WHEN Mark Spicer met Janet Schomaker at a party two years ago, he knew she was the one for him.
The 51-year-old sniper was a Sergeant Major in the Royal Hampshire Regiment.
He now lives in America training the police and military in counter terrorism but grew up in Portsmouth and has never forgotten his roots.
He always promised he would marry his bride in front of his large group of family and friends in his home city and he chose the perfect backdrop – Southsea Castle.
And D-Day was a poignant time for the former soldier, proving international relations are still as strong for the two nations.
Mark said: ‘As a soldier growing up in Portsmouth all my life this is obviously a very important place for me.
‘When you get someone as beautiful as Janet you get the chance to say, “would you like to get married in an English castle?” It’s pretty special.
‘With it being the anniversary of D-Day as well, being here in Hampshire, I’m from the Royal Hampshire Regiment, it is a very memorable occasion for us.’
It was the first time anyone has ever married in the Keep of the castle.
And the setting was perfect. Janet, a 46-year-old mum-of-two, said; ‘Our paths crossed at just the right time.
‘I can’t explain how magical it feels to have got married in a castle. It’s just unbelievable. It was better than I could have ever expected.’