Wedding bells are ringing and the birds of singing. That’s a rather accurate description of the Tualatin Valley in the summer and fall. Last month, we discussed the history of weddings at the historic Old Scotch Church. To our delight, lovebirds responded to the blog post with memories of their own weddings at the Old Scotch Church that we are thrilled to share with you.
Some dream about their weddings well before meeting a spouse. Such was the case with Cassandra Smit at age 14, who held a summer job picking strawberries at a farm across the street from the Old Scotch Church. One summer day, Cassanda caught a glimpse of newly-wed couple being whisked away in a snazzy limo. The romantic scene sealed the deal—Cassandra knew that one day she, too, would get married at the enchanting church.
Flash forward, Cassandra and her husband have been married for 21 years! The minister was in the midst of a family emergency, but made time to officiate Cassandra and her husband’s ceremony at the Old Scotch Church because –telling the couple—he had never met a couple so much in love. We are enamored with stories like Cassandra’s, who continue adding beautiful memories to this slice of the Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route. The Oregon pioneers who founded the church would surely be touched.
Speaking of Oregon pioneers, the Old Scotch Church’s grounds include the Tualatin Plains Cemetery. Here, the famous pioneer Joseph Meek rests along with many of his comrades. Debbie Rogers shared memories of visiting the graves of her great great great grandparents, John and Jessie Johnston, in the northeast corner of the cemetery. While multi-generation Oregonians love visiting their forefathers, the cemetery is truly a must-see for all history buffs.