Can you hear the church bells ring? I can! First Presbyterian Church of Portland Oregon is a glorious venue that is magical with a traditional touch. I absolutely adore this venue!

Photo by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig Mitchelldyer

First Presbyterian Church, one of the oldest and largest churches in downtown Portland, Oregon, is a stunning and ornate setting for your wedding ceremony! The church, modeled after the New Railroad Station in Worcester, Massachusetts, was completed in 1890 and designated a National Historic Landmark on April 8, 1970.

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Photo by Allison VanZanten Photography

The sanctuary features intricate wood features, hand carved pews, and a 45 foot long center aisle. The beautiful stained glass windows were crafted by famed glass artisan, David L. Povey and the magnificent organ, featuring 52 different ranks of pipes with at least 56 pipes per rank, was built by master organ builder, Dan Jaeckel. Although able to hold 600 guests, the intimate feel of the sanctuary also lends itself to smaller ceremonies.

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Photo by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig Mitchelldyer

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The exterior of the church showcases several notable features as well. The spire of the church,constructed from basalt quarried in St. Helens, Oregon, rises 180 feet into the Portland skyline. At the base of the spire, the original port cochere (carriage porch) functions as the main guest entrance to the Sanctuary. Prior to modern means of transportation, horse-drawn carriages entered the port cochere to drop off passengers. Perhaps a fitting tribute to this historical entrance is a horse-drawn carriage
departure for the bride and groom! Adjacent to this entryway is the modern plaza area covering the underground parking garage. The plaza offers a serene garden escape from the surrounding concrete and steel downtown office buildings offering a great backdrop for pictures as well.

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Photo by Allison VanZanten Photography

After your vows and the big kiss, the church bell, weighing 900 pounds and housed high in the spire,will ring as you are introduced as husband and wife. This isn’t just any bell though! It is the oldest bell in Portland and cast out of Civil War cannons. Installed in 1863, the bell was shipped around Cape Hornand has been in continuous use since. The bell tolled for Lincoln’s death in 1868 as well as America’s Bicentennial in 1976. The ringing of the bell at your nuptials will join a rich historical legacy.

Check out their website to see more of First Presbyterian Church of Portland!