21 Years Of Beautiful Oregon Weddings

Abernethy Center is Celebrating A Milestone Birthday with a Marvelous Venue Special

Hannah and Jake’s Wedding Toast, June 2022 | pc: Lauren Miles

Pour the bubbly we’re getting ready to celebrate a milestone Birthday! Abernethy Center turns twenty-one on 10/15/22! It’s hard to believe we’ve been doing this for so long. The beginnings were humble – Abernethy started as a single-room event space in October 2001. Over the years, we’ve grown into a multi-acre property with two beautiful wedding gardens, the classic Abernethy Chapel, and our elegant grand ballroom. It’s a testament to years of broad community support that Abernethy Center has grown into the venue it is today. We’ve been honored to host thousands of weddings, each celebrating a couple’s unique love story. It’s pretty amazing and not something we take for granted! We’re celebrating with a grateful look back and promo for new couples looking to get married in 2023 or 2024.

Looking Back

The Abernethy venues and wedding styles have changed significantly in the last two decades. Here’s a look back at 21 years of Abernethy Center weddings.

21 Years of Abernethy Center Weddings


Abernethy ballroom opened in the newly refurbished historic building that once served as Oregon City’s Post Office.


As a single-room event space, we often hosted both wedding ceremonies and receptions in the ballroom.


With outdoor weddings growing in popularity, Abernethy expands for the first time, building Abigail’s Garden on a 3-acre parcel of land nestled along Abernethy Creek and adjacent to the ballroom.


The original reception tent in Abigail’s Garden.


The Veiled Garden opens at the base of two adjoining wooded hillsides creating a second beautiful and distinctive garden on the Abernethy property.


The Veiled Garden ceremony site pairs with Abernethy ballroom for the reception, creating an ideal indoor/outdoor venue combo.


Veiled Garden Wedding


The willow tree in Abigail’s Garden finally peeks over the gazebo.


Abernethy newlyweds on the ballroom patio.


Abigail’s Garden wedding.


Construction begins on Abernethy Chapel; built to offer a classic indoor ceremony venue suitable for year-round Oregon weddings. 


Our first Chapel wedding.


Getting wedding reading in Abigail’s Garden.


Abigail’s Garden wedding.


Newlyweds on the chapel balcony


Abigail’s Garden wedding ceremony.


Fall romance in Veiled Garden.


Abernethy Ballroom is updated with elegant new chrystal chandeliers. 


Bubble exit on the ballroom patio.


Coordinating masks.


Going to the chapel.


A toast to new beginnings.

Abernethy Wedding Venues

Today, Abernethy Center has three beautiful venue combinations with distinctive indoor and outdoor options and extensive in-house amenities, including catering, to simplify the wedding planning process. You can learn more about each venue and what’s included by following the links below.

Abigail’s Garden

A fully outdoor ceremony and reception venue featuring our famous willow tree and big white reception tent. Learn more

Veiled Garden & Ballroom

Outdoor ceremony site beneath majestic wooded hillsides, and indoor ballroom reception. Learn more

Chapel & Ballroom

Indoor ceremony and reception with scenic outdoor photo ops. Learn more

Abernethy Center offers venue tours by appointment Monday through Friday (weekend tours are unavailable due to events on the property). An Event Specialist will show you the venue, offer a personalized quote, discuss available dates, and send you home with a complimentary bottle of champagne or sparkling cider to celebrate your engagement.

“I recently had my wedding at Abernethy Center and cannot rave more about this venue. It is absolutely drop-dead gorgeous – the grounds are so well kept and stunning.” -Ashley, 2022 Abernethy Bride

Abernethy Center End-Of-Year Special

We’re launching the annual End-Of-Year Special early to celebrate our milestone 21st birthday. Starting today and running through December 31st, 2022,  new bookings get 30% off all 2023 venue rentals and 15% off all 2024 venue rentals.

 30% off

all 2023 venue rentals


15% off

all 2024 venue rentals

Rental rates vary based on the time of year, and the day of the week you’re getting married. Promo applies to new bookings on available 2023 & 2024 wedding dates. Contact Us for a full price sheet. Elopement packages are not included.

Our Community-Centered Mission

Abernethy Center is dedicated to serving our community with a culture of inclusion and connectedness. We exist to be of service to couples on their wedding day, committed to celebrating the milestone of marriage across race, ethnicity, age, religion, identity, sexual orientation, and experience. This commitment to respect and honor diversity extends to our Abernethy staff, vendors, and all guests attending our events. We look forward to welcoming you!


About the author:

Sara O'Brien has been with Abernethy Center since 2017. She brings playful optimism and bottomless love of wedding celebrations to her role as Social Media Manager. Sara is a PNW native and nature lover who is passionate about spreading joy through honoring life's big [and little] moments.

Smooch is the official blog of Abernethy Center, Oregon's premier indoor and outdoor wedding venue.  Abernethy Center is truly one of a kind! A full-service wedding and reception venue just on the outskirts of Portland in the heart of historical Oregon City. Our property features two distinct gardens, a gorgeous chapel and a classic, elegant Grand ballroom spread out over 9 acres. With nearly twenty years in business, an expert culinary team, and a tremendous staff experienced in providing exceptional service, we have everything for the perfect, uniquely yours Oregon wedding.

Abigail's Garden ----- Veiled Garden-----Abernethy Chapel-----Grand Ballroom