Today’s Washington DC wedding venue tour holds all the grandeur anyone could hope for in a non-traditional venue.  The Carnegie Institution for Science may be known for its research and immense scientific resources, but it also plays host to the most sophisticated of weddings in it’s Administration Building.  With reception space for up to 170 guests and multiple photo-worthy backdrops, this venue is perfect for any elegant affair.

Mary Kay and Bill utilized not one, not two, but three of the Carnegie Institution’s magnificent spaces for their wedding celebration, all captured by Abby Jiu Photography.  The first stop was cocktail hour in the venue’s stately boardroom, exuding the space’s history with dark wood paneling and paintings of the institution’s past presidents.  They then enjoyed a seated dinner in the ballroom before hitting the marble dance floor of the Roman style rotunda.

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Above Photo Credits: Abby Jiu Photography

Kristen and John selected the Carnegie Institution for both their ceremony and reception.  That two-story, skylight rotunda that I mentioned before can also hold up to 160 guests for a wedding ceremony.  Perhaps the best part of holding your ceremony there are the massive bronze doors that can act as your backdrop for “I do,” which is exactly what this couple did!  The sprawling outdoor staircase made for magazine-worthy portraits from Melanie Yu Photography before the ballroom was turned into a perfectly pink reception.

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Above Photo Credits: Melanie Yu Photography

Have you fallen in love with the Carnegie Instituion for Science?  For more information contact Laura at (202) 939-1138, send her an email, or visit their website.

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