for the bride and groom, providing comfort and convenience.
  • Make the most of your rehearsal time to ensure a seamless ceremony, although dinner is not included.
  • We provide essential furnishings, including tables and chairs, to accommodate your guests comfortably.
  • Choose from a selection of picturesque sites for both your ceremony and reception, allowing you to personalize your celebration.
  • Convenient parking facilities ensure easy access for your guests, contributing to a stress-free experience.
  • Benefit from our curated list of preferred vendors, offering trusted and exceptional services to enhance your event.
  • Create the perfect ambiance with available lighting features, adding a touch of magic to your celebration.
  • Enjoy the flexibility of bringing your beverages and vendors, allowing you to tailor the experience to your preferences.

view of the main house

view of the main house

Lodging at Our Venue

Our cozy 650-square-foot honeymoon retreat presents a captivating getaway, featuring stunning views of ancient Redwoods that have stood for over 2,000 years. Recently renovated, this secluded haven showcases a lavish queen-size bed, a practical kitchen area, and a private bathroom. Tucked away for complete privacy, it provides an ideal sanctuary for couples to immerse themselves in each other’s company, surrounded by the enchanting allure of our natural surroundings.

scott and krista

scott and krista

Ridgefield’s Picturesque Backdrops for Lifetime Memories

At Ridgefield, every turn offers a picturesque backdrop that will translate into stunning memories captured in photos. Imagine yourselves framed by the mighty Redwoods, their lofty canopies creating a natural cathedral of awe-inspiring grandeur. Reflect on the intimacy of your commitment as you stand beside the tranquil, winding streams, the water’s mirror-like surface capturing your shared joy.

The Wildflower Meadows bloom with an ethereal touch for spring elopements, adding splashes of color to your memories. And for a dramatic effect, the Cliffside Vistas pose a striking contrast, with the Pacific Ocean churning below. Ridgefield’s diverse landscapes are a photographer’s paradise, ensuring your elopement photos will be as timeless as your love.

a view on the side of the terrace of our soaring redwoods

a view on the side of the terrace of our soaring redwoods

Adventurous Add-Ons for the Outdoorsy Couple

For the couple that craves a dose of adventure with their “I dos,” Ridgefield offers adventure wedding add-ons that make hearts and adrenaline rush. Here’s what adventurous spirits like you can look forward to:

  1. Guided Hiking Tours: Traverse through hidden trails with a guide and stumble upon uncharted areas for an intimate ceremony.
  2. Kayaking Excursions: Paddle through serene waters surrounded by the Redwoods for a truly unique elopement backdrop.
  3. Mountain Biking: Hit the trails for some thrill-seeking fun post-ceremony, followed by a mountaintop toast.

redwoods wedding venue

redwoods wedding venue

Testimonials: Love Among the Redwoods

Don’t just take our word for it, let the joyous exclamations of couples who’ve begun their happily-ever-after amidst the Redwoods of Ridgefield convince you.

These testimonials are a testament not only to the enchanting ambiance of Ridgefield but also to the supportive and detail-oriented nature of the staff. Each story adds to the tapestry of love and commitment that the Redwoods have seen flourish within their midst.

Reviewed on 1/21/2024 by K.T.

My husband and I got married at Ridgefield in July! Absolutely stunning venue! Scott & Krista were the most friendly and supportive hosts, providing anything our guests needed. While coordinating wedding details prior to our special day, they were open-minded to our ideas and willing to figure out ways to make our requests a reality! They have become our personal friends and I’m so happy for their thriving business. To live in a beautiful place is one thing, but to share that beauty with others is simply phenomenal. Book your upcoming event at Ridgefield!

Reviewed on 12/21/2023 by Shannon

One of a kind venue and experience! I officiated a wedding at Ridgefield and was thoroughly impressed with how warm, inviting and professional both Krista and Scott were from beginning to end. Not only do they offer an exceptional spot (more on that), but the accessibility to town is unrivaled. Driving up the hill one wonders where am I going? But once you arrive you enter into a grand opening of a banana belt, surrounded by breathtaking redwoods and a building straight out of a fairytale that was made to host events… one feels transported upon arrival. The grandeur of the gentle breeze whispering through the forest is amazing not to mention ripe for gorgeous photos. The patio where the wedding ceremony takes place is nothing short of perfect-plenty of room for guests and photos before and after. Scott and Krista have access to multiple vendors who will help anyone create the wedding of their dreams. Highly recommend this stellar team and venue. If I could give more stars, I would!

dancing at wedding reception

dancing at wedding reception

FAQs About Redwoods Elopement at Ridgefield

How does Ridgefield Events stand out compared to other Redwood wedding venues?

Opt for Ridgefield Events as your premier wedding venue, where a harmonious blend of natural beauty, exclusive rental offerings, and meticulous planning come together to create an idyllic setting for your love story

  1. Majestic Redwoods, Verdant Gardens, and a Secluded Forest: Say your vows beneath the towering canopy of majestic redwoods, surrounded by the lush allure of gardens and your very own secluded forest. This enchanting backdrop sets the scene for an extraordinary celebration, crafting timeless memories amid the grandeur of nature.
  2. Exclusive Access to Extensive Trail Networks: Embark on captivating forest adventures with privileged access to extensive trail networks. Immerse yourselves in the tranquility of nature, forging unique moments and indelible memories.
  3. Diverse Local Activities: Whether exploring the coastal wonders or delving into the awe-inspiring Redwood forests, partake in a myriad of local activities that add a touch of enchantment to your wedding experience.
  4. Secluded, Gated Property for Intimate Celebrations: Ensure an intimate celebration with unparalleled access to our secluded, gated property. Revel in the seclusion and privacy that Ridgefield Events affords for your special day.
  5. Convenient Air Travel from Major Urban Centers: Enjoy seamless accessibility with convenient flights from major cities such as San Francisco and Los Angeles, positioning Ridgefield Events as a highly accessible and coveted destination.
  6. Efficient Planning Services Tailored for Destination Weddings: Experience a streamlined wedding planning process with our meticulously organized services catered to destination wedding couples. We prioritize every detail, ensuring a stress-free and unforgettable celebration that surpasses your expectations.

