Abigail’s Garden

Everything You Need to Know About This One-of-a-kind Wedding Venue

Abigail’s garden is truly one-of-a-kind, a fully outdoor wedding venue with luxury amenities in a lush natural setting. Whether you’re on the hunt for an outdoor venue in Oregon or already planning an Abigail’s Garden celebration, read on for your definitive guide to this beloved wedding venue.

One of four distinct venues on the Abernethy property, Abigail’s Garden, was designed specifically for weddings, with every inch crafted to suit the needs of to-be-weds and their guest on the big day. Abigail’s Garden sits in the middle of a natural clearing framed by wooded hillsides and Abernethy Creek. You may not even know it’s there from the outside, but crossing the tree line transports you into a whole other world with acres of rolling lawns, meticulous landscaping, and luxury amenities.

Over the years, the garden has been infused with the love and laughter from thousands of celebrations. We credit this success to how the garden was designed and the one-of-a-kind experience it offers wedding couples and their guests.

Getting Ready Suites

We have two luxurious getting-ready suites in Abigail’s Garden; The Cottage & The Den. Our typical rental includes two pre-event hours onsite to get ready in the suites and take photos. When you arrive on the wedding day, room service will be set with an array of mess-free snacks and festive libations like champagne, cider, beer, or soda. Your Abernethy ceremony Manager meets you upon arrival and is there to ensure everyone is taken care of pre-wedding.

The Cottage

The Den

Ceremony Site

The ceremony site features a classic white gazebo beneath a towering twenty-year-old willow tree. Abernethy creek runs along on one side, with wooded hillsides offering a private and naturally beautiful space to exchange vows. The venue feels intimate but can accommodate up to 250 guests. At ceremony time, your Abernethy Ceremony Manager will facilitate lining up the wedding party and queueing everyone down the aisle for a seamless processional.

What if it rains? Specializing in outdoor weddings in Oregon, we always have a rain plan! The reception tent in Abigail’s Garden is waterproof and large enough to accommodate both your ceremony and reception. We simply move the wedding ceremony into the tent if it’s raining.

Reception Area

Once the ceremony is over, the reception tent is only steps away, creating a seamless transition for your guests. The big white reception tent sits in the center of Abigail’s Garden. It is bright and airy, with romantic cafe lighting, white Chiavari chairs, and a classic wood dancefloor. During the reception, your Abernethy Event Manager will ensure everything goes smoothly by coordinating with other vendors (like your photographer, DJ, etc) and managing the event staff, so you don’t have to worry about a thing!

Does the tent have walls? The tent walls are closed when the garden opens for the season in April. We remove the walls on May 15th, and the tent remains open through summer. As fall approaches, we close the walls again on October 15th. There are fans to circulate the breeze on warm days and heaters to keep guests cozy on chilly nights.


Abernethy Center provides exclusive in-house catering for your Abigail’s Garden reception. Our award-winning chefs are committed to exceptional Northwest cuisine with amazing flavor and beautiful presentation. Menu packages are fully customizable, and all booked couples are invited to a menu tasting so you can select the perfect wedding meal!

Read more about Abernethy catering HERE.

Photo Ops

The natural vibe of Abigail’s Garden offers an array of beautiful backdrops for your wedding photos

  • The garden path is set between a wooded hillside and a babbling stream, creating picturesque natural photo ops. It’s an excellent spot for your first looks, couples photos, and wedding party shots.
  • The lower garden is an intimate space for first looks and couples photos with a charming rustic staircase leading to rolling lawns and a rustic wrought iron gazebo bordering Abernethy Creek.
  • The bar patio with cobblestones below, twinkle lights above, and lush foliage in the background photographs beautifully at night, making it the ideal spot for your grand departure.

Read more about Abigail’s Garden’s best photo backdrops HERE.

Thank you for joining me on this journey through Abigail’s Garden, our little piece of wedding paradise!  You can contact Abernethy Center for availability, pricing details, or to schedule a tour. We’re currently booking Abigail’s Garden for the summer of 2023. And as always, follow @abernethycenter for daily inspiration from our beautiful Oregon weddings!

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