Lauren and Chris are a likable, easy-going couple who live in New Bern, NC. Lauren is a landscaper who loves animals and Chris is a Harrier pilot in the Marine Corps. They met in 2008 through mutual friends and have been together ever since. Despite many months of separation while Chris is stationed overseas - which is often the life of military families - this couple is devoted to each other and to creating a life for themselves within the military world.
After the wedding ceremony was finished inside the hotel, all of the guests gathered outside to watch the newlyweds walk through the traditional Arch of Sabers. The Saber Detail was comprised of Chris’ friends, colleagues and Groomsmen and they looked very handsome as they stood in formation. We were all so excited to get a chance to witness this time-honored tradition.
The ceremony starts with the Marines lined up, sabers down, awaiting the arrival of the newlyweds.
The lead officer lifts his saber to indicate things are about to begin.
As the couple approaches, the lead officer lowers his saber as a signal
and all the sabers are immediately raised in the couple’s honor.
But half way through, the exit is blocked - the couple must kiss before they can pass further.
Of course the Captain and his lady are happy to oblige.
As the blocking sabers are raised to let them pass, the Bride is traditionally tapped on the back by one of the sabers as a formal welcoming gesture by the Marine Corps. (If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you can see the sword at her back.)
A triumphant exit
and beaming smiles,
followed by another kiss for good measure.
It was all so beautiful and romantic and every one of us out on the sidewalk was thrilled to have witnessed something so special. With all of our cameras and cell phones, we became their paparazzi and took turns taking photos of ourselves with the glowing newlyweds. Here are Lauren and her mom.
And me with the handsome Bride and Groom.
Others on hand to make Lauren and Chris’ wedding day so special;
Their photographers were Kristel Wilder and Gail Whitson of Klear Reflection Photography. Can’t wait to see their photos when they are online!
Their DJ was Dan of Danamare Productions - an excellent DJ and very nice man.
A dear family friend who loaned her blue-embroidered hankie to Lauren to carry with her bouquet.
I grew up as a child of a Navy man and saw first hand what the military can accomplish and the sacrifices they and their families make in the service of our nation. They are truly the unsung heroes of our country and there dwells within me an undying love and respect for all those in uniform who steadfastly protect and defend. My sincere thanks and gratitude to every one of them.
Captain and Lauren, you are following in a fine, honorable tradition and I wish you a wonderful life together.