Lonely Planet Writer

200 tourists jump in for wedding photo with couple at Lincoln memorial in Washington DC

When Jamie Manner and Tim Toomey decided to take their wedding photos at Washington D.C.’s busiest tourist attractions, they expected to have a few tourists in the background. So, rather than try to avoid capturing strangers in shot, they invited the tourists to join – about 200 of them.

Jamie and Tim with a host of tourists at the Lincoln memorial. Image by Raftermen Photography

The couple live in Chicago but Manner is originally from D.C. Talking with WUSA9, Manner reveals that as soon as she and Toomey got engaged, she knew she “wanted to do the photos at the [Washington] Monuments.”

Jamie and her bridal party at the Jefferson memorial
Jamie and her bridal party at the Jefferson memorial Image by Rafterman Photography

On May 7th, the couple headed to the Jefferson and the Lincoln Memorial, dressed in their wedding attire.

The bride appeared in selfies with visitors from around the world
The bride appeared in selfies with visitors from around the world Image by Raftermen Photography

For most of the photos, their photographer managed to capture the couple alone. This proved more challenging for their final set of photos, taken on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. “It was just really crowded that day,” Toomey recalls. “Our photographer kept trying to clear everybody out so we could get kind of an empty background.”

Jamie always planned to have her wedding pics at the memorials.
Jamie always planned to have her wedding pics at the memorials. Image by Raftermen Photography

“Originally what we were doing was sitting on the steps blending in with the tourists, and I hear off in the distance our groomsmen Dennis just yelling – at everybody – gather around the bride and groom.”

Tim & his groomsmen with Washington monument in background
Tim & his groomsmen with Washington monument in background Image by Raftermen Photgraphy

The couple took their final photos while surrounded by around 200 tourists, before taking selfies with some of the strangers from around the world who had become a part of their special day. “I didn’t realize how many people were around me,” Manner told WUSA9. “I was just so in the moment. It really touched my heart that all these strangers…were really into it. They were cheering.”