A couple in Arizona had their dream wedding shut down by authorities after neighbors complained about the loud music and dancing – and they aren’t the first.
Holliann Tran and her husband chose to have their special day at Wrangler’s Roost in New River, which is advertised as a place that hosts private events. But their wedding was shut down by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in November 2022 just 10 minutes into their reception and now coming to light.
Bodycam footage from the night of the incident shows Tran, standing in her wedding dress, in tears as the deputies came to put a stop to the event.
‘My dad came up to me and was like, “You need to come to the front,”‘ she told KPNX. ‘And they said, “We have to shut it down.”‘
County officials revealed the venue does not have an events permit and there have been 61 complaints since July 2021. Owners Heidi and Reid Stewart have allegedly racked up at least $70,000 in fines.
A couple in Arizona had their dream wedding shut down by authorities after neighbors complained about the loud music and dancing
Holliann Tran and her husband chose to have their special day at Wrangler’s Roost in New River, which is advertised as a place that hosts private events
But their wedding was shutdown by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in November 2022 just 10 minutes into their reception
Tran was enjoying a dance at her wedding before the sheriff’s deputies arrived to shut it down after noise complaints. Bodycam footage of the incident shows Tran crying once they were told to pack up and leave.
She was being consoled by her father and husband at the front of the property – where deputies said the venue is not in a properly zoned location and officers could hear the music from 1,600 feet away.
‘I was just so sad. I just — I really just cried all night,’ Tran said. ‘The police were like, we have to shut it down. And I was like you’re joking, this can’t be real.
‘And they said, no, you rented a venue that’s not actually a venue and I just start instantly bawling.’
Tran quickly knew she wanted to have her wedding at the venue after a visit.
‘It’s a gorgeous place. Just the desert scenery is really, really beautiful,’ Tran told AZ Family.
‘I thought it would be a really place for everybody to meet in the middle and we found a venue that would allow parties.
‘I’ve seen pictures of the weddings, they’ve showed us pictures of other people getting married.’
But, Sergeant Joaquin Enriquez, with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, said Wrangler’s Roost does not have an events permit.
Bodycam footage from the night of the incident shows Tran, in her wedding dress, in tears as the deputies came to put a stop to the event
‘The owners of this property are running a business out of what should be their residential home because it’s not zoned for commercial,’ he said.
Heidi and Reid Stewart, the facility’s owners, were reportedly ordered to stop advertising or hosting any commercial business on the property without a special use permit in 2021.
They were fined $750, plus $75 for each day they continued to operate and this has totaled $70,000 in fines so far, according to records.
‘Since about July of 2021, there has been 61 calls for service. You may say is that a lot? That is a lot of time and resources that we have dedicated to this problem,’ Enriquez said.
Resident Marko Dapevich moved to the area in order to escape the noise from the city but claims he has constantly been dealing with loud music and bright lights on the weekends.
‘The noise is remarkable. We can play name that tune in our bedroom at 10 o’clock at night,’ he said. ‘The sheriff’s office has recorded mid 60′s decibels inside our home.’
He lives close to the Wrangler’s Roost and can see it from his property. Dapevich is frustrated at the lack of action with noise complaints and filed a civil lawsuit to ask for an injunction.
‘The county has not enforced it, the sheriff’s deputies have not enforced it, nor have the enforced the zoning code,’ he said.
‘So after several years of this, I felt the only option we had to make a stop was to file a civil suit and ask for an injunction.
‘It’s a bit of a conundrum, because you don’t want to ruin somebody’s wedding,’ Dapevich added.
Tran was enjoying a dance at her wedding before the sheriff deputies arrived to shut it down after noise complaints
County officials revealed the venue does not have an events permit and there have been 61 complaints since July 2021. Owners Heidi and Reid Stewart have allegedly racked up at least $70,000 in fines
‘That’s one special day for them, but for us and the other hundreds of people that are within sound range of that it goes on and on and on.’
Tran said she just wanted to enjoy her special day. ‘To me, cool, let’s plan the ceremony. To me the whole point was to plan the party, to plan the dance,’ she said.
‘It looked like an actual, legal venue until the cops showed up.’
She contacted the owners of the venue who allegedly told her to turn the music back on, but were forced to send everyone home. Text messages of the exchange were shared with local news outlets.
The couple had paid $10,000 in order to rent the venue for their wedding.
‘It is your money, it is your hard work that you’re out for that day, and it’s also for me, the people who traveled all over the country,’ Tran said.
The Stewarts refunded part of their money but the newlyweds were still left with unpleasant memories.
‘You plan your whole life for this special day, and then for somebody to take it away, it’s just really disheartening,’ Tran said. ‘I would never want this to happen to anybody else.’
DailyMail.com has contacted Wrangler’s Roost for comment.