Planning your DC wedding? I’ve photographed weddings at more venues than I can count, but these are my absolute favorites. You have novel, classic, and rustic (who doesn’t love a barn?!)
The LINE DC
Let’s start with “novel.” The LINE DC is a repurposed church. They even converted the pipe organ into a sculpture hanging from the ceiling. There are so many nooks throughout the building that offer great photo opportunities.
Carnegie Institute for Science
It has a rotunda as a ceremony space. A rotunda. That’s all that need to be said. Oh, and it also has library to get ready in.
Woodrow Wilson House
This was (as the name suggests) President Woodrow Wilson’s house. There’s a beautiful terraced backyard as well as ornate interior spaces. There’s also a kitchen area where they store the original china, but you have to stand completely still and silent in the center of the room if you go in to not disturb the delicateness of the dinnerware. This is where they feed the vendors. Imagine how awkward that is.
Regardless, I award this venue 15 out of 10 stars. The moral of this story is that you should always feed your vendors because vendors are awesome and need sustenance for peak performance.
DC War Memorial
This is a very popular space for short weddings and elopements (what’s the difference you ask? I’m not entirely sure because all the ‘elopements’ I’ve shot have had guests and were far from secretive). It’s on the National Mall, but very few people visit it. I’ve photographed at least twenty here.
Mexican Cultural Institute
Look at this place. Seriously, LOOK AT IT. Stare into its soul. It’s a BEAUTIFUL space. So many great spots for portraits. I photographed one of my favorite weddings ever here, as well as many events.
Barns were the place to get married in 2015 and I’m pretty sure they’re still the place to get married. They provide a rustic feel that makes for great photos. This one isn’t really in DC (it’s about an hour outside in the Leesburg area), but it’s totally worth it if you’d like a bucolic (I just wanted to use the word ‘bucolic’) locale for your nuptials.
I hope this has been helpful. Please let me know if you’d like any other venue reviews!
You can view their websites at the following links:
- The LINE DC
- Carnegie Institute for Science
- Woodrow Wilson House
- DC War Memorial
- Mexican Cultural Institute
- 48 Fields
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And you can check out my previous blog post on wedding planning here.