Military Wedding Forced to Relocate Due to Obama’s Golf Game

A Hawaii resort changed the location of a military wedding in order to accommodate President Obama's golf game.

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On 29 December 2014, two U.S. Army captains had to move their wedding in order to accommodate

President Obama’s golf game.

Natalie Heimel and Edward Mallue Jr. were planning to get married at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course at the Marine Corps Base in Hawaii that Sunday afternoon. The couple had to change locations, however, when President Obama decided to play a round of golf.

Naile Brennan, manager of K Bay Catering, the company that planned the wedding, told Bloomberg she was prepared for the president’s visit and had several alternate locations ready for the bride and groom:


“(The new location) much prettier and much nicer venue unless you’re an avid golfer. It’s more secluded and there are no golfers yelling, ‘Fore!'”


It’s unclear if the President was aware of the scheduling issue before teeing off. He was apologetic for forcing the military couple to change venues on short notice and according to Jamie McCarthy, sister of the groom, he phoned the newlyweds to congratulate them on their marriage:


“He apologized and congratulated them. (It was a) wonderful talk. We were all there, it was perfect. Made their day.”


McCarthy said the venue change was stressful for the newlyweds. Still, the couple uploaded several photos of the wedding to Instagram with the hashtag #ThanksObama:

#MallueWedding #ThanksObama14

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Last updated:   29 December 2014