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Venue Shout-Out: Ironlight

We are so excited to share this venue spotlight with you today – Ironlight is a brand new wedding & event space just south of Portland in Lake Oswego, and is set to open in March 2020! Are you as excited as we are!? We had the pleasure of sitting down with their team recently to learn more about this new and unique indoor/outdoor rooftop space. Read on to see for yourself, and check out their website here!  

Where are you located and what kind of venue are you in general?

Ironlight is located at 525 3rdStreet in Lake Oswego, Oregon. The venue is on the fourth floor of Beacon Lake Oswego, a privately-owned, mixed-use commercial building. Ironlight will showcase panoramic views of Mt. Hood and the Cascadesand exude Pacific Northwest elegance through wood and glass design elements.

Can you briefly describe your space including all the indoor and outdoor options?

Guests at Ironlight will transition between 8,700 square feet of indoor and outdoor spaces. Hood Terrace will feature sweeping views of Mt. Hood and the surrounding Cascades via 2,200 square feet of outdoor space. A retractable glass door will transition guests into Ironlight’s 4,000 square feet of indoor space. Inside, the view will continue through an east-facing wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. The Sunset Deck will offer guests 1,000 square feet of intimate outdoor space that connects to a 1,000 square foot enclosed glass lobby on the west side of the building. The Executive Suite will feature 550 square feet and a showstopper view of Mt. Hood. Parking will be conveniently located onsite under the building in addition to an area for ridesharing drop-off/pick-up or valet.


What is the maximum number of guests that can be seated for dinner? 

Ironlight will accommodate up to 250 seated guests. 

Do you have a caterer or a preferred list of caterers to choose from?

Guests will have the option to choose from an exclusive list of the top catering teams within Portland.

Do you offer lower rates for off season months and/or non-Saturday weddings? 

Ironlight will provide varying rates depending on seasonality and day of the week. 

Does your venue have a rain contingency plan?

Our staff will work with clients to develop a rain plan based on type of event and number of expected guests.

How long has your venue been hosting weddings and events? And in your opinion, why is greater Portland such an amazing place to plan a wedding?

Ironlight will open its doors in March 2020. Our team has been diligently working to design and build this venue for three years (but the dream started many years ago!). Couples today are looking for unique experiences for themselves and their guests during their wedding day. Portland is a city where you can get married with a mountain in the backdrop and eat a chef’s dinner at the reception. What other city can offer that experience?!

What are a few things that make your venue unique or seem to attract wedding couples?

In addition to stunning Pacific Northwest mountain views, Ironlight will feature an onsite, commercial kitchen that will allow caterers to execute high-caliber food. We have consulted with catering teams in Portland on the design and layout of the kitchen to ensure the guest experience is outstanding.

How would you describe the importance of the venue decision for couples? And at what point in their wedding planning process should they be looking and booking their venue?

Where a couple books their venue will influence every detail of their wedding day. Booking the venue first will set the tone for the guest count, décor and ambiance of the event. Often times, venues have a carefully selected preferred list of vendors including caterers, event rental companies, lighting and more. These vendors will build a wedding around the venue based on their experience navigating the space. This ultimately leads to a smoother event flow and memorable wedding day.

What do you find most challenging about your specific line of work or weddings in general?

Time! As a venue, we want to make sure we can accommodate a couple’s wedding day vision – everything from budget to centerpieces. We wish there were more hours in the day to spend executing the fun details.

What are a few of the most important things that couples should ask their venue before booking?

Couples should always ask the venue how the ideal wedding sets up in their space in terms of capacity and event flow. This can help the couple determine if the venue fits their wedding vision. 

What is your best advice for wedding clients during their venue search?

Select a venue that is continually investing in its infrastructure and staff. This likely means that the venue is run efficiently from a management perspective and the team of vendors are high-quality.

Is there anything else you want couples or other wedding professionals to know about you or your venue?

Ironlight will provide couples a one-of-a-kind venue experience. From our mountain views to commercial kitchen, Ironlight will be a place where couples make memories for a lifetime. 

What is the best way for couples to check out your venue online and/or set up a tour to visit you in person?We would love to meet with you! Email us at [email protected]and visit our website,, or Instagram page, @ironlightlo.

All photo renderings in this post courtesy of Ironlight.

This Venue Shout-Out was curated by Dana Barbar, a local writer and trusted wedding professional.