Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Washington D.C.- Days 3-4

We woke up on Day 3 and headed to the monuments. We started with the World War II Memorial and then onto the Lincoln Memorial.
I found my state :)
The Linoln Memorial was definitely our favorite. It was beautiful and huge. Pictures definitely don't do it justice because we had no idea how big it really was.

View of the Washington Monument from the Lincoln Memorial
From the Lincoln Memorial, we rented bikes and rode to the FDR Memorial which was really cool because it's divided into 4 parts (representing his 4 terms). Manny took lots of snapchats of it, but we managed to not save any of them so we have no pictures. The memorial is right along the Tidal Basin so we walked along that to the MLK Memorial. 
We met up with our friend Bryan (who had flown in for the wedding) and gave him a tour of Washington D.C. on bikes (because at that point we were pros-haha just kidding). We loved riding through Washington D.C. on bikes, and it saved us a ton of time. We will for sure be doing that the next time we are back!
This day happened to be Bryan's birthday so we took him to Hill Country BBQ before we headed through the rest of the Mall and onto the Capitol. We had to get back to our hotel late afternoon for the wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. The rehearsal dinner was at Duke's Grocery, and it was so good! 

Saturday (Day 4) was wedding day. The wedding was at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. The Cathedral was gorgeous! At one point during the ceremony, a friend leaned over and wondered if JFK had ever attended Mass there because he was Catholic. Sure enough after the ceremony Manny showed me the huge plaque on the floor saying that his memorial service was there (and when I googled it, he did attend Mass there).
Manny and his best friends
My favorite groomsman
After the wedding, we headed to the White House Gardens for the wedding party to get pictures. Once again, it was beautiful! The secret service and everyone else there for a tour loved to see the wedding party :)
After the White House Gardens tour, we were bussed to Gaithersburg, Maryland for the wedding reception. It was at Smokey Glen Farm and so cute! We had appetizers by a fire and then headed into the barn for dinner and dancing. It was raining pretty hard, or we would have loved to walk around the Farm property a little bit. From what we saw, Maryland was beautiful and so green! 
We were bussed back to our hotel in D.C. later that night and then were up WAY to early to catch our 6 am flight back to Chicago. We had the BEST time in Washington D.C., and we both have mentioned several times how much we miss it and want to go back. #newfavoritecity

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