130x130_sq_1382397420832-main

Swedenborgian Church

San Francisco , CA
CONTACT US
CONTACT US

LOCATION

2107 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA US 94115 (map)

PHONE

415-346-6468

WEBSITE

View website
Please let this vendor know that you found them on the WeddingWire Network.

ABOUT US

Built in 1895 in Pacific Heights by a coterie of artists, architects and spiritual seekers, the historic Swedenborgian Church is rustic and charming in the Arts and Crafts tradition.... Read more
Built in 1895 in Pacific Heights by a coterie of artists, architects and spiritual seekers, the historic Swedenborgian Church is rustic and charming in the Arts and Crafts tradition. There’s a huge brick fireplace inside and, lit with candles, the interior is exceptionally beautiful and serene. Floors, walls and ceilings are wood, and the arching overhead beams are good-sized madrone tree trunks. In lieu of conventional pews, handmade Mission-style maple chairs are provided.

Many of San Francisco’s most important (if not famous!) personages were once affiliated with this church, such as Robert Frost, who went to Sunday School here. The founders of the Sierra Club were all active associates, including John Muir. The Sierra Club’s legendary landscape painter, William Keith, painted four large murals that line the north wall of the sanctuary, and Phoebe Hearst (William Randolph Hearst’s mother) is represented by her donation of a rare cast-iron copy of Peter Vischer’s 15th-century “Praying Madonna.”

Adjacent to the chapel is a turn-of-the-century Craftsman house whose Garden Room, Fireside Room and Dining Room are used for receptions. Both the Fireside and Dining Rooms have working fireplaces. In front of the house, a quiet garden with a small pool, trees, benches and flowers provides a pretty spot for gatherings and wedding photos.

The Swedenborgian Church offers traditional, contemporary and interfaith ceremonies.

events@sfswedenborgian.org

(415) 346-6468 Read less
Wedding Venue

PHOTOS

130x130_sq_1260901094814-6436670169bkxml
130x130_sq_1260901123439-6436701077vvkbl
130x130_sq_1260901428876-643672147jbdqal
130x130_sq_1260901449439-643685262x5c9ll
130x130_sq_1260901519158-647717045vxenvl
130x130_sq_1260901561298-647717739aho4ql
130x130_sq_1260901601220-647714879car6tl
130x130_sq_1260901632017-647715052n6qwxl
130x130_sq_1260901692986-647717976b5fjsl
130x130_sq_1260901741470-643705591cakktl1
130x130_sq_1260901755626-647722110ag9gsl
130x130_sq_1260901866330-1000467
130x130_sq_1410385213441-sanfranciscoswedenborgianchurch001---copy
130x130_sq_1410385217170-sanfranciscoswedenborgianchurch003
130x130_sq_1410385220400-sanfranciscoswedenborgianchurch004---copy
130x130_sq_1410385223729-sanfranciscoswedenborgianchurch007-1
130x130_sq_1410385226766-sanfranciscoswedenborgianchurch008---copy
130x130_sq_1410385230817-sanfranciscoswedenborgianchurch009
130x130_sq_1410385234500-sanfranciscoswedenborgianchurch010---copy
130x130_sq_1410385238004-sanfranciscoswedenborgianchurch011
130x130_sq_1410385241284-sanfranciscoswedenborgianchurch012---copy
130x130_sq_1410385244038-sanfranciscoswedenborgianchurch013
130x130_sq_1410385247042-sanfranciscoswedenborgianchurch016
130x130_sq_1410385300206-sanfranciscoswedenborgianchurch017
130x130_sq_1410385304157-sanfranciscoswedenborgianchurch018
130x130_sq_1410385307596-sanfranciscoswedenborgianchurch019
130x130_sq_1410385311475-sanfranciscoswedenborgianchurch021
130x130_sq_1410385315306-sanfranciscoswedenborgianchurch022
130x130_sq_1410385319391-sanfranciscoswedenborgianchurch023
130x130_sq_1410385323241-sanfranciscoswedenborgianchurch032
130x130_sq_1410385327406-sanfranciscoswedenborgianchurch035
130x130_sq_1410385331240-sanfranciscoswedenborgianchurch044
130x130_sq_1410385335183-sanfranciscoswedenborgianchurch045
130x130_sq_1410385338697-sanfranciscoswedenborgianchurch046

INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1895
When was your venue last renovated?
2014
Describe your venue:
Historic Site, Place of Worship
Describe the style of your venue
Garden / Romantic, Rustic, Vintage
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
120
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
4
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
1000
Bar Service
Outside vendors welcome
Beverage Service
Outside vendors welcome
Catering
Outside vendors welcome
Event Coordination
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Outside vendors welcome
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

4.7
out of 5.0
4.9/5.0
4.8/5.0
4.9/5.0
4.8/5.0
4.2/5.0
Sort by
Default-vendor-profile-pic
Rebecca
Wedding:
6/2/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I got married here earlier this month and it couldn't have been more perfect. We planned our wedding from Atlanta and weren't able to see the church in person or meet with anyone until 2 days before the wedding. It is a beautiful location, perfect for an intimate wedding. It looks even better in person than in the pictures I saw online. Rev. Doug and Valentyna were great. They were both so warm, friendly, and welcoming. I felt like I didn't have to worry about a thing with them there. We had our reception in the parish house, which was also beautiful with a great open floor plan that was perfect for mingling. They had enough chairs and couches set up that I didn't end up using any of the round tables they provide. I highly recommend getting married here. Everything was perfect and beautiful and I can't imagine having an easier time planning, especially since I was on the other side of the country.
My husband and I got married here earlier this month and it couldn't have been more perfect. We planned our wedding from Read more...
My husband and I got married here earlier this month and it couldn't have been more perfect. We planned our wedding from Atlanta and weren't able to see the church in person or meet with anyone until 2 days before the wedding. It is a beautiful location, perfect for an intimate wedding. It looks even better in person than in the pictures I saw online. Rev. Doug and Valentyna were great. They were both so warm, friendly, and welcoming. I felt like I didn't have to worry about a thing with them there. We had our reception in the parish house, which was also beautiful with a great open floor plan that was perfect for mingling. They had enough chairs and couches set up that I didn't end up using any of the round tables they provide. I highly recommend getting married here. Everything was perfect and beautiful and I can't imagine having an easier time planning, especially since I was on the other side of the country. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
Default-vendor-profile-pic
Tomoko
Wedding:
11/5/2011
5.0/5.0
We got married here earlier this month. It was perfect - lovely, intimate and the perfect size for our group of about 45 people. We didn't want a big church. We wanted a place that would make us feel close to our guests. The Swedenborgian Church's coziness and character (it's a National Historic Landmark) made for a very memorable ceremony. Our guests have said over and over what a beautiful church we chose.

Valentyna was a fantastic wedding hostess. She responded to all my e-mails promptly and made sure our rehearsal and ceremony went off without a hitch. Rev. Doug is wonderful. We met with him before the ceremony, and he was genuinely interested in getting to know us. As an Episcopalian, I knew nothing about the Swedenborgian Church before I started wedding planning. But Rev. Doug made me feel comfortable and was so flexible in letting us design the ceremony to our liking (which I did by inserting some elements from the Book of Common Prayer and asking a friend to read a poem).

I also think it's excellent value for the all-inclusive price. The$1,800 fee we paid includes the minister, musician, wedding hostess, rehearsal, candles, fireplace, conference with the minister, bridal dressing room and use of the garden for photos. Some other churches I researched ask for far more than this and require a lot more planning work!

The Swedenborgian has my highest recommendation.
We got married here earlier this month. It was perfect - lovely, intimate and the perfect size for our group of about 45 Read more...
We got married here earlier this month. It was perfect - lovely, intimate and the perfect size for our group of about 45 people. We didn't want a big church. We wanted a place that would make us feel close to our guests. The Swedenborgian Church's coziness and character (it's a National Historic Landmark) made for a very memorable ceremony. Our guests have said over and over what a beautiful church we chose.

Valentyna was a fantastic wedding hostess. She responded to all my e-mails promptly and made sure our rehearsal and ceremony went off without a hitch. Rev. Doug is wonderful. We met with him before the ceremony, and he was genuinely interested in getting to know us. As an Episcopalian, I knew nothing about the Swedenborgian Church before I started wedding planning. But Rev. Doug made me feel comfortable and was so flexible in letting us design the ceremony to our liking (which I did by inserting some elements from the Book of Common Prayer and asking a friend to read a poem).

