The Atrium at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
This has to be one of the more unusual venues we have been to and also one of our favorites. It's hard to find something truly different in terms of venues in the DC area. Hosting an event in a botanical garden atrium really sets it apart. Meadowlark's Atrium makes an event seem like it is in a different place altogether with exotic plants, trees full of twinkling lights, and flowing water features all around you. The two thousand square foot skylight of the atrium brings in great light during the day and allows for a beautiful view of the stars later at night. While we were there the Atrium was the site of both the ceremony and reception and was quickly converted from ceremony to reception and suited both extremely well. Although the weather was not great while we were there, there was an expansive veranda that overlooked the rest of the grounds just outside the main atrium which would be a great place to have cocktails or a cigar during nicer weather. It is certainly worth consideration for your next event!
Distance from downtown DC: 28 minutes
Website: Atrium at Meadowlark