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Why ocala brides choose us as their rustic wedding venue

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"I can't find a rustic wedding venue in Ocala that I love nearly as much as I love C Bar Ranch," our brides often tell us. "There's no farm wedding venue in Ocala like this one!" 

 Being only 45 minutes away and easily accessible from Interstate 75 and US Highway 441 means guests only need to book a hotel room nearby if they want to! Get the barn wedding you want, just a short drive from home. 

We're pet-friendly!

Want to have your dogs in your wedding ceremony? Want to bring your horses to your barn wedding? 

We don't just allow it -- we're happy to help you make those special details come together.! Many of our Ocala brides say this is the reason a farm wedding at C Bar Ranch tis he perfect choice, allowing them to seamlessly express their equestrian or dog-mom lifestyle. 

We're a destination!

There are so many things to do near in Alachua, Gainesville and High Springs, and the area has much to offer out-of-town guests who want to stay a few extra days before or after the wedding. The area around C Bar Ranch is famous for world-class kayaking, cave-diving, swimming in natural springs, museums, horse farms, a teaching zoo at Santa Fe College and countless attractions and amenities associated with the University of Florida. 

Reviews from our Ocala-Area couples

"Absolutely amazing"

Sparkler send-off. Fireworks are a hot trend at weddings, too. Photo:

Brooke O. of Ocala wrote:

"C Bar Ranch is an amazing venue to have your event. We had our wedding there in February and Ray and Nanette were so helpful through the planning and setting up process. The venue is beautiful and the owners are absolutely amazing and will go out of their way to make your day extra special!"

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"Everything I could have asked for and more!"

North Florida sunset portraits - a wedding trend we love. Photo by

Ashley L. of Summerfield wrote:

"November 10th 2018 I got married at C Bar Ranch. Ray was such a help if we needed anything at all he was right there. Honestly my wedding was everything I could have asked for and more! I could not be more grateful for everyone that helped out making this day come true."

"Beautiful inside and out"


Susie F. of Ocala wrote:

 "If you need a venue, I highly recommend C Bar Ranch. The owners are amazing, the venue is absolutely beautiful inside and out. Our daughter's wedding could not have been more beautiful. Thank you for everything. We were truly blessed to find this venue."

"Highly recommend this place"

Whimsical wedding photos are a popular wedding trend. Photo by Michele Klopfenstein Photography.

Jada W. of Anthony wrote: 

"Where to begin....
As a bride you want everything to be perfect. You want the people you are working with at the venue to be nice and organized. You want the venue and the ceremony to be majestic.
As a bride that had her wedding here, I and guests where blown away with not only the venue area but the people that own the ranch. They were organized and very nice! They would try to help us out anytime we needed help. The ranch itself is so beautiful and speaks for itself! I would very highly recommend this place for parties and weddings!"

"Great with communication"

Five outdoor wedding ceremony sites, including on a dock and under oaks. Photo: AClark Photography

Kara T. of Wesley Chapel wrote:

Our wedding was this past weekend and Ray and Nanette did everything to help us out! From breakfast the morning of to making sure the lighting, tables, and chairs were perfect. They were great with communication with us and all of the vendors as well. Everything was perfect!

"Went above and beyond"

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Ashley W., of Morriston wrote: 

My husband and I visited several venues before finding C Bar. We had no vision for our wedding, besides knowing we’d like our horses involved somehow. Once we met the Holts, we knew that we had not only found our venue, but we found our people. There is so much good to say, but in short, Ray and Nanette went above and beyond to make our wedding a fairytale we hadn’t even dreamed of yet. Between many texts and phone calls leading up to the event to check in and share their thoughtful ideas with us, to kind gestures the week of, they treated us like family. They accommodated us in ways we didn’t even know we needed.

Unforgettable flower girl entrance -- on a pony. Photo by

They couldn’t have been more perfect. The day of, you will hardly notice the Holts, but they are THERE and waiting for any little request. They did not miss a thing and could not have run their venue any smoother. When Nanette says she wants you to have the “best day ever,” she will truly make sure it happens. We can’t thank the Holts and the beautiful C Bar Ranch enough.