weekend, when President Obama became an unexpected wedding crasher.
Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California, Sunday. While they knew
Obama would be golfing nearby that day, they had no idea he would come
meet them before the ceremony.
“Then he finishes his game and goes down to the lawn area, which is where our ceremony was,” Stephanie told ABC News.
“Our photographers, they had earpieces in, talking to each other,”
Stephanie said. “So one photographer, Erin, she was down talking on the
lawn and our photographer, Jeff, was up with us in the suite. And
they’re talking to each other, and saying things, like ‘Oh. this might
be the one chance; you’ve got to go now.'”
“Stephanie was like, ‘We’re going to go do this,'” Youngren recalled, and “She bolted out the door.”
“Once I heard that that there might be an opportunity to even just say
hi, shake his hand or even try to take a picture, we darted,” Stephanie
said. “We ran to the closest elevator, got downstairs and I picked up my
huge dress and I just started running across the lawn to get over to
“I think he [Obama] saw us coming from a distance and kind of paused,” Youngren said.
Stephanie added, “It was so cool because all of our friends were
screaming and cheering for us. They weren’t even looking at the
president, they were looking at us. It was so exciting. And we just ran
out across through the crowd and got up to the president and got to
shake his hand.”
“As we were running out there, I started crying … It was an emotional
experience and then to see the sitting president there was even wilder,”
“Right when we saw him, Stephanie got to him first. And he said congrats
to Stephanie right away. And at that moment he pointed out that my foot
was actually on the train or the trail of her wedding dress on the
ground and he said, I don’t remember his exact words, but he’s so
relaxed, and he says nope, nope you know … you can’t step on the
“I think it was our first marriage advice,” Brian said.
“I still can’t believe it happened. It was not what we expected when we woke up that morning,” he said.
“He has so much going on and so much stress … to see him just be so
calm and gracious and kind to a couple on their wedding day … It made
me really hopeful and excited, and just proud to have him as a leader,”