Camarillo Wedding Venue
2034 East Fifth Street
Camarillo, California 93012
If only a real country wedding will do for you, 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, and on the other side of it is where 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 receptions are held. There’s plenty of room for a bar, buffet area, or even a band or DJ. A portable dance floor fits on the gravel drive in front of the veranda, so guests can two-step to their heart’s content. Flowers are everywhere—some in pots, some growing wild like a delicate dusting of confetti. Guests are seated in rows of chairs facing a group of colorful jacarandas, palms, pine trees and more, but when the bride makes her entrance, all heads turn around to watch her walk down the aisle. At night, Tivoli lights twinkle through the jasmine, and Japanese lanterns glow softly like candlelight.
Another pretty spot for a ceremony is the Garden, reached by a small flagstone path next to the house. A brick patio bordered by trees faces the side of the house, which has a charmingly countrified feel thanks to trails of trumpet vine hugging its windows. At the center of the Garden a bed of lacy blooms encircles a stone birdbath, and the fluttering of sparrow wings and the occasional butterfly make it seem like spring here no matter what the time of year.
Behind the house, yet one more garden and veranda is available for your ceremony or small reception. An arbor laced with vines and nestled amongst the lush landscaping is an inviting spot to say your vows. Quaint garden furniture, birdhouses, and a swing with room enough for two make everyone feel right at home.
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 $3,000–3,700. A $300 refundable cleaning and security deposit is additional.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: BYO, licensed caterer
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
Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: large lighted lot
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Telephone: emergency use only
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: caterer or renter
View: trees, garden
Music: amplified OK, curfew 10:30pm
Wheelchair Access: yes
Spring–Fall, daily, 11am–11pm.
Alternate Info: MacCormick Home Ranch, McOrmick Home Ranch