April 15, 2020 10 Best Wedding Venues in Baltimore | Perspectives of a Wedding Photographer
Over the last 10 years in business I’ve photographed at all of the best wedding venues in Baltimore – today on the blog I’m going to highlight my favorites! There are seriously amazing wedding venues all throughout the DMV area. Today we’re focusing on Baltimore City. Here they are in no particular order:
Ten Best Wedding Venues in Baltimore
If you’ve spent any significant amount of time on this website, I’m sure it’s of no surprise to you that we love The Belvedere. A gorgeous historic hotel in the heart of Baltimore with multiple ballrooms to choose from. Also from our experience, all of the couples that choose the Belvedere are especially fun!
Here are some of our favorite Belvedere weddings, all from the last year:
Katie and Jamel’s New Year’s Eve Wedding 2020
G and A’s Winter Wedding at the Belvedere
Raymond and Jess’ Summer Wedding at the Belvedere
Rachel and Joe’s Winter wedding at the Belvedere
Baltimore Museum of Industry
The Baltimore Museum of Industry is not only one of the best wedding venues in Baltimore, it’s also one of the most versatile. Inside there are colorful exhibits that make great backdrops for portraits and festivities alike. The museum itself is on prime waterfront property with sweeping views of the Baltimore skyline, and a front row seat to the Domino Sugars neon sign. You can have an indoor reception with color and quirk, or an outdoor reception using the farmer’s market pavilion – essentially having a waterfront barn wedding in the city. Yes, you read that right.
Here are some of our favorite BMI weddings, from the last few years:
Lindsay and Zach’s Summer Wedding at the BMI (Indoor Ceremony)
Amanda and Matt’s Wedding at the Museum of Industry (Outdoor Ceremony)
Kevin and Julie’s Waterfront Barn Wedding at the BMI (Outdoor Reception)
Jen and Paul’s Baltimore Museum of Industry Reception
George Peabody Library
The Peabody Library is my personal dream venue. It’s one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, and it’s right in our backyard! Settled right in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore, the Peabody library has awesome locations both inside and outside for your wedding portraits. Also, if you’re anything like me and love the smell of old books, you’ll love this place.
The Engineer’s Club was one of the first venues I ever photographed in Baltimore. This past fall I got to go back for the first time in several years and fell in love all over again. The romantic spiral staircase is one of my favorite spots for portraits in the entire city. We got a huge variety of portraits in that one location alone. Like the Peabody Library, the Engineer’s Club is in Mount Vernon so there are tons of great portrait options right outside of the venue, and many different options available inside for the ceremony and reception to suit your style.
Frederick Douglass Isaac-Myers Maritime Museum
Picking favorites is hard. But no favorites list is complete without the Frederick Douglass Maritime Museum. There are tons of gorgeous waterfront venues in Baltimore City, but this one is my favorite. The pier outside the venue is the perfect spot for a ceremony, and it’s also the perfect spot to catch sunset over the water. The reception space has an industrial vibe that fits perfectly with our quirky city.
Here are some of our favorite weddings at Frederick Douglass:
Anna and Scott’s Wedding at Frederick Douglass (Indoor Ceremony)
Bharath and Tracy’s Rainy Day Wedding (Outdoor Ceremony in the Rain)
Kara and TJ’s Frederick Douglass Wedding Reception
Alexandria and Rick’s Summer Wedding at Frederick Douglass (Outdoor Ceremony)
American Visionary Art Museum
One of the most iconic wedding spots in Baltimore City – the LOVE sign – is on the side of one of the buildings that make up the American Visionary Art Museum. Over the years I’ve photographed about a dozen weddings at this venue, with three different outdoor ceremony options, three different indoor options, and receptions in both of their major spaces. Not only is this venue incredibly cool, but it’s also right down the hill from Federal Hill Park. A quick walk means epic wedding photos with the Baltimore Skyline. All of the best wedding portrait locations are right here.
The Accelerator Space is one of the newer (to us) wedding venues in Baltimore, having launched for the 2017 wedding season. So we’ve only been there once but we can’t wait to be back! The indoor spaces available for ceremony and reception are gorgeous and unique and fit with a clean, modern aesthetic with loads of natural light.
Rye Street Tavern
This is another one of Baltimore’s newer venues and we just fell in love with it. The space itself is absolutely stunning and unique with sweeping water views. Oh, and not to be forgotten – their food is to die for. Click here to see more from Lorrie and Gabe’s wedding at Rye Street Tavern!
We had our first wedding at the Winslow last year and can’t wait to get back as soon as possible to celebrate with our 2020 couples! A sister venue to another of our favorites (Mt. Washington Mill Dye House) the Winslow is one of the coolest spots in town. They have tons of space for both ceremony and reception, as well as an awesome loft-style balcony that goes around the entire event space. It’s a mix of historical, industrial and modern. Oh, and the caterers they partner with are so good you can’t go wrong.
Mt. Washington Mill Dye House
The Mt Washington Mill Dye House has been a favorite for the last few years. This was one of our first experiences with the industrial wedding venues in Baltimore and it’s one of the best. The space is gorgeous and open with tons of opportunity to make it whatever you want. The surrounding outdoor spaces are perfect for portraits without needing to run around all over the city.