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Wedding couple gets a presidential surprise

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – A wedding couple got quite the surprise on Sunday when President Obama joined the couple for a few wedding photos.

Brian and Stephanie hosted their wedding at The Lodge at Torrey Pines and had heard that the president was playing golf that day. However, they had no idea that President Obama would become a part of their wedding story.

Husband and wife wedding photographers, Erin and Jeff Youngren, realized that the president was wrapping up his game at the 18th hole, which happened to be located behind the altar.

"He finished on eighteen and I heard he had a pretty good round. We were all clapping and expected him to ride off. He did not, he started shaking hands," said Molly Elizabeth Nelson, Catering Sales Manager. 

The wedding party decided to delay the ceremony while the president finished his game. Meanwhile, Brian and Stephanie watched the spectacle from the hotel where they were preparing for their ceremony.

"I can't imagine that anyone would have ever thought that this could occur," said Bill Gross, the General Manager Bill Gross at The Lodge at Torrey Pines.

After President Obama finished his game, he walked over to greet the wedding guests and shake their hands. Shortly after, Brian and Stephanie were brought down to meet with the president. 

"When we realized that those two things were going to align within a few minutes, we decided we needed to find a way to make it work for everyone," said Gross. 

Erin Youngren wrote on her blog that, “President Obama was kind and wonderful. When he shook Brian and Stephanie’s hands, he apologized for delaying the ceremony and then shared some advice with Brian.”

You can see more photographs of the presidential encounter here on the Youngren’s blog

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