Proteas Wedding and events is a barnyard wedding venue situated in Ocala, FL. Owners Joe and Courtney were inspired to establish their own venue after attending a South African barn wedding. Built upon their working horse farm, this stunning location centers around a historic ‘Swing-Beam’ barn that originally dates back to 1850. This unique structure, along with the beautiful natural surroundings, provides couples with an unforgettable place to celebrate their once-in-a-lifetime occasion.
Facilities and Capacity
Spread across 40 acres of rolling hills, this beautiful premises can comfortably accommodate celebrations of up to 200 guests. It offers an array of ceremony and reception spaces for couples to choose from, each of which has been beautifully designed for comfort and convenience. The main reception hall is lined with wooden farm tables and features 32-foot floor-to-ceiling windows for celebrations full of natural light. Get-ready rooms are also provided for couples and their parties to prepare for their big day in peace and privacy.
As a married couple, Joe and Courtney know how much time and effort goes into making a wedding run smoothly. This is why they work with every client to make their celebration as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Their services include setup and cleanup, furniture, lighting, decoration and more, each of which can be customized to fit the needs of each couple. A list of preferred vendors is available including a selection of the finest local caterers, bars, florists, photographers, DJs, rental specialists, and more. External vendors are also permitted, providing they receive Joe and Courtney’s approval.
Swing-beam barns are exceedingly rare, and Protea is delighted to one the only one in the state of Florida. These distinct structures were originally designed to provide farmers with a clear span in the center for ox and horses to thresh out the grain. This particular structure was originally constructed in Canada in the mid 19th century and features its original hand-hewn structure. It was transferred by truck to Joe and Courtney’s ranch and painstakingly rebuilt with the purpose of hosting beautiful Floridian weddings.
6 Reviews for Protea Weddings and Events
Recommended by 99% of couples
21 User photos
Lauren O. · Getting married on 05/10/2021
Where to start? Protea Weddings & Events is an incredibly beautiful venue. From the oak-lined winding driveway and horses in pasture, to the gorgeous historic barn, this venue will honestly make your wedding dreams come true. There are multiple ceremony sites to choose from - under grand daddy oaks, near a pond, in front of the barn, or even around the front fountain. The team is amazing to work with as well. They are the nicest people and are very responsive. They really want to help you plan and execute your perfect day. I also highly recommend asking for their suggested vendors list. I couldn't have planned a more perfect day with out it, and most of their vendors have been working together in the industry for years, making the day go seamlessly by! I can't say enough wonderful things about the team and venue at Protea Weddings & Events - so give them a call to find out for yourself!Sent on 11/16/2020
Brooke C. · Married on 03/13/2021
To die for!
I cannot say enough great things about Courtney or this venue! She has been overly accommodating and sweet as can be from the very first message. She is always quick to respond and makes you feel like she is your best friend. She has poured her heart into this venue and thought of every single detail! It is a DREAM!!! The old beams make it so unique and beautiful, especially against all the crisp white in the barn! I insisted I did not want a barn wedding until I found the Protea Barn on Wedding Wire by accident. She told us all the history of each piece in the barn, which made it even easier to say yes! ISent on 04/20/2020
Protea Weddings and Events's reply:Awe, thank you beautiful Brooke for such the kind words. We at Protea are so excited for your wedding! xoxo
Tiffani T. · Married on 10/24/2020
The venue is absolutely beautiful! The barn is amazing inside and out, we loved the indoor/outdoor bar and seating. There are so many spots on the property that you can choose from to have your ceremony and I love that the bridal suite walls straight out to one of those spots!Sent on 11/28/2020
Offering a 20% construction discount until our doors are officially open in Spring 2020