President Barack Obama surprised a pair of newlyweds in San Diego, Calif. this past weekend when he mistakingly crashed their wedding, and mingled with their guests.
Brian and Stephanie Tobe were completing their final touches before heading outside at The Lodge at Torrey Pines to say their vows on Sunday (Oct. 11). Coincidentally, the leader of the free world was also at the location engaging in a round of golf.
According to the duo’s photographers, Erin and Jeff Youngrens, the Tobes were elated to learn that the leader of the free world was at the estate in which their nuptials was taking place.
“Brian and Stephanie were SO EXCITED that he was there,” they wrote on their blog. “We laughed and joked all morning and tried to get a peek of him through the curtains, feeling honored just to be at the same location.”
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As the pair wrapped up last minute details, they saw the president making his way to the eighteenth hole, their specific wedding area. Quickly, the pair sprinted from their hotel balcony to the golf course to interact with him. “I picked up my wedding dress and started running down the hall,” said Mrs. Tobe. To her delight, she made it in the nick of time.
“When I was running up to him, I just started crying,” she said in an interview with NBC. “I was in a complete state of shock.” The Youngrens said that the president was everything one would imagine he’d be. “President Obama was kind and wonderful. When he shook Brian’s hands, he apologized for delaying the ceremony,” they said.
Before leaving the pair to say their “I do’s,” Obama, who was in town to attend three Democratic fundraisers, offered marital advice to Brian Tobe.
“He specifically told my husband Brian not to step on my dress,” Tobe’s wife said. Excellent advice, Mr. President!