They say falling in love is like listening to a song for the first time and knowing it will be your favorite. If that’s the case, hosting a wedding for such a romantic, yet joyous notion should be at a venue that’s one part character, two parts conviviality. Wineries, breweries & distilleries are a rousing combination of setting and spirits. But mainly, wineries, breweries & distilleries top wedding venue lists for reasons much less complex than the character of their spirits: they’re usually set in the sweetest of surroundings and well, we all like a little tipple or two. After all, no good (love) story ever started with a salad.
Part winery, part taproom, Cooper’s Hall balances the good things about boisterous eating, drinking and marry-making. Just minutes from downtown Portland, 183 of your guests will enjoy the beautifully open, minimalist setting where soft lights and a perfectly polished tile bar accent the charming and chic space.
It’s not simply a distillery. You & Yours Distilling Co. is a brand-new, California cool, chic destination set in San Diego. Bring your bests together for your wedding to experience a gathering set amid gorgeous distillery design at it’s absolute coolest. It’s a heady mix of intoxicating elixirs and salvaged wood, whitewashed brick, exposed concrete, plush velvet, perfectly placed palm fronds, denim linen and copper and marble accents.
Cobblestone patios wind through expansive vineyard grounds at Gorge Crest Vineyards in Underwood, Washington, with sweeping views of the Columbia River and Mt. Hood. Marry on the expansive lawn with views of snow-capped Mt. Hood and set feasting tables alight with local fare and wines as far as the eye can see.
Perched prettily over Silicon Valley and surrounded by redwoods, lies The Mountain Winery, dreamily reminiscent of a European vineyard with unrivaled valley views. Imagine a ceremony under cascading trees followed by a reception overlooking an entire city, accented by wines grown just yards from your lively, lit dance floor.
Set just outside San Diego in the business parks of Vista, lies a hidden gem, The Wood Shed, a venue space where your guests will walk into your wedding and immediately feel welcome. It’s bohemian modern cool in design, overflowing with greenery, unique wood walls, custom light fixtures and accented by fantastic craft beer, and wine from a local winery. Did we mention the six belly bars, ping pong table and large chalk wall where your guests can leave you sweet messages or use it as a fun photo backdrop?
Craftsmanship meets art and science at Philadelphia Distilling, where the design of the tasting room reflects a modern, yet cutting-edge-meets-mad-scientist ethos. This is industrial cool at its finest - high, backed, modern leather bar stools belly up to a sleek bar, where the backdrop is the copper-accented libation laboratory. Certainly a scene set for stunning wedding photos, while intoxicating, hand-crafted progressive liquors would make this the perfect place for a whole lot of lifelong stories.
Sunstone Vineyards & Winery is reminiscent of a Provencal French countryside villa as it is built of imported limestone from a small village in France, with wood beams and roof tiles reclaimed from a 19th century lavender factory, once owned by Queen Victoria. It gives off a regal yet rural feeling, tucked into the edge of the Santa Ynez river in Santa Barbara’s award-winning wine country. Imagine a dance floor lit by fairy lights in the shadow of this old-world Tuscan masterpiece, while scents of French Lavender and rosemary swirl through the air.
Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse is a family-owned affair on a piece of inspiring and intoxicating Vancouver Island coastline. There’s a hidden forest ceremony spot (fun!) and an orchard, tent and Ciderhouse with soaring ceilings and wrought iron chandeliers that look out on ocean and mountain views. So, to recap, you’ll marry in a secret forest hideaway and dance the night away in a seaside apple orchard… for the WIN.
You know Vista Hills Vineyard is all kinds of marry-making, whimsical wedding magic when there’s a Treehouse Tasting Room. Located in Oregon’s famed Willamette Valley, host your wedding on this Oregon hilltop, among 42 acres of vineyards and lush forests. While the setting is steal-your-breath beautiful, the cool factor kicks in when you set your cocktail hour to a curated selection of vintage to modern vinyl.
Located in the heart of Hudson Valley Wine Country, Nostrano Vineyards is 75 acres of rolling hills, apple orchards and grapevines. Have your wedding outside under a massive weeping willow or inside the Pole Barn where food and wine grown onsite remind us all of what’s right in the world.
Ramble Creek is a unique and picturesque property nestled in the East Tennessee Valley at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, that celebrates the most important gatherings in our lives in the sweetest of settings. Think a beautiful white barn with soaring ceilings surrounded by ponds, vineyards and magical forests, sweet strains of music and your best friends.
For a brewery that can boast it’s building was once a pharmacy, saloon and brothel, Alabama’s Avondale Brewery is all kinds of historic brick and craft-beer brewing beautiful. Hanging lights, exposed, raw-wood beams and suds to swig are all you need at this place with a colorful, vibrant pedigree.
While urban wineries are becoming more commonplace, the 8,000 sq. ft Brooklyn Winery is uniquely chic with a vintage soul. Think a sophisticated space filled with reclaimed wood and a massive living wall lit by a perfectly placed skylight. Sip wine made on the premises with pride and purpose, while you and your guests boogie on an indoor dance floor lit by that skylight of stars.
For a completely perfect wedding setting minus the pretense, Ponte Winery & Vineyard Inn is the “California cool” spot you’ve been searching for in Temecula. We love their whimsical motto about wine, “if you like it, it’s good.” Did we mention the gourmet food and three hundred acres of romantic vineyards, perfect for the most lively and lovely of “marry-making?”
