Rancho Cucamonga Wedding Venue
6558 Hermosa Avenue
Rancho Cucamonga, California 91737
Hidden Oaks is a place born of miracles. Its first brush with providence came even before it was built: The story goes that the great state of California rerouted a freeway that was under construction rather than destroy a mighty 250-year-old oak standing in the way. Today, that ancient tree is only one of the splendors at Hidden Oaks Retreat Center. It’s a gem of a stone-and-redwood house in a setting that offers cool green garden spaces, wonderful 1920s architecture and a spectacular view of the San Gabriel Mountains.
In a second stroke of divine intervention, the building itself was saved from thoughtless alteration by a church group that appreciated the tucked-away site’s beauty and recognized its potential as a meeting and wedding venue. Completely restored, the historic building still has walls formed from river boulders joined by rough-finished mortar, as well as a red-tile roof.
New features include up-to-date appliances, air-conditioning, bathrooms, and access for disabled persons. All of them blend seamlessly with the house’s Mission Revival look and delightful architectural elements. Stout redwood beams and rafters, tiled floors and wood-framed windows with small panes all look as though they’ve been lifted straight from a Devonshire country cottage.
You can use the indoor and outdoor areas as you choose. The main interior space, called the Great Room, has a grand fireplace as its focal point. An adjoining smaller room is often used for gift opening or cake cutting. The Great Room opens out to a patio, lawn and garden that run along the house’s south-facing side. A flower-lined path beside the lawn wraps around a softly gurgling fountain on its way to a brilliant white gazebo, Hidden Oaks’s al fresco ceremony site. The whole effect is lush, verdant and peaceful. Like an arboretum with vibrant plants everywhere you turn, Hidden Oaks is a subtropical Eden of roses, deodar cedars, pines, fig and avocado trees, ferns, baby’s breath, lemon, peach and kumquat.
As is typical in these parts, weddings usually take place late in the afternoon to take advantage of the rich pre-dusk light and cooler temperatures. Although the kitchen preserves a retro 1920s look, caterers love its ample workspace and modern appliances. But sometimes, when the weather is irresistible and the reception is set up outside, they’ll barbecue near the patio.
So, imagine this: It’s one of those occasions when the caterers are cooking outdoors, filling the air with succulent aromas. The setting sun has created a band of golden red in the west, strings of lights are beginning to wink on and dance along Hidden Oaks’s roofline, the garden’s flowers are blooming and you’re sitting next to your new husband, tenderly and contentedly holding his hand.
Could there be a nicer way to start your marriage?
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The site holds up to 400 seated guests outdoors or 130 seated indoors.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The facility accommodates 130 seated or 165 standing guests indoors and 400 seated or standing outdoors.
MEETING CAPACITY: Meeting spaces hold 100 seated guests.
25% of the rental fee is required to reserve your date and the balance is due 60 days prior to the event. Rental fees for a wedding and reception start at $2,250 and vary depending on the day of the week and guest count. Rental fees for meetings start at $75/hour, rental fees for parties and anniversaries start at $150/hour. Fees vary depending on guest count.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: prep only
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: space provided
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: some provided, more CBA
Parking: large lot (190 spaces)
Accommodations: no guestrooms
Telephone: house phone
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ CBA
View: garden, fountain, landscaped grounds, hills, forest, mountains
Other: clergy on staff, picnic area, spinet piano, event coordination
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: not allowed
Smoking: not allowed
Music: amplified OK with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: required for caterers
Year-round, daily. Monday–Saturday, 8am–10pm and Sunday, 1pm–10pm.
Alternate Info: Hidden Oaks Retreat and Conference Center Alta Loma