Bit of Hope Ranch is located on 50 acres in south Gastonia, NC. For 10 years, this Christian based Ranch is home to rescued horses and animals that provide equine assisted therapies to hurting children and families during the week. On the weekends, the Ranch opens its gates to the public for weddings, celebration parties and portraits. The proceeds go to fund the Ranch's mission and programs. Take a look at the creative spaces that can be used for your special day.
Where Rustic Meets Elegance
The Ranch's natural environment is the perfect backdrop for weddings or receptions. Barn wood around the arenas contrast the cheery red barn to give a warm, inviting atmosphere. At night, string lights glow inside both arenas, inside of the barn and around the bonfire pit. The surrounding trees celebrate the seasons and offers shady gathering areas. The nicker of a horse or crow of a chicken can also be heard around the farm. Rest assured that your guests will enjoy the comfort of the outdoor farm charm.
The Ranch provides 4 spaces for your wedding along with a Bridal Suite, a tack room for the groom and a kitchenette for food storage. The bridal party has access to their own bathroom while guests can be comfortable in the custom designed restroom facilities. There is a grilling station and a rock bonfire pit to warm up your guests. Overhead lights make it a beautiful gathering place after dark. A playground, petting area and a Kangaroo Jumper can also be booked for entertainment purposes.
Includes reception and ceremony
Includes a reception or ceremony only
3 hour ceremony rental for under 50 guests
Covered Arenas for Ceremonies
The 2 covered arenas give plenty of space for ceremonies, reception and celebrating! The LARGE ARENA is 120'x60' and features a large pallet wall, 2 large entrances, sand footing, string lights and electrical outlets. The view overlooks 2 large grassy arenas and has the red barn as a backdrop. The SMALL ARENA is 90'x60' and features sand footing, 1 large entrance, string lights, electrical outlets and overlooks pastures and the pond. In the summer, the breezy air flow is appreciated.
Main Barn Ceremonies
The main red barn encloses the ceremony space with natural wooden horse stalls on either side of the 90'x40' aisle way. Sunlight spills through the side windows and offers amazing afternoon lighting effects. The Bridal Suite is directly behind the space, making it easily accessible to the bride. This space features a stone dust footing, string lights and electrical. Because of the enclosed space, this area is recommended for cooler weather.
Outdoor Waterfront Ceremonies
The Ranch offers a large grassy area around the pond and is a beautiful backdrop for weddings. A rustic gazebo sits on the edge of the bank under an old oak tree. There is a short walk to get to this location and may not be accessible to all guests.