I also think it's excellent value for the all-inclusive price. The$1,800 fee we paid includes the minister, musician, wedding hostess, rehearsal, candles, fireplace, conference with the minister, bridal dressing room and use of the garden for photos. Some other churches I researched ask for far more than this and require a lot more planning work!

The Swedenborgian has my highest recommendation. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
Default-vendor-profile-pic
HappySwedenborgianClient
Wedding:
4/9/2011
5.0/5.0
I got married 4/9/11 at Swedenborgian Church. I had an overwhelmingly positive experience! The Event Manager, Valentna Hohl, was an absolute delight, offering genuine encouragement and helpful support along the way.

In fact, all of the staff that supported our marriage were tremendous -- Music Director Charles Calhoun, Reverend Doug Moss, Wedding Host Alice Grisez (all provided as part of the rental cost), and John Lehrak, Pianist ... they all supported our planning efforts in a professional and authentic way!

Throw in some of the vendors that I found on my own -- Toast Catering, Three Sisters Flowers, Ille Photography and Hopkins Street Bakery ... everything was absolutely top notch!! According to a good friend, "it was the most amazing wedding. Definitely on my top list for beauty and location."

Swedenborgian Church was the wonderful size for our group of about 85 guests. We used the chapel and adjoining parish hall. Even the bridal dressing room and the location for signing the marriage certificate were charming and photogenic!!

I cannot say enough about the warmth of the historic venue, with sunlight streaming through the windows and candles galore. If I might recommend Swedenborgian Church (and all of the vendors) to anyone planning a wedding, I would do so without hesitation. The venue itself stands proud on its own, as one of the most important members of my wedding cast of characters ... my husband and I will definitely visit Swedenborgian Church year after year, to remember and celebrate our wedding day with fondness and joy!
I got married 4/9/11 at Swedenborgian Church. I had an overwhelmingly positive experience! The Event Manager, Valentna Read more...
I got married 4/9/11 at Swedenborgian Church. I had an overwhelmingly positive experience! The Event Manager, Valentna Hohl, was an absolute delight, offering genuine encouragement and helpful support along the way.

In fact, all of the staff that supported our marriage were tremendous -- Music Director Charles Calhoun, Reverend Doug Moss, Wedding Host Alice Grisez (all provided as part of the rental cost), and John Lehrak, Pianist ... they all supported our planning efforts in a professional and authentic way!

Throw in some of the vendors that I found on my own -- Toast Catering, Three Sisters Flowers, Ille Photography and Hopkins Street Bakery ... everything was absolutely top notch!! According to a good friend, "it was the most amazing wedding. Definitely on my top list for beauty and location."

Swedenborgian Church was the wonderful size for our group of about 85 guests. We used the chapel and adjoining parish hall. Even the bridal dressing room and the location for signing the marriage certificate were charming and photogenic!!

I cannot say enough about the warmth of the historic venue, with sunlight streaming through the windows and candles galore. If I might recommend Swedenborgian Church (and all of the vendors) to anyone planning a wedding, I would do so without hesitation. The venue itself stands proud on its own, as one of the most important members of my wedding cast of characters ... my husband and I will definitely visit Swedenborgian Church year after year, to remember and celebrate our wedding day with fondness and joy! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
Default-vendor-profile-pic
Ingrid
Wedding:
5/16/2010
5.0/5.0
I cannot imagine a more perfect venue for an intimate wedding and reception. We fell in love with the architecture of the sanctuary and parish house. We appreciate the historical significance of the building and the Swedenborgian religion. We enjoyed getting to know the pastor after attending church one Sunday. The officiant is different from the pastor, and our officiant (Rev. Doug Moss) was great too! Everyone at the church was extremely kind and helpful. The space was perfect for the size of our wedding (3 bridesmaids, 3 groomsmen, 72 friends & family attending) followed by a mingle-style reception in the parish house. We rented some cocktail tables and had catered appetizers, wine and champagne. It was absolutely lovely!
I cannot imagine a more perfect venue for an intimate wedding and reception. We fell in love with the architecture of the Read more...
I cannot imagine a more perfect venue for an intimate wedding and reception. We fell in love with the architecture of the sanctuary and parish house. We appreciate the historical significance of the building and the Swedenborgian religion. We enjoyed getting to know the pastor after attending church one Sunday. The officiant is different from the pastor, and our officiant (Rev. Doug Moss) was great too! Everyone at the church was extremely kind and helpful. The space was perfect for the size of our wedding (3 bridesmaids, 3 groomsmen, 72 friends & family attending) followed by a mingle-style reception in the parish house. We rented some cocktail tables and had catered appetizers, wine and champagne. It was absolutely lovely! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, Officiant, Wedding Venue, Unique Services
Default-vendor-profile-pic
Amy L
Wedding:
5/1/2010
5.0/5.0
What a wonderful place to be married! My husband and I felt so fortunate to have found the Swedenborgian Church. The history behind this church is also fascinating. From the architecture to the previous members, this is truly a special place--a little gem in San Francisco.

