Couples Can Get Married at the Historic John Muir House on Valentine’s Day

Press Release


MARTINEZ – The Contra Costa Clerk-Recorder, in partnership with the National Park Service, will host weddings inside the picturesque and historic John Muir House from 10:20 am to 3:20 pm on February 14th. There are 16 appointments available for this unique “Destination Wedding” opportunity.

“We are excited to once again partner with the National Park Service and the staff of the John Muir National Historic Site to give couples this memorable opportunity on Valentine’s Day,” Clerk-Recorder Joe Canciamilla said.

National Park Service representatives expressed enthusiasm at once again hosting happy couples on the historic grounds and sharing in their special day.

Weddings will be held inside one of the well-decorated rooms of the Italianate Victorian-style home, which was built in 1882. The room features an elegant chandelier, grand piano and a stunning backdrop for the ceremony with an archway in front of a window overlooking the property.

Couples interested in a ceremony at the John Muir House should call 925-335-7900 or go to and click on the “Make a Ceremony Appointment” button.

Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular days for civil ceremonies. Couples can also make appointments to have their Valentine’s Day wedding ceremony at the Contra Costa Clerk-Recorder Office, located at 555 Escobar Street in Martinez. The office features two beautifully appointed ceremony rooms adorned with handcrafted stained glass windows.

Appointment times are from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Walk-in couples are welcome and will be accommodated based on availability of ceremony rooms. Appointments are recommended as space on Valentine’s Day fills quickly.

A civil marriage ceremony is $60.  Couples can obtain a public marriage license for $86 or a confidential marriage license for $90.

For more information, contact Joseph Barton, Clerk-Recorder Services Supervisor at (925) 335-7900.