Please rise for the Wedding Crasher of the United States.
Brian and Stephanie Tobe were ecstatic when they ran into President Barack Obama during their wedding in California on Oct. 11.
The couple had heard the president was staying near their wedding venue, The Lodge at Torrey Pines near San Diego. To their delight, Obama was on a golf outing on the venue's course.
"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, not expecting anything more than that,” wrote Erin Youngren, who, along with her husband, Jeff, photographed the wedding. She wrote a post on their photography blog, The Youngrens, documenting the thrilling day.
The wedding guests quickly went from joking to excitement as the president rolled up to the 18th hole, which sat next to the ceremony.
The party “sat hushed in iPhone-ready silence” before breaking into cheers as Obama exited his golf cart to play, Youngren said.
"President Obama then surprised everybody and came to shake everyone’s hands,” she said, adding "He has a GREAT handshake.”
The happy couple and their wedding party finally shuffled down a hill in their formalwear and greeted their wedding crasher.
"It was so cool because all of our friends were screaming and cheering for us,” said Stephanie, according to ABC News. "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."
Obama was "kind and wonderful,” wrote Youngren, adding he "apologized for delaying the ceremony and then shared some advice with Brian (who is also from Chicago).”
The president also cautioned the groom against standing on his bride’s train.
"I think it was our first marriage advice,” Brian said, according to ABC News.
“You are my hero for taking a moment to make this a day when a beautiful couple not only got to marry the love of their lives but have the moment of their lives,” Youngren said. "It was a life moment that none of us will ever forget."
The Tobe’s wedding wasn’t the first to be interrupted by President Obama’s golf swing, according to The Associated Press. In December 2014, Natalie Heimel and Edward Mallue Jr., both U.S. Army captains, had to move their wedding away from the 16th hole of a Hawaiian course where Obama and friends were playing. The president called the couple to personally apologize.