Where to have a barn wedding in Southern California

Love the idea of a romantic, rustic wedding? Southern California is perfect for it — the weather is almost always warm and dry, and there are so many beautiful non-urban areas that have such facilities.

However, if you were hoping to find an actual barn in Los Angeles, I don’t know that you would have much luck. Most of the barns that I found were in Ventura and Orange counties, which makes sense — Los Angeles is known more for its city and ocean views, not so much for its farms. Most of these barns are also under the management of other entities — museums, cities, golf courses — so you don’t have to worry about having to muck out stalls to prep for your wedding.

Probably the closest barn for a wedding you’d find is just up the freeway from me, in Simi Valley.

As I’ve previously written, Strathearn Historical Park and Museum houses a 100-year-old church, a gazebo and a barn — and is probably a deal because it is a venue run by the Rancho Simi Recreation And Park District. Simi Valley is an easy 20-minute drive from most of the San Fernando Valley.

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