PHOTOS: Matthew and Ben's Wedding Day

By Editors

Originally published on May 27 2013 11:10 PM ET

From their first Marine Ball together to their White House engagement, The Advocate has happily followed the courtship of U.S. Marine Captain Matthew Phelps and his fiancé Ben Schock. 

On Saturday, the couple officially tied the knot in a wedding ceremony full of laughter, tears, and gratitude.  Photographer Nate Gowdy has shared a collection of photos from the couple’s momentous day. Images of this kind just wouldn't have existed before the repeal of "don't ask, dont' tell."

See more of Nate Gowdy's photos here:; and here