The pomp and prestige of the Changing of the Guards came to Birmingham for the wedding of a Midland soldier.
Sergeant David Struczynski, from Moseley, was given a full military guard of honour from the Grenadier Guards at his wedding to childhood sweetheart Alana Boyne.
But it was a day of mixed emotions for his mother Linda, who will see David and his identical twin Philip, fly out to Afghanistan next month.
The the 27-year-old brothers are being deployed to Helmand Province for the second time since the war began.
Mrs Struczynska, said: “I’m so proud of both my sons but this really was a special day for David.
“I knew I was going to be crying throughout the whole ceremony. Words can’t really describe how I feel.
“Every day they are away feels like a year. It’s horrible waiting for them to come home.”
Alana, aged 25, arrived at Birmingham Register Office in a chauffeur-driven limousine.
The happy couple, who are based in Windsor when David is on duty, were given a full guard of honour as they left the building.
Despite travelling around the world in the Army with his brother, Philip was not given the task of being best man.
Mrs Struczynska added: “David has so many pals he decided it wouldn’t be fair if one of them wasn’t the head groomsman.
“It’s going to be much harder for David to be away this time because now he will have the responsibility of being married. But we will all make sure Alana is looked after. She is one of the family now.”