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  • Writer's pictureJeanette Schenk

Venue Spotlight: "Barn Kestrel" - a historic barn wedding venue in Portland's backyard.

Barn Kestrel is an absolutely beautiful venue located in West Linn, Oregon. Not only is it picturesque, but did you know it's also one of America's finest historic working barns? Only 21 minutes from downtown Portland, this ten acre property is the perfect spot for any wedding (or corporate event, reunion, party, fundraiser...)!

Venue spotlight on Barn Kestrel

From the desk of Jeanette Schenk, owner of Shortcake Photo LLC and Hammie The Photo Booth


Currently owned by "Debra and Ed"," this property actually has ties to the the Daniel Boone family (which is why we always remember to include our special "coon skin" hat prop when we have events at this venue - hahaha!).

The Queen Anne Victorian home that sits on this property was built in 1887.

Victorian style home in West Linn, Oregon

Vintage trailer photo booth infront of sequoia tree

The sequoia tree - a towering feature that lends plenty of shade between the house and barn - is the largest tree in Clackamas county - and the third largest tree in Oregon.

Arial view of Barn Kestrel in West Linn, Oregon

Photos by Shortcake Photo

Built in 1900, Barn Kestrel's "ramp style" barn is one of the best-preserved barns in Clackamas County. It is featured on county historical tours and is a tribute to Oregon's old-growth fir trees of the late 1800s.

Barn Kestrel's historic barn interior

Ample room for a large sit-down dinner in this barn wedding venue. - Photo from Barn Kestrel website


A popular spot for wedding ceremonies at Barn Kestrel is behind the house and in front of this glorious tree framed by the country hillside. Of course, saying your vows in the barn or in front of that grand sequoia are also great options!

Single tree backdrop for West Linn wedding ceremony
Couple getting married at Barn Kestrel

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There's plenty of room... All your favorite #weddingvendors will fit!

A panoramic view of Barn Kestrel which includes a vintage trailer photo booth.

So, why keep the dancing just to the dance floor?!

If you are looking for a gorgeous venue that's rural - but not too far from the city, historic - but not too rustic, then you may want to consider Barn Kestrel.* Property capacity is 250 outdoors and, inside the barn, 120 for a sit down dinner. Food trucks, bar carts and #photoboothtrailers are welcome, and there's plenty of on-site parking.

Bride and groom standing on PDX carpet in front of a vintage trailer photo booth

A tan colored horse looking over a fence

*Oh, and if you like horses, any one of Barn Kestrel's four "cowboy horses" would LOVE to be a part of your wedding photos!

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