President Obama’s golf game on Sunday forced a pair of Army captains to move their nuptials to a different location, Bloomberg reports.
Edward Mallue Jr. and Natalie Heimel had planned to tie the knot on the 16th tee at Kaneohe Klipper golf course when management informed them that they would have to wait a day so the president could hit the links.
Kaneohe Klipper is an 18-hole championship course on the military base that offers views of the Ko’olau Mountains and Pacific coastline.
The episode is the second time the president’s golf game has caused a commotion since he began his vacation last week.
The Army couple actually invited Obama to their wedding, knowing he would be on the island. However, the president declined the invitation, wishing them happiness.
“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, told 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.”
The couple instead chose to get hitched on the lawn near the home of the base’s commanding officer.
After Bloomberg asked the White House about the scheduling conflict, Obama phoned the bride.
“He apologized and congratulated them,” McCarthy said.
— This story was updated at 10:58 a.m.