Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Washington, DC

By now I'm sure most of you know I was in Washington, DC this past weekend for a wedding.
The wedding was at the St Regis and that was where we stayed. I just had to sketch a part of the plush lobby.

The wedding was Saturday night, so the bride's father arranged for a bus tour in the morning for anyone interested. Armed with my sketchbook I tried to capture some of our stops. I was also able to get a stamp from a booth at each of the locations I sketched. First up was the World War II Memorial. I didn't get to hear what the tour guide was saying but I sketched a part of the memorial.

We had my 94 year old father-in-law with us and he received a very special welcome on arrival. The guide from the memorial thanked him for his service and spoke to him about where he served during the war. I know we were all touched to see him light up to be honored there.

The memorial guide, Pop in the center, and my sister-in-law on the right.

Next the group went to the Korean War Memorial, but I HAD to run off because I knew I wanted to sketch the Lincoln Memorial. I told them I would meet them there. I know my sister-in-law (mother of the groom) was worried they wouldn't see me there, but I was right on time.

In the same area was the Viet Nam Memorial. The wall was very moving as well as the statue of the service men.

As much as I would have loved to sketch at each stop it just wasn't possible.
Here are a few photos of the tour.
The World War II Memorial.

The reflecting pool and the Washington Monument seen from the top step of the Lincoln Memorial.

Diane having the memorial guide do a rubbing of the name of a friend who was killed in action.

The Martin Luther King Memorial.
I did refrain and didn't sketch at the wedding either. LOL But I took a lot of photos. Here are a few.

Julie and Gary on the altar.

The first kiss as man & wife.

Walking down the aisle.

Jerry and me at the reception.


  1. Dear Joan- had to smile when I read that your sister- in-law was worried you would be late. Your sketches as always are a delight to see. Looks like you captured well that posh lobby. What a beautiful newlyweds. Thought that last picture of the two of you was lovely too.

  2. Hi Joan, loved seeing all your sketches and photos from the wedding and around Washington. Gorgeous photos of the newlyweds and a great one of you and Jerry too!
    I also love the sketch you did of the dentist's building - I can see why they were thrilled with it!

  3. What a wonderful and memorable trip you had Joan. I loved the idea of having your lovely sketches stamped. Great photos. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I absolutely love all of your sketches, Joan. The Lincoln Memorial is my favorite; you've captured so much emotion for me with that one! The bride's dress is gorgeous!

  5. You and hubby look wonderful....and I love the Bride's dress!!!! and as always, your sketches are terrific!

  6. What a fabulous trip, Joan. I used to live outside of DC, so this is memory lane for me. The bride looks stunning!

  7. Debbie, thanks so much. My sister-in-law worries about everything. lol

    Wendy, thanks. I like having so many different things to sketch.

    Laura, it was a great trip. Sometimes I had to search for where they were hiding those stamps. lol

    Sherry, thanks. She was gorgeous...of course she has that skinny little body too.

    Thanks so much, Hilda!

    Thanks, Maggie. Glad you got to remember a bit of the area this way. It was a fun place. I'd like to go back when we have more time.

  8. Love all the memories in this post. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Thank you for sharing this beautiful occasion and your sketches. I enjoyed it all and thought what a great idea to get those stamps, too!