San Diego Featured Wedding: Nate + Natalie's All American Beachside Wedding Day

Men in Uniform. American flags, adorable pups, and..... donuts! It can't get much better than that combination! We love our Marines, (and all servicemen and women, of course) so when we saw Nate and Natalie's wedding, with its traditional crossed saber arch recessional, we jumped on sharing it with you. This north county beachside wedding was truly something red, white and blue, however, it wasn't just the uniforms, or decor and or beachside backdrop that we loved; the patriotic flair throughout was truly inspiring. So enjoy this sweet wedding with gratitude for our armed forces stationed around the world and in here in sunny San Diego. 

Photographer: Bob Hoffman Photography & Video//Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo Bridal//Event Planner: At Your Side Planning//DJ: Battleson Entertainment//Dress Designer: Brides by Demetrios//DJ:Bruce Battleson//Venue: Camp Pendleton//Caterer: Epic Eatz Food Truck//Jewelry: Justin & Taylor Handcrafted Jewelry//Beauty: Rebel Rebel Salon//Bar Caterer: Schlotzky's Bar Service//Bakery:SMOG (Doughnut Bar) //Floral Designer:Travis Payne

Saber Arch Etiquette at Weddings:
First and foremost the saber arch is a privilege accorded to service members only.

Officers and enlisted personnel in the bridal party wear formal dress uniforms in accordance with seasonal regulations of the services. White gloves are required for all saber or sword bearers, who are normally officers or NCOs. Military guests usually have the option to attend the wedding in uniform or appropriate civilian attire, but none may carry a saber or sword unless attired in a formal dress uniform.

Immediately after the marriage ceremony is officiated, the saber team positions itself in formation just outside the doorway, with typically six or eight saber bearers taking part. 

On the command, the saber team raises their sabers into a high arch, with tips nearly touching and the blades facing up and away from the bride and groom. As the newly married couple exits the building, the senior usher announces, "Ladies and gentlemen, it is my honor to present to you (Rank) and Mr/s. (insert name)" This is modified when both parties are in the military.

The newlyweds proceed into the arch, and as the couple passes through, the last two saber bearers usually lower the sabers in front of the couple, detaining them momentarily. Before releasing the couple, the saber bearer to the couple's left gives the bride a gentle swat on her backside with his saber, announcing "Welcome to the (insert branch) Ma'am!" If the bride is in the military, this step is omitted. In some ceremonies, every pair of saber bearers may lower their sabers, stopping the couple from proceeding each time. One of the pair may say something along the lines of, "Kiss required to pass," and the bearers will not raise their sabers until the bride and groom share a kiss. After the couple leaves the arch, the saber team recovers on command and dissolves formation.

Only the bride and groom pass under the arch. It is also traditional at the wedding reception for the wedding cake to be cut with a saber or sword.