Not only is this an amazing place to be married, but Valentyna was great to work with! We had an interfaith ceremony and everyone felt welcome.
What a wonderful place to be married! My husband and I felt so fortunate to have found the Swedenborgian Church. The Read more...
What a wonderful place to be married! My husband and I felt so fortunate to have found the Swedenborgian Church. The history behind this church is also fascinating. From the architecture to the previous members, this is truly a special place--a little gem in San Francisco.

Not only is this an amazing place to be married, but Valentyna was great to work with! We had an interfaith ceremony and everyone felt welcome. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
Default-vendor-profile-pic
Kim
Wedding:
9/17/2011
4.8/5.0
We loved our experience with Swedenborgian. Valentyna Hohl was an excellent coordinator. She was professional and very responsive. Reverend Doug Moss did an excellent job with our service as well.
We loved our experience with Swedenborgian. Valentyna Hohl was an excellent coordinator. She was professional and very Read more...
We loved our experience with Swedenborgian. Valentyna Hohl was an excellent coordinator. She was professional and very responsive. Reverend Doug Moss did an excellent job with our service as well. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, Officiant, Wedding Venue
Swedenborgian Church responded with the following comments:

Dear Kim, thank you so much for your review! Your were such a beautiful bride! May you have very happy, healthy, and prosperous life together. We hope to see you at the church again.

Warmly,
Valentyna
Default-vendor-profile-pic
bowsersf
Wedding:
10/19/2008
4.8/5.0
Great Mission style church. Very warm and inviting with a fireplace in the church and two more in the reception hall!
Great Mission style church. Very warm and inviting with a fireplace in the church and two more in the reception hall!
Great Mission style church. Very warm and inviting with a fireplace in the church and two more in the reception hall! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
Default-vendor-profile-pic
Ashli
Wedding:
3/5/2007
4.8/5.0
My family is a regular at this church and we decided this was the place for my special day. The whole process of booking the venue, music etc was a breeze. After having heard of horror stories from several of my friends about how hard it is to find a good place for their wedding ceremony, I think we were incredibly fortunate to have chosen this beautiful church. It was truly a memorable wedding ceremony which met all of my expectations.
My family is a regular at this church and we decided this was the place for my special day. The whole process of booking Read more...
My family is a regular at this church and we decided this was the place for my special day. The whole process of booking the venue, music etc was a breeze. After having heard of horror stories from several of my friends about how hard it is to find a good place for their wedding ceremony, I think we were incredibly fortunate to have chosen this beautiful church. It was truly a memorable wedding ceremony which met all of my expectations. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
Default-vendor-profile-pic
louiseogoto
Wedding:
8/8/2008
4.7/5.0
Great cute little church
Great cute little church
Great cute little church Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
Default-vendor-profile-pic
CycloRon
Wedding:
3/30/2011
4.6/5.0
Lovely intimate venue with attached space for reception and nice intimate garden. Valentyna - the host was very helpful and made sure everything went perfectly - even without a rehearsal.

The candle lit interior of the church could be a challenge for some photographers but make for some lovely shots.

