Bride and military groom laugh at end of wedding

The sword arch ritual common among military weddings is one of my favorite ceremony events to photograph. Have you ever seen one? The bride and groom face a corridor of paired soldiers (Marines in this case) holding their swords up to block their path. The bride and groom kiss, and the first pair raise their swords, allowing them to pass to the next pair, where they must kiss again to proceed. After the last kiss, the bride gets a little swat on the butt with the flat edge of a sword and "Welcome to the Marines!" is called out. That had just happened when I shot this candid photo of the bride and groom's reaction to that little sword spanking after their wedding ceremony on the patio of the Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Washington, near Tacoma. Chambers Bay is a great wedding venue, and a great golf course — host of the 2015 U.S. Open tournament!

To see lots of photos of weddings photographed by Wallflower Photography at this venue, visit our Chambers Bay wedding portfolio website at www.chambersbaywedding.com.