Camarillo Wedding Venue
2034 East Fifth Street
Camarillo, California 93012
If only a real country wedding will do, then get on over to the McCormick Home Ranch in Camarillo. Built in 1918, this historic home is set on 11 verdant acres, eight of them devoted to avocado trees. The Ranch is surrounded by miles of farmland, where everything from strawberries to onions grows almost effortlessly in a fertile plain at the base of the Conejo foothills. That’s what prompted Irish immigrant Thomas McCormick to settle in Camarillo back in 1888, and McCormick Home Ranch has been the scene of family weddings and parties for four generations. Now Sally McCormick, the current matriarch, invites you to experience a little bit o’ country charm by staging your special event on the picturesque grounds.
Trees, flowers, and greenery of all kinds make this venue cheery and welcoming. Guests drive onto the property and park in an ample lot behind some shrubs to the side. Then it’s just a short walk to the front of the main house, a white wood-frame Colonial with a trio of dormer windows and a broad brick veranda edged in fragrant star jasmine. A portico extends from one side of the house; on the other, Sally’s old wooden wagon holds your wedding gifts, and her vintage white iron stand supports your guest book.
The gravel driveway in front of the house encircles a large lawn, where the newlyweds hold their reception. There’s plenty of room for a bar, buffet area, or even a band or DJ. Couples have the option of setting a portable dance floor on either the gravel or the grass. Flowers are everywhere—some in pots, some growing wild like a delicate dusting of confetti. Dining tables face a thicket of colorful jacarandas, palms, pine trees and all manner of leafy foliage. At night, Tivoli lights twinkle through the jasmine, and Japanese lanterns glow softly like candlelight.
An exceptionally pretty place for a ceremony is the Garden, reached by a small flagstone path next to the house. A spacious brick patio bordered by trees extends from the side of the house, which has a charming, countrified feel thanks to trails of trumpet vine hugging its windows. At the patio’s far corner, a permanent arch brimming with honeysuckle frames the couple as they exchange vows. The center of the Garden holds a stone birdbath encircled with lacy blooms, and the fluttering of sparrow wings and the occasional butterfly make it seem like spring any time of year.
Behind the house, yet one more brick patio and garden is available for your ceremony or cocktail hour. An arbor laced with vines and nestled amongst the lush landscaping is an inviting spot to say “I do.” Quaint outdoor furniture, birdhouses, and a swing with room enough for two make everyone feel right at home.
Throughout the property, delightful discoveries, like distressed watering cans tucked in garden nooks and a genuine cistern pump, contribute to the old-fashioned mood. McCormick Home Ranch recaptures the rustic appeal of bygone days, and is bound to make your wedding a historic event.
CEREMONY, EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The site accommodates up to 250 guests.
Half of the rental fee is a nonrefundable deposit required to reserve your date. The balance is due 2 weeks prior to the event. Rental fees range $4,000 for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A $500 refundable cleaning and security deposit is additional. Tables, chairs, linens, etc. and vintage furnishings & décor are all provided by the ranch at an additional fee.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: BYO, licensed caterer; licensed server for alcohol.
Kitchen Facilities: no
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: linens provided; BYO tableware
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible, portable
Dance Floor: provided
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Area: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: large lighted lot
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: caterer or renter
View: trees, garden
Music: amplified OK, curfew 10:30pm
Wheelchair Access: yes
Mid-March through Mid-November, daily, 11am–11pm. (Music curfew is 10:30pm).
Alternate Info: MacCormick Home Ranch, McOrmick Home Ranch