District Winery Wedding Photos Washinton DC
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District Winery Wedding Photos Washinton DC

District Winery Wedding Photos Washington DC

One of latest Washington DC wedding venues, Rooftop Industrial modern winery event space, set in the heart of The Yards, a bustling community in DC's Navy Yard along the Anacostia River.

The Mezzanine features large windows overlooking the first-floor restaurant below. Most locations in the venue offer unobstructed views of the Anacostia River. This includes floor-to-ceiling windows on the second floor and clear views from the terrace. This terrace is the perfect location for a couple’s wedding ceremony. For couples wishing to host their ceremony in an off-site location, the terrace makes an excellent option for the cocktail reception.

District Winery venue Frequently Ask Questions

Lcation: The Yards DC area along the Anacostia River

Ocupancy : 200 guest

Parking is available directly east of District Winery at The Yards Lot Q, including game days at Nationals Park. Street parking is available but limited.


The event space shares an entrance and lobby with the public.

The entirety of the mezzanine, second floor, and second floor terrace are exclusively used for your wedding. You will also have access to a private wedding suite located on the first floor, which comes complete with an en suite bathroom.

You are more than welcome to use your own vendors for flowers, photography, and music. We do have exclusive vendors for any additional lighting or sound that you need, as well as other preferred vendors that we recommend.

From their website:" District Winery is a uniquely chic venue for your wedding, with DC’s first urban winery as the backdrop. Our romantic, sophisticated space with unobstructed views of the Anacostia River is the ideal wedding venue to host your guests while toasting to your marriage with wine produced on site. Couples will work with a dedicated event manager who will carefully assist with all of the details, from helping you curate your individual wedding menu to ensuring that every element is just right when it’s time to tie the knot. District Winery weddings are expertly crafted to provide you with a full-service experience as you plan and ultimately celebrate the day you’ve always envisioned.”


District winery contact info:

website

202-484-9210


How did they meet?


We first met at a DC bar the night before the first day of law school. (Only one of us remembers this encounter). We found out we were in the same classes, and ate together after both bringing our lunches on the first day. Soon after, we were assigned adjacent lockers, and it became obvious we would be seeing a lot of each other. We teamed up to join a study group and quickly became friends.


As friends, we gave new meaning to the phrase “50 first dates,” repeatedly finding ourselves together on frugal weekend adventures. On one memorable night, we attended a free wine tasting at a swanky local gym trying to sell monthly memberships, moved on to two-for-a-dollar shots at a local club, and ran two miles home to avoid the cab fare. We did night workouts on the national mall with a local running team. We went to concerts together. We drank three dollar wine outside of Whole Foods. We talked at length about politics, music, society, and culture. We gossiped about the people we were dating, not-so-subtly competing about whose dating life was better. In a particularly heavy-handed piece of foreshadowing, we once debated whether marriage was good public policy.


One day, someone had the bright idea that we should be something more. Ignoring the wise counsel of friends, we took the plunge, and the rest is history.



Style:

Modern, minimal and millennial.


Both dresses (ceremony & reception) that I wore were clean silhouettes from BHLDN and the groom's tuxedo was from Suit Supply.


We both wanted to look our best and to embody a timeless classic look. However, we didn't want any frill and we wanted everything to really be an accent to the purpose of the day which was the celebration of our love!


What was the wedding shopping experience like for you?

At first I (the bride) imagined I might rent a dress because wedding dresses can be ridiculously expensive. I checked out a few used dress stores (in NYC) and even a dress store that sold samples (in Chicago) at a discounted price. I found some great dresses too. I then checked out the Nordstrom wedding suite, because I was worried I would regret not looking there even if many dresses there were too expensive. However, I was really struck by the quality, diversity, and price of the gowns at BHLDN. There I found what I was looking for.


Culture:

We are a multi-racial (I, the bride, am African American and my groom is Irish American) couple so we wrote vows to capture both of our heritages. We included an African wedding proverb and a quote from the bride's uncle, who was a spiritual adviser, in our ceremony. We also borrowed some vows from traditional Irish ceremonies.


We are both unabashed liberal progressives and it was important that we celebrate and incorporate that "culture" in our wedding--so we had multi-gendered wedding parties and we allowed our friends and family in our wedding parties to decide on an individual basis whether they wanted to wear a suit or a dress (e.g. the groom's sister wore a suit and was a part of his wedding party).

Memories: What is your best memory from your wedding?

So hard to choose. But I think cracking jokes at the altar about sharing the first bite of a meal with the groom!

Advice: What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples?

Never let the perfect get in the way of the good! Small things will go wrong and unplanned things will happen but that's ok! Enjoy the imperfections that's a part of what makes your day special!

Quick Facts:

What gifts did y0u give to your bridesmaids and groomsmen:

Groom's party got Barbour 4 piece flask set, Bride's party got various personal items including pearl necklaces, Kate's spade bracelets, sage and protection crystals, personalized bags and more.

Gifts for one another:

Hugs and kisses!

Ceremony entrance song:

Found a good one (single no more) by Chance the Rapper.

First dance song:

That's the way of the World Earth Wind and Fire.

Vendors:

venue (food and drink) @District Winery

hair: @studio_jds

Makeup: @allisonfaxbeauty

Photography: @claudiaoliverfineartphoto

florist: @tayloredgrace

wedding signs: Pink Posies and Pearls, Scripted Ever After




Location: 385 Water Street SE, Washington, DC 20003.