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Modern Art Gallery DC Wedding

Many engaged couples are looking for an urban blank canvas or a raw space to transform into the wedding of their dreams. A DC art gallery is often the perfect place to achieve this, especially if you also lean towards industrial or urban vibes. This couple picked Long View* for their modern art gallery wedding, but there are other great options in DC with similar vibes: Dock 5, Autoshop, the Showroom, Fathom Gallery (x2!), Dockmaster Building, Mess Hall, the Sun Room, Culture House, and Gallery O on H Street.

*Long View is planning renovations, and its ability to host future events seems uncertain.

When I arrived at M&G’s rehearsal, both were wearing sheer blouses. I knew then that the wedding day fashion was going to be fire. M wore a stunning dress paired with the perfect pink lip. G had Loubs for the ceremony and customized Panda Jordans for himself and his two brothers for the reception. M got ready at the Eaton, so we also had the first look there. Afterward, we traveled to Blagden Alley for portraits.

These two educators picked their friend and former school principal to lead a wedding ceremony filled with personal stories and emotional expressions. The ceremony recessional was a fave of mine – the sisters walked together, the brothers walked together, and the sisters-in-law walked together. Beyond cute and amusing.

Industrial Wedding Cocktail Hour

We moved the guests into the secondary raw space for cocktail hour while we flipped the ceremony space for the dinner reception. Did you notice where we stashed pre-set tables in the ceremony photos? There is one hint up there.

Emerald + Black + Gold = Sexy. This sexy design in this raw industrial space matched this fashionable couple perfectly. We did just candles on long dinner tables to accommodate their family-style meal best. M&G sat at a sweetheart table in front of an art installation that matched the design perfectly.

Dancing and dessert happened in the same space as cocktail hour. We didn’t do much in terms of a room flip, just moved a few small tables around. Live music is vital to M&G, so we designed the floor plans around the band stage because its setup occurred before the event began.

Check out this other favorite urban industrial wedding, if you’re interested!

Venue: Long View Gallery // Catering: Well Dunn // Photo: Eli Turner // Rentals: Something Vintage // Entertainment: Onyx from WTA // Beauty: Modern Bridal Studio // Decor: Flowers at 38