The Oaks Pioneer Church




Oaks Pioneer Church, originally St. John’s Episcopal Church, was built in 1851 and moved to the edge of Sellwood Park in 1961. It has been carefully and lovingly restored by the Sellwood-Moreland Improvement League and is now listed as a Portland Historical Landmark and in the National Register of Historic Places. Approximately 400 brides and grooms are currently married each year in the unique historic chapel, which seats about 75 people. The church and its park-like surroundings overlooking the Willamette also provide a beautiful backdrop for wedding photographs. The white chapel is a charming and romantic setting to begin your new life together with your loved one. During the ceremony, the beginning of your new life will be graced by sunlight shining through the stained glass windows of the church hall. You may wish to have your wedding reception in the SMILE Station, a unique and historic facility owned by the Sellwood Moreland Improvement League.

Venue Style



Indoor Ceremony


Max Indoor Ceremony: 75 guests

Time Restrictions

Flexible set up start time. Early morning can be arranged. Events must end by 8:00PM.

Rental Fees

This is a ceremony only venue. The set up fee for a ceremony is $450 and includes 2 hours of event time. Additional hours can be arranged for a fee of $200/hr.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at The Oaks Pioneer Church is estimated at $450 for a ceremony only for 50 guests.

Amenities Included

Bride's dressing area
Venue set up and clean up
Day of onsite manager
No kitchen
Public parking

Special Restrictions

Venue must approve all decorations
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
No catering allowed
Amplified music OK indoors only
Smoking outside only
Music must end by 8:00PM