The musician and officient were included and were accomodating and wonderful as well. All told a beautiful place for a small wedding of maybe 20-75 people
Lovely intimate venue with attached space for reception and nice intimate garden. Valentyna - the host was very helpful Read more...
Lovely intimate venue with attached space for reception and nice intimate garden. Valentyna - the host was very helpful and made sure everything went perfectly - even without a rehearsal.

The candle lit interior of the church could be a challenge for some photographers but make for some lovely shots.

The musician and officient were included and were accomodating and wonderful as well. All told a beautiful place for a small wedding of maybe 20-75 people Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
Default-vendor-profile-pic
Kris
Wedding:
9/17/2005
4.4/5.0
Beautiful, historic venue in the Laurel Heights area of San Francisco.
They make it very easy on you - one reasonable donation for the use of their church, officiate and organist.
Beautiful, historic venue in the Laurel Heights area of San Francisco.
They make it very easy on you - one reasonable Read more...
Beautiful, historic venue in the Laurel Heights area of San Francisco.
They make it very easy on you - one reasonable donation for the use of their church, officiate and organist. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, Officiant, Wedding Venue
Default-vendor-profile-pic
ishen
Wedding:
11/11/2006
4.3/5.0
The church is very beautiful and intimate. It's best suited for parties under 90 for the ceremony, and depending on the time of year, the lighting in the church can be a challenge for photographers, so make sure to visit ahead of time.The wedding program is non-denominational and open to everyone. Reverend Rachel is a warm and wonderful person to work with, and we appreciate the thoughtful and beautiful ceremony. We also quite enjoyed having the music director help us with the music. It was definitely a value.
The church is very beautiful and intimate. It's best suited for parties under 90 for the ceremony, and depending on the Read more...
The church is very beautiful and intimate. It's best suited for parties under 90 for the ceremony, and depending on the time of year, the lighting in the church can be a challenge for photographers, so make sure to visit ahead of time.The wedding program is non-denominational and open to everyone. Reverend Rachel is a warm and wonderful person to work with, and we appreciate the thoughtful and beautiful ceremony. We also quite enjoyed having the music director help us with the music. It was definitely a value. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
Bg21
McKennas
Wedding:
4/1/2006
4.2/5.0
This was a great location for our wedding. They had everything we needed in one place: Beautiful space - complete with real wood rafters that smelled fresh, fireplace, and a real cozy feel. It was small - we only had about 80 people, so it was perfect. The "house" musician was fantastic - and worked with us to choose music (he played the piano, and then the organ at our request).

Flexibility is marked lower, only because they were booked up. We ended up getting married on April 1st, which actually suits us ;)

The minister was also very personable. We met with her for some time to discuss what we wanted, and were able to custom choose our service.

Financially, we were able to save a bundle on decor - the place is beautiful on it's own.
This was a great location for our wedding. They had everything we needed in one place: Beautiful space - complete with Read more...
This was a great location for our wedding. They had everything we needed in one place: Beautiful space - complete with real wood rafters that smelled fresh, fireplace, and a real cozy feel. It was small - we only had about 80 people, so it was perfect. The "house" musician was fantastic - and worked with us to choose music (he played the piano, and then the organ at our request).

Flexibility is marked lower, only because they were booked up. We ended up getting married on April 1st, which actually suits us ;)

The minister was also very personable. We met with her for some time to discuss what we wanted, and were able to custom choose our service.

Financially, we were able to save a bundle on decor - the place is beautiful on it's own. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
Default-vendor-profile-pic
Cecilia
Wedding:
9/17/2011
4.1/5.0
Everyone at the Swedenborgian church was attentive from the wedding coordinator to the church musician and minister. My fiancee and I were treated with respect and kept informed all along the way.
Everyone at the Swedenborgian church was attentive from the wedding coordinator to the church musician and minister. My Read more...
Everyone at the Swedenborgian church was attentive from the wedding coordinator to the church musician and minister. My fiancee and I were treated with respect and kept informed all along the way. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue

MAP

 
2107 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94115 See On Map
Thanks for visiting the vendor listing for Swedenborgian Church
Please let this vendor know that you found them on the WeddingWire Network.
Ww_logo
 
220x220_1382397420832-main