Oregon is arguably one of the most beautiful places you can tie the knot. There are hundreds of venue choices that would make your wedding day absolutely perfect. But, how on earth do you choose?! As a wedding photographer, I am able to visit many local wedding venues throughout the year. I get to experience, first hand, how lovely these venues are during the weddings that I shoot. So, I’d like to share with you a few of my favorite Oregon wedding venues and give you a front row seat so you can imagine your wedding day at one of them. Whether you are planning a large formal event, or a small quaint ceremony, one of these venues might be exactly what you are looking for.

elegant bride next to creek


Abernethy Center – Abigail’s Garden

Nestled right in the heart of Oregon City is the Abernethy Center offering many indoor and outdoor options to say your “I do’s”! My favorite is Abigail’s Garden. A short walk from the center, down a beautiful path lined with shady trees and alongside the Abernethy Creek, Abigail’s Garden offer 5 acres of manicured gardens and natural areas. With a picturesque gazebo under a Weeping Willow tree, and chairs on both sides of a brick aisle surrounded by a green grass meadow, you couldn’t ask for a more romantic place to say your vows to the your true love.

After a beautiful ceremony, enjoy the reception under a large tent lined with strings of patio lights. There’s plenty of room in the tent for a large number of guests, tables, dance floor, buffet, and DJ set-up. There are also restrooms, wet-bar, and two separate buildings for the happy couple to get ready before the wedding. Also, Abigail’s Garden at the Abernethy Center provides so many beautiful spots for photos to accommodate formal group photos and family shots and many hidden areas for those intimate couples’ sessions. I love outdoor weddings, and this venue has captured my heart as one of the most romantic of them all.

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bride on wedding day at abernethy center

Brides on wedding day at Abernethy Center

gazebo wedding

brides dancing at their wedding



Stone Crest Cellars Bed & Breakfast

By far, the best wedding venue on the Oregon Coast! Located on the outskirts of beautiful Newport, OR, Stone Crest Cellars will take your breath away. The expansive ocean views will be the perfect backdrop to your wedding. Walk down the aisle to a beautiful deck overlooking the waves.  Chairs are assembled on the terrace, and your guests will have a perfect view of your beautiful ceremony as you say your vows to the sounds of the ocean below. This is especially dreamy at sunset. This venue also offers a beautiful covered patio to host a wonderful reception. Inside, you can warm up by a fire on a cozy sofa and enjoy the ocean views through the large picture windows. The rooms at Stone Crest Cellars B&B are lovely and welcoming, sure to please you and your guests.

Stone Crest Cellars is a full service venue, offering onsite services to make your wedding day beautiful and hassle-free! From floral/décor and cakes/catering, to specialty linens and on-site officiant, their professional wedding consultant can provide everything you need to make your special day exactly what you dream it to be. There’s beach access only one mile up Hwy 101 if you dream of beach photos! Together with your friends and family, the memories of your coastal wedding at Stone Crest Cellars B&B will last forever.

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Bride on Wedding Day at Stone Crest Cellars

beach wedding cake

bride getting ready stone crest cellar

brides running on the beach on their wedding day


The Reserve Vineyard and Golf Club

When I think of an elegant wedding, the first venue that comes to mind is The Reserve Vineyard and Golf Club. Not too far from Hillsboro/Beaverton area hidden away in the Aloha countryside, The Reserve is a magical escape offering both indoor and outdoor wedding locations overlooking gorgeous tree-lined landscapes and flower-lined paths. From May through October, you can plan a beautiful outdoor ceremony and reception accommodating weddings of all sizes. The magnificent chateau-style clubhouse houses a beautiful banquet hall for indoor weddings and pristine views of the Golf Course.

The Reserve also offers a premium menu with many catering options that will exceed your expectations. From Pacific Northwest chicken and fish favorites to their signature Reserve Salad,  you can be sure that your guests will eat and eat well. Also, choose from an extensive wine list from local vineyards! The food and wine are absolutely spectacular! Their on-site wedding coordinators will handle all of the plans so you don’t have to worry about anything. If you dream of an elegant, sophisticated wedding day then you will be happy to choose The Reserve to make your dream wedding become a reality.

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wedding party at The Reserve

bride and groom kissing in gold cart

wedding reception dance floor, mother daughter dance

bride and groom at The Reserve


Your love story requires the perfect setting for your wedding day and you can’t go wrong with any of these wedding venues. These venues have given me a unique perspective as a wedding photographer. It’s always great to work with a photographer who is familiar with your venue because we know exactly where to be during the biggest moments of your wedding day. Contact me for more venue details and recommendations, let’s talk wedding photos too!

Have you booked your wedding photography consultation yet? Contact me now and we’ll get together to chat about your dream wedding!

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