Neighborhood Church of Pasadena is an oasis of green in the urban city. The church grounds are full of tall pine trees and grass. I used the small Ross chapel for my ceremony and everyone was delighted by the gorgeous stained glass windows. My fees also included use of the larger sanctuary for my reception. All the buildings are done in Pasadena's Craftsman style. All tables and chairs were included for an amazingly reasonable price. The church is Unitarian so that even those who are not religious will be completely comfortable in this venue. If you have your wedding on Saturday night, you will need to finish up by 10:30pm because they have service on Sunday morning. The church facility coordinator was very helpful and teamed up with my wedding coordinator to make the event run smoothly.
This is our home church so when we got engaged we really wanted to get married here. Luckily, the facility coordinator made it easy to do so! She worked well with all our vendors, accommodated special requests whenever possible, and even helped us find our delicious and inexpensive caterer. I would highly recommend Neighborhood to any couple looking for a gorgeous location, good service, and a church open to all religions, races, and sexual orientations.
I have been a member of this church for several years and the friendliness of the members and staff encouraged us to choose the site for our wedding. I was contacted right away after asking for information and had no trouble setting up a nice Sunday evening date although it was only three months before the wedding. The site coordinator was very cooperative and helped me with everything I needed for my special day (including renting out a few things to me for free). The staff had everything set up and cleaned up quickly, with little help from us or other vendors. The coordinator was great at organizing everything for the ceremony even though we did not have any other professionals involved. I'm very happy with my decision.
The sprawling property, with three main buildings and a schoolhouse, is nestled among towering pine trees that create a sense of "country in the city." The first thing you see when you approach from the front is the historic Cole House itself. Set back off Orange Grove Boulevard on Westmoreland Place, this Craftsman treasure, originally built for a flour mill baron, houses the welcoming center and administrative offices of the church, and integrates all the best elements of its era—massive river rock support pillars, an inviting porte-cochre, and copious use of peg-and-groove redwood. Bridal couples love to pose for photos under the period ironwork light fixture on the huge front porch or in front of the impressive river stone chimney, but due to concern for the preservation of the building, ceremonies and receptions are permitted inside on a very limited basis. The peaceful campus offers a panoply of visual delights in several other choice spots.
The Main Sanctuary is a stunning place to get married. A tall Craftsman-style building to the left of Cole House, it’s blessed with cathedral ceilings, post-and-beam rafters, massive chandeliers and gleaming organ pipes flanking the altar. After saying "I do," serve cocktails in the Lobby. Graced with carved, dark wood and stained glass, it features a wall of windows that overlooks the large back lawn and gardens abutting the quiet Arroyo Seco. Or, if you’d like, you can reverse the order! Exchange vows beneath the back lawn’s majestic redwoods, which gently arch towards each other to form a natural altar. Then have cocktails on an adjoining lawn, and set up dinner in the sanctuary. Yes, in the sanctuary. But before making up your mind, explore your other optionslike tying the knot on the back veranda of Cole House with your guests seated on a grassy area ringed by banks of flowersor in the intimate Chapel, where you’re framed by two stained-glass pastoral scenes while the adjacent gardens create a living backdrop. Church staff give you an incredible amount of flexibility in designing your own personal wedding; they will also officiate for interfaith marriages and partnership unions.
One of the tenets of the Arts & Crafts movement was to weave indoor artistry with the natural beauty of the outdoors. The Neighborhood Church of Pasadena does that seamlessly in a historically charming and memorable setting.