Bride and groom kiss in sword arch at Thornewood Castle

Military weddings are a lot of fun to photograph, especially when they include swords! This formation is called a sword arch. The bride and groom had retreated to an upstairs room in Thornewood Castle to sign their marriage license after their wedding ceremony in the sunken garden, and their Army friends set up the sword arch at the bottom of the master staircase for when they returned. The bride and groom were required to kiss before gaining passage under each pair of crossed swords. You can see they've been through the first two, with just one more to go. That mischievous look between those last two groomsmen? It's because one is about to give the bride a whack on the butt with the flat edge of his sword along with a "Welcome to the Army, Ma'am!" call.

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