Last-minute wedding changes can be stressful. But in one couple’s case, the end result turned out to be worth the hassle.
Natalie Heimel and Edward Mallue Jr., both U.S. Army captains stationed in Hawaii, had planned an outdoor wedding Sunday at Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course.
At the last minute, they were told to move because President Obama and his friends planned to golf there.
As luck would have it, the ceremony was relocated to another part of the course with even better ocean views.
“The actual location was beautiful. It overlooked the golf course so before the ceremony began, everyone was on the bluff looking out on the golf course, trying to see if we could find the president there somewhere golfing,” said the couple’s photographer, Keao Sunaoka of Keao’s Photography.
After the wedding, the newlyweds got an unexpected gift: a phone call from the president himself.
“The golf course had informed the groom that the press secretary was asking for his phone number, so we were taking photos of the couple underneath their gazebo and his phone kept buzzing so he joked, ‘Oh, that’s probably the press secretary calling for me,'” Sunaoka said. “I told him go ahead and answer it, so he answered it and it was the press secretary.”
Obama apologized for disrupting the couple’s plans, and Sunaoka made sure to capture the moment on camera. “Our jaws just dropped and the president then came on the phone and everyone started squealing with excitement,” she said.
“It was a great moment and this wedding party and this couple was so sweet and so fun and they really deserve all the attention,” Sunaoka said.