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by Caitlin Krebs
Located in downtown Georgetown, this waterfront restaurant along the Potomac River was named after the Presidential Yacht U.S.S. Sequoia. It's hard to resist the floor to ceiling windows, STUNNING light fixtures, not mention the three-story outdoor terrace, mesquite wood burning grill and creative drinks. Strawberry caipirinha, anyone?
Built from the original stables of the farm dating back to 1802, this banquet facility features high-beamed ceilings and lots of windows with views of the 18-hole golf course. Dine on the first floor but dance the night away on the second. Don't worry, if you break a sweat, you can cool off on the outdoor deck.
With multiple indoor and outdoor sites, the possibilities are endless on this historic home's property. The luscious lawn provides a stunning backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains while the barn features a tasting room where you can serve freshly-brewed cider. Fun fact: former President Thomas Jefferson's guardian Col. Thomas Walker once resided here.
Steamed crabs, Old Bay seasoning, and waterfront views of the Choptank River are all you need for a nautical wedding at this 400-room hotel. Amenities include: 3 pools, marina, spa, and 7 restaurants and bars.
The focal point inside is clearly the fireplace and oversized mantel. Perfect for more intimate gatherings during the winter months -- consider decorating with illuminous candles and lanterns.
Imagine your guests climbing to the top of Chihuly Bridge, where they can get an up-close and personal view of the colorful glass sculptures on the Persian Window (pictured to the left) or roaming through the Copeland Sculpture Garden, which features 9 unique pieces of art.
East Nantmeal Township, Pennsylvania
Aromas of freshly-bloomed flowers will lead you to the grassy plateau that overlooks a pond on this 192-acre landmark. Did we mention it's eco-friendly? It's powered by solar PV panels and a micro-hydro system. Plus, their exclusive caterer's menus boast ingredients from local farmers too.
The quintessential DC wedding isn't complete without a cityscape backdrop! From the Pavilion Room and Atrium to Rotunda and Woodrow Wilson Plaza, you won't be disappointed by the breathtaking views of Pennsylvania Avenue. Fun fact: Their culinary team are experts in creating various multi-ethnic cuisines.
This historic home is well-known for its sheltered garden with more than 40 trees that shade a pebbled courtyard. Located in the heart of the nation's capital, you may notice it's the architecture of John Russell Pope, who also designed the National Archives, National Gallery of Art, and Jefferson Memorial.
Wow your guests will six tiers of soaring cast-iron columns, shelves of millions of books, a black and white marble floor, and skylight that caps the central interior of the stack room! Ooh la la.
Silver Spring, Maryland
For the music lovers, who want to take center stage on their big day. A small sampling of legendary artist posters grace the walls, the original crystal chandeliers shine bright like diamonds, and any DJ will gladly perform using the state-of-the-art sound and light system in-house.
Concerned about matching your contemporary color scheme? This newly-renovated French restaurant, nestled in the woods, was designed with neutral wood tones that will easily complement any type of flowers and decor. Our favorite feature? The pendant lights!
A quaint little inn that has it all! Literally. Just minutes from Oxford and St. Michaels (where the movie Wedding Crashers was filmed), your guests will enjoy spending the weekend in this converted 240-year-old plantation house, which features 14 rooms. Say, "I do" on the rooftop terrace, sip on cocktails on the dock, and make your grand entrance as Mr. and Mrs. in the ballroom.
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