I’ve been a full-time wedding photographer here in the Pacific Northwest long enough to have all the secrets on the best venues around! While I am based in Seattle, it’s always a treat to get to venture south into Oregon, which has some of my favorite places. I’ve compiled a list of 5 Oregon wedding venues that I love and that provide something unique and special for your wedding day. Check each of these out if you’re planning an Oregon wedding!
Location: Columbia River Gorge
Why I Love It: There’s nowhere else to get better scenic views of the Columbia Gorge than from Griffin House. This is my absolute favorite of all these Oregon wedding venues! The old stone walls add an amazing old-world feel to your ceremony, and the expanse of the river and the mountains is breathtaking.
Things to Know: This venue is about an hour east of Portland. There are multiple outdoor ceremony and reception sites to choose from so you can make your day even more personal. Capacity for this venue is 175 guests. Griffin House is confirmed as a LGBTQ+ friendly space.
Location: Black Butte/Sisters
Why I Love It: This is the place to be if you’re looking for a wedding day that will feel like a luxurious retreat from the hustle and bustle. You can hold your ceremony right on the lakeshore here, and the sunsets at Black Butte are unlike any others. I also recommend venturing into the town of Sisters, which has the cutest downtown sprawl!
Things to Know: Capacity is up to 200 depending on the exact location of your wedding. You can hold a wedding at Black Butte any time of year.
Why I Love It: If you’re looking for a camp-style wedding, Camp Colton is the place for you. They have a WWII-era chapel, as well as outdoor ceremony options. You’ll be surrounded by huge trees that lend an enchanted feel to the experience.
Things to Know: Stay overnight in a yurt, tiny house, group cabins, RV sites, or tent sites. Venue capacity is 200, and is confirmed an LGBTQ+ friendly site.
Why I Love It: This venue has one of the most unique barns I’ve ever seen. It’s an octagonal barn with a super rustic feel. There are also beautiful magnolia trees in the “Wedding Grove.” There are apple and pear trees, big meadows, and other lawns and gardens for you to enjoy here.
Things to Know: To the best of my knowledge, this location is LGBTQ+ friendly! Capacity varies by exact location, so be sure to browse their site.
Why I Love It: This is the most unique of my list of Oregon wedding venues. You can get married and hold your reception all on a boat as it traverses the water!! A scenic boat tour and ceremony on the deck is one of the most unique ways I’ve ever seen to get married (and I’ve been to a lot of weddings!).
Things to Know: The capacity (depending on the exact boat) won’t exceed 300. Portland Spirit Fleet is a confirmed LGBTQ+ friendly venue. They have separate packages for those planning a more intimate ceremony.
And there you have it! 5 of my favorite (and the most unique!) Oregon wedding venues. If none of these 5 are speaking to you, check out these forest venues in Washington for more PNW venue choices!
I’m so excited for you to plan your perfect day. If you’d like to have me along to photograph the occasion, reach out to me here.
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