Santa Paula Wedding Venue
926 Railroad Avenue
Santa Paula, California 93060
Surrounded by tree-cloaked hills, mountain peaks and sunswept orchards, Santa Paula’s historic downtown boasts an award-winning theater company, fine art murals, old-fashioned airplanes, and a real haunted house. Another of the quaint community’s treasures is the Ventura County Agriculture Museum, which—lucky you!—also doubles as a unique wedding venue.
The museum is housed in a barn-red country charmer, the Mill Building, which dates back to 1888. Right next door is Railroad Plaza Park and a 19th-century train depot, making the setting a vintage bonanza. Alongside the vast (and free!) parking area, a footbridge spans a dry creek bed bordered by river rocks, lavender and native grasses. A pair of trees marks the entrance to a bricked courtyard, where guests take their seats for the wedding ceremony. Couples can amp up the nostalgia theme and arrange a dramatic arrival by either horse and carriage or the antique Fillmore & Western railcar, complete with train whistle. Vows are exchanged on the steps of the museum’s broad front porch, framed by a peaked white portico. It’s a scene straight out of olden times, with all the heartwarming appeal of a classic love story.
Afterwards, the wedding party explores various photogenic backdrops—a nearby rose garden, the railroad yard’s original gazebo, and the train tracks themselves. Meanwhile, friends and family stroll through a treelined breezeway into Calavo Hall for an interactive social hour. Calavo is spacious and airy, thanks to whitewashed walls and a lofty open-beam ceiling inset with skylights; the original hardwood floor enhances the building’s aura of authenticity. The hall is filled with intriguing exhibits that serve as instant ice-breakers among your guests: One corner holds a buggy pulled by a lifelike replica of a horse—clamber on up and take the reins. In another corner, young’uns try on the costumes of yesteryear. Tucked into an alcove, an active bee colony makes honeycomb to the delight of partygoers. All this, and hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, too!
One-of-a-kind receptions are held among the rustic memorabilia on display in Limoneira Hall. Elegantly dressed dining tables are spread out in the center of the room so that each guest has an up-close view of the Americana lining the perimeter: A wine press, a bright red bean planter and a fully outfitted smithy spark visions of bygone days. Amid rusted backhoes and pitchforks, a weathered steamer trunk packed with paper luggage tags invites your loved ones to write their well-wishes for the newlyweds, then hang them on a Western stile. But the museum’s pride and joy is their collection of antique tractors, whose distressed Crayola-colored finishes enliven the festivities. In both halls, quilted panels, artistic landscapes and black-and-white prints bring the county’s farming and ranching traditions to life. Should you wish to put on your own historical retrospective, the museum has full A/V capabilities.
The Ag Museum (as locals call it) is flexible, fascinating and enormously fun. It’s available exclusively through Plated Events by Chef Jason, a catering company that serves up customized menus with panache, and will help you bring together all the elements to turn your special celebration into a true original.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The museum holds 200 seated guests indoors and 300 seated outdoors.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The site can accommodate 250 seated or 500 standing indoors and 1,000 seated or standing outdoors.
MEETING CAPACITY: Meeting spaces seat 150 guests.
A $500 deposit is required to reserve your date and the balance is due 7 days prior to the event. Event space rental fees range $350–2,000 depending on the day of the week. Meals range $30–129/person. Tax, alcohol and a 20% service charge are additional. Catering includes basic rentals. Upgrades are available upon request.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: in-house, outside ethnic caterers permitted with approval
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: some provided, more CBA
Linens, Silver, etc.: CBA
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: CBA
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: provided
Parking: large lot
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Telephone: office phone
Outdoor Night Lighting: CBA
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: none
View: cityscape, garden patio, park, landscaped grounds; panorama of hills and mountains
Other: event coordination, AV equipment
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: full in-house bar
Smoking: designated areas only
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required
Year-round, daily, 9am–11pm.
Alternate Info: Ag Museum