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A Romantic and Historical Port Gamble Wedding in Washington

Port Gamble Wedding

Port Gamble, Washington, is a town that looks like it came straight out of a romantic movie. Sprawling green grasses, stunning ocean views, quaint historic buildings, and unique architectural details make this waterfront location a prime wedding venue in the area. Couples will have a spectacular Port Gamble wedding celebration. With both indoor and outdoor areas for the ceremony and reception, Port Gamble has a venue space that will suit any couple’s unique needs and preferences. 

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About a Port Gamble Wedding

Port Gamble is a privately-owned, 120-acre national historic landmark next to the Hood Canal shores in Washington. This vibrant, historical town has turn-of-the-century buildings, a historic church, and New England-style homes. The streets are lined with maple trees, and the serene woods and waterfront views make this location a stunning area to hold a wedding. 

The historic St. Paul’s Church was built in 1879 and modeled after a church in Maine. The church is perfect for indoor ceremonies as well as outdoor patio receptions. Nearby tented pavilions are ideal for indoor or outdoor events, allowing couples to cope with the unpredictable nature of the Northwest weather. Port Gamble is a gorgeous location for the wedding day celebration you’ve always dreamed of.  

Details of the Grounds

The Hood Canal Vista Pavilion offers panoramic views of the water and stunning sunsets over the Hood Canal. The Hood Canal Vista Pavilion is surrounded by meticulously-landscaped gardens. The indoor space features a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and oversized windows that overlook stunning views of the gardens. Additionally, it features six sets of elegant French doors that lead to a slatted patio and a sizeable grassy bluff on the shores of the Hood Canal. An adjacent tented terrace can be used for the reception, dance floor, or cocktail hour during the spring and summer months. 

The indoor area of the Pavilion can hold up to 150 guests, the tented terrace can hold up to 180 guests, and the lawn area can hold up to another 180 guests. 

The historic St. Paul’s Church sits on a sloping grass bluff that overlooks the gorgeous waters of Port Gamble Bay. Built-in 1879, this church was modeled after a church in the hometown of one of Port Gamble’s founders. This renovated church features eight stained glass windows, original pews, and a domed altar area. The steeple even houses the original church bell, which couples can enjoy the joyous sound of during their celebration. The remodeled downstairs area of the church can be used as a dressing area or for a small reception. This area leads to a waterfront terrace ideal for small, intimate receptions. 

The wood pews can hold up to 150 guests, the downstairs area of the church can hold up to 50 guests, and the outdoor terrace can also hold up to 80 guests. 

Couples can choose to book one or both venues for their ceremony and reception. Packages vary in pricing throughout the year. 

Photography Opportunities

Port Gamble is full of historic landmarks, fantastic waterfront views, and meticulously-renovated properties that provide stunning backdrops for wedding day photography. 

Some excellent wedding day snapshots at this venue may include:

  • Posing in front of the window and ringing the church bell as light pours in behind the happy couple.
  • The bride’s dress hanging outside, surrounded by greenery and blooming flowers.
  • The wedding party dancing the night away in the pavilion. 
  • A close-up of the bride and groom having their first dance, surrounded by friends and family in the pavilion.
  • The bride and groom walking hand in hand among the sprawling grass areas in the outdoor gardens.
  • The couple gazing lovingly at one another as they walk along the tree-lined path, bathed in romantic light streaming through the tree branches.
  • The bride walking down the aisle, arm linked with her father, as she approaches the groom in the outdoor ceremony area.
  • The couple reciting their vows with the gleaming water of Gamble Bay.
  • The groomsmen raising their glasses for a toast in the outdoor tented pavilion.
  • The bride and groom embracing in the evening as friends and family surround them with sparklers. 

Wedding Details

The Hood Canal Pavilion rental includes breathtaking waterfront views, the pavilion’s interior and tented terrace, manicured lawn for ceremonies, tables and chairs, access to the entire pavilion grounds, a working gas fireplace and central heating, wireless microphones and projector, and convenient parking. 

This venue also includes a one-hour rehearsal, set up and break down of tables and chairs, a customized floor plan, a sound system, and Port Gamble Weddings and Events personnel available during the entirety of your rehearsal and wedding. 

The events staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and quick to answer any questions during the planning process. Above all, with professionalism and an eye for detail, the Port Gamble Weddings team is always ready to accommodate any needs and preferences that couples might have. 

The St. Paul’s Church rental includes the following:

  • Stunning views of Gamble Bay.
  • The original church bell for the couple to ring.
  • Tables and chairs.
  • A downstairs space for dressing or receptions.
  • An outdoor terrace.
  • Sound system.
  • Convenient parking. 

Rental also includes a one-hour rehearsal, setup and breakdown of tables and chairs, a personalized floor plan, a microphone, and sound system, and Port Gamble Weddings and Events staff available during your entire rehearsal and wedding day. The venue also has a preferred vendor list to make selections even easier for couples. 

A combination package includes a St. Paul’s Church rental for 4 hours and the Hood Canal Vista Pavilion all day. 

Services also include cake cutting, bartender services, a champagne toast, getting ready rooms, audio equipment, and wheelchair access. 

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Port Gamble Wedding

Port Gamble in Washington is a stunning venue to hold a dream wedding. With multiple event spaces available to rent, couples can customize their wedding celebration to be exactly as they prefer. From the historic church building to gorgeous waterfront views, and meticulously landscaped outdoor gardens, a Port Gamble wedding has something to suit each couple’s unique preferences for their big day. So visit the Port Gamble wedding venue at 4770 View Drive NE Port Gamble, WA 98364, and see its splendor!

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