President Obama: The Wedding Crasher

Not in my wildest imagination could I have guessed what would go down during the wedding we were hired to film on Sunday, October 11th! We arrived at the Torrey Pines Golf Course/Lodge around 12:30pm, and as we were pulling in we noticed a very intimidating line of cop cars and black SUV's pulling into the golf course in front of us. I turned to my boyfriend Mitch (my second shooter, and who captured most of the amazing video below!) and said, "geez, looks like that could be the President or something!" Mitch then informed me that he heard a rumor that the President was going to be in town. Full of curiosity, of course I asked the bell man opening our door to the hotel if the President was going to be playing golf here today. He just looked at me, smiled, and said, "I have no idea what you're talking about." I took that as a YES!

When we got inside to film the bride getting ready, I informed her of my suspicions...and she too had heard the rumors. The wedding planner, Kelly, from Mint Weddings came into the room shortly after and confirmed that the suspicions were true. I thought to myself, "wouldn't it be insane if by the time 4:30 rolled around he was at the 18th hole (the ceremony is right in front of the 18th hole). I was just day dreaming at the point...

4:30 rolled around and sure enough the secret service arrived right on cue. They informed us that every guest attending the wedding needed to be scanned by a metal director, because President Obama would be playing the 18th hole soon. At this point, the bride and groom were still up in their suite awaiting the grand entrance. When the President finished up his game, he came over and started shaking everyone's hand! I couldn't believe what was happening. Right after he shook my hand, he said, "where are the bride and groom!?" That's when I saw Stephanie (the bride) running across the lawn, in her heels might I add, to meet the President! We were so lucky to have captured this moment on video, and I'm so grateful for the experience. It's all still a blur to me! 

The Youngrens (the photographers at the wedding) captured some great images as well.