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The ultimate wedding crasher: Obama drops in on San Diego golf course wedding and has the bride in tears of joy
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- Brian and Stephanie Tobe were getting married at Torrey Pines Golf Course
- President Barack Obama decided to greet wedding guests after his rounds
- The delighted couple rushed down to greet their surprise wedding crasher
- Obama congratulated them and offered a few words of wisdom to the groom
Most couples would be upset if someone crashed their wedding day - but when its the President of the United States dropping by, you might be willing to make an exception.
Brian and Stephanie Tobe were preparing for their big day at Torrey Pines Golf Course, in San Diego, when they got news that Barack Obama was playing a few rounds.
Believing they would never be allowed to go anywhere near the President, they feared his presence might mean they had to delay their carefully-planned nuptials on Sunday.
But when they spotted Obama greeting guests after he finished his final round, they decided they simply had to meet their surprise wedding crasher.
Brian and Stephanie Tobe were preparing for their big day at Torrey Pines Golf Course, in San Diego, when they got news that Barack Obama was playing a few rounds
The couple had feared they may have to delay their nuptials until the President had finished his game. But when they spotted him greeting guests after he finished up his final round, they decided they had to meet their surprise wedding crasher
A few nerves? Stephanie Tobe said she rushed downstairs to meet the President after she spotted him talking to her guests
Stephanie and Brian were stuck upstairs on the second-story balcony but they refused to miss their chance. Wearing her full wedding dress and heels the bride, and her husband-to-be, sprinted down the stairs and past their guests.
By the time she was face-to-face with President Obama, she was in tears of joy.
'I actually started crying, I was crying as I'm running up there, you are just overwhelmed with emotion,' Stephanie told WPTV.
'Everyone was cheering for us as Stephanie was running,' Brian added. 'We literally ran down an aisle of friends to the president.'
President Obama, who did not stay for the ceremony, congratulated them and wished them the best of luck for their marriage
Stephanie and Brian were stuck upstairs on the second-story balcony but they weren't going to miss the chance to meet the President
Obama, a renowned golf fan, was at Torrey Pines Golf Course, in San Diego, to get in a few rounds
The President waved at the crowds from his golf buggy after finishing his game and joining the wedding party
Brian And Stephanie were getting married at The Lodge At Torrey Pines in San Diego when Barack Obama surprised them by showing up to their wedding after finishing his golf game
The encounter was captured on camera by the couple's photographers, Jeff and Erin Youngren, captured the moment. to make an incredible set of wedding pictures.
President Obama, who did not stay for the ceremony, congratulated them and wished them the best of luck for their marriage.
Stephanie told ABC News: 'It was just really nice, just totally unexpected. 'I never thought we'd have a chance in the world to meet him.'
During their brief conversation with the President, they discussed Brian's job as a doctor at the VA in San Diego and his time as a student at the University of Chicago - where Obama was previously a professor.
Obama also warned Brian not to step on the bride's long, elegant train.
The President is a renowned golf fan and often enjoys a few rounds in between official business.
Only yesterday he enjoyed a leisurely round with friends at The Crosby Club in San Diego on Monday - joined by his Secret Service snipers.
But this is not the first time his love for the game has interrupted a couple's wedding day.
Another counter sniper office waits and assembles his weapon during the Commander-in-chief's round of golf yesterday at Crosby National Golf Club
Secret Service counter snipers keep watch while US President Barack Obama golfs at Crosby National Golf Club in San Diego, California
Obama had lined up the ball and stood over to take the putt, but missed the hole. His game was watched over by security staff and snipers
In December, Obama's staff booted a couple off the an Oahu, Hawaii Marine Corps base golf course after the president decided to play the course at the last minute.
Army Captains Natalie Heimel and Edward Mallue Jr learned of the decision the day before their ceremony was planned to take place at the 16th tee box of the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course, which has picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean.
'It was emotional, especially for [Heimel]—she's the bride and in less than 24 hours they had to change everything they had planned,' the groom's sister Jamie McCarthy told Bloomberg .
The apologetic President later called the newlywed couple and said he felt 'terrible' they were forced to move their big day because of his vacation plans.
Obama, speaking to the couple just after their said their vows, crackled over an iPhone loudspeaker, saying he would have skipped the 16th hole if anybody had told him there was a wedding going on.
The President said: 'I feel terrible. Nobody told us. If they had just mentioned that they were going to have a wedding on the 16th hole, we would have skipped the 16th hole.'
In December, Obama's staff booted couple Army Captains Natalie Heimel and Edward Mallue Jr off the an Oahu, Hawaii Marine Corps base golf course after the president decided to play the course at the last minute.
Tying the knot: The Mallues instead got married on the green lawn of the military base where the golf course is located
Obama later said that this would have improved his score - an 84 - by six strokes, giving him a 79.
The gracious couple described the move as a 'blessing in disguise' because of the better view from their new spot. They told the President how they met while posted in Germany in 2011 - then cheekily invited him to their wedding reception.
Obama was in San Diego as part of a week-longt trip to the West Coast which began with a visit to Umpqua Community College in Oregon, the school where nine people were shot and killed by a gunman.
He also stopped in San Francisco and Los Angeles for political fundraisers.
On Saturday night and Sunday, he relaxed his family in Rancho Santa Fe, and found time for a round of golf Sunday at Torrey Pines where he was accompanied by snipers, the California Highway Patrol and the FBI.
While walking round The Crosby Club, he waved to cameras of CBS 8 and members of the public.
The Secret Service kept a close eye on his actions, using golf carts to travel around the course with their weapons.
After wrapping up his round, Obama headed to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar where he boarded Air Force One back to Washington D.C.