The Ridge

About The Ridge

Meet Our Team

An award winning team with a passion for event planning.

Marta Santamaria

Marta Santamaria

Owner

Marta, owner of The Venue, downtown Asheville’s premier event space, brings her flair for style, energy, and successful experience in entrepreneurship to her newest venture, The Ridge. Marta has transformed what was once a private residence into a charming outdoor venue that boasts rustic elegance while preserving the natural integrity of the property. “The focus for this venue is the experience,” says Marta. “We want people to be immersed in the natural beauty of the space while celebrating their special day.”

Like The Venue, you can expect classic and timeless design, fresh and delicious food, and particular attention to detail at The Ridge. Marta is passionate about each event and focuses on providing a memorable, personable, and unique experience for each client.

Darien Bodenhorst

Darien Bodenhorst

Event Specialist

Darien has been promoting and executing events since he was in high school. What started out as a school project soon turned into a professional business by the time he was 16. After spending some time in school at The University of North Carolina Charlotte, Darien came back to Asheville to be a part of The Venue and focus his efforts on The Ridge. “I’ve always appreciated the effort and time that goes into executing a single event,” Darien says, “You can’t fake being passionate about what you do and being a part of someone’s most exciting day is what drives me to do my best.”

Kevin Bailey

Kevin Bailey

Kevin has been a part of The Venue family since 2000. He started helping out with events while he was visiting home from school and eventually started to take on more hours and responsibilities as his interests started to move towards event management. Kevin draws from his experience in catering and banquets to help guests have a memorable and enjoyable experience. “Whether someone is watching or nobody is there to see,” Kevin says, “I still love helping out in some way and doing things that will make other people’s job easier for them even if they don’t know it.” An avid outdoors man and traveler, Kevin enjoys being part of team in an environment where he gets to make other’s days brighter.

About The Ridge

The Ridge
Philosophy

Whether "The Ridge" is needed for a ceremony, reception, conference or private celebration, our management team and staff are committed to creating a night for you and your guests to remember by orchestrating the function with finesse, attention to detail and excellence in service.

 

Located in Marshall, NC, The Ridge is only a thirty minute drive from downtown Asheville.