An Army couple, Natalie Heimel and Edward Mallue Jr., were forced to move their wedding location, set to take place on Sunday at Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course in Hawaii, because Obama decided he wanted to golf at the same site.
Obama had the couple informed that he was using their wedding spot to golf during their wedding rehearsal on Saturday and had about 24 hours to find a new place to get married.
Heimel and Mallue said that they had heard that Obama would be in town on their wedding day and had previously invited him to the event. Ironically, the same day they invited Obama to their wedding, Obama decides that their wedding spot would be a great place to golf.
“It was kind of ironic they got the letter from them and then, within hours, they were told they had to be moved due to him,” Jamie McCarthy, Mallue’s sister, said in an interview with Bloomberg. “It was emotional, especially for her — she’s the bride and in less than 24 hours they had to change everything they had planned.”
Hawaiian wedding blogs portray the 16th tee box as a popular venue for wedding ceremonies. But guests are told that all plans are subject to change when Obama is in town, sources said.
In the end, the couple was happily married nearby on the lawn of the base commander’s home overlooking the tee. They also received a congratulatory call from their commander-in-chief.
“Listen, congratulations on your wedding,” Obama said in the call. “I feel terrible. Nobody told us and had they mentioned they were going to have a wedding on the 16th hole we would have skipped the 16th hole. But I hope the wedding went OK anyway.”
“It did. Thank you very much. It was a blessing in disguise,” the groom, Edward Mallue Jr., responded.
The White House declined to comment on the record. But a source familiar with the matter told ABC News that no one at the White House, including Obama, had any advance awareness that a wedding had been planned Sunday on the course. Even though Obama had previously been invited.
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