Excited during vows

Excited during vows

What is the weather like in Arcata, CA?

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Season

Average Temperature Range (°F)

Best Time for a Wedding

Spring

45°F – 60°F

Late spring (May-June)

Summer

55°F – 65°F

Late summer (July-Aug)

Fall

45°F – 60°F

Early fall (Sep-Oct)

Winter

40°F – 55°F

Indoor wedding

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pretty in pastel table decorwebp

How can I make my Redwoods elopement extra special?

To make your Ridgefield Redwoods elopement extra special, consider personalized details like writing your vows, incorporating elements that represent your journey, or arranging a surprise element during the ceremony. Incorporating redwood elopement photography can also capture the enchanting ambiance of the forest, ensuring you have stunning visuals to remember your day. You can also opt for a memorable activity post-ceremony, such as a private picnic or a guided nature walk among the Redwoods.

sweet embrace

sweet embrace

Can we invite family and friends to our Redwoods elopement?

Absolutely! Involving family and friends in your Redwoods elopement adds to the joy of the day. Ridgefield can accommodate a range of guests, and you can opt for either a quiet, intimate gathering or a slightly larger group to share in your special moment, all while ensuring it remains an elopement true to its intimate nature.

The redwoods

The redwoods

What are some nearby places to explore after our forest elopement?

  • Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park- Visiting the Redwoods during a weekday can provide a more tranquil experience, free from the hustle of weekend crowds.
  • Stout Grove- In Crescent City
  • Lost Man Creek- A picnic area in Redwood National Park
  • Templeman Grove- A favorite spot for hiking.
  • Explore the scenic James Irvine Trail, a pleasant 4.5-mile hike (one-way) that winds through Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park and leads to the beach at Fern Canyon
  • Eureka City
  • Lady Bird Johnson Grove- A hiking area
  • Gold Bluffs Beach Campground
Scott & Krista 3

Scott & Krista 3

What factors should I consider while choosing a venue for our woods elopement?

Choosing the perfect venue for your event involves considering various factors to ensure it aligns with your vision and meets your practical needs. Here are key factors to consider:

  • Accessibility for guests, including parking facilities.
  • Scenic surroundings or urban landscapes based on your preference.
  • Ensure the venue can comfortably accommodate your anticipated guest count or you can always opt for a nearby Airbnb in case the number of guests is more.
  • Consider both indoor and outdoor spaces for your redwood elopement ceremony.
  • Check for essential amenities like restrooms, dressing rooms, and catering facilities.
  • Inquire about additional services the venue provides, such as event planning assistance, security, or cleanup.
  • Evaluate the venue’s atmosphere and style to ensure it complements your event theme.
  • Consider the flexibility of the space for customization.
  • Determine if the venue offers in-house catering or external catering services.
  • Consider menu options, dietary restrictions, and tasting sessions.
  • Confirm the availability of necessary equipment, like audiovisual setups, stages, or dance floors.
  • Inquire about setup and breakdown times.
  • For outdoor venues, inquire about backup plans in case of inclement weather.
  • Consider the season and potential weather challenges.
  • Read reviews from previous clients or event planners who have used the venue.
  • Assess the venue’s flexibility regarding event timelines, decorations, and other customization options.
Ridgefield at night

Ridgefield at night

What is the distance between Arcata to Humboldt?

The distance between the two is 14 miles.

Outdoor bar

Outdoor bar

What are some tips for planning a wedding in the Redwood forest?

Organizing a weekend wedding surrounded by the majestic Redwoods offers a captivating experience. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind as you prepare for your special celebration:

  • Plan your wedding ceremony during mid-afternoon when the sunlight filters through the dense Redwood canopy, ensuring optimal lighting.
  • Opt for comfortable attire, especially with flowy skirts, lightweight fabrics, and bohemian embellishments for brides, allowing easy navigation through the forest terrain.
  • Choose invitations adorned with leaves, abstract painted flowers, and a color palette inspired by the forest’s hues.
  • Use decorations that complement the natural surroundings to enhance the venue’s organic beauty.
  • Embrace simplicity with decor elements like tree stumps, hurricane vases, and candles, allowing the forest’s inherent beauty to shine.
grand entrace with string lights

grand entrace with string lights

Contact Us

To get in touch with us at Ridgefield Weddings and Events, you can reach out through the following contact information or by clicking the button below:

Address: 2242 Fickle Hill Rd, Arcata, CA 95521

Website: https://ridgefieldweddings.co

Feel free to contact us via phone or through our web form for bookings. Follow us on social media for more current updates and inspiration. Our team will be delighted to assist you in planning your special day at Ridgefield. We look forward to hearing from you and helping to create unforgettable memories!