Kings County Distillery is New York City’s oldest operating whiskey distillery, the first since prohibition, gifting it a massively interesting pedigree. Located in the Paymaster Building in the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard, it was once a turn-of-the-century former bank and includes the Gatehouses, a pair of 1896 castle-like structures that were once the formal entrance to the Navy Yard. History, heart and craft distilled spirits, some of the finest in the nation, as well as an onsite whiskey specialist offering special tastings, makes the notion of a wedding at King’s County Distillery a lively and lovely proposition.
If you’ve been searching for a French Country farmhouse set sweetly in Malibu Canyon and surrounded by acres of vintage grapevines, Triunfo Creek Vineyards will make your heart beat a little faster. Marry under a massive oak tree and then light up the night sky with a brass band, or smoky jazz dance floor surrounded by the scent of Eucalyptus trees. Guests will sip spirits and linger against the vintage, whitewashed bar, while peals of laughter punctuate the wedding of your dreams.
The Oak Room at Nelson’s Greenbriar Distillery, is distressed, historic magic right near Music City. A business revived by a master distiller’s grandsons now has a beautiful place in the former Greenbrier Historic Society’s grand building. It’s heart and history that makes this venue a home for your wedding, set with smoky whiskies, string lights and a weathered brick backdrop that could never come from a can of paint, but of experience.
Deep in the heart of the Texas Panhandle lies Bar-Z Winery, a place where Vinter, Monty Dixon has said, “We don’t have our own landscaping-we left God’s landscaping alone.” Think of all the richness and romance views of sweeping prairies and canyon crevasses would bring to a beautiful and boisterous down-home wedding, right here.
At the base of the beautiful Blue Ridge Foothills in Virginia lies Early Mountain Vineyards, a special spot to boogie down in a vintage 200 year-old barn. Sip everything from rich Cabernets to perfect Pinots as you and your guests linger at long feasting tables on the expansive lawn, talking about everything and nothing, with sweeping views of Virginia’s most prized vistas.
Catoctin Creek, located in Purcellville, Virginia is a progressive distillery using solar energy to distill their spirits. Besides it’s forward-thinking methodology, it’s also a 1920’s-era Case building, boasting an “industrial chic” setting in a meticulously restored space amid gleaming copper accents.
Meet Cotton & Reed, Capital Hill’s first rum distillery, helmed by two former NASA strategists and friends. It’s a tasting room and event space centered around a bar lit by exposed copper pipes and turquoise shelving, bearing bottles of depth and breadth, simply beautiful for your big day.
Wölffer Estate is a sustainable vineyard about 2 hours east of New York City, with elegance and sophistication to match it’s pedigreed setting. Think 55 acres of meticulous vineyards with chandeliers hanging from trees, lighting up a once-in-a-lifetime night, punctuated by wonderful wines.
What to say about this settlement of 12 luxury tents nestled just slightly south of the San Diego border, surrounded by a dusky landscape of vineyards, olive orchards and the ocean? It’s breathtakingly beautiful with a bohemian cool soul where you and your friends will boogie down in a dramatic natural setting. One of the most naturally opulent venues for a lively, intimate wedding.
For a spirited good time south of the border, host your “I-Do’s” at emerging winery Decantos Vinicola, with 50 acres of dryfarm Carignan vineyards and a large tasting room. Take advantage of the 3am curfew and amazing panoramic views of Valle de Guadalupe, so you and your guests can get down on the dance floor, sipping wine until the wee hours.
OOLA Distillery, set sweetly in Seattle, is named for the greatest German Shepherd to ever live (they say this is an undebatable fact) and known for their “grain-to-glass” small-batch spirits. The undertone of the setting is worthy of your wedding indeed; “savor the things that make life meaningful. Namely: Good friends. Deep relationships. Art in its many forms.” While you may certainly host your wedding at OOLA Distillery’s Barrel Room, it’s adjacent to 10 degrees, a Graham Baba Architects designed event space with a gorgeously green courtyard strung with fairy lights.
Set in Portland, House Spirits Distillery is the future and the past of the craft distilling community, infusing grain and natural botanicals into their spirits, alongside a heady dose of heart and artistry. Modern matte black walls accented with raw woods and cool breezes make this a beautiful setting for a boisterous, spirit-infused wedding.
While the Windy City may be home to more than a few wonderful wedding venues, Rhine Hall, a small-batch brandy distillery, is an inspiring, intimate space for a small wedding of the sweetest kind. Think raw woods, copper accents and beautifully complex, fruity brandies in vintage glasses set against a long feasting table with your friends.
Second Self is a brewery in Atlanta, whose ethos lives inside us all. It’s message is about the fulfillment of a passion project, the coming to fruition of a side hustle or project you do simply because you love it. What better backdrop for “I-do’s” than a space with such an inspiring and intoxicating notion? Also, that white brick and raw wood goodness though.
Peek through twinkle lights and centuries-old oak trees, as the scent of open fire pits permeate the air at Pecan Grove, set in the heart of Texas wine country. Whether indoors at the 7,200 sq. ft. climate-controlled venue or outdoors around fire pits and amid pecan trees, it’s a joyous location for a large and lively affair for 350 of your closest pals.
In the Mile High City, breweries are a dime a dozen, but none so beautiful as Briar Common. Steeped in history, brick walls are lit softly by overhanging chandeliers and a rooftop patio is the perfect summertime dance floor after a reception with craft beer pairings.
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