The Stables

About Us

An old horse barn sits atop a hill in western Iowa on 43 acres of rolling pasture. A building that once housed “famous” stud horses alongside a child’s beloved pony is now a gorgeous event venue that seats 560 guests. From the beautiful bridal dressing suite to the outdoor wedding space with amazing views, to the fully temperature-controlled interior, it is unmatched in size and quality.

Our Story

The property–that includes the barn–was purchased by our family in 1999. For the first year, while our house was being built, we spent countless hours in the horse barn, visiting our pregnant mare and having fun with our large family. We moved onto the farm in 2000 and enjoyed many years. After the unexpected death of husband and father in 2015, our whole world shifted.

In the Spring of 2016, we began toying with the idea of holding a family wedding reception in the barn. We quickly discovered that it was in need of serious repair. Unable to justify the repairs for one wedding, we began to think “outside the barn” to the possibility of building a family business around the hope that others would love it as much as our family.

Barn Renovations

Renovations began in June 2016, with the removal of the roof and repairs to the damaged support beams. This was when we discovered the beautiful cedar trusses. These are now blasted clean from years of dirt. Stalls were removed, concrete floors poured, leaving space along the sides for a coat room, office, sitting area, kitchen, bathrooms, and storage.

Each detail was given much thought and is evident in the stage, created from the original stall boards, cement tile and farmhouse sinks in the bathrooms, chandeliers that create a magical feel, concrete floors, and white shiplap walls.

Outside, we removed the old sheds and a nearly dead tree line to open up an area suitable for outdoor weddings. Tons of dirt was moved to create a very large parking area.

The renovations took just over a year. Our first wedding/reception took place on August 19, 2017.

Photography by Katie McDonald

Kiana Grant Photography

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Laura Matthews

Owner / CEO / Designer

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Zoey Smith

Manager / Event Coordinator

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Beth Matthews


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Thanks, Laura, for making my dreams come true. Such a perfect day and place! You have a great plan and family! Thanks for everything!

Sarah Lilleholm

Awesome place to celebrate anything it is a wonderful place to rent.

Jason Segebart

If we lived closer, we would have booked DURING our tour. The Stables is a hidden gem! My fiancé, mother, and I fell instantly in love with its charm. Laura is so personable and has done a fantastic job with the place. We are still looking around at places closer to us but the Stables remains our favorite venue to date. Do yourself a favor and check it out if you are getting hitched!

Mariah Anderson

The Stables is such a beautiful place! I loved everything about it!! Amazing place!

Brittany Boell

Beautiful venue! Love the detail, class and charm this place has!

Vada Weitl

Laura was so easy to work with and wanted to make everything perfect for the special day. The Stables are a beautiful place to celebrate for many types of special occasions!

Michele Reiman

Absolutely beautiful venue! Laura was so friendly and quick to please!

Lori Beaudry Larson

What a venue! The Stables at Copper Ridge will not disappoint. I'm still speechless about it. I loved playing the music here and the setup you had for us.

Jeff Henrich

What an amazing venue, from the feels of it to the amazing owners, this venue has everything you need. We LOVE this place! You will not go wrong with them!

Alex Mauricio

Everything about our wedding was amazing! The Stables at Copper Ridge was beautiful! We are so grateful to be able to have our ceremony and reception here! Laura is so fun to work with she did an amazing job with the venue!

Jess Ludwig


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