SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Stephanie and Brian Tobe never dreamed their special day would include President Obama.
The wedding party started hearing rumors of the president’s arrival when they arrived Sunday, Samantha Starkey, videographer for the wedding, wrote on her blog.
Starkey wrote that the wedding party saw police cars and black SUVs pulling into the venue for Stephanie and Brian’s wedding at Torrey Pines Golf Course.
The wedding planner later confirmed the president was there, and would be finishing his golf game right behind the altar. Starkey wrote that every guest had to be scanned by a metal detector.
Erin Youngren, photographer for the wedding, wrote on her blog that everyone tried to keep quiet as the president pulled up to play his 18th hole.
Obama waved, causing the audience to erupt in applause. As soon as he finished, he came over to shake all the guests’ hands.
“He has a GREAT handshake,” Youngren wrote.
But the bride and groom weren’t at the altar, and rushed to grab pictures with the commander in chief.
“Brian and Stephanie burst from the hotel,” Youngren said. “Stephanie sprinting in her navy blue Nina heels and Monique Lhullier gown, their friends and family bust into cheers at seeing them…”
No one seemed to be irked by President Obama’s arrival – to the contrary, the guests seemed to feel honored.
“When a beautiful couple not only got to marry the love of their lives but have the moment of their lives. Thank you – beyond words,” Youngren wrote.
She says it was “one of the most joyful weddings we’ve ever been at – ever.”