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Bride Stephanie and groom Brian knew a few things about this past Sunday: Mainly, that they were getting married at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego. And also that the President of the United States was planning on playing a few rounds of the sport somewhere in the area.
What they didn't know was that the two events would collide beautifully.
"We're like, 'Nah, he's not going to end up here,'" Brian told KGTV (and asked that the couple's last names be withheld). But when they arrived at the course, they saw SUVs and secret service everywhere. "So then we knew he was on the course."
Ushered inside, the wedding party lined up like puppies hoping for adoption at a second-story window while President Obama finished his final putt and ... sauntered over!
"Once we saw him coming up I ... plastered myself against the window, because we had been forced inside, they weren’t allowing us out on the balcony, and I was just hoping that they’d notice my wedding dress," Stephanie recalled.
Which of course he did, because she took off toward him in an "all-out sprint in heels and wedding dress," said Brian (who naturally ran right after her).
It was an emotional experience, she said. "I actually started crying; I was crying as I'm running up there," she said. "You are just overwhelmed with emotion."
President Obama gave a memorable tip to the excited groom: "He says, 'Oops, can't put your foot on the wedding dress there,'" reported Brian. "Good advice, pretty funny."
The president stayed to take some fun, once-in-a-lifetime photos, but did not stick around for the wedding.
"To see a sitting president, I was just crying going up there. It was awesome," said Stephanie.