Thursday, April 24, 2014

Throwback Thursday Stories: Wedding in Annapolis

It has been a couple of years since I posted. There has definitely been a lot of changes around here and the blog may take a new direction, should I become more active again. However, I did want to link up with Jessica at The Mom Creative with her new link up for Throwback Thursday Stories (#TBTStories).

Throwback Thursday Stories

Since our 8 year anniversary is next Tuesday, I decided to share one of our wedding photos for Throwback Thursday.

My husband and I met while we were midshipmen at the Naval Academy. We got married a little less than a year after graduation in April 2006. Since we were both graduates (and neither of us really claimed a hometown), we decided to get married at the Academy chapel in Annapolis. My mom did a lot of the leg work with planning the wedding since I was going to grad school at MIT and my husband was going through the nuke pipeline in Charleston, SC.

This is one of my favorite photos from that day. It was taken just as we finished passing through our sword arch. We are both laughing since we had just gotten the "welcome" tap from the end members of the sword arch (you can see the sword on the right down). For those of you that don't know the tradition, the bride (typically) will get swatted on the behind by the last sword bearer as that sword bear says "Welcome to the Navy (or which ever service)". In our case, since we were both active duty at the time, we both were swatted. My good friend from high school (a year behind us at the Academy), Dave, welcomed me to the submarine force, while Justin was welcomed to the Surface Navy by one of his friends, Rebecca.

I loved the perfect balance of our sword arch - we had 8 people total. There were 4 Marines and 4 Naval Officers as well as 4 females and 4 males (equally distributed between Marines and Navy). It was such a blessing to have them all participate in our wedding. The photo was taken by a good friend of mine from graduate school.

I look forward to sharing many more stories behind the pictures.

1 comment:

Family Balance Sheet said...

My husband and I went to Annapolis a few years ago to celebrate an anniversary. We toured the Academy and I was ready to sign my girls up--lol, they are 8 & 6. But we were so impressed by the rigorous education and focus on leadership training. There was a wedding in the chapel while we were on the tour, apparently it is a popular destination with graduates. Congrats!

Stopping by from #TBTStories