Wedding Guests Stunned When Former President Walks Out And Performs The Ceremony

About 120 wedding guests say they were 'flabbergasted' when they saw who stepped out to join a couple in holy matrimony: none other than former President Barack Obama. The bride and groom were both staffers of Mr. Obama, and had asked him to officiate the ceremony.

Obama, a 'sucker for love', gladly agreed. The couple kept the big surprise a secret until the wedding day, stunning their guests.

Dana Remus and Brett Holmgren tied the knot on Sunday, and their 'very important guest' Barack Obama tied it for them. Holmgren worked as a special assistant to the president when Obama was in the White House, and Remus works with the Obama Foundation.

The former POTUS thinks highly of the two, and agreed to officiate.

“He complimented them both on their work, on the type of people they were, threw in a tiny bit of humor,” said the mother of the groom.

“He spoke about how their work has been a service to the people and how the two of them complement each other. Very, very sincere remarks, it came from his heart.”

Obama didn't have any authority to officiate when the couple asked him, so he applied for a temporary license in Washington D.C., so the marriage would be legal. He had some very kind words for the couple and stayed a while after the ceremony to meet with guests and take some photos.

Michelle Obama was unable to join her husband for the festivities, unfortunately, but the presence of the former president has made the wedding a more memorable event than usual. Few couples can boast that their marriage license can qualify as a historic document one day.

It's not the first time Obama took part in the wedding of one of his staffers. Twice before he was a groomsman at weddings.

This is the first time he's officiated, however.

"WHEN OBAMA IS THE OFFICIANT!!! I had the HONOR of working with an AMAZING family the last few months planning the details of their wedding officiated by close friend and boss President Barack Obama. GAAAHH!!!!" wrote a staff member at the District Winery on Instagram.

"My favorite moments with POTUS 1) rehearsing before the ceremony, 2) pinning the boutonniere on POTUS 3) the signing of the marriage certificate."

'Brides Magazine' shared the story, declaring in the headline, “Former President Barack Obama Just Officiated a Wedding That’s Officially Cooler Than Yours.”

“It’s no surprise the president signed on for this favor. He’s probably a sucker for love given the epic marriage he has with former First Lady Michelle Obama," read the article.

"The two have been married for 25 years."

The Obamas are actually invited to a lot of weddings every year. Ever since he won the 2008 election, Barack and Michelle began getting wedding invitations from hopeful couples on a regular basis.

Even though they've left the White House, they still get them. They don't usually attend, but they always send couples heartfelt congratulations.

“Congratulations on your wedding,” read one response that a bride got after her mother invited the Obamas. “We hope that your marriage is blessed with love, laughter, and happiness and that your bond grows stronger with each passing year."

Source: Inquisitr
Photo: COP Paris/Flickr, pinkboxe/Instagram, Danielle Real Photography, YouTube

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